Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD

Last updated (11 April’12):
- Review by PhotographyBlog

The Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD features 14-35mm (35mm equivalent focal length 28-70mm) at focal length with maximum aperture of f2. The lens construction has 18 Elements in 17 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.35m and has a filter size of 77mm. The Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD lens weighs 900g and it measures 86mm in diameter and 123mm long.

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD
Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD Reviews

PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD and writes;
“Its sharpness is admirable at f/2, excellent at f2.8 through f/8, and from f/11 onward it is only limited by diffraction (which does not become objectionable until you hit f/22, an aperture you will not really need to use with this lens anyway). The consistency of sharpness across the frame is remarkable at every tested focal length and aperture, with the edges being basically as sharp as the centre. Chromatic aberrations are a non-issue at 14mm, and generally very well controlled at the other focal lengths too..”
Rating: ★★★★½

Digitalcamerareview reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD and writes;
“Overall, this lens, with its excellent image quality and speed, is ideal for working photojournalists, especially – a group of photographers among whom the Olympus system has already gained a reasonably strong foothold..”
rating: N/A

Ppmag reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD and writes;
“The Four Thirds system’s 2X angle of view multiplication effectively turns the lens into a 28-70mm, but I was pleasantly surprised that it worked quite well for some exterior architectural photography situations, particularly in cases when you’re not limited in space and can back up to get everything you want in the shot.”
rating: N/A

SLRGear reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD and writes;
“Distortion is very well-controlled on the 14-35mm ƒ/2, giving results which are to be expected from such a wide-angle lens. Used at its widest angle (14mm) the lens produces significant barrel distortion in the corners, just over 0.5%, and about 0.4% in the center; this decreases as you zoom in to the image, until a 0-distortion parity is achieved around 28mm.. The tolerance of the 14-35mm ƒ/2 to chromatic aberration is also very good.”
Rating: ★★★★★

User Opinions

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD User Reviews

An Extraodinary Prime Zoom | Rating: ★★★★★
“Now with the new Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD, I have what can best be described as an extraodinary prime zoom. In existing light situations at f/2.0 the quality of the images is just extraodinary and even better with the E-3 Image Stabilization and its sensor at ASA 400 to 800 when needed.” – by Stephen L Squires

Everything, but.. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The Olympus flagship lens is everything you would expect it to be, but with one major flaw — autofocus. This lens is scary sharp from corner to corner at all focal lengths, and even wide open. It has beautiful out of focus characteristics, and it has beautiful color transmission..” – by Derek Neufarth

Autofocus problem | Rating: ★★★★☆
“We get great photos with the 50 mm F2 Macro and the 14 -54 mm F 2.8 – 3.5 but I recently bought a 14 -35 mm F2 to add to my excellent 35 -100 mm F2. Like the 35-100 the optics and picture quality of the former ARE SUPERB but we are having considerable problems with the autofocussing across the whole aperture range.. “ – by Paul Thomas

Excellent Results | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I’ve had this camera for only a short period of time but have found the results to be superb. As noted, I’m note a professional and cannot speak specifications but I can vouch for the results. I was looking to upgrade my mid-range lens and this has done the trick. Two examples were in shooting basketball action shots in a poorly lit gym (without a flash) and the other was in getting amazing clarity and a nuanced background blur at some family gatherings.” – by H. W. Whitaker

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Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD Sample Photos

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Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD Specifications

The Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD lens (equivalent to 28mm to 70mm) is the world’s first standard zoom lens to feature a large f2.0 aperture. Boasting industry-leading imaging performance, this lens is a worthy addition to the Olympus Super High Grade (SHG) series of lenses. Together with the ED 7-14mm f4.0, ED 35-100mm f2.0 and ED 90-250mm f2.8 lenses, this lens completes Olympus’ series of professional zoom lenses with fixed F-values.

The flagship of the Zuiko Digital series, this lens was developed to meet the requirements of the most demanding professionals. It includes reliable splash- and dust-proofing, Olympus’ exclusive SWD-driven ultra-fast AF system, a mechanically interlocked manual focusing mechanism and a large, flower-shaped hood with a polarization filter control window.

With its unique f2.0 aperture providing bright viewing with a sharp subject and a soft blurring of the background, this lens epitomizes the versatility, power and creative freedom made possible by the Four Thirds System and is ideal for almost any application — from landscapes and portraits to indoor shooting and photojournalism.

About Supersonic Wave Drive Technology Olympus-proprietary SWD technology has enabled an ultra-fast, whisper-quiet, high-precision AF system. Two compact, high-powered Supersonic Wave Drive devices power autofocus at an ultra-high speed by exciting unique elliptical oscillations, while an ultra-compact 5.3mm x 4.3mm optical encoder detects and controls the lens drive position using direct rotation detection without reduction gear. This enables it to achieve a level of precision that’s accurate to 5 microns (5/1000 mm). When used in combination with the new E-3, which offers improved AF computation and lens-body communication rates, the SWD motors provide the fastest focusing speed of approximately 170 ms (0.17 seconds).

Main Features
# Manufacturer: Olympus Corporation
# Manufacturer Part Number: 261011
# Manufacturer Website Address: www.olympusamerica.com
# Product Type: Zoom Lens
# Minimum Focal Length: 14mm
# Maximum Focal Length: 35mm
# Magnification: 0.12x
# Aperture Range: f/2
# Minimum Focus Distance: 1.15ft
# Dimensions: 4.84 Length x 3.39 Diameter
# Weight: 31.75 oz

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