Additional Information on Olympus Zuiko lenses
Macro Photography with Zuiko lenses - Part 4

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Zuiko MC 1:1 MACRO 80mm f/4.0 (Current Version with info on older discontinued manual preset version)

Among the three macro lenses introduced during the early days, the most interesting optic was the Zuiko 1:1 Macro 80mm f/4.0. Generally, ordinary lenses and conventional macro lenses cannot reproduce life-size images with critical definition, while this was the world"s first 1:1 macro for use with 35mm film. Although I am not sure whether the original OM system introduced with the M-1 has this macro lense available, but even by the time OM-2 was introduced in 1975, at the time, it was till the world's first application macro lense to offer life size reproduction. The early version works in full manual operation and exposure measurement was done only in stopped down metering. it was specifically designed to work extensively with the Auto bellow unit only. Especially for life size copy work, the 80mm f/4 is an excellent lense in particular used with a Telescopic Auto Tube introduced at later stage where its magnification range is 1/2x to life size, or life size to 2x together with the Close-up Lens 80mm Macro. Low magnification close-up photography is also catered for with auto extension tubes and close-up lenses. The manual preset lense weighs heavier (200g versus 170g) and measures longer (46mm versus 33mm) than newer version. With the auto bellow, the highest achievable magnification ratio can be 2.4X.

Credit: Mr. Steve Martin <> who contributed his time to prepare the scanning process of the Instruction Manual of the Auto Tube 65-116mm.(NEW upload)

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The revised version was probably introduced in 1982/3 with incorporation of a automatic diaphragm and more importantly, Olympus has designed a innovative accessory, Auto Tube 65-116mm specifically to work with this macro lense. Naturally, the revised lense can also works perfectly with the Auto Bellows. Especially when used with the telescopic 65-116, it makes an extremely convenient macro lens (0.5X ~ 2X), as automatic diaphragm control and meter coupling is possible. With the Auto Bellows automatic aperturing is achieved by the use of the Double Cable Release.

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In close-up and macrophotography blurred images caused by camera shake become increasingly exaggerated as magnification ratio becomes greater. However, with availability of TTL OTF film metering with capable OM bodies such as OM-2(n), OM-2SP, OM-40, OM-4(Ti) etc.. and Electronic Flash such as older Auto Flash 310 or the newer Olympus T32 or T10 Ring Flash, taking of razor-sharp perfectly exposed macro pictures has become within each reach of every photographer and has opened many photographic opportunities never dreamt before possible. For advanced amateurs and professionals, a macrophoto stand (VST-1) or highly sophisticated PMT-35 macrophoto equipment are available in the OM System. Further, a companion system accessory, Close-up lense 80mm was also being designed to supplement the lense at later stage for 2:1 (2X) macrophotography to be used with this lense and the 65-116 AUTO tube.

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CLOSE-UP lense 80mm MACRO f=170mm

This high quality close-up lens is specially designed for use with the Zuiko MC Auto-1:1 Macro 80mm f/4.0 lense to extend its magnification range with the Telescopic Auto Extension Tube 65-116 from 1X to 2X. This close-up filter/lense is believed to have been multicoated and it also accepts a 49mm threaded filter.

It is use by mounting at the front of the 1:1 80mm Zuiko Macro lense and removable. A wrench is also came with the lense for easy removal of the filter. Olympus warns avoiding using this close-up lense with any other Zuiko optic other than the Zuiko MC MACRO 1:1 80mm f/4.0. Further, the use of this unit for magnification 1.2X or lower is NOT recommended because the lense itself can offer a better performance when used alone. During operation, always stopped the aperture down to f/5.6 or smaller for better optical results. Olympus also suggests the compatible focusing screens when used for macrophotography with such combination are 1-4, 1-10 and 1-11 types.

The Telescopic AUTO EXTENSION TUBE 65-116 is a very innovative system accessory design by Olympus. It works like a zoom (but without optical glass) and provide variable extensions to increase lense to film distance. It combines compactness and practicality, permits far greater portability in high magnification macro work, with the added benefits of fully automatic aperturing, smoother and quicker extension, and increased toughness. Used with lenses such as 80mm f/4.0, 135mm f/4.5 and the T10 Ring Flash (which also accepts a unique cross polarizing filter to minimize reflections), it affords high performance, with TTL "OTF" Auto flash and a free choice of magnifications and lense apertures.

Credit: Mr. Steve Martin <> who contributed his time to prepare the scanning process of the Instruction Manual of the Auto Tube 65-116mm.(NEW upload)


Focal length: 80mm
Angle of view: 9° (at its highest magnification)
Optical construction: 6 elements in 4 groups; Multicoated for later versions unknown for earlier ones.
Diaphragm operation: Manual for older version; automatic diaphragm for later versions

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Macrophotography table with both standalone lense and AUTO TUBE 65 -116 (39k Gif)
Older version (manual preset Current version with AUTO diaphragm

Aperture range: f/4.0 ~ f/32; f/4.0 ~ f/22 for older version
minimum focus
: 0.23m (9.1")
Minimum photographic range
: 48mm x 72mm ~ 12mm x 18mm (1.9" x 2.8" ~ 0.5" x 0.7")
Focusing: With Auto Bellows for older version, later versions with Auto Bellows/Auto Tube 65-116mm

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Fine Focusing: Straight Helicoid
Filters: 49mm screw-in
Maximum diameter: 60mm (2.4"); 59mm (2.3") for older version
Length: 31mm (1.2"); 46mm (1.8") for older version
Weight: 170g (6.0 oz); 200g for older version

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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 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 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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