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Olympus35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens
 
4.9

(based on 38 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (27)
  • Reliable (19)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (10)
  • Strong construction (8)

Cons

  • Heavy (11)
  • Heavy / bulky (11)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (26)
  • Landscape photography (15)
  • Studio (10)
  • Travel (9)
  • Everyday (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-professional (15), Enthusiast (13), Professional (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Great lens

By Special K

from Baldwin, NY

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful Photos

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Home
  • Kids

Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

Great lens for low-light conditions, but heavy and expensive

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  • No

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5.0

Best Lens I Own

By CTM

from Nevada

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Macro Photography
    • Traveling

    Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

    Superb optics and rock solid build. This is the best lens I own.

    This lens puts your game up a couple of notches.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Twice the light of the big two

    By Woody

    from Central Mountains of Colorado

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Photography
    • Portraits
    • Traveling

    Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

    As others have confirmed, the sharpness, reasonably fast focus and beautiful bokeh make this lens a wonderful masterpiece to own. As competition to Canon and Nikon's 70-200mm F2.8 lenses, remember that F2.0 allows TWICE THE LIGHT. So, I use this for my daughter's gymnasium sports requiring both challenges of low light and fast action. It delivers. My only suggestion is that using the limiter at 3 meters and higher tends to really slow down the autofocus and has made me miss action shots. Without using the focusing limiter, it works great. I shoot an E-5 with this lens for sports and Leica Digilux 3 for nature/landscape. Again, it delivers and is worth the money and the weight!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Super High Grade Lens for Many Reasons

    By Roger

    from Erie, Colorado

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Beautiful bokeh
    • Challenges My Skills
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Landscape Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

      I own this entry into the SHG line of Zuiko Digital Lenses along with the 7-14mm, 14-35mm and the 150mm entrants. There is not a slouch in the line up.

      I particularly enjoy landscape and wildlife photography, so I have not used this lens in either portrait or action sports settings. That being said, no doubt this lens would excel at both. With a bright f/2 across the spectrum, you get crisp and clear images, whether the subject is still or moving at a good clip.

      The lens is always paired with my E-5 (I also have the E-420 and E-620) and the combination offers solid weather proofing as well as bright optics. Post processing is open to new opportunities when the image is already solid whether in RAW or jpeg formats.

      The build of the lens is solid, and that build, coupled with the optics inside, does contribute to some weight. I take mine hiking and have never noticed the weight to be an issue, even with a second camera along for the walk.

      Olympus is hinting at new camera bodies to make use of the beautiful images this lens can provide in the right hands. Pick one up and see what one of the most robust lenses on the market can do, and be prepared to be challenged, and rewarded by what this lens produces.

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      5.0

      Outstanding sharpness, beautiful bokeh

      By diglloyd

      from San Francisco Bay Area

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Large And Heavy For Mft

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

        Outstanding corner to corner sharpness by ƒ/2.8, consistent with the other SHG lenses. Lovely bokeh

        The Olympus SHG 35-100mm f/2 ED easily outperforms the 45mm f/1.8 and 75mm f/1.8 ED prime lenses— at the cost of needing the MMF-3 adapter and being huge and heavy by comparison.

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        4.0

        This Lens is amazing!

        By Her Royal Sweetness

        from Adelaide, Australia

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • A little heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

        When I first saw the size and felt the weight of this lens being a woman, I thought "what have I done", but after a little practise I soon changed my mind.
        Last weekend I went on a model photo shoot in a park and walked around for 3 hours hand holding my camera. At then end of the day did not even notice the weight.
        I was worried that my shots would be blurred by movement but when I down loaded them every one was perfectly clear.
        I would recommend this lens to anyone who it considering it.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Excellent lens-crisp results

        By Ramana

        from Hyd INDIA

        About Me Professional

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

        Full depth of field control in any lighting situation,terrific bokeh and amazing colour balence accuratly reproduces the tones thanks to olympus..

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        • Yes

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        2.0

        Hmmm....

        By Jorge

        from Jersey City, NJ

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Pros

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

            Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

            Okay, so this baby is priced in the stratosphere. Heck, one can get 3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 camera bodies of this single lens from Olympus. Hmmm....

            This thing is so heavy, you will need tripod support/tripod mounting at all times. Hmmm....

            Lamentable zoom range of only as very modest 2.5x. Hmmm....

            Yeah, it is "fast" at F2.0. But then again, compared to the latest M4/3 primes with F0.95, F1.4, F1.7 maximum open iris settings, it is not all that bright at all.

            I'll just get three top-notch ultra-fast primes instead, plus have money left over for another Lumix GH2 body as well. Just sayin'....

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            5.0

            Believe the raves

            By Steve

            from San Francisco

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • High quality images
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

            Believe the reviews on this one -- it's some beautiful glass, with amazing clarity and minimal distortion. I was forewarned that it was heavy, and buyers should take that into account. I use it on the solidly built flagship E-5, but even so there's a challenge dealing with balance issues. And yet, I'm balking at ever taking this one off the camera...

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            • No

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            5.0

            The best portrait lens on 4/3rds

            By Marin

            from Sibenik, Croatia

            About Me Professional

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Great color
            • Nice bokeh
            • Reliable
            • Sharp

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Indoor
            • Landscape Photography
            • Low light
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

            This is the best medium telephoto zoom lens and portrait lens for 4/3rds and beyond.

            Lens is extremely sharp and detailed with beautifully smooth bokeh and great color and contrast.

            It's focal lenght is very versatile for portraiture, indoor events and even close quarters sports which in which longer lenses can be too long.

            Autofocus is quite good, not as fast as 50-200mm SWD or 150mm f2 for instance, but it does the job. One great point is that it's quite accurate and AF will rarely if ever miss.

            Downside is that the lens is quite big with huge lens hood, but it's built like a tank with full weather sealing, internal zoom and focus action.

            Contrary to specs, it's minimum focus distance is 1.2 meters, not 1.4m and the lens works really great with EX-25 extension tube for macro.

            It's is not cheap, but it's worth every penny if you shoot portraits, events, concerts and generally need a fast lens.

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            5.0

            GREAT LENS !!!!

            By Big Pappa

            from Lousiville, Ky

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Portraits
              • Sports Photography

              Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

              Excellent lens for sports day and night shooting, the fast f/stop makes it adaptable for both. Also the f2.0 makes it a good lens for portraits when you want the background out of focuse

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              5.0

              WATCH OUT NIKON AND CANNON OWNERS

              By Greek Baba

              from Wilton, CA

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Creamy backgrounds
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Magical qualites
              • Quick and accurate focus
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Landscape Photography
                • Portraits
                • Studio
                • Traveling
                • Weddings

                Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                I've gone to many weddings where photographers had (of course) a cannon or nikon taking pics inside the church under lower inside lighting at longer distances and produced reasonable results. I differently knew I couldn't do this with my E-1 and 14-54 lens. Well to my surprise my wife surprised me with a E-5 last x-mas. First time tears came to my eyes in a long time!! I later bought the 50mm macro and 12-60 SWD lenses.
                My nephew's little boy was to baptized in July so I decided to be like a nikon or cannon photographer and try to take pics in church conditions. Since it was a christening and not a wedding there would be little pressure who ever wanted to take pictures could.
                Guess what-- just for the hec of it I rented the olympus 35-100. The minute I put in on the E-5 I was in photo dream land. I first started in the choir loft about 60 ft from the altar. These pictures were incredible with 2.0 aperture the pictures were like having the 50mm at 10ft NOT 60 FT. From that distance the pics were incredibly sharp and very bright and colors popped. I then moved to the altar and took the rest of the photos from 4 to 15 ft away. Afterwards I took pics at the reception.
                You would really have to see my photos to realize the IQ of this lens. The colors, sharpness, creamy backgrounds are truly magical.
                When I do go to another wedding I will look at those nikon and cannon wedding photographers definitely in a different light (Ha Ha) I may just pull out my own 35-100 lens (I hope next xmas) and see them run for the megapixel hills!!
                P.S. I had such a great time taking pictures with this brilliant lens I really couldn't remember the weight everybody complains about.

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                4.0

                Great lens with lots of potential

                By Brendan, the producer

                from San Francisco

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Reliable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Corporate Videos

                Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                I use this lens for all types of videos. It is beautiful at f 2 but using the Panasonic AF100, you really must use the focus assist to truly tell if you're sharp. At 100mm, it's nice and crisp. You just need to note that the minimum focal distance is about 4 1/2 feet. Be warned that this is not a macro lens. Overall, a solid lens (and definitely heavy).

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                5.0

                One word "Wow"

                By KJSDESIGN

                from Lake Stevens, WA

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                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Crisp focus
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Good zoom range
                • Great in low light
                • Reliable
                • Smooth focus
                • Weather proof

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Landscape Photography
                • Low light
                • Photos in the rain
                • Portraits

                Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                I got this lens just less than a week ago, was able to do an impromptu photoshoot with a friend and then photograph a large community service event to test drive it. Today I was able to film a short video with a friend.

                My overall experience with this lens so far has been far better than with any other lens I have ever used. I had slight trouble with backlighting, my foreground continuously came up underexposed (nothing a little lightroom couldn't fix) using spot, center, and matrix light metering. The resolution is incredible. I use this lens on the Olympus E-5, and I've never seen images so clear. I shot mostly at f/2, the edge to edge clarity was outstanding and the bokeh was beautiful.

                Not a light lens. Luckily I also use the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 which weighs in at about 3lbs. This is not too different than the 4.5lbs that this weighs. This brings the entire weight of the camera to around 6lbs... without the battery grip and flash unit. I used it straight for about 4-5 hours and didn't get tired, but I could tell I used it the next day, slightly... If you can learn to brace it effectively, it's not unmanageable.

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                5.0

                great lens

                By brod

                from melbourne, aus

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Landscape Photography
                • Low light
                • Portraits
                • Traveling

                Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                great lens. though a little heavy

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                5.0

                Magical lens

                By Leverett Photographer

                from Melbourne, Australia

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast
                • Reliable
                • Sharp

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Portraits
                • Studio
                • Weddings
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                Using the lens for weddings. The lens has more the fast focusing and with the fast aperture it is perfect for all conditions.
                Lens is heavy but no more then expected.

                Only fault i can find is the case that it comes with is too big so i just place in my normal camera bag and all is solved.

                Great lens, you will not disappointed.

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                5.0

                Great Combination for Speed and Distance

                By Kyle Busch Fan

                from Saint Johns, Florida

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Extremely fast
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Low light photography
                  • Night photography
                  • Sports Photography
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                  I purchased this lens for photographing short track Nascar races. I used it at Bristol 2 weeks ago and I am still amazed at the quality of the images I captured.

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                  5.0

                  Worth every penny!

                  By acwalbur

                  from Cazenovia, NY

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful image quality
                  • Sharp

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Low light
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                  I use the 35-100 as a faster replacement for the 50-200. The build quality and resulting image quality of this lens is amazing. I now have a much more capable indoor sport shooting setup with this lens.

                  Pros: Sharp at f/2, sharper at f/2.8, focus limiter to assist with focus hunting, focus stop buttons for use with C-AF.

                  Cons: Heavy. AF motor slightly noisy. The lens is heavier than I anticipated, so I use it on a monopod. The tripod mount on the lens is very stiff, and has no problem supporting the lens, E-3 and grip.

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                  5.0

                  Nothing like it

                  By Shooter

                  from Mankato , MN

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Bulky
                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                  I use this lens in many types of situations. It has low light strengths as well as use in the outdoors. The color, clarity, resolution are superior. I use this lens with a E-30, an E-3, and an E-5. The biggest draw back is the weight. I have a number of high grade lenses but this 30-100 is very special. The cost is worth it. I keep it in my shooting bag when I travel.

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding Lens

                  By Photoguymike

                  from NJ

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                  • Heavy bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens:

                  Shot beauty shots with this, over 1000 this week, and except for a few blinks by the model every one a keeper. Amazingly clear and sharp.

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