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Zuiko wideangle lens - 35mm f/2.0, 35mm f/2.8

 
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Zuiko 35mm wideangle lenses

As the most popular among wideangle lenses, the 35mm is now recognized as an all purpose and extremely convenient lense for everyday use. With an angle of view of 63° , approximately 20% wider than a standard lense, the ability of the 35mm to include more of the total picture area with neat natural perspectives has made it one of the most sought-after wide-angle lenses available during those days. During the late seventies and early eighties, lenses near 35mm focal length were used to be a natural choice as a second lense because most new SLRs sold during those days are usually 'bundled" with a standard 50mm lense. And soon a photographer may want to explore other aspect of the vision and usually, a telephoto and a moderate wideangle was the first consideration to expand his/her system. Naturally, with today's great zoom range and capability of zoom lenses, prime wideangle such as the 35mm may find it hard to survive in this kind of situations, but only photographers with specific intention in mind would still appreciate existence of these lenses.

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I am not against a 35mm focal length lenses but I would think 28mm lense is a more practical wideangle optic than a 35mm. But a positive aspect of the 35mm is, its bigger image size compared to other wide-angle lenses; this makes pictures taken with this lense less noticeable with any apparent distortion. The best way to use this lense is to treat it as a wider "angle-of-view" standard lense.

<<< ---- Zuiko 35mm f2.0, the fastest lens in the Zuiko 35mm focal length combines good benefit of high speed, top rated resolution and great portability.
With a 63° angle of view that projects about 50% larger image area of a comparing 50mm standard lense, it is a good lense for shooting indoor photography with or without flash especially where you need just a touch more picture coverage than a standard lense. Most 35mm wideangles usually provide a relatively large maximum aperture (f/2.8 and above). As wideangle lenses also has, in their optical nature slightly extended depth of field than the normal lense at equivalent aperture and distance setting, making them a good choice in particular to cover PR sessions such as parties, weddings, presentations etc. without the fear of seeing too much of distortion in eventual processed prints. In situations where you needed to work with a flash, you will need a flash units with sufficient power to cover an adequate distance, otherwise you will have to be contented to work with only a few people in the picture frame. That is one of the reason why I prefer the 28mm for such purpose where it may able to cover six or seven persons in a confined area.

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http://www.mawddwy.freeserve.co.uk/With the emergence of wideangle zoom lenses, prime lenses with focal length such as 35mm are gradually fading out in their popularity as with the old days. With the modern high performance zoom with extended zoom ratio, it may sound stupid to invest in one and thus rarely you will find such fixed focal length lenses be given an update to these prime lenses. The strength of prime wideangle lenses was with their fixed and usually larger maximum aperture they provide and technically, they provide better resolution than comparing zoom lenses at specific foal length, especially when shooting in backlit situations. The ZUIKO lense family has two wideangle at 35mm, both offer good maximum lense speed from f/2.8 onwards, extremely well made physically and able to deliver top class optical performance.

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H-Zuiko AUTO-W 35mm f/2.0

You can safely referred this Zuiko 35mm f/2.0 lense as one of the most compact version in its class. Measures merely at 43mm in length - Hardly longer than a standard lense yet it comes with a very bright aperture of f/2.0, which provides crystal clear vision inside the finder for ease of view and focusing. This Zuiko wideangle is reputedly yields consistent high resolution images with minimal distortion, and it can focuses as close as 30cm. It is a fine lense for regular wideangle photography where you can make use of its slightly wider than normal picture angle for shooting a wide variety of subjects, which includes low available light photography.

With a optical composition that comprises of a 8-elements, 7-groups design, this Zuiko wideangle has virtually maintaining its optical construction throughout its entire product cycle with the exception of the early version having marginally shorter body length at 42mm. With a combination of good factors such as fast lense speed, great portability and a more natural perspective which makes it a very popular wideangle lense among OM photographers.

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It was so versatile that it was often used as a standard lense during those days. It is a good wideangle lense ideal for interiors and low available light photography. Innovative mechanical and optical engineering designs has resulted in its superb definition and high resolving power. The lense has a filter size of 55mm and has great compatibility with wide range of system accessories such as focusing screens etc. This lense exhibits top quality construction, it is solid and rigid in various components. Essential features are well laid out and easy access for photographers to react quickly to fast changing actions.

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Specification:

Older Version: H-Zuiko AUTO-W 35mm f/2.0
Current Version:
Zuiko 35mm f/2.0
Focal length: 35mm
Optical construction: 7 groups, 8 elements
Angle of view: Diagonal: 63°
Distance Scale: (m) 0.3 (1 ft) to infinity
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Minimum photographic range: 14cm x 21cm (5.5" x 8.3")
Focusing: Straight Helicoid
Minimum and Maximum aperture: f/16 ~ f/2.0
Diaphragm: Automatic
Filter size. 55mm; some older version may offer smaller filter attachment size at 49mm

Length: 43mm older version: 42mm (1.7")
Weight: 240g; older version: 230g (8.1 oz.)
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.. The first 35mm f/2.0 lense that beared a "MC" designation in the lens data only appeared very late in 1982, you may use this to estimate the date of production.


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G-Zuiko AUTO-W 35mm f/2.8

This lovely, compact Zuiko 35mm wideangle actually sized smaller than a
Zuiko 28mm f/2.8, but don't get fooled by its tiny body dimension. It is a wideangle that can deliver a top level image clarity, sharpness and freedom from aberrations and flare which make it a winner. This highly portable Zuiko lense was used to be the most popular lense at 35mm focal length and it was also one of the most affordable Zuiko lense.

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It possesses good factors that make it an excellent wideangle lense for general photography and with the advantage offers by today's fast speed, high resolution film types which compensates its slower maximum aperture, it can bring you to places ijn handling virtually any types of photographic assignments or simply just for leisure photography. The picture angle corresponds with most flash units and makes it an equally excellent choice for flash photography without any aid such as a flash reflector/extender.

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It was among the original batch of Zuiko lenses that debuted along with the OM system back at the beginning of the '70, this retrofocus Zuiko wideangle uses a straight forward deluxe construction of seven elements in six groups to minimize common come flare inherent in wideangle lenses. This optical composition has virtually unchanged since its introduction and shows how much Olympus optical engineers has prided in their original design. However, a comparative chart indicates (see below at the spec sheet) newer version apparently has a longer body length and weighs significantly heavier than original version.

This compact lense has a OM standard 49mm filter attachment size and provides virtually endless combination of other OM system accessories. According to Rick, the first 35mm f/2.8 lense that beared a official "MC" designation in the lens data only appeared very late in 1984, you may use this to estimate the date of production.

Specification:

Older Version: G-Zuiko AUTO-W 35mm f2.8
Current Version:
Zuiko 35mm f2.8
Focal length: 35mm
Optical construction: 6 groups, 7 elements
Angle of view: Diagonal: 63°
Distance Scale: (m) 0.3 (1 ft) to infinity
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Focusing: Helicoid
Minimum and Maximum aperture: f/2.8-f/16
Minimum photographic range: 14cm x 21cm (5.5" x 8.3")
Diaphragm: Automatic
Filter attachment size/Filters. 49mm screw-in
Length: 43mm; older version: 33mm (1.3")
Maximum Diameter: 59mm (2.3")
Weight: 240g (8.5oz); older version: 170g (6.0 oz.)

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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..

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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