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Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm  f/ 1.8 Lens

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Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm  f/ 1.8 lens

Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm  f/ 1.8 lens

Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm  f/ 1.8 lens

Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm  f/ 1.8 lens

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Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm  f/ 1.8 optical design

Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm  f/ 1.8 optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Olympus OM

First year of production: 1972

Last year of production: 2002

Optical design: 6 elements in 5 groups (early), 6 elements in 4 groups (later)

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Average price: $25

Specifications:

Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
50mmf/1.8f/1660.4549165/5,832/1,3

Additional information:

The Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm  f/ 1.8  is a  standard classic kit lens of Olympus. It was manufactured for more than 30 years practically without modifications (there were 6 versions and 5 million such lenses manufactured in aggregate).

Being rather small, it features magnificent optical qualities. Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm  f/ 1.8 is already sharp at f/1.8. It produces beautiful bokeh. Contrast is good, almost no  optical distortions visible. Images have nice,natural colors. It is well resistant toback lighting, especially  the MC version.

The Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm  f/ 1.8 has very high resolution:

Resolution at f/ 2.8 (center/edge):  57/40 lpmm

Resolution at f/ 5.6 (center/edge):  90/40 lpmm



There are only 6 versions of this lens:

  1. the Olympus M-System F =.Zuiko Auto-S f/=50 50 mm. F1.8
  2. The Olympus OM-System F.Zuiko Auto-S 1:1.8 f=50 mm (type 1)- it may well be a variant with a silver fringe on the front
  3. The Olympus OM-System F.Zuiko Auto-S 1:1.8 f=50 mm (type 2)— it can be identified with a black front frame.
  4. The Olympus OM-System Zuiko MC Auto-S 1:1.8 f=50 mm (type 3)—both this variant and the rest are based on the same scheme - 6 elements in 4 groups. Multilayer coating was introduced.
  5. The Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm 1:1.8 (type 4)— new multilayer.
  6. The Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm 1:1.8 (type 5) — the last series manufactured  byOlympus Sakaki. Serial numbers started with 5хххххх. This version is considered to be the best.

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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 03.08.2010

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Mechanical quality4.4316
Optical quality4.7616
Usability4.6316
Pricing / Value4.7713
Bokeh4.5814
Overall lens rating
4.63

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Owner reviews: Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm  f/ 1.8

Leo Koikov 12.08.2016 23:04:09
Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:

Excellent all-around lens

Great color, contrast and sharpness

Compact

Price


Weaknesses:

M.b. the diaphragm ring on front?


Comments:

Love a dreamy rendition with backlight

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/albums/72157672357967795




robgrune 28.09.2014 18:16:21
Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

sharpness, colours. contrast. bokeh. chromatic aberration. mechanics. ultra smooth focussing. small size. 


Weaknesses:

coma.


Comments:

This lens deserves mch more attention from photographers. I think mine is series 1: SN +500000. I got mine for only $45 in great condition: a steal of a deal. IMHO, the lens compares very well to the Leica, but has better colours for digital cameras. It is below the excellent level of my Zeiss Contas G 2.0/45 lens, but the difference is small: the Zeiss has higher resolving power (resolving power is need for the Sony A7R). Important for 36MP sensors: the F.Zuiko has the lowest CA of all Japanese lenses.  Overall, the F.Zuiko is an excellent lens.

see link below for photos from this lens:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/49615044@N03/sets/72157648067288516/




Bakin 1.1.2000 00:00:01
Period of use: 10 months

Strengths:
  • Very compact!
  • A beautiful pictures!
  • Sharpness, contrast, everything is OKl!
  • It is convenient to focusing.

    Weaknesses:

    Decreases the contrast in the contre

    Comments:

    Great lens especially considering the price of it.