My Fuji and … an Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-W 24mm f:2.8

Last Update 25 juli 2020

No sharpness tests, pixel counting or other technical mumbo jumbo, just everyday pictures with the intention of showing the view angle, color pattern and character, and my thoughts of the lens.

Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-W 24mm f:2.8

Pictures below of the Fujifilm X-T10 with the Oly 24mm, click on the gallery to view full size pictures.

Lens info Super Wide Angle Olympus OM Zuiko 24mm f2.8 – From Original Olympus manual for Zuiko Interchangeable lens group – Picture from booklet with a personal copy of my lens – Courtesy of Olympus Optical Co Ltd, Olympus Camera Corporation, Olympus Optical Co Europ and Olympus Optical Co UK Ltd. ***Click on pictures for larger version***

Before testing and first thoughts of the Olympus OM Zuiko 24mm f2.8 Ultra Wide Angle lens :
A bit more light sensitive than the Oly 21mm f3.5, and I definitely wanted to use that to my advantage – more on that later. Furthermore, the lens is equally small and light, it only has a smaller angle of view, so I have to say that I do not expect much from this 24mm, and that is mainly because the Oly 21mm really swept me off my feet. So I’m actually curious about what I’m going to write here later, let’s find out …

What always strikes me when I use an Olympus lens is the ease to operate the lens when it is mounted on an adapter. Looking through the viewfinder it is just hard to feel where the adapter stops and the aperture should start, now, without having to scan the lens with your fingers or take a quick look, the aperture can be found immediately. Really handy the aperture on the front of the lens, and immediately the focusing ring behind it. Something I always have a problem with using other brand lenses but never with Olympus.

I have used this lens for a few weeks now and try to compare it with the Oly 21mm, but that was actually the problem, the lens cannot be compared with the 21mm because it is a 24mm.
Yes you already knew that I hear you say, but what I mean is that she has her own typical Olympus caracter to a smaller angle of view. She is softer @ f2.8 but therefore also slightly more sensitive.
And just like the 21mm she gets better stopping down, from f5.6 – f8 they are both really sharp and rich in contrast.
Both lenses are the same size, weight is about the same, but with lenses as small as both of these Olympus gems, it doesn’t really matter.
Price wise the 21mm is more expensive than the 24mm.
Why would you buy a 24mm then? well, they are primes, and every other angle of view gives you a different picture. Having them both is fun, but are you going to keep changing them? Everything comes down to which angle of view you prefer. I realy like too angle of the 21mm, it’s easyer to use the DOF for street photography, but then everything also gets smaller. On the other hand, the 24mm is more usable in poorer lighting conditions due to the slightly better light sensitivity.
If you can afford the extra money for this lens, she can certainly come in handy.

Camera used : Fujifilm X-E1, Fujifilm X-T10 and Fujifilm X-T20
Adapter : K&F Concept and Fusnid – OM/FX
The camera settings where usually as follows:
ISO auto 200-800
The X-T10 and 20 is always set to electronic shutter
Focus Peaking X-E1 high white, X-T10 and X-T20 high white or red
Film simulation standard
Noise reduction set to -2
Sharpen set to +1
Picture format 16: 9
Raw + Jpeg S
Manual aperture: I usually set the aperture for this lens fully open (f2.8) – or one before last (f11) – and this depending on the available light or the desired depth of field. Close ups fully open, Landscapes one stop before closed.

All pictures in the gallery below are out of camera jpeg’s – between 2500px or 3000px on the longest side (Fujifilm S). Click on the pictures to view them in large format in the gallery and / or in full size

Above is a 100% crop, developed in RawTherapee 5.8 with Stuart Sowerby FujiXtrans II Velvia v3 and PictureFX sharpenfx 1.00-350 edges. Original picture is 16MP Raw from Fuji X-T10 – shutter 1/523 – iso 200 – Oly 24mm f2.8 ***click on picture for larger version***

Above “The Bunker”, left shot @ f2.8 – right shot @f8 – click to compare, @f2.8 the picture is rather soft but ok, from f5.6 and above image quality drastically improved, so does the contrast and sharpness.

Published by Marc R.

Belgium Based and Retired Photographer, IT specialist, Technician and Bushcrafter - not necessarily in that order. A few years back I got a message on my PC : "The box said 'Required Windows 11 or better'. So, I installed Linux Kubuntu 20.04 LTS" :-) - My Photography software : RawTherapee, Darktable, Digikam, Luminance HDR, Hugin, Gimp and many other. My camera Gear in 2022: Fujifilm X-H1 for architecture, landscape, ..., and Olympus E-M5 Mark II for bird and wildlife photography.

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