This lens offers a very wide maximum aperture.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

86%
Overall score:86%
Features:85%
Value:85%
Performance:90%
Image Quality:85%
Design:85%

Pros:

  • Small, fast aperture, sharp and low fringing

Cons:

  • No ratio scale, no focus limiter

Product:

Olympus 50mm f/2.0

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£355.00

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As part of the Four Thirds system, Olympus lenses effectively double equivalent focal lengths, so this lens offers a similar angle of view as a 100mm lens on the E-system cameras. One of advantages of this is that lenses are much smaller than their 35mm or APS-C compatible equivalents. Zuiko lenses have always been high quality, and this one is no exception with dust-proof and drip-proof construction, ED glass and a fast f/2.0 maximum aperture and f/22 minimum aperture. Bear in mind though, that the smaller imaging circle will produce more depth of field, so extremely small apertures are unnecessary.

The optic has a multilayer film coating, and minimum focusing is 24cm with a 1:2 magnification ratio. Unlike on some others, there is no size ratio guide on the lens, which is a disappointment. Performance is good, particularly in JPEG shooting rather than unsharpened RAW. The MTF charts show very high performance with natural camera sharpening in JPEG, but performance is more on a par with the Pentax lenses in unsharpened RAW mode. Where the lens performs well is in the chromatic aberration area, with low edge-to-centre fringing throughout the lens.

Verdict

High quality and fast lens that produces the goods.

Full Specification

Filter Thread:
52mm
Minimum Focus:
24cm

Weight:
300g
Dimensions:
71 x 61.5

Lens Construction:
11 elements/10 groups