Showcase Olympus 38mm f/1.8 Pen FT

krysdafur

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This is a nice little lens. With adapter it is about 40mm in length. Focuses down to about 12 inches. It's a bit on the heavy side and has 5 aperture blades along with some swirly bokeh. Usable wide open and quite sharp when stopped down.

Some OOC jpegs from an Olympus EPL2 on iEnhance (normal).

1.8 - swirly bokeh
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2.8 - you can see the aperture blades starting to show
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5.6 - sharp with good contrast but pentagon bokeh
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another at 5.6
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Pen F 38mm f/1.8 reversed and used for macro

I've found that the lens + its original hood work well for quick & dirty macro work. The hood seals against the camera flange, and keeps the lens the right distance for good magnification.

Here's an example, with minimal cropping and maybe too much (now that I look at it again) sharpening.




And one with no post-processing except 66% cropping and resizing for the forum.

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Baby praying mantises only hours old. View the rest of the gallery for addition photos of this sort.




GF1 + reversed Pen F 38mm f/1.8
 

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Glad to see this post

Agree, surprised we haven't had one of these posts. :thumb up:
The Zuiko 38 was the first MF lens I used on my E-P1, and it continues to be a favorite on the PL1 and the G1. I love its size, speed, color and sharpness.

With the E-P1 and the Leica 35mm accessory finder:
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Maybe we broaden this to a Pen F lens thread? I've been having lots of fun with the 70mm F2 as well.
 

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Lamps and Blue Sky

38mm F1.8 Zuiko Pen With E-PL1; some PP with Color FX

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The Zuiko 38 F1.8 - good GAS preventer

Shooting with the Zuiko 38mm F 1.8 from my film Pen F has always been a joy. I love the field of view of this short tele (on M43 sensor), as well as its sharpness and contrast. Helps to keep me from buying the Panasonic Leica 25mm F1.4. All shot with the E-P2.

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A few shots with mine on a GX1. Focus was a little off, but I was taking them quickly.

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One of my favorite lenses ever.

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every time I put it on a camera I have an images impossible to get with my other lenses... It has it's own unique and special character.
 

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I realized that my lens had an old skylight filter on it when I first tried it out, which seems to have degraded the quality of the images some. I'm much happier now:

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I quite like the lens, though focusing is still a bit tricky compared to some other lenses. I like that it can focus as close as a foot, and infinity focus is everything from about four feet out. Bokeh is interesting, but a bit busy for some uses. I don't think I'd use it as a portrait lens.
 

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Really love the way the lens renders shallow depth-of-field; great shot of the old door.
 

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I really like this lens. Small, light, fast, produces beautiful images, close focussing.

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With the Olympus Pen F 38mm f/1.8:

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OM-D E-M5 and Pen F 38mm f/1.8

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OM-D E-M5 and Pen F 38mm f/1.8


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OM-D E-M5 and Pen F 38mm f/1.8

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Wow, you got a very rare Pen F lens indeed! Congrats. Fotodiox works very well for my Pen F lenses on m43.
 

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