Olympus 50mm f/2.0

Last updated (30 December’12):
– Review by WDC

Olympus 50mm f/2.0 is a medium macro lens. The lens features 50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.0. The lens construction has 11 elements in 10 groups, including 1 ED glass element and has diagonal angle of view at 24 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 9.45 inches and has a filter size of 52mm. The Olympus 50mm f/2.0 lens weighs 10.6 ounces and it measures 2.8 inches in diameter and 2.4 inches long.

Olympus 50mm f/2.0
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Reviews

Whatdigitalcamera.com reviews the Olympus 50mm f/2.0 and writes;
” The MTF charts show very high performance with natural camera sharpening in JPEG, but performance is more on a par with the Pentax lenses in unsharpened RAW mode. Where the lens performs well is in the chromatic aberration area, with low edge-to-centre fringing throughout the lens.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photoanswers.co.uk reviews the Olympus 50mm f/2.0 and writes;
“It has a sturdy feel and a metal mount to withstand lots of use and there’s a nice large focus ring, the latter having a positive if slightly grating feel in use and taking a lot of turns to focus from near to far, with the front element extending a long way. AF is quite quick and accurate barring very low-contrast subjects, but does whirr a lot. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Slrgear.com reviews the Olympus 50mm f/2.0 and writes;
“The question for many macro enthusiasts could be whether to buy this lens or the 35mm ƒ/3.5. Optically, the 50mm ƒ/2 is a real treat: images are tack-sharp all the way to ƒ/16, there’s terrific resistance to chromatic aberration, distortion and vignetting, and you get a well-designed, hardy lens made with metal components where you’d need them. The fit and finish, as well as the excellent optical characteristics justify the price, but if you don’t specifically need the 50mm focal length, the 35mm has a higher magnification rating and is just as good optically, so it is a much better value. “
Rating: ★★★★½

Lenstip.com reviews the Olympus 50mm f/2.0 and writes;
“Writing test summaries for such instruments is a sheer pleasure. The ZD 2.0/50 is really optically excellent. One serious reservation concerns the autofocus work. If Olympus in its newest devices maintains the 2.0/50 ED model’s quality of optics and introduces an efficient ultrasonic mechanism, speeding up the autofocus and making it more silent, I won’t find anything to include in the “cons” section… “
rating: N/A

Thewsreviews.com reviews the Olympus 50mm f/2.0 and writes;
“The Olympus 50mm really needs to be considered alongside the 35mm Macro, since the difference between them doesn’t seem that great. The 35mm was the second lens I bought, and it served me well for a long time. Like the 50/2, it’s an exceptional lens: small and sharp, and less expensive than its bigger brother. But lenses cost more because they really are better. “
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Popphoto.com reviews the Olympus 50mm f/2.0 and writes;
“A medium telephoto macro lens in the mold of the famous film-era 90mm f/2 Zuiko macro — which it resembles optically and in price — this lens performs extremely strongly. It’s well-suited to low-light work, portraiture, and, of course, close-ups. Plus, it’s the lightest f/2 true macro we’ve ever seen.”
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Ephotozine.com reviews the Olympus 50mm f/2.0 and writes;
“The optical qualities of this lens are quite good. Controls of chromatic aberrations are some of the best we have seen, with measurements in Imatest being in the tiny fractions of a pixel. Contrast is also fairly good and the colour balance is neutral. As you would expect of a modern prime lens, the control of distortions is also good, with a figure of 0.4% pincushion measured in the distortion module and undetectable by eye. “
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Photozone.de reviews the Olympus 50mm f/2.0 and writes;
” Performance-wise it struggles at f/2 but it’s perfectly usable for portraits due to a very high center performance and a pretty good bokeh (out-of-focus blur). At f/4 and beyond it’s very sharp across the frame… The build quality is just stellar thanks to an all-metal body and super-smooth controls. “
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User Opinions

Olympus 50mm f/2.0 User Reviews

LOVE THIS LENS!!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am a real estate photographer and was considering getting into portraits. After reading all the great reviews decided to go for it. I am so glad I did. My first shoot was a complete success. The agent loved 12 out of 48 photos — which is a great percentage based on her prior experience where the photographer took 150 photos and she only liked 2! I love the blurred background effect. This lens gets my highest recommendation.” – by A Kid’s

Multi-use sharp. | Rating: ★★★★★
“Very sharp. I don’t really shoot macro so I use it more as a prime 100mm equivelant. Focuses speed is more than acceptable except in dim light. Nice Boken. Highly recommended. “ – by Tanna

A Must Have for Macro & Portrait Needs | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ll try to keep this short & sweet. This lens is one of the best lenses to have in your camera bag. I’ve gotten beautifully detailed results. Extremely sharp, I love how much detail I can get of a flower when stopped down to around f6.3-f8. Inversely, I also love the limited depth of field achieved when at that f2 aperture. For doing portraits, this lens is brilliant, it captures much detail. Some people might even complain that it captures too much detail (though if they complain you can always soften this up with software such as Lightroom). I highly recommend this lens to all who are doing portrait & macro photography, as well as those who just want a wonderful lens in general. I’ve used this one my e-520 & e-3 and enjoy it on both. With the E-3, you can take advantage of the dust/splash proof capabilities of the lens/camera combo. “ – by I. Davis

All Good except… | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a very good lens. Sharp as a razor images, great. The only thing that kept me from giving five stars is the lens hood. It does not fit well. When compared to my two kit lenses this lens hood which cost $35 to replace is not in the same class. “ – by Gary Stephenson

Just Buy It! | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is extremely well made. It is solidly built and it focuses smoothly, quickly and quietly on my Olympus E-3 body. The images that I have shot with this lens are razor sharp …… almost too sharp (if there is such a thing) This lens lets in a lot of light at f2.0 and 100iso. You may consider stopping down the aperture or lowering the exposure level for well lit scenes. The depth-of-field is pretty narrow below f8.0 settings. However you will be very happy with the soft bokeh that this lens delivers at the wider f-stop settings. The macro shots are really more like close-ups at 50mm. It’s best to use a macro extension tube such as an Olympus EX-25 Extension Tube for true macro work. You will be very happy with the quick, bright and sharp macro shots that this lens delivers with the extension tube. “ – by David Perez

Sharp Macro Lens, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“It’s a very sharp macro lens. At 50mm (100mm 35mm-equivalent) it’s doubled as a portrait lens. I won’t use it as a landscape lens. At f8, it’s still in macro mode, so if you want more depth of field on a bright day, it may not be the best lens to use. The compact size is a big selling point. The 1:2 magnification ratio (or 1:1 35mm equivalent) is wonderful giving that naked-eye look. When it’s mounted on my E-620, viewfinder is brighter than when 14-54mm II is mounted because of the brighter aperture (f2 vs f2.8). “ – by -Ashi-

Razor sharp but not for beginners | Rating: ★★★★★
“Unlike the typical kit lens, this lens has a fixed focal length. It also has the possible drawback in that it works best when manually focused. That being said, you won’t find a sharper, faster macro or portrait lens for any camera let alone anything in the Olympus line. If you have a four thirds system camera (Olympus, Leica, etc.) and want to work close, this is well worth the trouble to learn how to use it.” – by Terry Quinn

Magical lens!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is very capable of producing artistic pictures that I was not able to get on my kit lens. Color, contrast and depth of field are spot on. This is a lens that I would keep for a very long time.. Good job Olympus! “ – by madc

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Features & Specifications

Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Specifications

One of the brightest Zuiko digital lenses is the Olympus 50mm f/2.0 medium macro lens. Offering an equivalent to 100mm on a 35mm camera, the lens boasts a maximum magnification ratio of 0.52x along with a minimum focusing distance of 9.45 inches, letting you get nice and close to your subject.

The extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass element, meanwhile, reduces chromatic aberrations to deliver superior image quality with high resolution and good contrast. Add an EX-25 extension tube and you can focus to approximately 1x, equivalent to 2x on a 35mm camera. All Olympus lenses carry a one-year warranty.


* Focal length: 50mm
* Maximum aperture: f/2.0
* Lens construction: 11 elements in 10 groups, including 1 ED glass element
* Angle of view: 24 degrees
* Closest focusing distance: 9.45 inches
* Maximum image magnification: 0.52x
* Minimum field size: 33.3 x 25mm
* Number of blades: 7
* Minimum aperture: f/22
* Filter size: 52mm
* Tele converter: EC-14
* Extension tube: EX-25
* Lens hood: LH-55
* Lens cap: LC-52
* Lens case: LSC-0814
* Dimensions: 2.8 inches in diameter and 2.4 inches long
* Weight: 10.6 ounces
* Warranty: 1 year

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