I have a 100/2.8 that I bought new in '76 [I presume SC] it is the best lens I
have, not only sharp but free from errors. The 100/2.8 makes the system for me.
I don't think it is just your copy as mine is amazing. My Hasselblad 150 sonnar
is fantastic, but the images from the 100 are very comparable. Friends who have
"expensive" short teles cannot believe the quality of this compact lens. It is
Steve Nicholls[Adelaide Australia]
Will von Dauster wrote:
> Giles asked:
> <<Did you perhaps mean the 100mm f2?
> (I had written:)
> > 35mm f2.0 and 100mm f2.8 as comparable to the pre-ASPH 35mm Summicron and
> > 90mm Tele-Elmarit (note: not the current model) respectively. The 50mm
> A reasonable question, but no, I meant the under appreciated 100 f2.8. The
> gotcha here might be the lens I compare it to, the Tele-Elmarit, where I do
> believe the Zuiko to be clearly better, actually. The current 90mm Elmarit-M
> is another story; that lens is the finest 90 I have ever used.
> I have a shot of a doe taken on one of my afternoon walks. She is standing
> in the front yard of a neighborhood house. I happened to have the 100 f2.8
> on my OM-3 at the time, loaded with Velvia film rated at ISO 40. I had to
> shoot the picture wide open at 125th, as she was standing in the shade. The
> resulting image shows every hair sharp at the plane of focus. A quick scan
> of the doe is here (all images copyright 1999 Wilfred von Dauster):
> Of course, the .jpg does no justice to the original.
> More conventionally, here is a shot of a construction site, at f8, 125th,
> 100 speed Elite II. Remember, this is handheld:
> And a close up scan of the, um, worker. Notice the rivets in the ladder
> behind him:
> In other words, I believe the 100 f2.8 is an excellent lens. Maybe it is
> just the sample I have?
> Will von Dauster
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