Olympus Zuiko 35mm f/3.5 E-ED Digital (1:1) Macro Lens for E Series DSLRs - (Four Thirds System)

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Olympus Zuiko 35mm1:1 Macro E-ED Lens

Just because a lens is built to photograph small things doesn’t mean it can’t deliver big-time results. The Olympus Zuiko 35mm1:1 Macro E-ED Lens is lightweight, sure, but it’s capable of handling more than close-ups of flowers and coins; it’s capable of handling just about anything you choose to throw at it. Consider:

Product Highlights

  • The smooth, powerful autofocus allows you to easily switch from long-form shots to close-ups without having to worry about a loss in picture quality. This gives you free range to be a photographer who focuses on his/her subjects at live events like family functions and even weddings.
  • The built-in CPU does much of the work for you, correcting shading and exposure and lens distortions. It’s not often you get to use equipment that doubles as a computer, but with the Olympus 35mm, you will.
  • The Olympus 35mm is lightweight enough to handle the constant use you’re sure to throw at it; but even if this doesn’t become your go-to lens, you’ll still be able to store it without adding more than 6 ounces to your photography pack.

They say big things come in small packages. But big photographs can come in small lenses, too. Is this the best macro lens? Let’s just say we won’t argue with you if you say it is.


Learn about the Olympus Zuiko 35mm1:1 Macro E-ED Lens

Sometimes, a photograph says a thousand words not because of how big it is, but because of the details it contains. And there may be no better lens at Adorama for getting in up close and personal with details on everything from coins to flowers than with the Olympus Zuiko 35mm1:1 Macro E-ED Lens. This lens is built with high contrast in mind, giving you the ability to move in closely to your subject and put it under the figurative microscope. But how does it achieve these effects while offering you a lightweight, compact lens that you can easily interchange with others on your favorite camera?

  • A built in CPU for easy corrections helps ensure that you don’t have to worry about shading, exposure, lens distortions, and many more variables that affect the quality of the photograph you’re trying to take. These automatic corrections allow you to easily move the camera from subject to subject without having to make a thousand adjustments each and every time. That’s great for amateur photography enthusiasts who want to explore their subjects or want to use a lens that has versatility enough to handle any “general purpose” demands you might place on it.
  • Lightweight. Did we here at Adorama mention how lightweight it is? At less than six ounces, you’ve likely had a light salad today that weighs more than does the lightweight Olympus 35mm lens. This makes it easy to carry around with you even if you’ve attached it to a heavier camera. And because it’s so easy to change in and out, you won’t have any problem utilizing the Olympus 35mm as something to always carry with you in your photography equipment pack.
  • Consistency is important for any camera, but it’s especially important for a lens. A lens has to be able to deliver the crisp, consistent images that the camera reads, and the Olympus 35mm upholds that tradition with a consistent output with high-contrast photographs that are precise from edge to edge. This means that you won’t have to review your photographs later and wonder how you ever decided to take such an inconsistent or plainly flawed shot. For photography enthusiasts, consistency is the name of the game, and the Olympus 35mm plays it well.
  • Rugged, sure construction ensures that this unit will have the durability to survive all of the use you’re sure to get out of it. Many customers rate the Olympus 35 f/3.5’s rugged and strong construction as one of the most appealing aspects of this lens, which gives you the reliability you need to use it day in and day out as a photography enthusiast or even a professional photographer. They’re perfect for Olympus digital SLR cameras as well.
  • A fast and accurate auto-focus is essential when you’re going to get up close and personal with your subjects, whether you’re photographing still art or live subjects. This makes the lens ideal for portraits, capable of handling intimate details with a crisp, effective photograph that will look a high degree above amateur.

Best for general purpose use, macro photography, portraits, and more, the Olympus Zuiko 35mm1:1 Macro E-ED Lens is ideal for photography enthusiasts and amateur photographers who want to upgrade to a more sophisticated lens.

From the Manufacturer
Capture beautiful details with impeccable accuracy with this ultra-lightweight Macro lens. Take pictures of flowers, coins, stamps and more from less than 6 inches to infinity with dramatic results. Designed exclusively for digital photography, this lens delivers rich, accurate colors and high contrast from edge-to-edge, and is ideal to use for macro shots and even standard landscape and portrait shots, as well. Lens distortions, shading and exposure information are automatically corrected via the built-in CPU for even higher image quality. And because it weighs less than 6 ounces, carrying it is just as appealing as using it.

The Olympus 35mm F/3.5 is commonly used for General purpose, Macro, Macro photography, Portraits and more.The Olympus 35mm F/3.5 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast among others.The Olympus 35mm F/3.5 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Olympus 35mm F/3.5: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (22),Easily interchangeable (15),Consistent output (14),Fast / accurate auto-focus (14),Durable (10),Nice bokeh (4),Rugged (4),Strong construction (4)
Poor in low light (4),Slow focus (4)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (11),Portraits (7),Macro (5),General purpose (4),Landscape/scenery (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (10),Enthusiast (7)

Olympus 35mm F/3.5 Specifications

6 elements in 6 groups
Number of Blades: 7
Angle of view
F stop range
Focal Length: 35mm (70mm 35mm equivalent)
Maximum Aperture: f3.5
Minimum Aperture: f22
Closest Focusing Distance
5.74" (0.146m)
Maximum Magnification
1.0x (2.0x 35mm equivalent)
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
2.1" x 2.8" (53 x 71mm)
5.8 oz. (165g)
Compatibility: Teleconverter EC-14: Yes
Extension Tube EX-25: Extended Maximum image magnification; 1.68x

Olympus 35mm F/3.5 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Excellent macro and general lens

I used this lens on the E-500 for about two months, in all sorts of situations, not just macro. It became my general walkabout lens because it is so darn LIGHT it will blow your mind away. The E-500 with this lens is easy to take anywhere and throw around your shoulder, you hardly notice the weight. The focal length (70mm equivalent) is not bad for everyday use; it's a little on the telephoto side, but it works for portraits, narrow landscapes, people, and of course, macros. This lens is SHA...

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I used this lens on the E-500 for about two months, in all sorts of situations, not just macro. It became my general walkabout lens because it is so darn LIGHT it will blow your mind away. The E-500 with this lens is easy to take anywhere and throw around your shoulder, you hardly notice the weight. The focal length (70mm equivalent) is not bad for everyday use; it's a little on the telephoto side, but it works for portraits, narrow landscapes, people, and of course, macros. This lens is SHARP, most likely as sharp as the 50mm (which I've tried but haven't used extensively). Macros can be beautiful with excellent bokeh and depth of field, but you have to get close for full 1:1 magnification. Downsides are focus in non-macro situations and in low light -- this lens hunts all over the place, from infinite to 1:1 and back (and still might not find it). You have to hit those contrast edges and know what you're doing, and resort to manual focus sometimes. This is only in LOW light, if there's any good contrast available it focuses quickly and silently, no problem. This is just what you get for such a great value lens, the max aperture is only f/3.5 and there's no focus limiter, so what do you expect? ;-) It's really great other than those manageable situations. All around a great lens for almost every use. You'll learn a lot from using a prime (fixed focal length) lens, you'll move around a lot more to fit shots into the frame and think about the shot more in the process. You'll get an idea of exactly what your lens will see before you even look through the viewfinder. It's really great, and this lens is so versatile and cheap that it's a no-brainer.


Most Liked Negative Review


Not Worth The Money

Totally surprises at the POOR quality of a lens from Olymnpus. What were they thinking when they made this lens? ? ? ? ?

Reviewed by 26 customers


Great Lens


from Kokomo, Indiana  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very good macro lens for the price.


Great Lens!


from Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a great lens! I'm very happy with it. I needed a lens to take more portrait like photos of my grandkids. This one was just what I needed! Very happy.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Splurge for the 50mm Zuiko macro.


from Luverne, AL  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a good lens, except for how short of a lens it is. A macro lens this short makes it difficult to take pictures of any kind of insects. This lens is definitely better to use for plant macrophotography. The autofocus is pretty dodgy too. Maybe mine is defective, but it won't even focus on something about two feet away. I've resorted to manual focus only for this lens. I just use the hybrid focus to manually focus it close to where it needs to be, and then let the autofocus make minor adjustments. At this rate, I don't even know if buying into the Olympus DSLR family is a good idea. The last DSLR Olympus made was in 2010; they've been more focused on the m4/3 system lately. I would suggest that you go for Canon or Nikon so you don't buy into a dead system.


Excellent Macro lens Very Sharp


from Jackson, GA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Primarily used for very close to subject macro photo. Very sharp lens with good depth of field on very close tiny objects. Auto focus will hunt when subject ius extremely close and complex. Manual focus is easily available to counter this.


Olympus lens


from Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

Mainly macro photography. Focusing not easy. Good crisp images


Macro lens


from IL.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I'm very happy with this lens.

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Not Worth The Money


from Midwest  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Totally surprises at the POOR quality of a lens from Olymnpus. What were they thinking when they made this lens? ? ? ? ?


Great lens for me!


from Lancaster PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I wanted to get up close with my flowers. This lens fits my needs. It is quick and easy to use. The price was great. The quality of the Olympus lens are fantastic the pictures are crisp and clear! I will be looking for a ring flash for this lens to add light for certain conditions.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Buy This LensBefore It Gets Discontinued


from Cleveland, OH  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this 4/3 lens w/Oly adapter on Oly EPL-1. I consider this lens to be a bargain. Mine is very slightly mushy at the closest focusing distance but, when brought back just a bit, becomes extremely sharp. I do not know if my use of the adapter affects the closest focus. I think this is the cheapest true macro ($235) on the market, except maybe for the discontinued 100mm 3.5 Vivitr/Phoenix ($150), and I'd grab one now.


Super sharp!


from Detroit  -  Photo Enthusiast

Got this lens for pictures of flowers and insects, and for items I sell on the famous auction site. Works perfectly for those things, but it turns out it's a great "walking-around" lens too. Super sharp, fast focusing in good light (although I use manual focus for macro) Equivalent to a 70mm lens on 35mm, I've used it for portraits, too. It's slightly bigger than I expected, about the same size as the kit zoom when retracted. Great value for the money.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JAMES H  A good inexpensive close focusing lens that does light macro duties.
Tony M  Is it slash proof?
ROBERT N  I will do my best to help. The term "splash proof" brings to mind several ways to answer. If you mean that you are taking a picture and someone splashes you with a bucket of water, and the lens and camera gets a little water on it, I do not believe it will harm the system. If you are surfing and a wave covers you and your camera, there could be some concern. I try never to put my equipment in a situation that could cause damage. Things do, at times, happen. With a macro lens the camera is usually close to your body which should be able to shield your camera. I do not think that a light rain would do much harm, if any. I hope I have helped. Good luck
Shopper  It´s possible to use this lens with my Olympus EPL1? If not I need some options... Thanks.
JAMES D  Super lens, sharp and good contrast. To fit on macro-SLR need the Four thirds adapter MMF-2 and I also use the slide on viewfinder (VF-2) which will swing up and makes viewing easier in bright sunlight. (Wonder about uploading a photo?)
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