OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f/ 1.8 Review

12/31/2015 - 14:14
OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f/ 1.8




OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f/ 1.8 is a fast standart lens for 35mm cameras Olympus OM.

Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm  f/ 1.8

It produced from 1972 through 2002, and as much as 6 modifications. The latest version is considered to be the best, because it have best coating. This series begins with the numbers 5xxxxxx which are engraved on the aluminum ring near the bayonet mount.
Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f/ 1.8

Interesting primarily for its fastness, usability and price, you can buy it about 25 dollars.

Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm  f/ 1.8

To mount this lens on a Canon cameras, need an adaptor, which price almost as the lens itself, and on the Nikon F system with infinity safe it need for adaptation. This copy adapted for Nikon F.

But despite such difficulty mounting, the lens is worth it.

This review examines the latest – the best version of the lens. It is adapted into a system of Nikon F. All examples were taken on camera Nikon D3100, RAW export without posprocessing.

 

OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f/ 1.8 Specs

Focal length: 50 mm
Aperture: f/ 1.8 — f/ 16
Weight (gr): 165
Length (mm): 32
Filter Ø (mm.): 49
Aperture blades: 6
Min. Focus distance (m.): 0.45

 

Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f/ 1.8 Handling and Mechanics

The lens is very light and compact, making it very convenient. On the camera, it almost not felt, and in the bag does not take up much space.

The build quality of the lens is good. Metal barrel, rubberized focus ring.

Focusing ring rotates 180 degrees, that’s enough for easy focusing. The front lens is not rotating.

 

Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f/ 1.8 Sample Photos

All photos taken on Nikon D3100. RAW export without postprocessing.

 

Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f/ 1.8 Sharpness

The lens is already sharp at aperture f/ 1.8, when you close to f / 2.8 is excellent sharpness.

Olympus Zuiko 50 mm  f/ 1.8 sample photos man portrait

f/ 1.8 sharpness at close range

Olympus Zuiko 50 mm  f/ 1.8 sample photos infinity test

f/ 1.8 Sharpness at infinity

Olympus Zuiko 50 mm  f/ 1.8 sample photos crop

100% crop of the previous photo

At infinity sharpness at f/ 1.8 exellent.

Olympus Zuiko 50 mm  f/ 1.8 sample photos couple

f/ 1.8

 

Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f/ 1.8 Character and Bokeh

Character pleasant, plastic. At aperture f/ 1.8 little soft, but with f/ 2.8 aperture sharpness is excellent. Further, at the close aperture, sharpness increases slightly. Maximum sharpness is achieved at the aperture f / 5,6.

Olympus Zuiko 50 mm  f/ 1.8 sample photos teapot

f/ 1.8

Olympus Zuiko 50 mm  f/ 1.8 sample photos child portrait

f/ 1.8

Olympus Zuiko 50 mm  f/ 1.8 sample photos bokeh

f/ 1.8

Despite that the lens is sharp, it is convenient to shoot people, even at f / 5.6 the character is lieve.

Olympus Zuiko 50 mm  f/ 1.8 sample photos swirly bokeh

f/ 1.8

Pleasant bokeh. And on the aperture f/ 1.8 can even catch a swirl.

Olympus Zuiko 50 mm  f/ 1.8 sample photos kid

f/ 1.8

 

Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f/ 1.8 Contrast and Color Render

Lens keeps well backlight. Color reproduction is good.

Olympus Zuiko 50 mm  f/ 1.8 sample photos sunflower field

f/ 6

Olympus Zuiko 50 mm  f/ 1.8 sample photos child

f/ 1.8

Olympus Zuiko 50 mm  f/ 1.8 sample photos women portrait

f/ 2.8

Olympus Zuiko 50 mm  f/ 1.8 sample photos children

f/ 5.6

 

Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f/ 1.8 Distortion and Vignetting

There is a slight distortion, which is critical when shooting straight geometric forms, in all other cases it quietly.

Vignetting on APS-C camera Nikon D3100 I have not noticed.

 

Summary:
Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50 mm f / 1.8 – excellent 50mm lens for everyday using. And a good portrait lens for APS-C cameras.





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