Additional Information on Zuiko Lenses
MF Zuiko tele-zoom lense 70-210mm f/4.5~f/5.6

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S-Zuiko AUTO-Zoom 70-210mm f/4.5~f/5.6 MACRO

This particular zoom range was first popularized by the Vivitar Series 1® 70-210mm f/3.5 back in the late seventies. Over the years, manufacturers have either choosing zoom range in either this or another in 80-200mm for their telephoto-zoom (except of cause, the Zuiko). So even if you are using an old design such as the original Viivtar zoom as a yardstick to measure this late Zuiko inclusion, the latter has some how fall short in many of its technical specifications provide. So, since within the Zuiko lens group has quite a few tele-zoom on its own why would Olympus brought another zoom with overlapping zoom range into the family ?

Price ! I am not convinced this is a high end zoom. But it serves itself with the good purpose of supplementing needs of new SLR photographers who may be in the looking for such a lens-type to start their photographic journal. It is light, very compact, quite cheap (at suggested list prices range between USD125.00 - USD160.00* - halved the price of a comparing Zuiko AUTO zoom 65-200mm f/4.0 MACRO) and a popular zoom range that may excite many new talents. When combine it with a typical wide-tele S-Zuiko 35-70mm f/3.5~f/4.8, it may fulfill the needs of most budget minded casual shooters and/or new SLR users who may have bought themselves an entry level body such as OM2000 or any of the older models such as OM10s, OM-20 etc... as a simple economical combination of both these Zuikos cover the one of the most popular photographic zoom range from wideangle (63°) to telephoto (12°). Naturally, as there are many other options at the telephoto-zooms within the Zuiko lens group, if budget permits , you can always turn to one of those many choices to meet your expectation. *Source: MacBroom's Camera Blue Book.).

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Despite general perception which relates this zoom as an entry level optic, and most often, many seasoned OMers even firmly believing that this zoom was one of the few subcontracted products by Company. Well, I would like to speculate on such issues but even if it was, Olympus seemed to has an hand directly in deciding the lens-spec. to ensure it complies to their OM standard as it does possess a few features that truly quite useful for photographers. Firstly, the lense uses a popular one-touch zoom design to facilitate responsive lense handling during shooting. When the lighting is favorable and/or if used with a faster film types such as ASA200, 400 and above), its wide 3X zoom ratio from 70mm to 210mm can provide adequate working distance for photographers even when used for shooting sports, portraiture, landscapes and candid pictures. With an overall length measuring just 102.5mm (4.04") and weighing just 355g, this lense is highly portable when packs along with other gears for mountain tracking and/or traveling It has a built-in macrofocus mechanism where the close focus ability can be extended down to 1.14m (3.7") from its standard helical close-focus distance at 1.5m (4.9 ft). The lense is multicoated to ensure ghost and flares be minimized to absolute minimal so as not to affect picture quality. The depth of field scales and focal length indexes are well illustrated to aid the photographer should such references are required during shootings.

However, during a shooting sequence, please note this lense automatically changes the f-stop as it zooms in and out. If manual aperture selection is required (for flash photography, for example), set the F stop at the white line when using 70mm and at the yellow dot when using 210mm. If the focal length is between 70mm and 210mm, set the f-stop at intermediate position between the white line and yellow dot. Further, when the Close Focus function is used, the depth of field scales and infrared mark cannot be used. Further, due to the limiting opening aperture of this lense, the viewfinder is somehow quite dim and may caused the split-renagefinder to darken. For the ease of focusing and viewing, smart selection of focusing screen is essential. If your OM body does not provide an interchangeable focusing screen feature, use the microprism - it is easier to focus than the split.

Overall, although this lense may not be the absolute choice for many serious OM users who may have other thought, opinions and/or own preferences but given budget constraints and other possible reasons, this MF Zuiko tele-zoom does has its own charm appealing to other quarters.

Specification for Zuiko AUTO-Zoom 70-210mm f/4.5~f/5.6 MACRO

Lense Type:
One touch tele-zoom design
Focal length: 70-210mm
Maximum aperture: 1: 4.5 ~ 5.6
Lens construction: 10 elements in 7 groups, multicoated
Picture angle: 34° (f=70mm) - 11°(f=210mm)
Automatic, full aperture metering
Aperture scales: f/4.5~ f/22 @70mm; f/5.6~ f/28@ 210mm
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 1.5m (4.9 ft) to infinity
(oo) Close focus possible (see below)

Focusing: Rotary Helicoid system, by turning the zooming/focusing ring
Linear zoom, push and pull control via the zooming/focusing ring
Filter attachment size / Filter(s): 52mm, Screw-in type

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Lense hood: 52mm screw-in type
Minimum photographic range: 41cm x 62 cm (16.1 x 24.4" @70mm - 14cm x, 20cm (5.5" x 7.9" @ 210mm in Standard mode; 29cm x 43cm (11.4" x 16.9" @70mm - 9.5cm x 14 cm (3.7" x 5.5" @210mm) in MACRO mode
Maximum reproduction ratio: 1:5 (?) @ its closest focusing distance at 1.14m (3.7")
Length: 102.5mm (4.04 ")
Maximum diameter: 63.5 mm (2.5")
355g (12.5 oz)
Recommended Focusing Screens: 2-4**, 2-13**,1-1*, 1-2*, 1-3*, 1-4N**, 1-5#, 1-6#, 1-10*, 1-13* and 1-14*. * Compatible. #Can be used. They will provide for accurate and easy focusing but meter built into the OM-1 and OM-2 (on MANUAL) will not indicate correct light readings. With the OM-2 on AUTO, correct exposures are made on the film, but the meter needle does not give correct light readings.** Compatible, only with applicable OM bodies introduced at later stage.

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 |

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

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