Zuiko Digital ED 50mm f2 Macro Review

September 16, 2009 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | |

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Reviews of the Zuiko Digital ED 50mm f2 Macro from around the web.

dpreview.com »

So in summary we have a lens which, despite its design flaws, offers a winning combination of optical quality and solid build in a compact package. The greatest strength of the Four Thirds system undoubtedly lies in the optics, and the 50mm F2.0 macro ranks alongside the likes of the Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD as one of the finest lenses of its type currently available from any manufacturer. With its relatively fast maximum aperture, it also offers Four Thirds users the opportunity to use true selective focus effects. Quite simply, every E-system user should own one.
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slrgear.com »

The question for many macro enthusiasts could be whether to buy this lens or the 35mm ƒ/3.5. Optically, the 50mm ƒ/2 is a real treat: images are tack-sharp all the way to ƒ/16, there's terrific resistance to chromatic aberration, distortion and vignetting, and you get a well-designed, hardy lens made with metal components where you'd need them. The fit and finish, as well as the excellent optical characteristics justify the price, but if you don't specifically need the 50mm focal length, the 35mm has a higher magnification rating and is just as good optically, so it is a much better value. That said, anyone who buys the 50mm won't be disappointed.
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