Reviews and Problems with Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50~200mm F2.8~3.5
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Lens Test: Olympus Zuiko Digital 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED AF
8 July 2012
Excerpt: Don't include this $1200 (street) tool in the large class of 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 lenses from other lensmakers. Though it has a similar range, the Olympus Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 is much more a pro's lens than those slower kit zooms. On an Olympus or Panasonic Four Thirds DSLR, it converts to a 100-400mm equivalent, making it one of the brightest and most compact lenses to reach 400mm.
Conclusion: The optical performance of this lens warrants the price on it’s own although the build quality is also quite good and the claimed splash proof design should help endear owners likely to spend time in outdoor environments. No fan here of totally electronic focussing, I would worry about the delicacy of this type of system and the delays it causes in confirming a focus fix, but, short of destructive testing, I have no way of knowing how robust the system is likely to be.
Pros: Excellent optical performance across the board, Good build quality that is externally simple and splash proof, Nice carry case supplied
Cons: Manual focus/over-ride only through camera menu, Autofocus a little slow. Takes a second to lock on., Hood seems a little fragile for class of lens.
Three Olympus Zuiko Digital Lenses; 14-35mm f/2 ED SWD, 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD, And 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD
1 November 2001
Excerpt: The Olympus D-SLR system always included a series of pro-caliber lenses targeting serious photographers working with the E-1 pro camera. Since the introduction of the newer E-3, Olympus has also unveiled three high-grade zooms, the first in the Zuiko Digital line with Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) autofocus. Designed to provide the ultimate in AF performance, this trio offers wide apertures...
Conclusion: The Olympus Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD is an obvious choice for those looking for an upgrade from their Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 or Zuiko 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6. The Olympus lens does certainly shine regarding its very good resolution capabilities throughout the zoom range. Distortions as well as CAs are well controlled. The vignetting is a bit on the high side at max. aperture but it's not a real problem either.