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Monday, February 18, 2019

Five Frames, Olympus E-P5 + E.Zuiko 100mm 1:3.5, A Lightweight Compact

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Vintage Lens Test, image making with an E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm 1:3.5, handheld tele shots.
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The Zuiko FT 100mm 1:3.5, or officially the E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm 1:3.5, another lens from the series produced for the Olympus Pen F/FT half-frame Camera Systems of the 1960s, is an outstanding lens as portrayed on a series of web pages including an image series by kuuan on Flickr, a discussion of MFlenses, a showcase thread on Mu-43.com, and a discussion thread on Fuji-X forum.

My well-used and slightly battered copy of the E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm 1:3.5 is, however, far from perfect. It has a thin layer of fungal infection across one of its inner elements, and although the aperture ring is soft and smooth, the focusing ring is rather stiff.

Olympus E-P5, E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm 1:3.5
Olympus E-P5, E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm 1:3.5

At 100mm focal length, the lens will be the equivalent of a 200mm lens on the 2x crop-sensor Olympus E-P5, long enough to put the lens into the medium telephoto category, good for closed sports or action shorts. Bright ambient light should give you the shutter speed you need, recommended at 1/200 second minimum, to shoot with the lens handheld.

Olympus E-P5, E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm 1:3.5
Olympus E-P5, E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm 1:3.5

An advantage you have with these cute and compact Olympus Pen F/FT lenses is the need for a lens adapter that is very shallow. On the E-P5, the whole extension, including the lens hood is only 115mm long.



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