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Osawa 24-43mm f3.5-4.5


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Year Introduced
Tested with


f3.5 - f16
Eos M3

Osawa produced lenses until 1984. Some of their lenses were quite good while others were quite average. It's trial and error to find a good one. This lens is a bit too complicated for its own good. Focus throw is quite short. Focus and Zoom rings are heavily dampened. The aperture ring is also dampened heavily. It has a macro mode which engages by pulling the zoom ring down at 43mm. This procedure is actually easy to do. Image quality outside of macro mode is average. It's soft at f3.5 and doesn't tighten until f8. Contrast is quite low thru the entire zoom range and at all apertures. Fringing is noticeable at f3.5- thru f5.6 and color rendition is flat. There is noticeable vignetting at 24mm. Abberations are noticeable in highlights. In macro mode the lens comes into its own. At f3.5 it is soft but it tightens up at f4 and actually gets sharp at f5.6. Contrast is also much better in macro mode. At f11 it is quite sharp, but bokeh is a bit distracting. Bokeh fringing is minor but seems to be present at all apertures.

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