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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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EZ v ED lens

I have had a faulty 50 -200 EZ lens recently replaced by Olympus but it has been replaced by an ED lens.
The original lens was also a SWD but the replacement lens has no indication on it that it is SWD like my other SWD lens.

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What is the difference between an EZ lens and a ED lens?
Does the 50 - 200 SWD lens normally have the SWD logo on it?

Any input would be appreciated
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Re: EZ v ED lens

Roy

I may be wrong, but I believe all the 50-200 SWD lens has a blue ring around them close to the front element.

I also understand the lens hood on the 50-200 SWD is different to the non-SWD version.

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Re: EZ v ED lens

it sounds like the replacement lens is the older non swd type..

I don't own this lens but here is a pic of the newer swd 50 - 200 compared to the non swd 50 - 200.



I hope this helps.

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Re: EZ v ED lens

I've just taken this to provide a comparison between old and new:



The new SWD model is on the left and the older version on the right.

There is a gold SDW emblem on the new lens.

Do you have a record of the serial number of your lens?

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Re: EZ v ED lens

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The new SWD model is on the left and the older version on the right.

There is a gold SDW emblem on the new lens.

Do you have a record of the serial number of your lens?

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that would be the SWD emblem I take it......

both are ED, in fact I suspect they both have the same glass elements, but if I had sent in an SWD I wouldn't be happy to get a non-SWD lens back!
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Re: EZ v ED lens

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that would be the SWD emblem I take it......

both are ED, in fact I suspect they both have the same glass elements, but if I had sent in an SWD I wouldn't be happy to get a non-SWD lens back!
I believe some optical changes were made with the SWD version, probably to accommodate the SWD ring motor. Just looking at the two lenses side by side you can see the internal details are slightly different sizes.

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Re: EZ v ED lens

The use of the white text on the blue background showing the equivalent 35mm film focal length is rather tacky - it does not appear on lenses not supplied from the european Oly.
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Didn't Roy ask what the differences were between EZ and ED, aren't they both SWD anyway?

Further could someone tell me or point me in the right direction to what the EZ and ED acronyms stand for and what it all means I find it very confusing.

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Re: EZ v ED lens

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Didn't Roy ask what the differences was between EZ and ED, aren't they both SWD anyway?

Further could someone tell me or point me in the right direction to whatthe EZ and ED acronyms stand for and what it all means I find it very confusing.

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I don't think 'EZ' exists - I've not heard of this before.

ED stands for Extra low Dispersion, which is a high quality optical glass that helps keep the light focused tightly, even at full aperture. The 14-54 does not use ED glass and although it's excellent when stopped down a few clicks, it is relatively soft at full aperture compared to the 12-60 ED.

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I don't think 'EZ' exists - I've not heard of this before.

ED stands for Extra low Dispersion, which is a high quality optical glass that helps keep the light focused tightly, even at full aperture. The 14-54 does not use ED glass and although it's excellent when stopped down a few clicks, it is relatively soft at full aperture compared to the 12-60 ED.

Ian
Thanks for the info on "ED" Ian.
Perhaps we need a sticky for acronyms and their meanings.
Does extra low dispersion glass generally give sharper images at the long end?
I'm still a bit confused about the two versions of the 50-200 mm lens do they both have the Supersonic Wave Drive or just the latest model?

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Re: EZ v ED lens

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Thanks for the info on "ED" Ian.
Perhaps we need a sticky for acronyms and their meanings.
Does extra low dispersion glass generally give sharper images at the long end?
I'm still a bit confused about the two versions of the 50-200 mm lens do they both have the Supersonic Wave Drive or just the latest model?

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The Mark II 50-200 was introduced specifically to feature SWD. Along with the 12-60, it was one of the first SWD AF leness to be produced by Olympus, and was launched with the E-3 at the end of 2007.

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Re: EZ v ED lens

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I'm still a bit confused about the two versions of the 50-200 mm lens do they both have the Supersonic Wave Drive or just the latest model?
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Only the new Mk. II 50-200mm lens has SWD.

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The use of the white text on the blue background showing the equivalent 35mm film focal length is rather tacky - it does not appear on lenses not supplied from the european Oly.
It's only a sticker and can be easily removed.

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Re: EZ v ED lens

Hi All
Thanks very much for the input, it is now very obvious from the posts that the lens I now have is a non SWD lens. Ian's picture has confirmed this.

The EZ issue looks like it could be a red herring, this information about the original lens came from a young lady at Olympus when I asked the question about the SWD lens, for which they did not have a answer.

The original (Faulty) lens was S/No 240019918
The replacement is S/No 060208998

I will have a word with Olympus on Monday!

Regards to all
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Re: EZ v ED lens

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Only the new Mk. II 50-200mm lens has SWD.

Steve
If that is the case then

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I have had a faulty 50 -200 EZ lens recently replaced by Olympus but it has been replaced by an ED lens.
The original lens was also a SWD but the replacement lens has no indication on it that it is SWD like my other SWD lens.
Surely Olympus would not replace a lens under warranty with an inferior model.

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