Mittwoch, 30. April 2014

The Legend: the Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 135mm f/3.5

The experts on the net say about the OM 135mm lens, it is sharp even at full aperture and a further stopping down only increases the depth of field. It is often compared to the 135mm f/2.8 Leica R Tele-Elmarit  and supposedly it should be just as good as this outstanding lens from Germany. But what is to this legend true?

It is amazing that it can often buy under 50, - Euros. I actually bought my copy for knock-out price of 40 Euro. The handling is typical of Zuiko-lenses: built comparatively delicate but very solid, extremely grippy rubber focus ring, pleasant resistance to focus the camera, only the aperture ring snaps a little rickety and noisy one. The focuser is short, just over 180 ° but this is fully sufficient to provide sharp precise and quick .
Let's look first of all at the statistics of the lens: The lens has an overall length of 73mm and a filter size of 49mm. The five lenses are arranged in four groups. The shortest minimum focus is 1.5 meters. The lens weighs 290 grams. A retractable hood is installed.
First some photos from and with the wonder-lens on my Sony-Nex:




Here are a few shots at open aperture. It looks very good, the picture quality is excellent except for some chromatic aberrations. The contrast is excellent even at full aperture. The bokeh is smooth and even. The resolving power of the glass used is exceptionally good. For backlit subject, the lens is only slightly susceptible. The lens hood is indeed always there. In summary, I can say: best recommendation for this lens.

Sony Nex-3N, f/3.5, 1/4000s, ISO 200

Sony Nex-3N, f/3.5, 1/1000s, ISO 200

Sony Nex-3N, f/3.5, 1/2000s, ISO 200

Finally, a few shots from days gone by with the OM Zuiko 135mm. A truly faithful and compact companion for all my cameras (Sony Nex and Sony a7).

Sony Nex-3N, f/3.5, 1/2500s, ISO 200

Sony ILCE-7 (a7), f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 100

Sony ILCE-7 (a7), f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 160