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Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

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    Four Thirds User (Fourthirds-user.com) is a sibling site to the e-group.

    We've been trying out a pre-production sample of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 fast prime which promises to be a great studio portrait lens as well as a low light optic for things like stage events and indoor sports action. Find out what our first impressions were.

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    Last edited by Ian; 24th May 2012, 06:00 AM.

  • #2
    Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

    Interested to hear everyone's opinions on the new 75mm. It looks likely to be another exceptional performer.

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    • #3
      Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

      Let's hope Olympus are able to maintain the extremely tight tolences of construction required for this lens, otherwise it could be easier to get a duff copy compared to other lenses.

      That said, this looks to be a superb lens which will further strengthen the system and its professional credentials. Whilst offering great value for what it is (quality always costs) many of us will have little hope of owning one. Still, in due course Ian's hire service will no doubt give people the opportunity to use one for specific ocassions and it's not like we haven't already got a fast, affordable telephoto, albeit only 45mm. That's the point, the m.Zuiko range is gradually developing into something for everyone and with Panasonic's contribution the list of available native lenses is becoming very comprehensive indeed.
      John

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      • #4
        Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

        Certainly looks good, and it's gratifying to see that Olympus are putting money into developing quality lenses for the m4/3 system.

        Will I buy one? No, not for a good while. I already have a quality 75mm lens, the manual-focus Voigtlander Color-Heliar f2.5mm. Cost me a fraction of what Olympus are asking. And that DOES have a focus and DoF scale. But it's manual focus, and sooner or later my eyes will no longer be able to do a competent job of focussing and I will have to rely on auto-focus. Then I might buy the Olympus.
        Stephen

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        • #5
          Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

          Originally posted by StephenL View Post

          .... sooner or later my eyes will no longer be able to do a competent job of focussing and I will have to rely on auto-focus. Then I might buy the Olympus.
          Let's hope that is a long time off, Stephen, then you'll have plenty of time to save!
          John

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          • #6
            Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

            I'm sure your Heliar is a fun lens to use but I doubt it is as sharp and aberration free as the new m.Zuiko 75mm. I also think the new ZERO lens coating technology is vital for Olympus as internal reflections have been a weakness in some Zuiko lenses, notably the 70-300, which I recently discovered suffers from severe ghosting in very bright conditions and a bright and contrasty subjects. The Top Pro 14-35 f/2 has also been criticised for poor flare resistance - which can be explained because it's a very fast zoom with lots of lens elements.

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            • #7
              Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

              It looks teriffic, like a proper lens with big glass front element, like these old 100/F2.8 Jenas and stuff. But why doesn't it feature a smooth sliding metal hood ?... that'd be a design triumph for modern times.

              Edit : Seven (or eight?) hundred earth pounds, oh well not yet for me, but that price will sell plenty of units ... I think it's just liveable with and for such a specific tool what else could you use with good AF?

              Edit : NOT the new Olympus 75mm, but for those who haven't one of these, check out the integral lens hood in slidey metal with big thread for extras.

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              • #8
                Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

                Originally posted by Ian View Post
                I'm sure your Heliar is a fun lens to use but I doubt it is as sharp and aberration free as the new m.Zuiko 75mm.

                Ian
                That's probably very true. After all, it is an old design. But physically it's a great lens to use.
                Stephen

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                • #9
                  Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

                  Originally posted by Zuiko View Post
                  Let's hope that is a long time off, Stephen, then you'll have plenty of time to save!
                  Oh, I'm not so sure. My corrected eyesight is pretty near perfect, but even so I sometimes think I've manually focussed something spot-on, and found it's out-of-focus when I examine the results.
                  Stephen

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                  • #10
                    Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

                    Originally posted by StephenL View Post
                    Oh, I'm not so sure. My corrected eyesight is pretty near perfect, but even so I sometimes think I've manually focussed something spot-on, and found it's out-of-focus when I examine the results.
                    Don't forget we longer have manual focusing aids such as split prisms and fresnel lenses and although we have magnified view it is not always convenient.
                    John

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                    • #11
                      Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

                      Originally posted by Ian View Post
                      I'm sure your Heliar is a fun lens to use but I doubt it is as sharp and aberration free as the new m.Zuiko 75mm. I also think the new ZERO lens coating technology is vital for Olympus as internal reflections have been a weakness in some Zuiko lenses, notably the 70-300, which I recently discovered suffers from severe ghosting in very bright conditions and a bright and contrasty subjects. The Top Pro 14-35 f/2 has also been criticised for poor flare resistance - which can be explained because it's a very fast zoom with lots of lens elements.

                      Ian
                      The thing is, you pay your money and take your choice. There are many lenses in the Olympus stable that I will never afford, but it's nice that they are available to drool over. I think the new 75mm falls into that category and I can't wait to see some sample images. My best chance of owning a reasonably fast lens of this focal length, however, is the Heliar.
                      John

                      "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                      • #12
                        Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

                        Looks great, a very nice focal length - is there a teleconverter - if so that would make the 75mm better value as it could be used as a 150mm and 210mm (35mm equivalent) with a 1.4x converter.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

                          Interestingly, neither Panasonic nor Olympus has yet introduced a teleconverter for Micro Four Thirds.

                          This might be because the lenses originally introduced for Micro Four Thirds have been generally quite slow in aperture rating, making them less suitable for converters, but lenses like the 45 f/1.8, 75 f/1.8, plus the Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 and Leica 25 f/1.4 should, in theory, be quite handy when used with a converter.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

                            Is it only avaliable in silver?
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                            Michael

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                            • #15
                              Re: Exclusive: Hands-on preview of the new Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

                              Originally posted by The Technician View Post
                              Is it only avaliable in silver?
                              That's my understanding. I'm trying to find out if there are any plans for black versions.

                              Ian
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