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Olympus 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras

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Product Highlights
  • Zoom Telephoto
  • For Olympus Digital & Four Thirds System
  • High Grade Series
  • Dust & Splash Proof Construction
  • Removable & Rotating Tripod Collar
  • Made in Japan

The Olympus 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens is a high-performance zoom-telephoto lens that features, for the first time, the SWD (Supersonic Wave Drive) autofocus system. ED lens elements are used extensively to correct the color blurring that can occur when telescopic lenses are extended to their maximum focal length, while the digital-dedicated design ensures high-definition performance with clear, crisp images from edge to edge. It offers an equivalent focal length in 35mm terms of 100-400mm.

The lens' autofocus is powered by Olympus' innovative SWD focusing technology. SWD combines different technologies to provide both high speed and high precision autofocusing, while allowing the lens to be operated with lower noise than before. Optimized for use with the new E-3, this lens enables the camera to demonstrate the full power of its high-speed capability, providing extremely fast focusing.

Special optical glass elements are used to correct various types of aberrations, while the 100% digital design ensures high-definition performance with clear, crisp images from edge to edge. Close-up shooting capability is also superb, with a minimum shooting distance of just 3.9' (1.2 m) throughout the zoom range.

Supersonic Wave Drive Technology
SWD technology allows for ultra-fast, whisper-quiet, high-precision AF. Two compact, high-powered SWD devices power autofocus at an ultra-high speed by exciting unique elliptical oscillations, while an ultra-compact 5.3mm x 4.3mm optical encoder detects and controls the lens drive position using direct rotation detection without reduction gear. This enables it to achieve a level of precision that's accurate to 5 microns (5/1000 mm). When used in combination with the E-3, which offers improved AF computation and lens-body communication rates, the SWD motors provide the fastest focusing speed of approximately 170 ms (0.17 seconds).
High Optical Quality
Features 3 ED elements to correct for various types of aberrations.
Internal Focus
Internal Focus system makes focusing smoother and faster.
Tripod Collar
A removable, rotating tripod collar is included with this lens for stable shooting in both the horizontal and vertical orientation.
Performance
Focal Length 50 - 200mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 100 - 400 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8 - 3.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Four Thirds
Angle of View 24° - 6.2°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.94' (1.2 m)
Magnification 0.21x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 16/15
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Physical
Filter Thread 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.41 x 6.18" (8.65 x 15.7 cm)
Weight 2.19 lb (995 g)
Olympus 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras
  • Front Lens Cap (LC-67B)
  • Rear Lens Cap (LR-1)
  • Lens Hood (LH-70C)
  • Lens Case (LSC-1220)
  • Removable Tripod Collar
  • 1-Year Worldwide Warranty
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    50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras
     
    4.8

    (based on 108 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (92)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (108)
    • Strong construction (89)
    • Consistent output (63)
    • Durable (63)
    • Rugged (57)

    Cons

    • Heavy (54)
    • Slow focus (5)
    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (74)
    • Wildlife photos (65)
    • Landscape/scenery (47)
    • Weddings (34)
    • Low light (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (45), Semi-pro photographer (21), Enthusiast (12), Casual photographer (9), Pro photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (54)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Sharp, vivid, swift auto focus, a KEEPER

    The 50-200 ED SWD, looked bulbous especially with the hood on, but once I started using it the results proved to be so sharp and vivid that it became my preferred long lens...Read complete review

    The 50-200 ED SWD, looked bulbous especially with the hood on, but once I started using it the results proved to be so sharp and vivid that it became my preferred long lens over my 70-300oly; the real bonus is the very swift auto-focus which makes this 50-200oly lens a delight to use and a keeper.
    It is bigger and heavier than any of my other Oly lens, so to ease the load, I removed the rotating lens-mount (its instruction manual illustrates how-to, very nicely); and it became more portable and a lot lighter to hand-hold.
    The hood is huge but unique, it has a neat trap-door to allow easy access for rotating my mounted polarizing filter.
    It works well with the EC20 converter and will give a fantastic reach, but I found the loss of 2 stops too much to bear, as the results were too soft for me; so I choose to crop using the lens by itself.
    The build quality is first class and is one reason why made-in-Japan is Oly at its best.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    oly 50-200

    Bought this with the adaptor for my OM-D ; old old technology for the new micro four thirds and definitely not designed to be used on the micro four thirds system DESPITE what Olympus has...Read complete review

    Bought this with the adaptor for my OM-D ; old old technology for the new micro four thirds and definitely not designed to be used on the micro four thirds system DESPITE what Olympus has told me ; autofocus takes several seconds even in broad daylight and for indoors forget about using it ;the lens is very sharp when you focus manually ; the lens was designed for use on the older E systems and its technology is at least 8 years old ; if you are thinking of purchasing it for the OM system you will be very dissapointed UNLESS you are only using manual focus

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    4.0

    Long lens in a small package

    By Bob

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Lens Creep

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

    Overall, I've been impressed by the quality of the images, and the relative light weight of the lens. Build quality is very good. The single image focus speed in good light is very quick. In poor light, focus speed suffered. From what I've seen so far it isn't very good at tracking fast moving objects, but I've only done limited testing with it.

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    5.0

    Good Glass for a reasonable price

    By DirtyJobsGuy

    from Connecticut

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

      A good quality lens that is fast at a reasonable price. Mechanical quality is good and is compatible with both the 4/3 and Micro 4/3 (with separate adapter.

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      2.0

      oly 50-200

      By Steve

      from NY., NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Poor in Low Light
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

        Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

        Bought this with the adaptor for my OM-D ; old old technology for the new micro four thirds and definitely not designed to be used on the micro four thirds system DESPITE what Olympus has told me ; autofocus takes several seconds even in broad daylight and for indoors forget about using it ;the lens is very sharp when you focus manually ; the lens was designed for use on the older E systems and its technology is at least 8 years old ; if you are thinking of purchasing it for the OM system you will be very dissapointed UNLESS you are only using manual focus

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        5.0

        Worth the cost

        By Architect

        from Chicago, IL

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

        Very versatile and sharp throughout the range.....landscapes, wildlife, close-up. Fantastic color rendition.

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        5.0

        Very Crisp

        By Bill the Architect

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

        Quality lens, but heavy....worth it!

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        4.0

        Sharp Glass!

        By MindWorks

        from Big Bend, WI

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Sharp images
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

        I use this lens on my micro 4/3 system with an adaptor. The images are fantastic. It would have received 5 stars but for the slowness in focusing, and occasional "seeking" that it does. Because I'm using it on a micro system, I don't know if this is how it would focus on a 4/3 system. Other than that, I love this lens and can't wait for every opportunity to use it. (I shoot sports and potraits.)

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        5.0

        Amazing lens

        By The Dean

        from Wichita, Kansas

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

          I've moved from the 70-300 to this lens. What a difference. Fast, quiet and accurate focus. A bit heavier but not a problem. I did my first portrait session with it and the results were amazing. Sharp focus and smooth bokeh. Wish I hadn't waited so long but glad I made the upgrade.

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          4.0

          great lens

          By photo memories

          from River Falls, WI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

          I was using a 12-60mm but wanted something to give that little extra to my photos, the 50 - 200mm does great. Like the clear color, very detailed. I do mainly portraits, with little flowers now and then. It is a little heavy will have to get use to that; tri-pod will help that. This will be my main lens along with the 12-60mm. I would recommend it to people.

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          4.0

          Great Lens

          By Fradster

          from Reno, NV

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

          I have really enjoyed this great lens so far. The AF snaps right into focus in decent light and the photos are tack sharp and super vivid. There are times in low light situations where the AF isn't the best, but the manual focus works great en lieu of the AF in those situations. I shoot weddings, portraits, and lots of other stuff and I'm glad to have this lens as part of my arsenal. My only real wish with this lens is to have 2.8 throughout the zoom range.

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          5.0

          A must for Olympus 4/3rds users

          By Brian C

          from Allen, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

            This lens has super fast auto focus and is razor sharp even wide open. a great companion to my 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Zuiko.Even at 2.2lbs it feels nicely balanced on my E-620 with HLD-5 Battery pack.

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            5.0

            Great lens

            By Wildlife shooter

            from Ottawa, Canada

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

            Intend to use this lens for wildlife photos. Trials to date are giving me 9 out of 10 focused shots compared to 1 out of 10 with my 70 - 300 lens. The SWD is fantastic. Great for taking action shots of the grandkids.

            Paired with the 12 - 60 SWD lens I don't see a need for any other lenses.

            The only downside is it is a heavier than my 70 - 300 but doesn't take long to get used to.

            Although these lenses challenge the budget, they are worth it.

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            5.0

            Amazing lens! Sharpest ever!

            By Siphon

            from Boise, ID

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

            Excellent lens thats sharp and has a great usable aperture of F2.8 (100mm) - F-3.5 (400mm). No len creep as well!

            It is a little on the heavy side. But i'm happy with the results.

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            5.0

            Top Value

            By CTM

            from Nevada

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

              Can't beat this with a stick--one of the true values out there.

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              5.0

              Awesome Product

              By Dracoart

              from Hillsborough, NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

              I was told that a good lens is more important than a newer camera. They were right! What a difference this lens made! I was using the Zuiko 70-300mm lens for shooting air shows and sporting evens, but this 50-200 lens with the 1.4 teleconverter was even better. I still had great zoom, fast focus and much clearer photos when shooting the Navy's Blue Angels this Labor Day weekend! It is a heavy lens, but well worth it's weight! It also comes with a very nice case and tripod mount.

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              5.0

              Amazing la difference with "good glass"

              By Pic Plinker

              from Woodland Hills CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

              Fast focus - great for aerial shots as well as landscape and nature pics. Plan to utilize this along with my OLY 12-60mm companion lens for all high quality shoots.

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              5.0

              Fantastic

              By Grandpa

              from Riverside, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                I bought this lens for my E620 as a replacement for my 40-150mm kitlens. It is expensive but, "you get what you pay for" couldn't be more true in this case. I have been using it for the last few weeks and it is fast, focus is spot on, and the picture quality is great.

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                5.0

                I'm in LOVE with it.

                By Daphne of Ellenburg Photography

                from Creola, Alabama

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • I haven't found one yet

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                I love it. I use it for everything! I shoot mostly people & the focus is amazing. Awesome Bokeh! It's fast. It's lighter than all my pals 50-200's - I just love it! It was worth every penny and is a great partner to my 12-60 2.8

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                5.0

                Top performer

                By SLR_guy

                from San Diego, Ca.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                I have noticed that while using this lens, if you are needing to get farther away to shoot macro, you may wish to put on the EC14 or the EC20 to this lens to get more distance so you don't scare away your subjects. But if you can and wish to get closer to your subject, put the EX25 on the lens. Either one results in EXCELLENT photo quality in terms of color and sharpness. I have owned this lens for over a year now, and have it whenever I leave the house with my camera. I realize the extra money put into the purchase has returned on my investment in the form of consistently high grade imaging and as a result, clearer, cleaner, crisper photographs. The same can be said of the Olympus 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 SWD. Two remarkable lenses, both affordable to a majority of camera enthusiasts such as myself. This lens retains all functionality & image quality while using it with either the EX25 or the EC14. While doing macro work, be sure to use a sturdy tripod, as well as using a good ringlight. I'm looking into the Metz 15 MS-1 Ringflash for my E30 Body & 50-200 SWD kit for macro work. This will allow individual intensity ratios because it has 2 light tubes inside it.

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                5.0

                Good !

                By yokosky2003

                from hong kong

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                      its very good resolution capabilities throughout the zoom range

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                      5.0

                      GREAT LENS!!!

                      By Evgeniy

                      from Moskow, Russia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                      I bought this lens to use with my Olympus E-620. I love to photograph nature (animals in the forest, the birds on the branches and in flight). Previously, I used in those shootings 70-300, but I'm not getting a lot of good shots.
                      But now with 50-200mm I enjoyed the fast focus, sharp and clear images even when a shortage of light. I liked the balance in ligaments the camera and lens when mounting on a tripod. I was surprised that almost all of my pictures are good quality, and some simply gorgeous.
                      Also I tried to do portraits, landscapes and pictures of the city nightlife. And I got excellent results.
                      The lens is wonderful!!

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