Summary: This lens is so very impressive!!! It's bigger money to pay out on a lens, but the results in the photo is worth it. I shoot with an Olympus E-5 and also the omd-Em-5. the lens works well with either camera. Although with the M-5 it looks hilarious. It is very heavy to carry around hiking. I've gone to a belt system to accommodate the weight difference.
Summary: I have over 40 year experience in photography. .Used the leica camera in the 70s..olympus in the 80s..Minolta in the 90s and I presently shoot wuth the supreme olympus e5 and nikon d800e and d7100. I love my fx d800e nikon especially paired the the stellar 70 to 200 vr2....yes pictures comes out absolutely beautiful with some fine tuning in photoshop. Olympus e5 with the zuiko 35 to 100 pictures come out lifelike with no post processing 95% of the time...
Summary: I use this primarily with my E-5 and it's easily one of Olympus' best 4/3 lenses. Can shoot wide open and works amazingly well for indoor sports like basketball and hockey. Portrait shots are a dream as well. Focus isn't blazing fast but the limiter helps and it rarely misses in quick shooting conditions. Sealing holds up great. I've used it to shoot a number of Spartan Races and it shrugs off water and mud without a problem.
Summary: This lens, along with the 14-35mm are really the only two lenses you need for a day out shooting. It also works quite well with the EC-14 that I own, and I suspect the EC-20 as well, with a one and two stop "penalty" being the only price for using these. This lens provides sharpness end to end, and the colors come out of the lens quite real, with not much post processing required.
Summary: I've had this lens since 2009 so here is the real life usage summary. 1. Extremely bright lens - f/2.0 and fastest(aperture) in its class. I've found this to help me overcome 99% of all lighting obstacles in a zoom. 2. Focusing speed is better than average - I have to be careful here because this depends on also your lens and what aperture you are shooting. The camera body and focus point choices in the body are big factors.
Summary: This is an incredible piece of photographic equipment. F 2.0 through out the range, sharp and clear beyond anything I have ever seen. Had to save up for a long time to get it but worth every penny for sure.
Summary: Primarily using this lens for action shots at youth hockey games with the E-5 body. Even with the terrible lighting conditions this lens provides fast focus and sharp images of players moving at high speeds. Initially rented this lens for a week long tournament and made the decision to purchase after uploading the images for the first time. Shooting wide open at f/2.0 and low ISO (which is the main knock on the Olympus 4:3 platform) the images are absolutely spectacular.
Summary: I purchased this OM-2SP as an adjunct to my Nikon film bodies. This body came with a 28mm 2.8, 50mm 1.8 and 80-200mm zoom at a price that was too good to pass up. I love the spot metering and full manual control in addition to the full program and aperture priority settings on this Olympus model. This camera is much smaller and lighter than my Nikon F3 with comparable build quality.