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Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens

You Pay: $229.00
Product Highlights
  • Four Thirds Format Lens

This ultra-lightweight Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens is a four thirds format lens, with a focal length equivalent to 70mm on a 35mm camera, provides exceptional performance for its cost. You do not need any extensions to get 1:1 (life-size) magnification, and its compact size means you can bring it along always to enjoy taking close-up pictures in your daily scenes, such as flowers and insects. It is also useful as a standard lens for landscape, snapshots, and portrait photography.

Performance
Focal Length 35mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 70 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Four Thirds
Angle of View 34°
Minimum Focus Distance 5.75" (14.61 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 6/6
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.8 x 2.1" (7.11 x 5.33 cm)
Weight 5.82 oz (165 g)
Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • User's Manual
  • 1-Year U.S.A. Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    OlympusZuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 80 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (50)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (61)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (50)
    • Easily interchangeable (48)
    • Consistent output (33)
    • Durable (30)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (18)
    • Lens creep (3)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (33)
    • General purpose (22)
    • Landscape/scenery (15)
    • Portraits (14)
    • Macro (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (21), Enthusiast (16), Semi-professional (12), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (25), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent macro lens for a budget price

    I purchased the Olympus 35mm macro as my first lens since buying the two lens kit with my Olympus E-510. I purchased it with the intent of using it for some indoor photography...Read complete review

    I purchased the Olympus 35mm macro as my first lens since buying the two lens kit with my Olympus E-510. I purchased it with the intent of using it for some indoor photography projects I had in mind.

    The "standard" focal length of the Olympus DSLR's is 25mm; which is the equivalent of the 50mm in 35mm film cameras. That makes this macro the 35mm film equivalent of a 70mm telephoto--a mild telephoto--but very useful for macro photography, as well as portraits.

    In terms of macro capabilities, this lens does not dissappoint, able to zoom in closer than the more expensive 50mm macro that Olympus offers. The resolution and detail are just stunning, and those who like flower and insect photograhy will find this lens to be a very valuable addition to their kit. This lens is easily the sharpest in the Olympus standard grade line-up, and, in my opinion, has the best image quality.

    There is no plastic sun shade with this lens, as the front element is burried so deeply into the barrel, in classic macro lens fashion, that one is not needed.

    The lens is incredibly light weight, small, and very well built. The focus speed for "normal" non-macro photography is surprisingly quick and extremely accurate. It's only when one goes into extreme macro close-ups that the focus slows, and is sometimes thrown off, but these are minor quibbles, and one will experience this sort of thing with most auto-focus macro lenses-- certainly not a deal breaker. A majority of the time the lens performs as expected, with excellent results.

    The wonderful image quality the lens is capable of is far beyond it's standard grade grouping, and will be useful in whatever type of photography you can think of. I've actually been using it more as a general purpose lens than a macro, and have been very happy with the results.

    The only realy negative is that there is some noticable barrel distortion, it's minor, but it's certainly there. That's a bit of a disappointment, as one would expect a macro lens to have as close to zero distortion as possible, or even error more towards pin cushion side of the equation. This minor distortion will not be at all problem for nature and flower photogrpahy, and will only rear it's ugly head in more technical subject matter, like graphic arts and industrial/electronic applications. If you a require a truly distoration free lens, you might be better off with the 50mm macro instead.

    Overall, I'm very satisified with the 35mm macro, and find it to be a very useful lens in a wide variety of contexts.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Zuiko 35 mm Macro

    This lens is a lens from the Olympus "Standard Lens" (not high quality) set. Don't expect super sharp results - but also consider that you are not paying much. In...Read complete review

    This lens is a lens from the Olympus "Standard Lens" (not high quality) set. Don't expect super sharp results - but also consider that you are not paying much. In good light it performs fairly well. It tends to produce softer images. It works for portraits too. I also have and use the 50mm Macro, which is a higher quality lens. However, what I like about the 35mm is that its magnifcation factor is higher that the 50mm and you can get closer to the subject.

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    5.0

    35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens by Olympus

    By White Rabit

    from Port Ludlow, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Poor in Low Light
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

    Usual high quality product from Olympus. Purchased to use with adapter on Micr0-four-thirds OM-D EM-5. Already had adapter. Getting it figured out. Does seem to have trouble focusing in a low light situation, but may be my problem. Olympus says it may need manual focusing in some situations. Manual focusing has always been problematic for me.

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    5.0

    Great value and Excellent Quality

    By Julie

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

      Used primarily for taking macro photos for metal and jewelry, this lens easily does what it advertises. At half the price of the other options and easily changed out, we couldn't ask for more.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Excellent - High Value for the Price

      By JHR

      from Michigan

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

        Very useful lens. Excellent close up / macro lens. Price is very low for the high quality results I am getting. You can use this as a regular all purpose lens and it works swell for that - somehow the colors come out better, more realistic and correct than on my other lenses. I think that is because there is less glass in it. Really wonderful for close up photography - I have been doing professional studio product photos with it. My customers are very happy with my results. So, they like the photos and I get paid. I like the lens. No negatives. Just plain good value for the price.Just my take. // James R //

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        4.0

        Worth Buying

        By Chops

        from Western Australia

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

        I purchased the Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens for my Olympus Pen E-P3.I've only used it a few times so far, having purchased it only recently, but I am already impressed by the sharpness and detail in the shots I have taken. As my camera is a micro four-thirds camera, and this is a four-thirds lens, I had to purchase the MMF-2 Four Thirds to Micro Four Thirds lens adaptor; a little pricy but allows all my camera features to work, such as auto-focusing.The lens is not heavy so is very easy to handle and a tripod is not necessary for all shots. The focusing can be a little slow at times, which can be a bit challenging, but it gets there in the end. I'm sure this lens would suit most hobby photographers and those on a modest budget. I have no trouble in recommending it to anyone thinking of purchasing it. I was also impressed with the way B&H packed the lens and adaptor, and UPS delivered it to the other side of the world in good order.

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        4.0

        Great macro for the price.

        By Terrapene

        from Harrisburg, PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

          I like to take close-up photos of insects, flowers and herps. The details that are visible are superb. A considerable downside to this lens was that I had to purchase a four thirds lens adapter in order to use it with my Olympus E-PL3 camera. The adapter cost almost as much as the lens.

          The autofocus is frustrating when using it for macro photography. It is difficult to get it in focus on a given focal point. Howerver I use manual focus to get around this issue and am quite pleased with the results. Despite the autofocus issues, I love the lens and the photos it takes using the manual focus.

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          4.0

          Almost 4 stars

          By RJ

          from Cleveland Area

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

          This is a cracken lens. However I'm using it with micro four thirds system and am finding focusing a challenge. Having said that I think it's worth mastering the challenge as the pictures are awesome when in focus/

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Addition

          By Steve T

          from Marietta, GA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

            I enjoy photographing flowers in natural light. The addition of this lens to my collection enhances my control over the composition.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A great all-around lens!

            By Steve

            from South Hampton, NH

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

                I bought this lens to replace the zuiko 14-45 zoom that was dropped and not worth fixing. It light, fast enough for my photographic needs and I love the Macro feature. I already have plans for a school project of macro-student shot to see who knows their friends and teachers. They will have to identify each other from close-up of eyes, lips, maybe an ear with an earring in it. The lens was delivered by B&H very quickly and I can highly recommend their service. a great safe company to deal with.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Inexpensive and impressive.

                By LMN

                from Berlin, Ct.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

                  This is an inexpensive way to get into macro. Images from it are sharp. The construction of the lens is very good.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  I would definitely buy this again!

                  By Ksymrtn

                  from Knoxville, TN

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

                    I'm extremely pleased with my purchase. I only use Olympus brand DSLR'S and Zuiko lenses... This is my second macro lens and it does take amazing shots. After using it several times, I can honestly say I've found nothing to complain about. [...]

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                    5.0

                    Zuiko Digital 35mm Macor Lens

                    By Mack

                    from retired college prof.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

                      I was in need of a macro lens for the E System digital camera and I found it with this one. It is light weigth and does the job. it also doses not take a lot of room to store. Yes just right.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      A happy with it

                      By lee lee

                      from jersey city

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

                        Am happy i got teh cool Macro lens,i always wanted to have one in my collection.....very kool glass.

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                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        This one will be my favorite!

                        By JP

                        from Perryville, Maryland

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

                          I really like this lens, its light weight and produces quality images.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Zuiko 35 mm Macro

                          By Austin Guy

                          from Austin, TX

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

                            This lens is a lens from the Olympus "Standard Lens" (not high quality) set. Don't expect super sharp results - but also consider that you are not paying much. In good light it performs fairly well. It tends to produce softer images. It works for portraits too. I also have and use the 50mm Macro, which is a higher quality lens. However, what I like about the 35mm is that its magnifcation factor is higher that the 50mm and you can get closer to the subject.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Super sharp and contrasty for the price

                            By Joe

                            from Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Contrast
                            • Lightweight
                            • Sharpness

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

                              I am usually reluctant to give any lens five stars but this is a very sharp, contrasty lens, particularly for its low price and compact, light design. I use it on an E-PL1 and it is excellent. I use it as a short tele prime along with a Panasonic 20mm f 1/7 and Olympus 50mm f 2, both of which are very sharp. This is definitely a worthwhile lens on M43 when used with an Olympus MMF-2 adapter.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent lens on E-PL1

                              By Joe

                              from Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Contrast
                              • Sharpness
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Art
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

                                Used on an Olympus E-PL1 Pen with the MMF-2 adapter, this is a very sharp lens and an excellent companion to the Zuiko 50/2 and Panasonic 20/1.7 lenses as part of a very light but super sharp prime lens kit. If you update the firmware on the MMF-2 adapter, then auto-focus speed is decent.

                                Sharpness and contrast are excellent.

                                This lens is already quite sharp wide open. It makes a very nice short telephoto and portrait lens as well.

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                                4.0

                                It's a brand new world

                                By Friscody

                                from Cape Coral, FL

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                • Slow Focus

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

                                Just received this lens as a gift. Seeing as Im not a professional, and this is my first macro lens, I have nothing to compare it with. I have noticed a hesitance to focus on automatic mode. But am loving the view through a macro lens.

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                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                Great macro lense on low budget

                                By Frankthetank

                                from Montreal, QC

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography

                                  Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

                                  I'm using this lense for Macro on my Olympus E-410. I'm no expert in photography and I find this lense very easy to use. The focus is great on automatic put not always accurate. Simply put the manual focus and zoom with this lense for the best results.For macro use, be as stable as you can and use a tripod if possible. Also, be sure to get the best lighting available or the image will be blurry.This lense is great and with the price tag of [$], it's simply a must. If you have a higher budget, you can go for the 50mm.

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                                  5.0

                                  As precise as it gets...

                                  By Job & Tod

                                  from Montreal, Canada

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

                                    For everybody, a 35mm is pretty much basic camera stuff, but this little macro 35mm is a beauty! The focus is super sharp, provides decent lighting, is super light and really cheap!! What else could you want! Oh and solid build as well.

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                                    5.0

                                    Compact and Sharp Lens

                                    By Natural Woman

                                    from New Jersey

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Macro Photography

                                      Comments about Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Lens:

                                      I bought this lens after I sold my ZD 50 f/2 lens and I couldn't be happier. What I like about this lens is it's lightweight (easy to transport) and it's excellent for macro photography (1:1 magnification). It's also less expensive than the 50 and does as good a job for more than half the price. The lens is sharp and produces beautiful colors. Can't go wrong with this lens and I consider it a must have for any Olympus user.

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