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35-100 f/2 — is it worth buying?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by dansunotori, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. dansunotori

    dansunotori Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 20, 2012
    There's a guy who sells it just for $1000. And it makes me wonder, should I really buy this bulky but decent lens or better wait for Panasonic's 35-100 f/2.8?

    Less weight was the primary reason why I sold my DSLR gear. And this lens plus MMF-3 will make about 2kg in total.

    But then again, for less then half the price? f/2?
  2. Eirik

    Eirik Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 20, 2012
    Oslo, Norway
    $1000 is a very reasonable price for a ZD 35-100/2. At Keh they are around $1650-$1800 in very good condition... For that price it's a no-brainer if you have a regular 4/3 body, if I got the chance to pick up a 35-100 for that price, it would be worth keeping my E-30, just for that lens...
  3. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    Buy it! I haven't seen one for less than $1600, so if you don't like it, you can always sell it later for a profit.

    Even if it's a bit big and bulky, you can use it for a little while, and then buy the 35-100mm f/2.8 once the prices have fallen a little (probably not much for a high-end lens, but perhaps a couple hundred $'s - for example, there are already deals with the 12-35mm f/2.8 at around $1120.) The 35-100mm f/2.0 has such a reputation for IQ that you wouldn't be compromising on that, just on the bulk.
  4. mperete

    mperete Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 11, 2012
    NSW Australia
    That's quite a good price I think, but then again you did say you were going for a lightweight setup- you might end up not using it at all.
  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Seems to me the reason for having a 35-100mm would be as a walk-around lens - the size and bulk of this one would make carrying it around similar to hauling a DSLR. Just a thought. :cool: 
  6. Zanr Zij

    Zanr Zij Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 10, 2012
    Too cheep for it if glass perfect :) . If you don't like it, I always ready to buy :D 

    With me, I like 14-35 more than 35-100 because of focal length and weight :) 
  7. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Think of it this way: a 35-100 serves the same purpose as the classic 70-200. One doesn't expect a highly compact lens in this category. It's not a stanard, walking-around lens. But the 35-100 is still probably smaller and lighter than a Sigma or Tamron 70-200 for a regular DSLR.

    With the great repution that this lens has, I'd probably scoop it up at this price. This will give you a fantastic telephoto lens to use while you wait for the Panasonic version to come out, the reviews to be posted and the price to come down.

    I'm sure you won't have a major problem selling the Zuiko if you decide to... especially if Oly comes out with another regular four-thirds body as is rumored.
  8. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    You have to decide what you want to shoot with it. For landscapes, it'll be fine. For moving stuff, not so much. The autofocus is very slow on m4/3.

    For me, the 70-200 range is for event shooting and portraits, so the 35-100/2 is simply not useful due to the poor AF. OTOH, $1k is a very attractive price and I'm fairly certain you could sell it back for more than that if you find you don't like it.

  9. dansunotori

    dansunotori Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 20, 2012
    You all live in fairytale places. In the city where I live (Moscow, Russia) the retail price for it is over $3000, it is absolutely crazy. But despite that, I watch that ad for about 2 weeks already and the price is getting constantly dropped. I wonder why :) 
  10. dansunotori

    dansunotori Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 20, 2012
    That's what is stopping me. If it wouldn't be that heavy, I'd grab it without hesitation. :smile:
  11. D@ne

    D@ne Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 23, 2012
    Too big...would be a no-go for me.
  12. dansunotori

    dansunotori Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 20, 2012
    On the other hand, if someone invites me for a pro shoot (for reasons unknown), I won't be shy for "mine is too small".
  13. bobongro

    bobongro New to Mu-43

    May 30, 2012
    It'll be too bulky, while the purpose of m43 is to be portable
  14. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    Makes me wonder too. Is he one of those guys that only takes bank wire transfer for payment? If so, it sounds like a scam.
  15. dansunotori

    dansunotori Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 20, 2012
    No, he actually leaves in about 20 minutes from where I am, exists and accepts cash.

    But he just sold it so I think the issue is gone.
  16. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    not the only purpose :) 
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