10 out of 10 points and recommendedRazor sharp even at F2; sharp edge-edge; no CA at any aperture; super smooth bokeh, fast focusing; internal zoom; build quality; IQ using this lens is just something else; handholdable for quiet some time; looks damn prettySize and weight - 1or 2' smaller and a couple of 100lbs lighter it would be perfect; not discreet; very big lens hood; expensive, would be even better with SWD
1. The 35-100F2 is razor sharp even at F2. I'm shocked by the detail and sharpness thats the lens shows.reviewed April 3rd, 2008 (purchased for $2,700)
2. Lens is sharp edge to edge even wide open. There is no CA either.
3. Noise and detail with the 35-100F2 even at the same ISO are much better than the 14-54ZD. You can instantly tell which file was taken with the 35-100 whether using the E1 or E3.
4.You can handhold the 35-100F2 for quiet some time. I shot a cousins wedding and used the lens for 70% of the time for a 12hour period/
5. DOF - shallow DOF at F2 is creamy smooth but also very thin. Its a cracker of a portrait lens.
6. Low light shooting - being able to shoot at F2 constant is seriously welcome.
IQ using the lens on either an E1 or E3 is something else and has to be seen to be believed. The lens is tack sharp wide open and edge to edge. It displays no CA/FP at all, so Oly have done an excellent job here. The pictures speak for themselves. Its my main lens esp for studio work as its perfect for portraits/fashion/beauty shoots and its got me thinking about the 14-35F2 as well.
The 35-100F2 is a big beastie and if it were just a couple of 100lbs lighter, an inch or two shorter, and a wee bit cheaper in Europe (I paid just under 1500 GBP) it would be Perfect.
If you can get one you won't regret it.