Library for Olympus Zuiko Lenses
The super telephoto is not a lens you can casually take along everywhere you go. It is not that easy and convenient to use. Their narrow angles of view, weight, size and size often restrict mobility and very poor portability. Although they are particularly suited for sports and nature photography or other inaccessible events or places, these super telephotos are only used by photojournalists which usually works for agencies as these gigantic optics are not inexpensive.
Although considerably lighter and more compact than many comparing brands, these Zuiko lenses are very difficult to cater for normal handheld shooting and it would require a monopod/tripod or any other form of steady support The 600mm has only halved the angle of view of a normal 300mm while the 1000mm has half the angle of view of a 400mm. More important, the 600mm is only 2.5 degrees in its angular field of view.
In most cases, these lenses will be used at their maximum apertures because most of the time, one would need the fastest possible shutter speed to stop the action. You can consider using it with high-speed color or black-and-white film to solve part of the problem or a compromise by using bigger apertures for lesser control of depth of field. Further, the use of automatic film advance devices like a motor drive or power winder would help a a lot and offer a better balance between camera and lens. The use of cable release is always encouraged if you have all the time to prepare a shot.
OM Zuiko's long telephoto lenses are obviously not their strength and they pays little attention to the development at this particular segment. But despite that, the Zuiko 600mm f/6.5 posts a good physical size with compromise lens speed and manages to contain the weight factor down to 2.8kg (98.8oz) and the length of 377mm is still considered compact enough to let someone carry along. The older version which has been around since early seventies is called E-Zuiko Auto-T 600mm f/6.5 and has similar optical construction with the newer version. Other than the lens coating where older Zuiko lenses ususlly only been applied with single layer coating has been improved with multi-layers coating and Olympus claimed a newer optical galss has been employed to subsitute older glass selection.
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Zuiko 600mm F6.5
The 4‘ view angle brings into view subjects that you would often miss with the naked eye.
New optical glasses make possible high resolution and contrast, together with astonishing compactness for easy carrying. Also excellent at close focus distances.The tripod ring is rotatable allowing easy operation for horizontal and vertical camera positioning.
Focal length: 600mm (Older version: E-Zuiko Auto-T 600mm f/6.5)
Aperture ratio: 1:6.5
Lens construction: 4 groups, 6 elements
Angle of view: Diagonal: 4‘ 10' Vertical: 2‘ 20' Horizontal: 3‘ 30'
Distance Scale: (m) 11 (36.1ft) to infinity (OO)
Focusing: Rack and pinion
Minimum aperture: f/32
Filter Type. 100mm front screw-in
Weight: 2,800g (98.8oz)
Compatible focusing screens: 1-2, 1-4, 1-7, 1-8 and 1-10.
The most heavy lens in the Zuiko lens family but consider the most compact true telephot lens at 1000mm focal length you can find on the market. Weighing a massive 4.1kg and has a length almost double that of the 600mm. Closest focusing distance is rather weak at almost 100ft away. It uses 100mm filter accessory which is similar to that of the 600mm f/6.5 lens. The non-removable tripod ring is rotatable allowing easy operation for horizontal and vertical camera positioning.
The aperture stops down to f/45, one of the few rare Zuiko lenses that has such small lens diaphragm for maximum control of depth of field as zone of focus is very shallow at this focal length. Use with a steady support or a rigid tripod is almost a must. Although both new and older version remains has similar length at 662mm, in fact the older E-Zuiko Auto-T 1000mmf/11.0 is lighter, weighing at only 4000g compared with the updated lens at 4150g.
Zuiko 1000mm F11
For magnifications 20 times the image size of a standard lens, this powerful unit is unusually small and light, yet boasts outstanding optical performance. The tripod mount ring is built in. Finder clarity is assured by the large OM mirror which prevent image cut-off.
Focal length: 1000mm
Aperture ratio: 1:11
Lens construction: 5 groups, 5 elements
Angle of view: Diagonal: 2.5‘ 10'
Distance Scale: (m) 30 (98.4ft) to infinity (OO)
Minimum aperture: f/45
Filter Type. 100mm front screw-in
Weight: 4150g (146.4oz)
Compatible focusing screens: 1-4, 1-7, 1-8 and 1-10.
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