Zuiko 50mm which one is sharper the one "Japan" or "Made in Japan"?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by shaolin95, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    I keep reading different information in my research so I was wondering if anyone has had both for a definitive answer. :)
  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
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  3. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
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    I had both versions (several times) and IMHO it really came down to the individual lens. The "Made in Japan" version has the reputation of being the sharpest. That said, of the various OM 50/1.8's I've had the sharpest single lens happened to have been a "Made in Japan" labeled lens.
  4. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    I will be trying that one and/or Canon FDn 1.4 next then.
  5. -et-

    -et- TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 26, 2013
    Southern California
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    I have never had this lens, but I discussed your question with a colleague who is a camera fanatic and owns 4 copies of the Zuiko 50mm f:1.8 lens. (He also owns almost every 35mm camera made in the last 60 years, including 17 Nikon F1s - each of which differs slightly from all the others. And he USES them . . .)

    His opinion is that the "Made in Japan" version is sharper than the "Japan" version. He says that the build quality is also better, and that he can feel it in the focusing, etc.

    - Tom -