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|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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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:
the Olympus M-System F =.Zuiko Auto-S f/=50 50 mm. F1.8
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
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.
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.
The Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm 1:1.8 (type 4)— new multilayer.
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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Photos taken with this lens Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f/ 1.8:
Owner reviews: Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f/ 1.8
Period of use: 2 monthsStrengths:
Excellent all-around lens
Great color, contrast and sharpness
M.b. the diaphragm ring on front?
Love a dreamy rendition with backlight
Period of use: 1 monthStrengths:
sharpness, colours. contrast. bokeh. chromatic aberration. mechanics. ultra smooth focussing. small size.
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:
Period of use: 10 monthsStrengths: