I have a Cosina 24/2.5 and a Vivitar 24/2.8 for my OM's. Both are pretty good but they aren't near as nice as the Zuiko 24/2.8
I think it's well past time for me to explore Zuiko teles. I think I'll start looking for a 100mm or 85mm.
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The 85mm f2 is my favorite, however with the longer telephotos (180mm, 300mm and 400mm) I've sold my Zuikos and gone to the Tamron SP versions which are faster. I've not been disappointed with the switch. Bill Barber
I think the 21mm f2 and 250mm f2 would really be the pinnacle of Olympus lenses. I havent had the opportunity to shoot with them though.
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[QUOTE=lilserenity;1054371]I don't think there is anything like the perfect lens but for my OM2n I have a 50mm MIJ which it came with, but mostly I shoot the Zuiko 28mm f/3.5 which is a real stunner of a lens, slow maximum aperture but sharp wide open (if it can be called wide open!) and very small. Worth getting the hood mind, but one of the best wide angles I have ever used.
Ditto, ditto, ditto on the 28mm 3.5. One that I haven't seen mentioned is the 200mm 5.0, one of the original small line-up. I think it was discontinued a couple of decades ago, if not longer. I've found mine to be quite nice and it's not much longer than a lot of 135mm lenses. Plus it takes 49mm filters.
I've always liked the Zuiko lenses and most below 135mm have a E49 filter which makes it convenient to own one set of specialized filters. My favorite for landscapes is the 24/2.8 which I can handhold down to 1/60sec. The 50 1.4 and 1.8 are also good and light even the 135 isn't bad though sort of a maligned focal length. Even the 35-70 zoom is of good quality but E55 filters same as the 65-200. I mainly stick to fixed lens. The Tamrons also work well with an Adaptall 2 mount.
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Your perfect Zuiko may be very different from others, but the more desirable ones are:
Anything below 28mm, the 24mm f2.8 gets particulary good reviews.
Most of the fast primes 21f2 24f2 28f2 35F2 85f2 100f2
The real legends are the 28mm f2, 100mm f2, and 180mmf2, all are expensive but for good reason.
The 35-80 f2.8 is the latest lens designed for the Om3ti +Om4ti in the late 90's, very expensive and rare, but reputebly one of the best zooms every made.
Bang for buck, the 35-70mm f3.6 was an expensive lens new ($350+) but goes for much less nowadays, also very sharp.
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Originally Posted by MattKing
That is exactly my kit. I have OM2n and OM4, 24/2.8, 28/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.8, 85/2 and 135/2.8. After many many rolls I put the 24/35/85 in my bag and go out. The 24 I use it not that often, 90% of my shots are with the 35. I always wanted a 40mm but it's super rare and very expensive hence...
In my opinion you can't really go wrong with any Zuiko lenses. They're all very sharp and compact compared to many others. Plenty of deals to be have on eBay and similar. Good luck.
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Here's my favourite Zuikos from a confirmed fanatic:
All of these are available for little money - only if you want the faster versions does the price jump.
IMO all Zuikos are good, many are great and some are legendary.
Since I started this thread, I've been shopping. My Olympus kit now consists of:
3 OM-2s (1 black)
500/8 Tokina Mirror
I really appreciate everyone's input. Some of these lenses came with the cameras I wanted, some of the cameras came with the lenses I wanted, some were just random bids I didn't really expect to win.
I'm still looking for a 21mm in good shape that's reasonably priced, and I may sell off a couple of items that are redundant, but otherwise I think I have what I want. I didn't need any of it, having full kits in Nikon, MInolta and Bronica, but film gear is so cheap now it's hard to resist. It was this or another F4 (or F3 or F5) so I think this was the right choice. Now I'll just need to stay away from auctions (and KEH).
It's a testament to the quality of Olympus gear that pretty much all of this is completely functional. I can't think of another brand I've purchased that has had fewer problems. Even the stuff I got from Goodwill for next to nothing (the OM-2n, for example) worked perfectly once I put in fresh batteries. Great stuff.
Thanks again for all the pointers!