Additional information on Olympus Zuiko Lenses
Zuiko wideangle lenses at 28mm focal length - Part 2

 
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Zuiko Auto-W MC 28mm f/2.8

This lovely ZUIKO wideangle lense was Introduced quite late by Olympus at early '80. It aimed to fill the missing link between the two lens speed of Zuiko 28mm f/2.0 and Zuiko 28mm f/3.5. Combining a good lense speed and superior optical performance it delivers, it has proven to be one of the most popular Zuiko wideangle lense, probably superseding in terms of numbers sold than two other Zuiko alternatives since its inception into the Zuiko family.

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Physically, this lense is extremely compact, with an overall length measuring merely at 32mm and it is equally light weight at 170 grams - making it one of the lightest Zuiko wideangle lense around. It uses a retrofocus construction and according to Olympus, it was being designed with lense edges to trap potential flare before it reaches the film. This highly portable lense is particularly convenient when traveling and/or for shooting on location. In particular appealing to photographer is its wide field of vision in combination with its size, weight and good lense speed offer. In relation to its popularity, I 'd loved to think its timely introduction amidst all the new OM camera models being introduced at the time and the modest entry cost were part of many reasons why this lense was once so popular among OMers.

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Equipment: kodachrome 64, Olympus OM4, Zuiko 28 mm F2.8.


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Come to think of it, prior to the availability of this wideangle at the ZUIKO lens family, there were only two Zuiko 28mm wideangles at either f/2.0 or the slower f/3.5 versions available for consideration - most photographers would end up with the cheaper f/3.5 lense, mainly due to the fact that there was a huge difference in cost between the two. Anyway, both lenses have been around since the early introduction of OM system. Thus, the introduction of the lense, although generally was seen more likely as to serve as a replacement lense for the G-Zuiko AUTO-W 28mm f/3.5 but it offered a refreshing entry and provided a step-up alternative consideration for OM photographers with extremely good value in cost over performance ratio.
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Composed of 6 air-spaced elements, the very well-made Zuiko 28mm f/2.8 lense has, over the years established a fine reputation among OM photographers with its high contrast, faithful reproduction of colours and high resolving power capability. A good point to note is, although in most cases, wideangle lenses have extended depth of field in their optical nature, but it is the only Zuiko 28mm wideangle that can stop down to a minimum aperture of f/22 instead of f/16 for even greater control of depth of field. Unfortunately, the close range correction optical system was not being used in its design, if not - it should even present a greater value !

Relative for cross reference: Canon's FDn 28mm f/2.8., Nikkor 28mm f/2.8s
The first Zuiko 28mm f/2.8 lense that beared "MC" in its lens data was believed to have been introduced in 1981/2.

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Specification for Zuiko Auto-W MC 28mm f/2.8

Lense:
Zuiko Auto MC 28mm f/2.8
Focal length: 28mm
Optical construction: 6 elements in 6 groups
Angle of view: Diagonal: 75°
Distance Scale
: (m) 0.3 (1 ft) to infinity (
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Minimum photographic range: 18cm x 27cm (7.0" x 10.6")
Focusing: Straight Helicoid
Maximum & Minimum aperture range: f/2.8 - f/22
Diaphragm: Automatic
Filter Size. 49mm
Length: 32mm

Weight: 170g (6.0oz)
Filter attachment size/Filters: 49mm screw-in

Recommended Focusing Screens: 1:1*, 1:2**, 1:3*, 1:4*, 1:5# 1:10*, 1:13*, 1:14*
*Compatible. Focusing and exposure accuracy remains # Can be used, they provide accurate focusing but exposure error may occur in manual mode for OM1 and OM2 series models. Compatible. Focusing and exposure accuracy remains. ** Compatible, Focusing and exposure accuracy remains intact but microprism, corners of the screen and split image may darken. # Compatible with OM-1(n) and OM-2(n), may be used on OM-3(ti) and OM-4(ti) or equivalent, they provide accurate focusing but exposure error may occur in manual mode.## More info on "Picture Angle" or make use of the Glossary section in PIM site..
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Credit: With a stroke of luck, I managed to come across a few high quality images of Zuiko wideangle lense at Ebay. The seller generously granted permission to use them in this section of the Nikkor site. All images courtesy of Emanuele "ebay-camera$®" <emanue20@pacbell.net> who operates a popular Ebay Store. All images appeared herein are Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.


G-Zuiko AUTO-W 28mm f/3.5

The G-Zuiko AUTO-W 28mm f/3.5 was among one of the original batch ZUIKO lenses introduced along with the Olympus OM-1/M1 camera. Its optical construction has literally remained unaltered all these years until it was discontinued and replaced with the Zuiko 28mm f/2.8 (see top of this page). Optically, it has a 7 elements arranged in 7 groups composition and weighs 180g which actually the lense is heavier than the f/2.8 counterpart. It close-focuses to 0.3m with a body length marginally shorter at 31mm than the faster f/2.8 lense. Hallmark with high resolving power with ample marginal illumination makes it suitable for color photography. Other than a weakness found in its slower maximum aperture, the moderate perspective and most importantly, a modest entry price appeals to many OM photographers to select it as their prime wideangle lense in particular when you call for a good wideangle lense to shoot casual PR and/or leisure photography that may not require a fast lense speed - for an instance, it is a good companion wideangle use in combination with a flash. As with many other Zuiko lenses, it accepts any 49mm threaded filters. In terms of the factors weighing price over performance, this is the best ZUIKO 28mm wideangle. Strangely, according to the chart compiled by Rick, this version has no "MC" designation mentioned in the lens data throughout its entire product cycle.

" .... Olympus OM 28mm AUTO-W f/3.5 ZUIKO DESCRIPTION: As titled, this auction features a superb Olympus OM 28mm f/3.5 AUTO-W Zuiko lens in MINT CONDITION showing no signs of wear except a couple of light scratches on bayonet mount... It was used very little!  As pictured, the lens has all its original friends around: original hard case, original lens hood, original Olympus filter and both original caps... It works flawlessly (blades, focus) and has perfect glass inside out. You will be very please with this lens... razor sharp and contrast full like all Zuiko lenses! If you are looking for a complete family, you got it here... I even have the original instructions booklet but no box unfortunately...." - Eric Garant -

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Specification:

Old version: G-Zuiko AUTO-W 28mm f/3.5
Newer series: Zuiko MC AUTO-W 28mm f/3.5
Focal length: 28mm
Lens construction: 7 groups, 7 elements
Angle of view: Diagonal: 75°
Distance scale: (m) 0.3 (1ft) to infinity
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Focusing: Straight Helicoid
Minimum & Maximum aperture: f/3.5 - f/16
Minimum photographic range: 18cm x 27cm (7.0" x 10.6")
Diaphragm: Automatic
Filter attachment size/Filters: 49mm screw-in
Filter size. 49mm

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Length: 31mm
Weight: 180g (6.3oz)
Recommended Focusing Screens: 1:1*, 1:2**, 1:3*, 1:4*, 1:5# 1:10*, 1:13*, 1:14*
*Compatible. Focusing and exposure accuracy remains # Can be used, they provide accurate focusing but exposure error may occur in manual mode for OM1 and OM2 series models. Compatible. Focusing and exposure accuracy remains. ** Compatible, Focusing and exposure accuracy remains intact but microprism, corners of the screen and split image may darken. # Compatible with OM-1(n) and OM-2(n), may be used on OM-3(ti) and OM-4(ti) or equivalent, they provide accurate focusing but exposure error may occur in manual mode.## More info on "Picture Angle" or make use of the Glossary section in PIM site..

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| Previous | 2/2 Fast speed ZUIKO AUTO-W 28mm f/2.0

| I- Zuiko AUTO-W 28mm f/2.0 | Zuiko AUTO-W 28mm f/2.8 | G-ZUIKO Auto-W 28mm f/3.5 |

A Brief overview on Zuiko Optics
Zuiko Fisheye Lenses
8mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye | 16mm f/3.5 Full Frame Fisheye
Zuiko Ultra-Wideangle Lenses
18mm f/3.5 | 21mm f/2.0 | 21mm f/3.5 | 24mm f/2.0 | 24mm f/2.8
Zuiko Wideangle Lenses
28mm f/2.0 | 28mm f/2.8 | 28mm f/3.5 | 35mm f/2 | 35mm f/2.8 |
Zuiko Standard Lenses
40mm f/2.0 | 55mm f/1.2 | 50mm f/1.2 | 50mm f/1.4 | 50mm f/1.8 | Zuiko 50mm f/2.0 PF
Zuiko Medium-Telephoto Lenses
85mm f/2.0 | 100mm f/2.0 | 100mm f/2.8 | 135mm f/2.8 | 135mm f/3.5
Zuiko Telephoto Lenses
180mm f/2.0 EDIF | 180mm f/2.8 | 200mm f/4.0 | 200mm f/5.0 Auto-T (brief)
Zuiko Super-Telephoto Lenses
250mm f/2.0 EDIF | 300mm f/4.5 | 350mm f/2.8 EDIF | 400mm f/6.3 | 500mm | 600mm f/6.5 |1000mm f/11.0
Special application Zuiko optics:
24mm f/3.5 Shift | 35mm f/2.8 Shift | 500mm f/8 Reflex | AF Zoom 35-70mm f/4.0 | Zuiko 50mm f/2.0 PF

Tele-Converters: 1.4X-A / 2X-A

Zuiko Macro/Close focus lenses: Zuiko AUTO MACRO 20mm f/3.5 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 20mm f/2.0 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 38mm f/3.5 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 38mm f/2.8 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 50mm f/3.5 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 50mm f/2.0 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 1:1 80mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 90mm f/2.0 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 135mm f/4.5

Zuiko AUTO-Zoom Lenses - Main Index page
| S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 28-48mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/3.6 | S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AF AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/4.0 | S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/3.5 ~ f/4.5 | S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/3.5 ~ f/4.8 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-80mm f/2.8 ED | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-105mm f/3.5 ~ f/4.5 | Zuiko AUTO zoom 50-250mm f/5.0 | Zuiko AUTO zoom 65-200mm f/4.0 | S-Zuiko AUTO zoom 70-210mm f/4.5 ~ f/5.6 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 75-150mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 85-200mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 85-250mm f/5.0 | S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 100-200mm f/5.0 |

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