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.
Excerpt: As others have confirmed, the sharpness, reasonably fast focus and beautiful bokeh make this lens a wonderful masterpiece to own. As competition to Canon and Nikon's 70-200mm F2.8 lenses, remember that F2.0 allows TWICE THE LIGHT. So, I use this for my daughter's gymnasium sports requiring both challenges of low light and fast action. It delivers.
Excerpt: I own this entry into the SHG line of Zuiko Digital Lenses along with the 7-14mm, 14-35mm and the 150mm entrants. There is not a slouch in the line up.<br /><br />I particularly enjoy landscape and wildlife photography, so I have not used this lens in either portrait or action sports settings. That being said, no doubt this lens would excel at both.
Pros: Beautiful bokeh, Challenges My Skills, Durable, Easy To Use, Reliable
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.
Excerpt: Outstanding corner to corner sharpness by ƒ/2.8, consistent with the other SHG lenses. Lovely bokeh<br /><br />The Olympus SHG 35-100mm f/2 ED easily outperforms the 45mm f/1.8 and 75mm f/1.8 ED prime lenses— at the cost of needing the MMF-3 adapter and being huge and heavy by comparison.
Yes it is big - however - razor sharp images. Highly Recommended
29 August 2012
Summary: The 35-100 f2.0 lens is one of Olympus's Super High Grade lens (or from the top shelf). I purchased this to use for wedding photography. There is no other comparable product for the 4/3's line. It is big, it is heavy but the images are razor sharp. There is a tripod mount on the lens, and for portraiture - a tripod would be a handy addition. I purchased this to use on a 4/3's system (Olympus E5 - with grip) and have found it to easy to handle.
Summary: I purchased this lens after purchasing the 14-35 over six months ago. I own the 50-200, which is a great lens, but the 35-100 exceeds it with great bokeh, sharpness and contrast. Did I say Sharpness? Super sharp. I use it every day in my studio both indoors and out. I love the colors outside. I couldn't live without this lens in my bag. Worth everything I paid for it.