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200/4 ZUIKO AUTO-T and 135/3.5 AUTO-T E.ZUIKO

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by elandel, May 18, 2012.

  1. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Hi all,

    Can anybody tell me something about these lens? Tomorrow I'll take tem and wanted some information about IQ etc. I have the chance to buy only one or both. Which one would you buy or would you take both? I'll use them on my Epl3 and EP2.

  2. harrysue

    harrysue Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2011
    I bought an OM200 f4 a long time ago. I rarely used it. I also have a 135mm f2.5 that I have found useful when there's not enough light for my Olympus M.ED 40-150 zoom. The 135's also can be hand held on a PEN, and the IBIS is nice. Meanwhile, the 200mm requires a tripod and isn't that fast of a lens.

    So here's a bird in the back yard from today on the 200mm. It works a lot better than I thought. This is about a quarter crop. I was 14 feet away and using a tripod.

    E-PM1    ---    0mm    f/1.0    1/125s    ISO 200

    The f3.5 on the 135mm could be limiting if you use it in poorer light and 135mm's should be common and cheap. The 200mm is less common, but also less in demand. Hope you get them both cheap.
  3. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thanks. Very nice pic and beautiful bird. Yes I think I'll get them both because I like telephoto lens. I have the 14-150 m.Zuiko and Zuiko 70-300, but it is too heavy to use handheald, even if I use it only handheld and get some great pics, but I think the 200 should be lighter and fit better. I already own a few 135's and I a fan of these lens so when I find some lens I don't have I try to buy it if it's not too expensive.
    See if I can take some shots today and post them.
  4. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I actually think the Zuiko 200mm f/4 is perfectly easy to hand-hold and have never used this lens on a tripod. It's only half a stop slower than the newer Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD (at 200mm), but half the size. Whereas the results are not as good as the Zuiko Digital lens for sure, they are more than adequate for a legacy prime! You still get the expected rich Zuiko colors, and the contrast is quite nice. Here are a few samples from it...

    And a 100% crop (only because I prefer the framing of this crop, lol)...

    Honestly, it's hard to go wrong with a Zuiko lens. Even the most mediocre one still delivers rich, beautiful colors. I think the most mediocre Zuiko lens I own is the 75-150mm f/4, which is still a fine lens and is one of my preferred video lenses. And that's a zoom lens... a prime is even better.

    As for the 135mm f/3.5, that lens is actually quite well-respected for its quality but I don't use it myself because I prefer the faster f/2.8 lenses at 135mm (my best 135mm/2.8 is the Zeiss Sonnar). I'm sure you will be very happy with it though!
  5. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thanks. Like those pics. I'm now pretty sure I'll be happy with these lens.
  6. mr_botak

    mr_botak Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2011
    Reading, UK
    I'm sure you will enjoy these. The 135 feels very balanced on an e-pm1.
  7. harrysue

    harrysue Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2011
    Now I am using the 200mm a little bit. This is at f8 and 1/160 on my EPL1, IS on and hand held. Why not 1/250? I'm sloppy.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/98767889@N00/7239400504/" title="E5200208A by munque, on Flickr"> 7239400504_5400381361. "500" height="375" alt="E5200208A"></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/98767889@N00/7239401580/" title="E5200206A by munque, on Flickr"> 7239401580_5ef9141613. "500" height="375" alt="E5200206A"></a>

    Did you buy the 135 and 200?
  8. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Nice shots. Yes I bought the 200 and 135.
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