Monday, January 20, 2020

Digital Moments, Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro

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Olympus E-P5, Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro

Digital Moments:

Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro

'Five frames with the Olympus Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro, on the first run with an MFT digital'

My first run with the Olympus Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro mounted on the digital MFT (Micro Four Thirds) Olympus Pen E-P5. Images, shot mostly with the aperture wide open, were surprisingly sharp, none too contrasty, and shows a clear affinity to the neutral mid-tone color range.

Olympus E-P5, Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro

The 50mm F3.5 Macro lens, designated as the 'Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm 1:3.5', is a very compact and lightweight all metal and glass 5-elements in 4-groups construction. It weighs 200 grams, measures 40mm in length, has a 6-blade iris, an aperture range from f/3.5 to f/22, and is fitted with an automatic close-focus correction mechanism for aberration correction.

The focusing range of the 50mm F3.5 Macro is from 0.23 meters to infinity, with a reproduction ratio of 1:2. On the 2x crop-sensor E-P5, or when fitted with a 25mm Auto Extension tube to the OM 35mm SLR, the reproduction ratio is boosted to 1:1. Going beyond that, say, with the 65mm-116mm Telescopic Extension Tube on the SLR, or with the standard extension tube fitted to the OM Adapter OM-2 on the digital MFT, is all yours to try.

Olympus E-P5, Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro

First introduced in 1973, with silver nose trimming, the Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm 1:3.5 was updated to the Olympus OM-System Zuiko MC Auto-Macro 50mm 1:3.5 (Multi-coated) versions. The latest version, the multi-coated version but without the 'MC' lettering, may be identified by a series of 4-character manufacturing code codes silkscreened to the butt of the lens mount.

One thing you might interesting is that the lens is also equal to the task of a standard lens, if not better and more flexible than the one you may have been using.


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