Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Olympus OM 100-200mm f5 - Sample

This lens came with the OM-1 camera I bought many years ago, and today is the first time I actually used it. My particular copy has a severe case of zoom creep. Actually, it doesn't creep, it just slides. There is no friction on the zoom action at all. Not sure if this is copy variant, or designed like this. Add to this the very slow maximum aperture of f5, you know why I haven't shown much interest using it.

It is quite compact, and perhaps that was the primary goal of the design of this lens. The 49mm filter thread goes with many of the OM lenses with the same filter size in that era. The built-in hood is very short and not sufficient to shade the stray lights. It's better than nothing, but not much more.

Optically it's decent, but not earth shattering. I would rank it slightly better than average of the zooms from its days. One thing I dislike of this lens, is that it clips highlights abruptly, as you can see in the picture below, which kind of ruins the feel of the picture.

Is it worth buying one? I probably won't buy one, as I am not really a zoom lens fan, but if you can get it for $20 or so, it's probably good for the occasional day time use when a telephoto lens is needed.

Bokeh - Sony NEX-6 & OM 100-200mm f5 @ f5

5 comments:

  1. The OM 100-200mm f5 was a low cost lens for amateurs that competed to similar but slower lenses like Canon FD 1:5,6/100-200 mm or Minolta Rokkor 1:5,6/100-200. Optically all these lenses showed almost equally. The OM lens however was not so large and heavy.

    BTW: the bokeh looks interesting.

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    1. Thanks for the info. I briefly handled a Canon 100-200mm f5.6 and it's slightly larger with a 52mm filter size (I think). You are correct that this lens was designed to be cheap.

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  2. Nice bokeh action with this lens not bad if you can get it for about $20.

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    1. I think every lens has its good sides, just need to find it :)

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