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Olympus50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens
 
4.7

(based on 122 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (79)
  • Consistent output (76)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (75)
  • Strong construction (68)
  • Easily interchangeable (54)

Cons

  • Slow focus (41)
  • Poor in low light (9)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (53)
  • Portraits (39)
  • Low light (29)
  • Night photography (25)
  • Weddings (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (43), Enthusiast (29), Casual photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (11), Semi-professional (10)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid, crystal clear, versatile.

I bought an Olympus E-500 a few years ago with a "kit" quality Zuiko 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 lens. Pedestrian at best. But making the grade into the world of...Read complete review

I bought an Olympus E-500 a few years ago with a "kit" quality Zuiko 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 lens. Pedestrian at best. But making the grade into the world of DSLR cameras from the point and shoot 1 megapixel world made that stock lens just fine. After a while, though, I found it just didn't give me the crisp clear performance of the OM-1 Zuiko lenses of my film days. I chose this 50mm (100mm equiv to 35mm days) lens to fill the need for product photography for online auctioning, and general portraiture. When I looked through the viewfinder, I was astounded by the difference in the clarity between it, and the slow stock lens. The manual focus is a smooth as my old OM Zuiko lenses. The only analogy the pops into my mind for comparison is like going from standard TV to HDTV. If you are ready to step it up and take some photographs and not just snapshots, I recommend this lens. The macro capability is a real plus. Don't forget the filter.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A great lens but not for Macro

Being an Olympus faithful for many years and owning a few Zuiko lenses this is the one lens that they can improve on. The built quality is right up there and the fast aperture...Read complete review

Being an Olympus faithful for many years and owning a few Zuiko lenses this is the one lens that they can improve on. The built quality is right up there and the fast aperture (f/2.0) is great, especially in lower light conditions. Image quality is truly amazing and tack sharp is the best way to describe it. So why not a 5/5 rating?

1. The lens is extremely slow and this is frustrating. The lens really battles to find a focus point in all modes, AF-S and AF-C. The best option is to use manual focus when using this lens.

2. The lens does extend (like the other zoom lenses) and for 1:1 (really 1:2) the lens reaches is maximum length and for extreme macro this does tend to be a problem. You constantly have to ensure that your lens does not extend to touch the subject.

3. Auto focus is noisy and this creates the impression that the lens is experiencing problems trying to get a focus point, this impression is unfortunately true.

The best use for this lens is portraiture, interior, food and still life photography, not macro even when using the EX-25 extension tube to achieve true 1:1 magnification. One of the great features of a fast aperture of f/2.0 is the depth of field, play with this, it is amazing.

If you do want a great macro lens, the much less advertised (and less expensive) Zuiko 35mm f/3.5 macro lens is a brilliant buy. With no movable parts this lens from Zuiko is a true macro lens and gives 1:1 magnification, even without using the EX-25 extension tube, albeit, the aperture of f/3.5 tends to have people believe that it is a standard zoom lens.

Now, will I recommend this lens to a friend? The answer is yes and no. If you buy this lens for macro photography I wouldn't recommend is, if you buy this lens for the above mentioned purposes, yes, I would recommend this lens.

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5.0

Astounding Close-ups; Perfect Portraits

By Edsel Adams

from Chapel Hill, NC

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Price
  • Great Contrast and Color
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Sharp
  • Splash And Dust Resistant

Cons

  • A bit noisy
  • Infinity To Macro Is Slow

Best Uses

  • Macro and close-up
  • Portraits

Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

If you have a strong interest in close-up photography, and you like to shoot portraits, then this is a must-have lens for the Olympus E-System....I cannot recommend it highly enough. With one caveat, as detailed below.

I have been shooting close-ups for more than 35 years. My camera and lens of choice years ago was a Canon A-1 and the legendary Vivitar Series 1 90mm ƒ/2.5 Macro. For the last three years I have been shooting a Nikon D700, with a Micro-Nikkor 60mm ƒ/2.8G ED lens. I like to shoot my close-ups with available light. The D700 permitted the use of high ISO's (to compensate for small apertures and fast shutter speeds) with minimal degradation.

Over the last year and a half, however, I have discovered Olympus color, which I have come to regard as the truest in the business. I have purchased three Olympus E-System bodies, all used—an E-510, an E-410, and an E-3. Each has the original Four-Thirds mount. I came to Olympus, because I had purchased a Pany Leica Summilux D 25mm ƒ/1.4 ASPH. lens for a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, but the images were lacking color-wise.

To make a very long story short, I use the Leica on the E-3....it is sensational. I purchased the Olympus Zuiko 14–54mm ƒ/2.8–3.5 II as a walk-around lens for the E-510....it is excellent.

And now I have added the Olympus Zuiko 50mm ƒ/2.0 ED Macro. My intention was to use it on the E-410....to make a very small, light package. There is one issue, however that caused me to make a switch....the E-410 does not have the facility to leave the lens focused at something other than infinity when the camera is turned off. Both the E-510 and the E-3 do have this option in the menu, so the new lens is on the E-510. Why is this important? Because, being a proper macro lens, there is a substantial amount of extension as one changes focus from infinity to close-up. And, this lens is, as others have written, a bit "slow", and rather noisy. The slowness comes from the fact that the front elements have to move a considerable distance. The noise is just a consequence of the motor used.

So, as long as the camera body you are using permits you to turn off the automatic return-to-infinity facility this is a lens which will not disappoint in any respect. The close-ups are astounding....this is due in part to the perfection of Olympus color, to be sure.

And, the big bonus is that this is a lens which yields stunning portraits. I would strongly urge anyone interested in portraits to go to Robin Wong's multi-part review of the new Olympus OM-D E-M1....specifically, Part 3: Shooting with Zuiko Digital Four Thirds Lenses....his portraits of men on the streets of Kuala Lumpur are just outstanding. And, these are straight out of the camera.

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5.0

Portraits made simple!

By Shutterbug Dad

from USA

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Baby
    • Portrait
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

    Rarely review anything, but so happy with lens I have to!I am far from a "prosumer" but this lens breathed new life into our old Oly e410! New baby was the excuse for purchase and it is worth every penny for the photographs we have been able to take. With moderate natural light you will be amazed at the portraits you can take. I jokingly call it my "Senior Photo" lens since it is easy to get studio looking photos. Focus might be a bit slow but for the images it captures I'm willing to wait. If you have someone in your life (baby, pet, family) that you want to "capture", get this lens and immortalize them! [B&H is awesome, got this lens used for ~$ and it was as good as new]

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    5.0

    Ignore the Bad Reviews!

    By McFern

    from Faith, NC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

      I have been a long time user of Olympus digital cameras, but I have just purchased this lens. Why, well its obvious that the "true" Olympus SLRs are not long for this world, so did I want to tie up that much cash on a lens that would be less than optimal to switch over to Micro 4/3 or just completely obsolete? Well I decided to and am very ashamed for waiting so long. Here's why.This is an all around lens being a compromise of middle tele, macro, and portrait lenses. Having said that; Could it weigh less? Yes. Could it weigh more? Easily! Could it be faster? Yes, but it would weigh more and be physically bigger. Could it focus closer? Yes, but it would weigh more. In the 80's, my favorite walk around was a Pentax MX with an M85mm f2 lens. So my E620 with this lens is a dream for me. If you take an 8X10 frame out of a 35mm negative and compare that to an 8X10 frame out of 4/3 sensor, you acually get a crop factor of 1.85. I know that 2 is easier to figure but there is actually more sensor size in 4/3 than most believe and less in APS-C since you crop your photos and cut off all those extra (precious) pixels. Therefore, this lens is a 92.5mm equivalent. Therefore, I get my middle tele perspective with a lens that can do close ups, isolation shots(portraits) if needed, and has good available light abilities. And, (MOST IMPORTANT) this lens is sharper at f2 than f1.4 SLR lenses are at f4...edge to edge! And that my friends is what you're paying for...period. Most f1.4 lenses are described as being useful at f1.4, which is a nice way of saying "not real good". My Sigma 30mm f1.4 is like this and so was my Nikon 50mm f1.4, but both are great at 5.6. No one can describe to you how great this lens is at f2 until you see it yourself. Would it be hard to see the difference compared to the 35~100mm f2? Yep, but you can see the difference compared with the 14~54mm which is more expensive and heavier. Can't say about the 12~60mm.Understand that this is an SLR lens designed for the Olympus SLRs that are disappearing. If you have a PEN camera, you will be happier with a micro 4/3 lens...UNLESS, you desire this lens' superior optics enough to use it on a tiny little camera that it was not designed for. Even then, the M45mm f1.8 will reach greater sharpness due to no back focus. That said, the 45mm f1.8 does not have as flat a sharpness profile as the 50mm f2. In other words, there is a greater difference between sharpness wide open versus maximum sharpness and center sharpness versus edge sharpness. And by the way, when this lens was designed, no Olympus SLR was capable of video (One of my FAVORITE reasons to hang on to my Olympus non-video bodies. Why should I put up with the video compromises on an SLR when even a smart phone will make better videos?). Therefore, no complaints about the lens' video ability is valid in any way.Since this lens was not designed for video, noise was not paramount, BUT, it is not any noiser than any of the earlier Olympus SLR lenses. You will have to compare it to the newer lenses for this to be so. Its not any noisier that older Nikon AF lenses either. Conclusion, if your not using video, disregard comments on noise.Slow focus is another complaint seen alot. If your using an Olympus SLR, you have no doubt learned how to deal with the tendency for Olympus SLRs to focus fail in low light so I won't go through all that. (In my experience with Nikon digital SLRs, they were less likely to focus fail in low light, but more likely to miss focus)Let me say that this lens focuses no worse than my 14~54 zoom (old model). I can make it fail to focus lock but then I can help it not fail as well. Example, if focusing on objects between infinity and normal ranges, focusing is quick, quiet, and precise. If you then want to do a close up, start focusing as you move towards the subject instead of focusing once you get there. The lense almost never hunts with this procedure even in low light. Would it be nice if the lens had a focus limiter? Yep. Is it killing me? Not at all. Remember, this a compromise of 2 lenses, a middle tele isolation lens and a middle macro. And after all, this very same compromise ideal is what drives one to use one heavy slow zoom rather than 3 or 4 lighter faster primes. Convenience has trumped weight, slow speed, and loss of sharpness. Same here, the convenience of having 2 lenses in one comes at a price, all be it, a small one.You see comlaints about weight, it is heavier if compared to M4/3 lenses and other maker's 50mm f1.4 lenses, but not compared to other maker's 50mm and 60mm f2.8 macros! Remember, this lens is the compromise of both! Zooms are pineapples in this apple orchard and, therefore, not comparable.Complaints about "aberations" are either manufactured or example specific. There are no such things in my example and mine was purchase used.Complains about it not being a zoom...well I just dont know what to say about that...Complaints on inconvenient manual focus. This may be valid if using on a PEN body (that it was not designed for) but is completely invalid for an SLR body that it WAS designed for. All of the modern Olympus SLR bodies have a "function" button that can be programmed to switch back and forth between manual and auto focus. Nothing inconvenient about that. This is an older lens so it is not an SWD lens, and so, does not have manual focus coupling...you have to switch to manual on the body. Complaints on price...well it is not cheap but not astronomically expensive. And, since you get 2 lenses in one, it's actually kinda economical. Bottom line. If you own an Olympus SLR (especially a 400 or 600 series model), middle tele perspective suits your eye, you like to take isolation shots, you like to get close, you like available light, you would like to have a painfully sharp f2 lens, and you like it all light and simple, then stop reading reviews, buy it, and go shoot! If your financially challenged, like me, buy it refurbished or used...just buy it and don't look back.

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      4.0

      Great lens, but somewhat pricey

      By SeattleJim

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

        Using this lens for products shots and portraits. Some of the reviews indicated slow or inaccurate focus -- I have not experienced that. Very happy with focus performance and image quality. The macro ability is a fun and useful bonus. It seems a bit pricey, relatively-speaking, but -- at the end of the day -- I'm very glad I spent the money and added it to my toolkit.

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        4.0

        Superb Optical Quality

        By Noreaster

        from Marshfield, MA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Focus by wire
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

        This lens would be easily 5 stars with a different focusing system. I'm a bit surprised Olympus would use a focusing system like this on such a high quality optical instrument. I like to shoot insects, flowers and still life. I have some very good results both hand held and with a tripod. I highly recommend this lens, but am disappointed with the focus by wire.

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        4.0

        Great product

        By Penguin Palace Photography

        from Minneapolis, MN

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

        My pictures are looking just as I imagined they would and this lens is the reason. I'm sure the pictures that have turned out less than satisfactory have been due to user error and not because of the lens itself. My only complaint is it's function in low light. When I researched this type of lens, it was touted as being better in low light than the kit lens. I'm finding that is not exactly the case. I'm sure the better I get with using this lens, the better my pictures will be. The learning curve is much steeper than a regular lens but that being said, I can't wait to learn more!

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        5.0

        Excellent Lens

        By flowerchild71

        from washington metropolitan area

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

          Love the 50mm Macro lens. It captures pictures great in low light conditions as described in other reviews. The clarity of pictures taken is awesome whether taken in or outdoors. I'm impressed!

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          5.0

          Excellent and sharp lens

          By Brian Steele

          from St. George's, Grenada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

          I bought this lens along with the 12-60, specifically because of its F2.0 rating, which I thought could come in handy under specific situations. It's getting more use than I originally intended because the resulting photographs are very sharp and clear. Focus can be a little slow at times, but not to the point where it's objectionable.

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          5.0

          Tack Sharp

          By Duffy's Dad

          from Long Island, NY

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

            Love the low light capabilities. Use manual focus in low light for quickest focus. Lens is very light and fast, two important features.
            Macro performance is stellar. Most important is the Tack Sharp results.

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            5.0

            Worth investing in

            By GhostKat

            from Australia

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

            A great lens for the amateur photographer like myself. I am still learning about macro photography and loving the world I am entering into While I am not getting things as pin sharp as I want, I think at this stage its more the person than the equipment but its just a matter of getting out there and using the lens. Well worth investing in.

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            5.0

            Supreme Return On Investment ; )

            By Marathonianbull

            from Montreal, Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Noisier AF than with SWD
            • Slower AF than with SWD

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Street photography

            Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

            Food For Thought: With this brand new Zuiko 50mm f/2 acting like the leading superstar of the ice rink, my beloved 12-60mm sadly stays on the bench more often than not... Slightly noisy AF mechanism, original front cap too tight, maybe!? On the other hand, all pictures stemming from the 50mm f/2 seem to benefit greatly from strong micro-contrasts, very high sharpness, and brightness galore, almost to the point of looking like 3D images right from the back LCD of the camera! Overall, it is pure bliss already: such a handy, powerful, yet discreet little 4/3 lens! B&H has been part of the nice experience once again, thanks to a combination a factors such as prompt shipping, safe packaging, very competitive prices.

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            5.0

            I'm not impressed easily.

            By Chuck

            from Vancouver, Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

              This lens has been reviewed before. Wow. This is one of those things in life that you didn't know you wanted until you got it & then, Wow. OK!

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              5.0

              I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN AND AGAIN

              By Georgia Siettou

              from Greece

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

              I love the way 50mm f/2 Mecro ED Zuiko Digital Lens by Olympus see things..
              An other dimension..!!!
              Love it..

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              5.0

              Nice portraits

              By kenorasis

              from New York, NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

              As others have mentioned, the AF is a bit slow and problematic at times, but it focuses nicely manually -- even for this amateur. For full frame head shots, I was able to capture some fine detail (skin texture, fine hairs, etc.), in fairly low light situations. Very happy with this lens.

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              3.0

              Nice sharp lens, but too slow

              By tomoyubu

              from Jacksonville, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

              I used this lens on Olympus E3 and Panasonic GH2. It's nice sharp lens. Unfortunately AF is way too slow, even with E3. I expected to be slow on GH2, but not with E3. Olympus, fix this! I returned this lens.

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              3.0

              Amazing Lens

              By T-Bone

              from Tucson, AZ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

              I purchased this lens to go along with my 3 other lenses for my Olympus 620 camera. This prime 50 mm, macro lens is a great addition to my camera collection. I use it to do macro photography of small wild flowers. I have had it only one week but have already I have gotten some great shoots. My only wish is it was a faster lens either a f1.4 or a f1.8 lens. I really wanted a piece of fast glass without spenting over $1,000 dollars.

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By photobug429

              from Washington, Dc metro area

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

              I bought this to use on a micro 4/3 camera, the Olympus EP-2. I already had the adapter for another lens so didn't need to get another. This is probably the best lens I have for the system. It is compact and the lens hood fits nicely in the reverse position.

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              5.0

              Very Impressed

              By Aaron M

              from Indianapolis, IN

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

              I'm shooting this with an e-510. So far I have been very impressed. I'm a very amateur photographer so I don't have technical data for this review. The lens is extremely well built. It makes you wonder what kind of junk they put in the kit lenses. The photos are extremely crisp and the bokeh is great. All of my pics have an extremely professional look to them now. I use it mostly for taking pics of my kids. The only problem I have is the lack of a focus stop which can make the lens slow to focus if it doesn't grab focus immediately. If you plan on keeping your olymypus, this is a necessity.

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              3.0

              50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko

              By Taffy

              from Toronto, Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Sharp at all focal length

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Bright Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Manual focus

              Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

              I have a love and hate relationship with this lens. The lens optic is superb! Sharp even at f2.0. The problem is, you seldom can get the autofocus to work properly on your first try! The lens front & back focus and stop in between. Then, you press the second time and it's in focus. In low light, this lens search back and forth its full focal length and it's loud and undecisive. Sometimes it just hang there and is unresponsive. Yes, manual focus works but I just don't like that focus by wire, it provides no feed back and you could be turning the focus ring for nothing. I still like this lens because it is really sharp and produce good colour. However, this is not a lens you will use for action or even portrait photography. I use it in taking baby pictues and it's painfully slowwwwwww and hard to lock in autofocus. Better try it if it is to your liking, don't get sold on its F2.0!

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              5.0

              Olympus 50mm lens

              By pmblm

              from River Falls, WI

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

                I purchased the lens to mainly do close ups of flowers, bugs outdoor things. So far I like it. the pictures are crisp and clear, just takes getting use to how far to stay back to get the picture I am looking for. Some people say it works great for face close ups also. Will give it a try. I have always had Olympus back in the film day and now with digital. I am hopping my next lens will be a 12-60.

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