Opinions on old OM Zuiko 35-70mm?

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skulpt New Member • Posts: 10
Opinions on old OM Zuiko 35-70mm?

Hey all.

First off, I'm a huge Zuiko fan. I have an OM 28 3.5 on my 5D2, and just love it. The focus ring is just so smooth and amazing, and the images that come off of that lens are great.

Getting into video a bit more on the 5D2, I'm looking for more Zuiko options with something less wide. I've noticed variations of the OM 35-70. Some max out at F3.6, some at F4.5, some at F4.8.

Has anyone used any of these lenses in the 35-70mm lineup from Olympus? I know Zuiko primes are totally amazing from experience, but what about this zoom for a zoom?

Any thoughts or experiences with this lens would be greatly appreciated.

shutter2533 Senior Member • Posts: 1,476
My opinions of OM Zuiko 35-70mm

Getting into video a bit more on the 5D2, I'm looking for more Zuiko
options with something less wide. I've noticed variations of the OM
35-70. Some max out at F3.6, some at F4.5, some at F4.8.

Zuiko 35-70mm f3.6 constant. First version - excellent sharpness with lower contrast. Higher serial numbers may be improved.

S Zuiko 35-70mm f4 constant. Consumer versions prefixed with "S" meaning "simplified" optical formula for cost reduction. Sharp, better contrast with noticeable barrel distortion at 35mm.

S Zuiko 35-70mm f3.5~4.5 Even better value with variable aperture. Very compact and again barrel distortion at 35mm.

S Zuiko 37-70mm f3.5~4.8 Cosina made. Not an Olympus design or manufactured. It was sold with the OM-2000 also made by Cosina. Not a bad lens. Not used one, but I would expect performance similar to the f3.5-4.5 version.

Zuiko 35-80mm f2.8 constant. Latest version from Olympus (1993-5?) Excellent sharpness and contrast. Very well corrected optics with $1500 price tag to match.

Best regards,

Trevor

skulpt OP New Member • Posts: 10
Re: My opinions of OM Zuiko 35-70mm

Thanks a lot Trevor. That helps out quite a bit.

sevenseas7 Forum Member • Posts: 53
Re: My opinions of OM Zuiko 35-70mm

Image taken with E-1 and Olympus 35-70mm f3.6, wide open at f3.6

lloyd007 Senior Member • Posts: 1,354
Re: I have the 35-70 3.5-4.5...

It's a good lens on my OM bodies, lightweight, plastic but sturdy... but I haven't used it on my E-system and probably never will since the 14-42 and 12-60 are better lenses in every respect. My copy was never really sharp until you stopped down to f8-11 and it did have distortion issues. For a 1980's design zoom its a good lens... for a 2009 zoom... not so much.

I used the 3.6 constant version briefly. It's a sharper and better made optic but again it's a 2x zoom at f3.6... Never used the Cosina or 35-80 which is probably superb but good luck finding it (I think there were more 24 shift lenses made) for any reasonable price (I saw one on E-bay for $1000 which for that price you can get almost any of the OEM's 24-70 type lenses or the new Sigma 24-70 HSM which looks very nice).

If you can pick one up for cheap like $10-$20 in good condition get one to try it out but otherwise there are much better options... I agree Zuiko primes are spectacular I have a 135/3.5 that is razor sharp corner to corner on any cam I've put it on and a 21/3.5 that has taken many of my favorite images...

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