Olympus 50mm f/2 Review


  • Small, fast aperture, sharp and low fringing


  • No ratio scale, no focus limiter

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £355

As part of the Four Thirds system, Olympus lenses effectively double equivalent focal lengths, so this lens offers a similar angle of view as a 100mm lens on the E-system cameras. One of advantages of this is that lenses are much smaller than their 35mm or APS-C compatible equivalents. Zuiko lenses have always been high quality, and this one is no exception with dust-proof and drip-proof construction, ED glass and a fast f/2.0 maximum aperture and f/22 minimum aperture. Bear in mind though, that the smaller imaging circle will produce more depth of field, so extremely small apertures are unnecessary.

The optic has a multilayer film coating, and minimum focusing is 24cm with a 1:2 magnification ratio. Unlike on some others, there is no size ratio guide on the lens, which is a disappointment. Performance is good, particularly in JPEG shooting rather than unsharpened RAW. The MTF charts show very high performance with natural camera sharpening in JPEG, but performance is more on a par with the Pentax lenses in unsharpened RAW mode. Where the lens performs well is in the chromatic aberration area, with low edge-to-centre fringing throughout the lens.


High quality and fast lens that produces the goods.


Score in detail

  • Value 9
  • Design 9
  • Image Quality 9
  • Features 9