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Four Thirds lenses
- Panasonic initially made some very nice Leica-D optically image stabilised lenses for Four Thirds but have since apparently abandoned the Four Thirds format to concentrate on the extremely popular Micro Four Thirds format.
- Olympus officially discontinued the Four Thirds lens range in March 2017 - 14 years after it created the Four Thirds System
Four Thirds lens accessories
- 25mm extension tube for closer focus capability
- AF is maintained when used with the ZD 50mm f/2.0 macro but AF may not be possible with most other lenses
- AF will probably NOT be possible when used on Micro Four Thirds via an adapter
- examples of use on a Four Thirds dSLR:
- with ZD 14-54mm II:
- need to set lens to 54mm, auto focus is possible from 4.5-5.5cm in front of lens
- with ZD 50-200mm II:
- at 200mm, will auto focus from 54.5cm to 175cm from the subject
- see Four Thirds.org for further details on focus range when used on various lenses
- high quality 1.4x teleconverter
- 1 stop less light
- high quality 2x teleconverter
- 2 stops less light
Olympus Super-High level pro lenses
- these are very expensive, weather-proofed, high quality lenses
Olympus ZD 7-14mm f/4
- rectilinear ultra-wide angle zoom with field of view as for 14-28mm in 35mm terms
- cannot use filters as very convex glass element
- minimal barrel/pincushion distortion, almost zero at 10mm focal length.
- very sharp;
- performs best at f/5.6-f/8.
- this lens is so good & allows unique creative opportunities, I just had to get one :)
- perfect for indoor work
- seems to have an inbuilt polariser-like effect on blue sky - perhaps the Brewster effect?
- a little purple fringing wide open outdoors at 7mm in high contrast situations at the periphery.
- flare spots if you allow light sources to hit its convex outer lens.
- the ZD 7-14mm thrashes ANY Canon wide angle lens including their 14mm L lens for sharp, distortion-free images across the frame
- see my photos using the 7-14mm:
Olympus ZD 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD
- equiv. field of view to a 28-70mm lens
- let's twice as much light in as a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens but with more depth of field (DOF)
- world 1st standard zoom with f/2.0 throughout zoom range
- RRP $A3499
- seems that some models have issues with gaining AF lock in low light with the E3:
Olympus ZD 35-100mm f/2.0
- released in 2005, it is the world's 1st lens to give f/2.0 over the entire zoom range
- a much loved lens for videographers as it is constant f/2.0
- now this would make a brilliant available light portrait lens with nice bokeh ~$US2500 or $A4400
- BUT weighs 1.8kg with tripod lock which is similar to Canon's 70-200mm f/2.8 IS but 1 stop faster.
- 77mm filter; close focus 1.4m;
Olympus ZD 150mm f/2.0
- in effect, give the telephoto reach of a 300m f/2.0
- this could be one of the best lenses for astrophotography as well as high-end work if you can afford it
- combined with a TC you get reach of 420mm f/2.8 (1.4x TC) or 600mm f/4 (EC-20)
- plonk this on an Olympus E5 and you have one very light super telephoto system for sports or wildlife use.
- 1.61kg; 82mm filter; $A4300
- with EC-20 2x TC it is half the price and weight, and faster focus with more DOF than the ZD 300mm f/2.8 but not quite as sharp, and f/4.0 wide open.
Olympus ZD 300mm f/2.8
- a superb lens for birding, etc but is 3.3kg but it's the only way with any camera system to get 600mm telephoto reach at f/2.8!
Olympus ZD 90-250mm f/2.8
- a fantastic lens for action or wildlife photography and unique at 180-500mm equiv. f/2.8 but ~$US6000 or $A10,000 and 3.27kg with 105mm filter
- the longest zoom made by Canon is their 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS which weighs 1.36kg but 2 stops slower.
- Canon make a 400mm f/2.8L IS lens but this is 5.3kg while the 500mm f/4L IS is 3.9kg and 1 stop slower.
Olympus High-level pro lenses
- these are the ones most enthusiasts aim for
ZD 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5
- practically diffraction-limited optics with some CA but better than Canon 24-70mm L lens
- 72mm filter; ~$A1400;
ZD 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 SWD
- equiv. to 24-120mm lens
- perhaps the BEST standard zoom for Four Thirds (and perhaps better than available for any dSLR) giving versatility and AF speed, a 5x zoom while still retaining excellent resolution comparable to the 11-22mm and 14-54mm at the expense of a little more barrel distortion at the wide end.
- some complex distortion at wide angle (thus if doing architecture, consider the 11-22mm lens instead) but overall a superb lens.
- 72mm filter thread, does not rotate on focus; internal focus; macro to 0.25m; 0.58kg;
- would combine very well with:
- 7-14mm, 50mm macro & 50-200mm SWD - a total of 4 lenses that give excellent quality and a focal range of 14-400mm in 35mm terms plus a macro/portrait lens.
- AF fault identified in those with serial numbers between 230005416 and 230010688 - see free inspection & repair
- RRP $A1499
ZD 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5
- a standard zoom equiv. to 28-108mm; some vignetting at f/2.8 in extreme corners but less than the Leica; $A840
- when compared to the Leica D 14-50mm (see here and open the pdf):
- very similar performance but Zuiko has less vignetting and better corner resolution wide open at wide angle while the Leica has better corner resolution at wide angle at telephoto.
- adds CD-AF capability
ZD 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5
non-SWD original version
- Olympus macro flashes can be attached via the bayonet method
- nice lens but some vignetting wide open; good bokeh; ~$A1400;
- 1.07kg; 67mm filter; close focus 1.2m;
- no longer allows the macro flash to be attached
- see compatibility
- similar to older model but adds faster SWD autofocus and improves color blur property
- 157mm x 87mm / 6.2 in. x 3.4 in.
- 1.07kg / 2.4 lb (with tripod plate)
- filter 67mm
- 16 elements in 15 groups, including 3 ED elements
- 7 rounded blades
- see some of my photos with this lens
- matches beautifully with either the TC-14 or TC-20 teleconverters
- see my photos with the 2x teleconverter giving 800mm reach at f/7
- RRP $A1599
ZD 8mm f/3.5 fisheye
ZD 50mm f/2.0 macro
- a brilliant diffraction-limited lens with almost no aberrations
- this is one lens you should have for portraiture, general use and macro work - I bought one.
- hopefully Olympus will update this with a new SWD version with a focus range limiter switch to improve its AF performance.
- alternatively, OM macro lenses for really close macro work where manual focus is preferred anyway.
- see my photos using the 50mm macro
Olympus consumer level lenses
9-18mm f/4-5.5 ED
14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED
25mm f/2.8 pancake
35mm f/3.5 macro
70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 ED
older non-ED budget kit lenses
- 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6
- 17.5-45mm f/3.5-5.6
- 40-150 f/3.5-4.5
Panasonic Leica-D lenses
- XSM is Leica's ultrasonic motor for quiet AF
- Mega OIS = optical image stabilisation
- the aperture ring on these do not work on Olympus bodies and transient mode IS by pressing the shutter button as on a Panasonic or Leica body is not possible, and the Olympus can't change the IS modes as this is done via menus on the Panasonic or Leica body.
Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH
Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 Mega OIS
Leica D 25mm f/1.4
- one of my favorite lenses, although there is now a much smaller, cheaper Micro Four Thirds version
- see some of my photos here
Leica D 14-150mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS XSM
Sigma lenses in Four Thirds mount
- esentially these are just full frame lenses with a Four Thirds mount and thus not optimised for Four Thirds
- HSM = hypersonic motor for quiet high speed AF and also full time manual focus;
- EX = superior build & optical quality
- DG = lenses for digital and 35mm
- DC = especially designed for smaller digital sensors
- OS = optical stabiliser
24mm f/1.8 macro
30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM
18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
18-50mm f/2.8 macro
18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC
55-200mm f/4-5.6 DC
105mm f/2.8 EX DG macro
150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO macro
- beautiful optics - sharp wide open, low distortion, nice bokeh but slow AF - slower than the Olympus ZD 50mm f/2.0 macro lens, and on some cameras has front-focus AF error issues requiring microadjustment to give sharp AF images.
50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO
Samyang / Rokinon lenses in Four Thirds mount
- also called Vivitar, Bower, Walimex, Opteka, and Falcon
manual focus Cine lenses
Rokinon 14mm T3.1 cine lens
- announced July 2012
Rokinon 24mm T1.5 cine lens
- announced July 2012
Rokinon 35mm T1.5 cine lens
- announced July 2012
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