Monday, October 16, 2017

Digital Moments: S Zuiko MC Auto-Zoom 35-70mm f/4

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Olympus PEN E-P5, S Zuiko MC Auto-Zoom 35-70mm 1:4

S Zuiko Auto-Zoom 35-70mm f/4

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'A quick take session with the S Zuiko MC Auto-Zoom 35-70mm f/4 adapted to the Olympus E-P5'

Of the three manual focus short to medium zoom lenses that I have recently featured in these digital moments sessions, previously the Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4 and the Tamron SP 28-80mm 1:3.5~4.2 CF Macro, I find that the S Zuiko Auto-Zoom 35-70mm 1:4 that I am doing for this session is no slouch either.

Sharp as it comes, weighing in around the 380-gram mark, it is lighter than the Tamron SP, not as compact as the Sigma Zoom-Gamma, and does look rather bulky in its standard Olympus two-touch zoom design - clad in heavy ridged rubber for the zoom ring, and the standard diamond pattern focus ring.

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S Zuiko MC Auto-Zoom 35-70mm 1:4
The MC 1:4 version is actually one of four versions of 35-70mm zoom lenses that Olympus produced. The earliest version was a slightly bulkier but said to a sharper 35-70/3.6 model, this one does not carry the S designation. The second version, which was sold alongside the 35-70/3.6 is what this post is all about. It was the first model to carry the S designation, which is supposed to imply a 'Simplified' version, probably produced to compete directly with lower cost third party lenses which were also hitting the market then.

The third version is the 35-70/3.5~4.5, a very compact and desirable 35-70mm to carry around with for traveling and shooting on location. The final version is a 35-70/3.5-4.8 budget model which was sold as a package with the Cosina-built OM2000 SLR. Ultimately, however, if you are collecting and if you are going for overall optical performance, then the 35-70/3.6 is the one to go for ...

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Olympus PEN E-P5, S Zuiko MC Auto-Zoom 35-70mm 1:4
Images shown here are shot in the vicinity of the park near where I am staying, which is, more often than not, is becoming the location many of my quick take and analog diary images.

Shot in RAW on the 2x crop sensor Olympus E-P5, the images are at equivalent focal lengths equivalent equal of 70, 100, and 140mm. Post-processing was done on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and final print sharpening on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.

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The first four of the six images, which have been cropped to 16:9 image aspect, are actually upside down reflections shot of the water surface. The last two are 4:3 full crops. All shots are taken at f/5.6.


Resource Links:
Quick Take: Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4 Quick Take: Tamron SP 28-80mm 1:3.5~4.2 CF Macro

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