What I do have is Olympus's competitor, my LEICA SUMMICRON-M 90mm f2 short telephoto.
From 1980, for 18 years; this chunky, weighty glass was Leica's most expensive 90mm lens! In 1998 Leica replaced it with the even more expensive but even more spectacular LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 90mm f/2 ASPH !!
My Summicron 90/2 is a 1985 vintage, famous reviewer Ken Rockwell did a interesting piece on this gem; worth a read!
28 years later my OLD 90mm lens is gonna take on a new, solidly built for M 4/3 lens that received RAVE applause from reviewers? Am I MAD?
Hello... that 28 year old glass is a LEICA lens! It is the real McCoy, the REAL THING ;) Lets look at the three samples from Olympus...
All 3 samples were shot with a OM-D E-M5 at FULL aperture (wide open) at F1.8 with the new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.8 lens.
|Look at the beautiful skin tone! At F1.8 there is hardly any DOF! Focusing is CRITICAL!|
Look at the fluid bokeh! Only a really large aperture lens can get that kind of blur! The focusing is SPOT ON! This AF feature will beat the heck out of my vintage Leica non-AF glass ;)
A beautiful landscape rendered 3D like with large aperture! Stunning!
My turn! Here are samples taken with my 90mm Summicron on, you guess right; my OM-D E-M5!
Since I don't have a little baby or a stunning Japanese landscape, I will concentrate on flowers ;) I went to the same garden that I test the Nikon 1 V1.
Being a manual focusing lens with a field of view of a 180mm F2 (equivalent) lens, achieving critical spot on sharp focus with my 65 year old eye; believe me, IT IS BLOODY TOUGH!
Luckily, after hours of deciphering; I managed to understand (not all) of the silly OM-D menu fiasco and set the button next to the shutter release to "magnify".
Every time I press that button, the image in the finder will zoom to 5x for critical focusing; hit it again and you are back to the normal view to snap your shot! If only that important button is less soggy and work every time!
I wanted to see how well I can focus accurately with the "magnify aid", I picked this spider web in our garden; the focusing is NOT easy because once magnified (so are all the shake) the image in the finder is like rock and roll! The super dubber 5 axes STABILIZER suppose to steady the EVF view, DID NOT! This was shot at F2, wide open; I like the bokeh, do you?
Pictures below were taken at the Lady Norwood Rose Garden at F2 or F2.8.
|From the lily pond|
|This is a close crop from the rose above.|
|I am happy that the OM-D rendered the white rose without burning out the highlight!|
On the other hand the Olympus wonder, cost an arm and a leg; I have no idea how much it will cost in New Zealand; info below is from U.K.
The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.8 lens will be available from July 2012 for £799. The optional LH-61F lens hood costs £69.90 and the LC-61 lens cap £39.90!
A LENS CAP that cost NZ$82.00 and a SCREW ON lens hood for NZ$144.00? Has Olympus GONE MAD? Are these items GOLD PLATED?
Notice my old Leica lens came with a built-in lens hood and a solid lens cap ;)
Look like I am gonna stick with my Leica glass :)