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Old Apr 2, 2013, 8:58 PM   #1
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Default Olympus F.Zuiko 38mm f1.8 test

I have an old Olympus -Pen F with a Olympus F.Zuiko 38mm f1.8, so I bought a lens adapter for my OMD E-M5 and today I took the camera with me to work and I did a quick test in my lunch time.

Macy's has a Flower Show this days and the windows are full of flowers, nice opportunity to test the lens.

The lens is not too sharp at 1.8 but not bad at all, I like the bokeh.

1. 34th St



2. Test at f/1.8 The focus is very narrow



3. Test at f/5.6 looks sharper than f/1.8




4. Test at f/11



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8. ESB at f/11



9. Walking from the train station to home, I like the bokeh at 1.8



10. In front of the Post Office.




11. Spring is here now



12. 100% crop




The lens is very small and the black and silver colors match with the OMD, it is OK at 1.8 but the sharpness improve considerably from 2.8

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Old Apr 2, 2013, 10:37 PM   #2
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Yes, the sharpness at f/1.8 looks less than at the smaller openings but at the sharp apertures the results are fantastic. Very beautiful images, I suggest you add it to the bag.
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Classic lenses definitely give you a unique look compared to modern lenses designed for the sensor like M. Zuikos. I hear the Pen lenses from the half-frame series are highly sought after and the 38mm f1.8 is one of the more common models.

I do not see anything that would make me reject one if it came along. The floral colors on my monitor are very intense and the softness in the out of focus areas really sets it off from the areas where focus was concentrated. I can look at it and see a 3-D effect, especially in the image with the red and yellow blooms.
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Who cares if it's not sharp wide open? It looks nice.
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Beautiful shots, that lens is a keeper.
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Yes, the sharpness at f/1.8 looks less than at the smaller openings but at the sharp apertures the results are fantastic. Very beautiful images, I suggest you add it to the bag.
Thank you Bob, I like the results also and the aperture deliver and nice bokeh, it is in my bag now.


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Classic lenses definitely give you a unique look compared to modern lenses designed for the sensor like M. Zuikos. I hear the Pen lenses from the half-frame series are highly sought after and the 38mm f1.8 is one of the more common models.

I do not see anything that would make me reject one if it came along. The floral colors on my monitor are very intense and the softness in the out of focus areas really sets it off from the areas where focus was concentrated. I can look at it and see a 3-D effect, especially in the image with the red and yellow blooms.
Thank you Greg for the feedback, the colors and vivid and the lens pass the test of sharpness for my taste. Just adapting to shoot with a manual lens, never had a lens like it.

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Thank you Sammy, I'm glad you like it.


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Yes it is a keeper James, thank you for the commentary.

Have a great day everyone.

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If you change your mind, I have room in my bag for it.
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I bet it looks good on the om-d too!
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I really like the shot #9, the bokeh is very cool
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If you change your mind, I have room in my bag for it.
Sure, I'll let you know

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I bet it looks good on the om-d too!
Looks great, the colors match and it is very small lens.

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I really like the shot #9, the bokeh is very cool
Thank you, it was a beautiful day yesterday in NYC but still cold - 30 degrees.
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