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    Question Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    I am considering this lens as an AF prime for my G1. (I have the adapter.) My questions are:

    1) How is the optical performance (mainly center, and at normal portrait distances) and Bokeh of this lens wide open?

    2) How good is it optically (corner to corner) when stopped down to f5.6 or 8 and used at normal shooting distances?

    3) How fast is the AF?

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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    Jack,

    You may want to check the review by dpreview.com:

    http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/olympus_50_2_o20/

    I have been using this lens for few months and I really like it. The optical performance is excellent in all f stops and Bokeh is also very nice. The AF speed is not very fast.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    Jack - I had, and used, this lens with my E420 kit for a few months over the summer.

    In short, the Oly 50 f2 macro is the best Oly 4/3 lens that I've ever used. It's simply stunning in terms of it's image quality. Very nice bokeh, extremely sharp (even wide-open), and razor sharp to the edges by f4.

    When you consider the low price, it's a no-brainer to own this lens.

    What an amazing 100 f2 (equiv) for the G1!

    The only down-side is the AF-speed. Since it's a macro lens, it has a longer focus-throw, and a slower AF speed, when focusing from near-to-far (or vice versa). AF is accurate, but slow.

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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    Hi Jack
    Mike has it . . . in fact, I think this might just be the sharpest lens I've owned . . . .but remember, it'll be manual focus on the G1, and it isn't that small.

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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    Thanks for the link -- this looks very good except for flare.
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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hatam View Post
    ...What an amazing 100 f2 (equiv) for the G1!...
    Hello,
    is the MF with the 50/f2 at the G1 strenuous or easy?

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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi Jack
    Mike has it . . . in fact, I think this might just be the sharpest lens I've owned . . . .but remember, it'll be manual focus on the G1, and it isn't that small.
    I thought the Panasonic G1 to 4/3 adapter maintained AF with other AF 4/3rds lenses -- am I wrong on that?
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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    Hi Jack,

    there's a chance the ZD 50 will get a firmware upgrade, but for the moment it's MF only on the G1... don't let that put you off, it's optically superb.

    Kind Regards

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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    I thought the Panasonic G1 to 4/3 adapter maintained AF with other AF 4/3rds lenses -- am I wrong on that?
    Yes
    currently, only a couple of the other 4/3 lenses will auto focus (there may be more later). 9-18 is one important one, and otherwise I think it's just the kit zooms.

    Lupo - manual focusing with the 50 on the G1 is a breeze - easy and efficient.

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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    Crap I wahhhhnt my AF!

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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    It sounds like a great lens, but I'd like to hear how you ZD macro owners feel about the "feel" of manually focusing it in its macro range? -I mean the ease of control of precise little changes in very fine focus that legacy manual macro lenses allow w/their smooth focus action. I haven't used that fly-by-wire system yet, so don't know if it would feel limited in comparison.

    eg, you're close, near 1:1 on let's say, a golfball (whatever), and you finesse the focus ring back and forth, watching first the nearest golfball dimple, then that next further out golfball dimple gradually going in & out of focus, until you've got the plane Exactly where you want it. -Does the ZD50 lend itself well to that, or do the jumps in its electronic focus steps occasionally dictate where your focus has to be?

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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    The 50 is an awesome lens but the AF on it is slow and loud compared to the G1 kit lenses. Fine focusing is great with it though -- I mainly used mine with my e-420 in Live View mode 10x zoomed in, it is Very precise.

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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    Here is the official Panasonic compatibility list for the G1 (with other manufacturer's products such as Olympus lenses.) There are links to firmware updates, too. It shows which lenses work with AF, etc.

    http://panasonic.jp/support/global/c...onnect/g1.html
    Last edited by monza; 7th January 2009 at 17:48.

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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Crap I wahhhhnt my AF!

    Let's see what Olympus has in store for MFT at the upcoming show. Eventually, we'll have fast primes with AF for our G1's (or other MFT bodies).
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    Re: Question on Oly 50mm f2 macro

    Jack,
    I have Mike Hatam's former 50 macro on my G1 and I love it. It is manual focus, but the focus is smooth and it is possible to put the focus exactly where you want it. It is an excellent lens. I am looking forward to seeing what my Leica 50 f/1.4 pre-ASPH will do on the G1 when the adapter arrives. Of course, it won't be AF either.
    BTW, the Oly pancake 25 f/2.8 has been updated to AF on the G1. I don't think that was mentioned above.

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