Monday, October 30, 2017

Digital Moments: Access P-MC 35-70mm f/2.5~3.5 Macro Zoom

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Olympus E-P5, Access P-MC 35mm-70mm 1:2.5~3.5 Zoom Macro

Access P-MC 35-70mm f/2.5~3.5 Zoom Macro

Access P-MC 35-70mm 1:2.5~3.5 Macro Zoom
'A quick take session with the Access P-MC 35-70mm f/2.5~3.5 Macro Zoom adapted to the E-P5'

The lens came in the mail a couple of days ago, attached to an Olympus OM body which was what I was really after. The lens looks interesting enough for me to do a quick search for it on the Internet.

As always, online reviews are a mixture of pros and cons, with some going for the good virtues of the lens while other go for the opposite. While one feigns surprise at the availability of the brand, it is probably safe to say that the lens is the same as the Soligor MC Zoom Auto f/2.5 which was made in Japan by Kobori.

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Access P-MC 35-70mm 1:2.5~3.5 Macro Zoom
Solid as a tank, being of all glass and metal construction, the lens weighs in at 460 gram, and comes with an array of four rings for manning (from back to front) Aperture, Macro, Zoom, and Focus functions. The filter thread is 58mm.

Physically, the lens is lighter and smaller than the Tamron SP 28-80mm f/3.5~4.2 CF Macro, almost the size of the Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm f/3.5~4, both of which I have posted earlier. The zoom range, however, is only equivalent to the S Zuiko Auto-Zoom 35-70mm f/4 (another post here), but with the ability to shoot in macro mode and the ability to let in more light up front.

The widest aperture of 1:2.5 can be used on all focal lengths except when in full zoom at 70mm, where the aperture jumps to 1:3.5 at its widest.

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Using the Macro function is more manual as it requires you to first disengage a locking pin before you can turn the ring to get the macro mode going. Shooting aperture priority means that I do away with the need another set of fingers on the aperture ring.

Olympus E-P5, Access P-MC 35-70mm 1:2.5~3.5 Macro Zoom

I was actually quite pleased with how these test images turned out. Colors are vivid, contrast is good, and bokeh looks potentially good. Sharpness, however, is just not here, while precise focusing is made more difficult with an extremely short focus throw of less than a quarter turn from the closest focusing distance of 0.7m to infinity.


Resource Links:
Battle of the 35-70s: Olymps vs Olympus vs Minolta vs Access: Sony Alpha / Nex E-mount (APS-C) Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
Hin's Photo Corner

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