Monday, November 25, 2019

Almost a Normal Prime, Zuiko OM 28mm F2.8

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Olympus E-P5, Olympus Zuiko OM 28mm F2.8

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Almost a Normal Prime, Zuiko OM 28mm F2.8

'Five frames with the Olympus Zuiko OM 28mm F2.8 mounted on an MFT (Micro Four Thirds) digital camera'

When mounted on a 2x crop-sensor MFT (Micro Four-Thirds) digital camera, the Olympus Zuiko OM 28mm F2.8 wide-angle is the equivalent of a 56mm lens on a 35mm full-frame camera. Though a bit on the long side, this 'equivalent' does fall into the category of a 'normal prime', and might be considered as one, which is within the focal range of 40mm to 58mm.

Olympus E-P5,Olympus OM Zuiko 28mm F2.8
While normal lens captures images that look natural and accurate, lenses with longer focal lengths (telephoto lens) will compress the image forward.

As can be seen from these images, the effect brings the background nearer towards the front, even if only very slightly, and images may tend to look a bit flat as well.

With a maximum aperture of f/5.6 on the crop-sensor setup, the lens is definitely not a good candidate for good bokeh shots, if you are interested in that area or technique.

Instead, as most subject elements within the range of about 3 meters to infinity are already in sharp focus even at its widest aperture, the lens is the better option for landscapes, the urban scene or set to hyperfocal distance shooting for street photography and the like.

Physically, the Olympus Zuiko OM 28mm F2.8, which is acknowledged for its high contrast, faithful reproduction of colors and high resolving power, is an extremely compact retrofocus 6-elements in 6-groups construction, measuring only 32mm and weighs 170 grams. The lens is one of the lightest Zuiko wide-angle lenses when introduced.

Olympus E-P5,Olympus OM Zuiko 28mm F2.8

Interestingly enough, the Zuiko OM 28mm F2.8 is the only Zuiko 28mm wide-angle that can stop down to a minimum aperture of f/22 for (when you are back in the film world) added depth of field control.


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