Best Third Party Zoom Lenses Ever for Olympus OM?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by rob_h|5, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. What are your favorite Third Party zooms ever made for Olympus OM and why?
    Hey folks, just for fun, list your top favorite 3rd party zoom lenses in Olympus OM mount only list! This list can be as long or as short as you want, is purely subjective and there is no wrong or right answer…although if you choose a JCPenny zoom lens as your #1 zoom lens of all time I may question your photography experience ! Most people would agree that Olympus OM Zuiko primes are superb, however when it came to zoom lenses most Olympus OM Zuiko zooms were just really "average" - the exception of course was the state of the art Olympus OM 35-80mm f2.8 ED zoom lens. Many hi end 3rd party zooms actually surpassed the OM Zuiko zooms in quality and lens performance (see my list below) which is why many photographers went with hi end 3rd party zooms.
    The zooms can be ANY third party brand zooms with a original Olympus OM mount such as Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Vivitar...ect. They can be cult lenses. They can be lenses you own or want to own or a mix. You may post a photo if you like of your favorite 3rd party zoom. No modified lenses or custom made adapters with a modified Olympus OM mount. Tamron interchangeable mounts OK! No prototypes. Again ZOOMS only NO PRIMES!
    Open to both Olympus OM and Olympus 4/3rds both film and/or digital photographers.
    Here is my list:
    Angenieux 70-210mm f3.5 Macro 1:2.5 zoom in Olympus OM mount
    Angenieux 35-70mm f2.5-3.3 zoom in Olympus OM mount (this lens later based for Tokina ATX zooms)
    Carl Zeiss Jenazoom 75-300mm f4.5/5.6 MC Series I or II Macro 1:3 zoom lens Olympus OM mount*
    Tokina 80-200mm f2.8 AT-X zoom lens Olympus OM mount
    Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f3.5 zoom Olympus OM mount

    *My favorite 3rd party zoom and why? Out of the list above I have owned the above Carl Zeiss Jenazoom 75-300mm and shot with the Olympus OM-3 camera. These are high quality 3rd party zoom lenses made by Sigma of Japan designed and licensed by Carl Zeiss in 1980's to 1990's. These were underrated zoom lenses as these hi end zooms were all MC (multi-coated) and some even had APO/ED glass! In fact many of the CZJ Jenazoom lenses were identical to Sigma APO zooms often renamed ED (Extra Dispersion glass) for CZJ Jenazoom lenses.
  2. Here is a photo of one of the best 3rd party zooms ever made...
  3. I still love my Tamron 80-200mm 2.8. I can use it on my Nikons , OMs , Konicas and E-510. The Vivitar Series 1 35-85mm 2.8 OM mount is another favorite even if it is a varifocal.
  4. Bob, your Tamron 80-200mm f2.8 zoom is a fast lens! What I love about the Tamron lenses are their interchangable mounts. The Vivitar Series I lenses are legendary! Your Vivitar Series I 35-85mm f2.8 is also fast and perfect for walk around. Is the f2.8 a constant aperture? I have wanted try a Vivitar Series I zoom for a while now as I hear nothing but praise for Vivitar Series I lenses. For me varifocal is no big deal, I believe most lenses are varifocal anyway especially because of AF they become close to parfocal.
  5. That 35-70 zoom may be a good lens, but its size kinda goes against the grain, against the plusses of the OM system. It looks more to me like a 150, or 200mm should. ( I know its a fast lens ) What does that lens weigh?

    As to your question, I know its another kind of heavy lens, but the Tokina 24-40 / 2.8 is a great lens with an interesting and useful (to me) zoom range.

    I also like the mentioned Vivitar Series 1 lineup for OM.
  6. George, your Tokina 24-40mm/2.8 sounds like a fantastic lens too. It reminds me of the little known mini-zoom Olympus made, the Olympus OM 28-48mm F4 zoom lens, I hear lot's of praise about this mini zoom lens. I actually saw one at a camera dealer once but passed on it because of it's slow f/4. IMO your Tokina 24-40mm/2.8 is actually better, more fast and more UWA. As for the French made Angenieux zoom, yeah it's not as compact as a OM Zuiko zoom, but the quality is outstanding from what I read, it has APO glass, it's fast at f2.5 and smooth focusing. The only downside is it's price one of the most expensive zooms ever made and many compare this Angenieux zoom to Leica zooms. Speaking of Tokina, it is a little known fact that they based their AT-X series zooms from these Angenieux zooms one of the very few 3rd party Europeon zooms!
  7. George here are the specs on the Angenieux 35-70mm f2.5-3.3 according to one source. Not too much info on the specs of this lens. Weight is at 525 grams (over a pound!). They also made these Angenieux zooms in Leica mount for Leica cameras! Angenieux sold lens design to Tokina for the Tokina ATX Pro 28-70mm 2.6-2.8 in 1980's.
    The Angenieux 35-70mm f2.5-3.3 zoom lens has separate control rings for
    focusing and setting the focal length.

    Maximum aperture: f2.5 at 35mm, f2.8 at 50mm, f3.3 at 70mm
    Minimum aperture: f22
    Optical construction: 11 elements
    Min focusing distance: 1 meter at 35mm, 46 cms from 50 to 70mm
    Macro: 1:5.6
    Length: 136mm
    Weight: 525 grams
    Max diameter: 71mm
    Supplied items: Removable square hood, 58mm UV filter, intermediate
    filter holder
  8. I listed some of these in response to another posting. For OM mount I have the following fixed mount zooms not make by Olympus: 35-70/2.5-3.5 Soligor C/D, 35-70/2.8-4 Sigma, 35-70/2.8-3.8 Vivitar, 28-90/2.8-3.5 Vivitar Series 1, 28-85/2.8-3.8 Vivitar Auto Variable Focusing, 70-150/3.8 Vivitar 1-touch, 70-150/3.8 Vivitar 2-touch, 70-210/4-5.6 Sigma. In addition to these I have Vivitar T4 and Tamron Adaptall II lenses which will fit the OM cameras. I actually prefer to use single focal length lenses but there are many nice non-Zuiko zooms available in OM mount. My two favorite zooms for OM camera are probably the 28-90 Vivitar Series 1 and the 35-70 Soligor C/D.
  9. For compactness there's the Tamron Adaptall 70-210 f4-5.6. While not as good a performer at extremes of zoom as the well regarded f2.8 Tamron tele zooms, stopped down a bit it does well. It goes well with the compact OM bodies. On the wide end the Tamron 35-80 SP f3.5 is good, or if on a budget the 35-70 CF f3.5 isn't bad either.
  10. I quite like my Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 (Kiron) but it is quite hard to hand-hold with the tiny OM body. Those Angenieux and the Jenazoom lens look amazing, but incredibly pricey too.
    Any suggestions for best *cheap* 3rd-party OM zoom? :) Anyone with experience of the Vivitar Series 1 24-70mm or 24-90mm?
  11. Jeff, thank you for sharing your amazing arsenal of 3rd party zooms with us! As I said before, I read lots of praise for Vivitar Series I zoom lenses on every photography forum on the internet. The Vivitar Series 1 28-90mm f2.8-3.5 zoom lens that you have is legendary, a perfect example of just how state of the art many of the Vivitar Series 1 zoom lenses are. I read a Vivitar S1 28-90/2.8-3.5 sales brochure (see photo) apparently that lens has rare-earth elements. It's not dangerous or anything as the radiation (if any) is so low. This was common in early zooms/primes to put rare-earth elements in the glass, the OM Zuiko 55mm f1.2 is a perfect example of this as it is famous for having rare-earth elements. As for your Vivitar S1 28-90/2.8-3.5 they put tantalum and lanthanum in the glass to minimize aberrations. How well does your Vivitar S1 28-90/2.8-3.5 perform with portrait photography at the 90mm tele end?
  12. Jonathan, I think you are referring to the Vivitar Series 1 28-90mm f2.8-3.5 zoom lens - the one that Jeff has (see sales brochure above). A Vivitar Series 1 24-90mm zoom lens does not exist. If you are looking for the best cheap 3rd party Vivitar Series 1 zoom lens then this Vivitar S1 28-90/2.8-3.5 is the zoom for you, I have seen these sell on Ebay used under $50 which is dirt cheap fo a zoom lens of this quality and provided the lens is in good shape of course from the seller.
  13. Wow. 136mm and weight of 525g....... I'll keep my Zuiko 35-70 f 3.5-4.5, at 51mm length and weight of 191g!

    Yes, I also forgot about the Viv Series 1 28-90mm. I used to own it and sold it the (first time) I sold off my Olympus gear! D'OH!
  14. George, lol :) yeah the Angenieux 35-70mm f2.5-3.3 zoom lens is a heavy beast! But that lens is about the weight of many of the Olympus OM Zuiko's top of the line primes and zooms in the similar focal length. For me the weight issue is a small price to pay for high IQ, APO or ED glass, a fast aperture, smooth focusing... ect. This Angenieux is actually a lightweight compared to one of the finest zooms ever made of all time, the Olympus OM Zuiko 35-80mm f2.8 ED zoom lens weighs at a whopping 650g!
  15. Oh yeah, Rob, I'm not denigrating the Angenieux at all, I have heard of its reputation and don't argue that it's not deserved. Just having some fun pointing out that its 2 1/2 times the weight and almost 3 times the length for that extra speed. I also don't recall seing more than 2 or 3 examples of them thru the years. (but then again I wasn't actively looking either) Do you know just how rare they are?
  16. Hey George, I know you were having fun! These Angenieux lenses are pretty rare but for us Olympus OM photographers it's actually a double rarity as the OM mount is the least common mount available...figures lol! In the USA they are extremly rare so you have to go to Europe, specifically France where these were made. Do a search on Ebay and you'll see. Expect to pay anywhere from $1000-$2000 for these lenses!
  17. Sigma 70-210mm f/2.8 APO. Extremely sharp, even wide open, not a terrible size, though not small and a good focal length for sports, portraits, etc. Also excellent hood and tripod collar.
    Not very common, but I see 3 or 4 up on Ebay every year.
  18. Rob H > Sorry, my mistake - it was the 28-90mm I was referring to.
  19. Matthew that Sigma 70-210mm f/2.8 APO zoom is a awesome zoom! It has APO glass and like you mention very fast at f2.8 and sharp wide open. These are the hi end 3rd party zooms I am talking about that outperformed most OM Zuiko zooms in IQ, color saturation and sharpness.
    I am also familiar with Sigma APO zooms. I have shot with the Carl Zeiss Jenazoom 75-300mm f4.5 5.6 in Olympus OM mount and a Carl Zeiss Jenazoom 75-300mm f4.5 5.6 MC ED IF AF in Canon EF mount. Very very rare versions of CZJ in ED/APO glass do exist in Olympus OM AF mount! It would work on a manual Olympus OM camera in "manual mode" there is a tiny manual/AF switch on the lens (see photo). Aside minor cosmetic differences, basically the CZJ Jenazoom 75-300mm f4.5 5.6 AF MC ED was a EXACT replica of the Sigma 75-300mm f4.5 5.6 AF APO zoom!
  20. Any of the original Vivitar Series 1 lineup would be included in this list. Of those, the two I have used are the 35-85mm f2.8 and the 90-180mm f4.5 Flat Field Macro.
  21. Greg, I agree and thats why I put the Vivitar Series 1 on my list of the best 3rd party zooms, they really made outstanding zooms, so good they have become "cult lenses" too many though to list.
    Here is photo of Carl Zeiss Jenazoom 75-300mm f4.5 5.6 zoom lens in Olympus OM mount (manual film camera). EDIT: the Carl Zeiss Jenazoom zooms AF versions in Olympus OM mount (see lens above) actually only work for Olympus OM AF cameras. However those Olympus OM AF film cameras did accept manual OM mount lenses in manual mode and AP modes same as today's digital cameras.
  22. Carl Zeiss Jenazoom 75-300mm f4.5 5.6 zoom lens in Olympus OM mount
  23. Regarding the Vivitar S1 24-70 it was my favorite walk-around lens. I went through a couple and could not find them anymore. It was very sharp at the 24mm end, and contrasty at the long end.
    As to the Carl Zeiss Jenazoom 75-300mm f4.5 5.6 ED IF AF for Olympus, all of my Olympus AF lens have a large piece of plactic that has the electronic contacts that prevent mounting on the regular OM bodies. I don't know how this would work.
    One of my personal favorites which hasn't been mentioned here is the Vivitar/Phoenix 19-35 zoom. Very sharp and very light due to all the plastic used. The second zoom not mentioned here is the Tamron 35-105/2.8. I find mine sharper than the S1 35-85.
    I second the recommendations on the Tamron 80-200/2.8 and the Vivitar S1 35-85 as well as the Vivitar S1 28-90.
  24. W.Xato, yeah it looks like more votes for Vivitar Series 1 zooms! There are two versions above of the CZJ Jenazoom: one in AF and one in manual zoom both are the same focal length 75-300mm. On the Carl Zeiss Jenazoom AF I made a edit above, you are correct that for the CZJ Jenazoom AF versions with Olympus OM mount they only work for Olympus OM AF cameras like OM-707/ OM-77 cameras. However the CZJ Jenazoom (manual zoom lens version) , see photo above, does indeed work with all Olympus OM manual cameras.
  25. Another vote for the Vivitar Series 1 35-85 f2.8 varifocal. Although to be honest it's the only 'zoom' for the Olympus I ever owned. In fact, I've still got it if anyone in the UK wants to buy it.
  26. The Sigma 28-70 f/2.8 was also a pretty good zoom. I just got rid of mine just because I really don't use zooms in that focal length, but it was pretty good. A little soft wide open, especially at f/2.8, but it was very sharp by f/5.6 (plenty usable wide open).
    The Vivitar Series 1 70-210 f/3.5 produced by Tokina lens (not the Kiron) is also pretty good. That is my medium telezoom walk about lens that I normally use (since my Sigma 70-210/2.8 doesn't fit in my shoulder bag :D). Its not quite as sharp as my Sigma, which is shaving sharp, but it is pretty good wide open and very good by f/5.6. Its a bit smaller then the Kiron version and still goes to 1:4 at its MFD.
    I really want to try to track down a Sigma 70-210 f/4-5.6 APO zoom. So far I've been striking out as all of the ones that come up on Ebay and other places are the slightly earlier 70-210/4-5.6 and are not the APO version. I am really looking for a very small medium telezoom for my bag. I like speed, but normally I don't need much at that focal length, at least not when 'walking about'.
  27. Matthew, as far as a fairly low budget hi end 3rd party zoom in the 70-210mm range that is lightweight and a good walk around zoom, that Series 1 Vivitar 70-210mm f3.5 zoom lens you have is about as good as your going to get. Your Sigma APO 70-210/2.8 zoom is really one of the best 3rd party zooms for OM mount in the market, yeah it's heavy but as far as IQ that zoom is one of the best. I would recommend the Angenieux 70-210mm f3.5 Macro 1:2:5 APO zoom it's really expensive but that would be perfect for you as a walkaround with hi end optics. I did a search for the Sigma 70-210mm f4-5.6 APO and you are right they are rare especially in a OM mount.
    What about the Carl Zeiss Jenazoom zoom lenses? They are basically Sigma zooms (see photos above). They are also all MC (Multi-coated) and were definitely APO glass in AF Olympus OM mount zooms and I think some of the manual Olympus OM mount Jenazooms may have had APO glass in the later the Series II versions . A Carl Zeiss Jenazoom Series II 70-210mm f4.5-5.6 zoom lens was made in Olympus OM mount and is lightweight good for walkaround and cost apx. the same as the Sigma 70-210 f4-5.6 APO zoom, they are not available in USA but fairly common in Europe.
  28. Anyone else with 3rd party zooms to share? 3rd party zooms in Olympus OM AF mount are OK if you want to mention those. Anybody use Hoya, Miranda or Osawa 3rd party zooms?
  29. The 28-90 Vivitar Series 1 is fine at the 90 end but I am more partial to single focal length lenses. If I know I will be shooting portraits I will use the 100/2.8 Zuiko or the 90/2.8 Vivitar macro or the 90/2.5 Tamron SP (2nd version). The 70-150/3.8 Vivitar zooms (1 touch and 2 touch) can be used for portraits if you don't mind the slow speed. The most discolored lens I have which I think has radioactive elements is a 28/2.5 Minolta MC Rokkor. It desperatey needs UV treatment. My 35/2 Canon FD SSC (1st version) got this treatment and must be my favorite 35. I have the 28-90 Series 1 in other mounts too so I'll check their color.
  30. Tamron SP 80-200/2.8. Nothing else in that range matches it in Gary Reese's tests. It certainly topped the OM 75-150 and 180/2.8 lenses that I had, by some distance.
  31. Hi guys! I decided to push up this topic rather then creating a new one. I recently got an OM mount lens Voigtlander 28-70/4 color-ZOOMAR. It's very well built and apparently has Macro ability. The filter size is 62 mm. I could not find anything about it on the net. Has anybody any information on that? The approximate years of production and such? Is it Cosina-built or earlier design?
  32. Denis, you have thrown me a curve ball!! That Voigtlander 28-70mm f4 Color-Zoomar is indeed a Japanese Cosina made lens and Cosina leases rights to the trademark name of Voigtländer. Exactly what Sigma did with Carl Zeiss Jena with the Jenazoom series lenses Cosina also had a similiar type of partnership with Voigtländer. It looks like this partnership started in 1999 but it may have been started before that.
    A clue was in the name "Zoomar" Heinz Kilfitt Zoomar was from the Kilfitt line of lenses that included the original Zoomar lens, the worlds first zoom lens back in the 1960's made under contract for Voigtlander. Zeiss, Voigtlander, Kilfitt all these guys were genius German scientists that basically invented the lenses and optics we use today. They partnered often to produce lenses and other photography gear in one form or another.
    Back to your zoom lens, it's a rarity alright, like the Jenazoom lenses. They made other focal lengths like the Voigtländer Color-Zoomar 70-200mm f4 zoom lens. They were available in all the famous Japanese camera mounts both rangefinders and 35mm SLR cameras: Canon, Nikon, Minolta, Olympus OM mounts ...well you get the idea. It looks like these Cosina-Voigtlander lenses were only available in Japan or Asia. Again same thing basically as the Carl Zeiss Jenazoom lenses from Sigma of Japan. On a side note, it appears Cosina-Voigtländer recently came out with a super fast prime lens last month in August 2010 called the 25mm 0.95 Nokton lens for Micro 4/3rds cameras.
    "Cosina Voigtländer refers to photographic products manufactured by Cosina under the Voigtländer name since 1999. Cosina leases rights to the Voigtländer name from Ringfoto. Cosina Voigtländer products have included 35mm film SLR and rangefinder camera bodies, and lenses for the M39 lens mount (Leica screw mount), M42 lens mount, Leica M mount, and other lens mounts" - source Wikipediaänder
  33. Edit/typo: Cosina-Voigtländer Color-Zoomar 70-210mm f4 zoom and Voigtländer Color-Zoomar 80-200mm f4 zoom lenses were made, there is not a 70-200mm zoom. These lenses were also available in certain countries of Europe.
  34. Thanks Rob for all the information. I suspected it was Cosina, but the lens looks very solid, like something not from age of plastic of late 90s, when Cosina obtained the brand. So I had some doubts. I usually prefer non-third party lenses but I like this one :)
    BTW @everybody. There are couple of Tokina OM-mount zooms in the local shop. One is 28-70 and another is 35-105 (or 135?) as far as I remember. Can anybody say something good/bad about them? Also there is Tokina 28/2.8 prime.
  35. Denis - I am certain your Voigtlander 28-70mm/4 Color-Zoomar lens is a very well made zoom lens. The Carl Zeiss Jenazoom 75-300mm f4.5 macro in Olympus OM that I shot with my Olympus OM-3 camera was a very high quality zoom lens and the build design was made of mostly solid metal construction, mulitcoated optics and it took superb photos that were sharp, had good color rendition and image quality. Basically these lenses are the best Japan has to offer because of the unique partnership with these German optical companies. These lenses are also very rare...especially to find in Olympus OM mount!!
    I suspect what happens is whenever Sigma or Cosina of Japan license world famous trademark names of world famous optical companies like Carl Zeiss and Voigtlander, the Japanese spare no expense to make the highest quality lenses to meet the high standards of Zeiss and Voigtlander in the license agreement. Be certain that Zeiss and Voigtlander make sure the lenses meet or exceed thier standards required for their lenses even if it is made in Japan, it is fully QA, and fully overseen and tested by Zeiss and Voigtlander. To me this is the most interesting partnership in photography today, a succesful partnership of West and East photographic companies.
    Interestingly Cosina is also a partner with Carl Zeiss now. From what I read, Voigtlander SLR lenses were manufactured by Cosina up until 2006 when the company landed a Carl Zeiss contract to take over the production of the new ZE/ZF/ZS/ZK/ZM lens lineup. I have been considering a Carl Zeiss ZE lens for Canon EF mount for some time, ever since it was first introduced a couple of years ago.
    Now I am interested in trying a Cosina-Voigtländer lens in Olympus OM mount!! Thank you for sharing with us this amazing lens in this thread about Third Pary Zooms for Olympus OM!
  36. Thanks Rob, I'm going on holiday to my native Karelia in a couple of days and want to check the lens in action. Hope the weather will stay sunny and dry. It's what we call "The Golden Autumn" at the moment - lots of bright yellow and red and purple in the nature. And there is a whole lot of nature around there, the humans haven't spoiled much of it yet :)
  37. I have only one non-Olympus zoom.. It's a Tokina 35-105 with a Zuiko label. I just recently learned these lenses were made by Tokina and when I compared it to the Tokina labeled objective it was clear they are the same.
    I haven't even used it yet so I'm hoping for great results.
  38. Hi Rob H,
    Sorry for my bad English, write from Hungary - Budapest. I read all the comment about jenazoom 75-300mm. It is shown here for sale?
    Between Jenazoom (I) and II what is the difference? Thanks
  39. I took first shots with Voigtlander on OM-1 body. It behaved well. I liked the lens though had to get used to it a bit in the beginning. I can't place the photos at the moment - do not have an access to a proper film scanner, but will try to put the photos of the lens itself.
  40. Denis, this is a really nice Voigtlander 28-70mm f/4 color-zoomar lens. Can you post photos of the front and front lens caps to share here? I know there are a lot of photographers who have never seen a Voigtlander in Olympus OM mounts. And please do post photo samples as soon as you are able to scan the film.
    Slightly off subject from zoom lenses but I am interested in Voigtlander primes in Olympus OM mount especially the Voigtlander APO Lanthar 90mm f/3.5 SL Lens and Voigtlander 40mm f2 SL Pancake lens in Olympus OM mount. Are you familiar with these lenses? Theses lenses are RARE and were not sold in the USA, at least not in a walk in retail camera store (maybe online stores) but they were more available in Europe.
  41. Hi Rob, I would like to know that the Jenazoom for sale?
  42. Sorry, was far from my computer for a while. Here are a couple of more pics of Voigtlander.
  43. Sorry, the web interface here is quite cumbersome.
  44. Some pictures taken with the lens and OM-1
  45. Dennis, I have to ask this question:
    Is the Voiglander lens, Color Zoomar 24-70/4, produced by a Japanese contract company, such as Cosina?
    I was a BIG user of the old Voiglander Bessamatic (circa 1967-1976) and also have the old Zoomar 28-72mm f/2.8 lens, the first zoom production lens for 35mm cameras. That's why I'm curious as to who actually produced the Color Zoomar for Voigtlander.
  46. As far as I'm concerned it is Cosina. Rob also confirmed so a few posts earlier. I wasn't sure since Cosina bought the brand just in 1999 and this lens looks like something from the age of all-metal dinosaurs :) But apparently it was among the latest lenses produced for the OM system.
  47. I like how it uses the same diamond pattern rubbers as the Zuikos. Blends right in for an OM kit.
  48. Hi folks
    Hoping for some advice please. A few months ago i was just given an OM-1n with a Zuiko 50mm f1.8, a Hoya 28mm f2.8 and a Hoya 80-205mm f3.8 macro HMC selection of lenses. I've had the OM-1n and my 50mm lens cleaned and serviced but haven't really given either of my newly acquired Hoyas much thought at all recently .... That is until i found this post!
    Upon examination both Hoyas seem to be in good condition .... I can't see any real signs of dust or growth through the glass, and as far as i can tell there are no marks on the optics ..... But something else that i can't see which is worrying me is when i turn the aperture ring, i can't see the diaphram changing size .... This is the same for both Hoyas. Is this just the way that these lenses are?! My gut instinct is that these lenses need servicing .... I'd consider sending them away at some point if these lenses were really worth the expense .... I'm not convinced?!
    However, as i don't have a telephoto zoom for my OM-1n, do any of you think it is worth me servicing/repairing my Hoya 80-205mm zoom? Has anyone used this lens and been pleased or even impressed with its performance? Particularly on a manual OM body? Or should i dismiss this lens as a poor quality 3rd party zoom? .... I have seen a mint condition Carl Zeiss Jena 70-210mm f4.5/f5.6 macro online ....
    Appreciate any advice given
  49. Denis great photos from your Olympus OM Voigtlander Color Zoomar 24-70mm f4 zoom lens, lovely soft pastel colors and sharpness in your photographs, thank you for sharing here!
    Donaldo I read in another recent post that you purchased a Olympus OM Carl Zeiss Jena 70-210mm f4.5/f5.6 macro zoom lens. How do you like this lens? Have you shot with it yet? Is it the Jenazoom Series I or II? Feel free to post photos here.
    As you probably read I have shot with the Olympus OM Carl Zeiss Jenazoom 75-300mm f4.5/f5.6 Series I macro and it is a great lens, sharp and excellent color saturation. It was a Series I. I read once on a brochure that there were "improvements" with the Series II Zeiss Jenazooms. I can't find the brochure so I don't remember exactly what the improvements were but I think it was better lens multi- coating to reduce lens flare or maybe APO glass? I also shot with a very rare Carl Zeiss Jenazoom 75-300mm 4.5/5.6 AF EF Jenazoom for Canon EOS (see photo in this thread) on the digital Canon 5D camera and that lens was indeed APO glass. The quality from the photos was amazing. In any case, the quality of the Jenazoom Series II should be better than the Series I zooms. Also check out your lens "macro feature" this was a very cool feature with my Carl Zeiss 75-300mm it was 1:3 life size macro. How it works is that you "zoom in" to your subject on the telephoto range and focus. None of these Jenazoom lenses are "true macro lenses" like a flat field macro lens which is the real deal, but it is decent low-cost macro. For certain the Jenazoom Series II have a new "blue ring" on the barrel so check that out. As I mentioned before these lenses were manufactured by Sigma but supervised and licensed by Carl Zeiss Jena. Sigma made great lenses and many IMO were "above average" zoom lenses, so you should expect similiar quality in these Jenazooms.
  50. Just for those interested in the Zoomar line one has come up on the bay. It appears to be maybe pre-Cosina? It's a 36-82mm f/2,8, anybody familiar with these? Looks quite retro.

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