Information on Olympus Zuiko lenses
Firstly, I am NOT an OM expert, so please don't write to me if you have any related problems on camera and lenses (one of the reason why I have removed the e-mail contact in this site). This Zuiko revamped project was basically just to patch some of my guilty conscience for kept thinking I didn't try my best during my earlier attempt when I did the Olympus OM-1(n) & OM2-(n) project. In a way, the growing number of OM users participation at the Message Board section which was originally aimed to supplement the two OM bodies reflects the growing popularity of the site. I am glad to see the effort is helpful to others. Naturally, there are some pressure also slowing building up for me to see if I can do it better. The neglected Zuiko section is one of them. After I started the Nikkor project, there were some areas I thought Zuiko do has some leading edge over other systems, in particular some selective optics at ultrawides, PC SHIFT and MACRO photography. So, it leads me to think it was rather unfair for unable to portray these great optic found in the Zuiko lense group for others to evaluate the respective strength and weaknesses in this great 35mm SLR photographic system.
Over the last few months, I have learnt a few new tricks to source materials from auction sales at Ebay. One of the most difficult area in a proper site construction is compilation of useful materials to be sued for the intended site. Images of lenses, are one of them. I have sent hundreds of mails seeking assistants and permissions and only 30% returned with favourable results. The process is tedious and lengthy and that is why when I told a few close web buddies such as Rick and Bruce a while ago of my intention to revamp the Zuiko section, it still has to take that long to begin the work. Another more comforting area was the successful persuasion of some contributing photographers to "loan" their personal images to be used for the respective lense sections, Simon Evan has been very helpful in this sense which leads to a few other sources where good photographers such as Bob Gries, Greg Logiodice, Joel Wilcox, Erwin Voogt etc..have agreed to participate and has make the progress so much smoother and more powerful in their presentations.
Don't get me wrong, although I am not entirely an OM user but I do have my admiration for the OM system as a whole - because you know it is simply impossible to prepare a site of such "scale" if I don't have the passion for it (the entire OM folder stands at 48MB now). Frankly, the way I started this PIM website was quite coincidental due to a stage when I was suffering from health problem back in the mid-90. During those difficult period in the hospital, where I thought I can create something out of nothing to divert off my state of depression suffered after the heart operation. Whether you believe it or not is not an important issue, the entire PIM project was actually started when I was admitted during the lengthy stay at hospitalization.
Well, I am not perfect as an individual, physically and neither as a web developer - but within the best of my knowledge I have given reasonably good effort to try it out. One area that still bucks me a lot is my poor command of English ( I think I am easily the worst Malaysian in this respect...). Anyway, as I have addressed this issue in many sections in my site, if that matters a l lot to some of you, it is just too unfortunate as all the content are not written specifically to please a Harvard or a Cambridge graduate... but I am learning all the time to improve the skill of writing (& type efficiently) and have tried my best to keep the lines simple and easier for all to understand (after all, I didn't force anyone to learn Mandarin first either, right ?). Frankly, creating such a site has indirectly benefited me personally as prior to commencing such work, as I have to read and digest many reading materials to broaden my knowledge base in order to avoid making mistakes during content writing; so in a way, it can beef up my personal capacity as well.
The current web traffic for the entire PIM site stands at approx. 11-12 million hits per month (as at 03/2003). It is getting a little stressful for my bandwidth, but I do hope the content has been serving its original purpose positively. As far as site objective is concerned, this site is only meant to supplement and has no intention to compete, if this original essence is not being understood, I just have to mourn the death in true spirit of Interneting... For the curious, what's next ? After the ZUIKO, the next phase of this website is to ensure the OM1(n) & OM2(n) in its completion by featuring the long pending OM2SP project, I may need more hands-on help in weeks to come, hopefully such great collaboration we had experienced with this Zuiko lense project can still persist and continue.
P. S. Although I am more inclined to rate the Olympus OM-3Ti as my personal favourite now but unfortunately, even as a collector, the asking price for the great camera is still too far from my reach. Hopefully one day, I can have a hand on it and take a ride with it and show you with some images taken with it.
Lastly, may God bless you all and hope the world can be as peaceful as ever (something just like the OM3Ti .. we can easily cough out the amount and buy it, but just difficult to do it..).
<<<---- The Petronas Twin Towers & the Maxis Building, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - the current world's tallest man-made structure which locates just next to my office is a constant good photographic topic for me during my light jogging at the central park. From my copyright-Free images collection leofoo®
NOTE: A handful of the GREAT images presented herein this Zuiko website have also been selected in my private Windows Project.
A Brief overview on Zuiko Optics (not ready..)
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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About this photographic site.
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Maintainers for OM Zuiko Site & Message Board: Rick Oleson (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://rick_oleson.tripod.com), Bruce Hamm (email@example.com), John Orrell (firstname.lastname@example.org), Simon Evans, (http://www.mawddwy.freeserve.co.uk); Shaun (email@example.com), Andy Radcliffe (AndyJRadcliffe@manx.net)
Special thanks to: Gregory P. Logiodice, Bob Gries, Erwin Voogt, Joel Wilcox, Rick Oleson, Simon Evan and many others for granting permissions to use their images of either lenses, cameras and own pictures appeared in this Zuiko website.
Credit: My old time buddy, Ahmad Ikram, Dr of Rubber Research Institute (RRI), Malaysia who shares the same passion with me and also lending his OM-1n, OM-4 and the Motor Drive 1 to me for preparing some images in this site; Mark Dapoz <firstname.lastname@example.org>for reminding some broken links; Mr Poon of Foto Poon, Ipoh, Mr Richard, Ampang Park, Mr Lim and Miss Jenny of Foto Edar for their generosity for their OM1(n), OM2n camera and some Zuiko lenses. Mr Hans van Veluwen for mistakenly using some content earlier from his OM website; J Sorensen for providing some useful images to rectify some technical "flaws"; Mr Gen Holst for helping during the early stages of development of this OM site; Mr KKLow for some of his earlier images on the OM-1appeared in this website; Miss Wati and Mirza for helping me to convert this Operation Manual into a HTML format. Mr MCLau for rectifying some mistakes made on the earlier preview sites. A personal tribute to the creator of the OM system and also a site dedicated to all the fans of Olympuses and Zuiko Optics worldwide. Some of the content and images appeared in this site were scanned from OM official marketing leaflets, brochures and instruction manual(s) for educational purposes. Olympus is a registered trade name of Olympus Optical Inc., Japan. Site created 'unfortunately again with an IMac.