Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 ED SWD Zuiko Lens

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Designed as the Flagship Lens in the
Digital Zuiko Series

Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom LensThe Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens is a high-performance everyday zoom lens that features an ultra-bright fixed f/2.0 aperture throughout its entire zoom range. Designed as the flagship lens in the Digital Zuiko series, this lens covers an equivalent to 28-70mm in 35mm SLR terms. With its unique f2.0 aperture providing bright viewing with a sharp subject and a soft blurring of the background, this lens is ideal for almost any application - from landscapes and portraits to indoor shooting and photojournalism.

The lens' autofocus is powered by Olympus' innovative SWD focusing technology. SWD combines different technologies to provide both high speed and high precision autofocusing, while allowing the lens to be operated with lower noise than before. Optimized for use with the new E-3, this lens enables the camera to demonstrate the full power of its high-speed capability, providing extremely fast focusing.

ED lens elements are used extensively to correct the color blurring that can occur when telescopic lenses are extended to their maximum focal length, while the digital-dedicated design ensures high-definition performance with clear, crisp images from edge to edge. Special optical glass elements are used to correct various types of aberrations, while the 100% digital design ensures high-definition performance with clear, crisp images from edge to edge. Close-up shooting capability is also superb, with a minimum shooting distance of just 1.15' (35 cm) throughout the zoom range. 

Features

Supersonic Wave Drive Technology
SWD technology allows for ultra-fast, whisper-quiet, high-precision AF. Two compact, high-powered SWD 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 (5/1000mm). When used in combination with the 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).

High Optical Quality
Features 2 ED lenses, aspherical ED lens and aspherical lens.

Internal Focus
Internal Focus system makes focusing smoother and faster.

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Specifications
Overview
Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size FourThirds  
Lens focal length14 35 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Four Thirds  
Angle of view 75-34  
Aperture
Largest aperture opening F2.0  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Optics
Total Elements 18  
Number of Groups 17  
Coatings / special elements 1 ED lens, 1 Aspherical ED element  
Focusing
Minimum focus distance 0.35 m (13.78")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.12 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Focus notes with floating mechanism  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical
Overall weight915 g (2.02 lb)  
Lens diameter 86 mm (3.39")  
Overall length 123 mm (4.84")  
Sealing Yes  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (extending)  
Filter thread size 77 mm  
Lens hood included Yes  
Tripod collar included No  
Usable Olympus Teleconverter EC-14 (maintains AF)
EC-20 (maintains AF)
 

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Reviews

Excellent Results, January 18, 2009

By H. W. Whitaker "Jujitsu Blogger" (Hebron, CT USA)

I'm not a professional photographer but an amateur with a passion for capturing a special family moment, a sunrise on a morning hike or a sports highlight on the local town fields. 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. The lens will definitely provide with the up-tick in results you might be looking for.

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