Everything I know about OM Zuikos

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Late to the thread, but I’ve been building up a pretty extensive collection of OM lenses over the last couple of months.

Once the last one —for now — arrives (a 50mm 3.5 macro) I’ll take a picture of the collection.

They run the gamut from 28mm right up to a monster 300mm f/4.5

Favorites are

50mm f/1.4
85mm f/2
135mm f/2.8

All those are giving me fantastic results with the speed booster ultra and a pen e-p3 and my newly purchased OM-D M5 ii

I also shoot 35mm on an OM1 .. no crop factor there

My collection is limited to 4 lenses, 50/1.4, 135/4.5macro, 300/4.5, and 500/8.
I would like more but their prices have deterred me.
 
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One user on YouTube successfully cut off the metal petals for his 24/2.8 in order to safely fit the lens to his Speed Booster Ultra and without disrupting any of the lens's function.
I've used two methods:
  1. I carefully cut a circle of cardboard the size of the rear element, put a cotton ball between the rear element and the cardboard, and used non-residue "blue tape" to hold it on, and to cover all the open spaces in the lens, to avoid getting metal filings inside. Then I carefully used a metal file to shave down the tab. This was on the superb OM Zuiko 90mm ƒ2 Macro.
  2. I didn't cover anything. I grabbed one end of the tab with some needle-nose pliers, and twisted. It rolled up like a sardine-can lid, and came off when I reached the other end. This was on the superb OM Zuiko 21mm ƒ2.
I recommend method #2. It took about ten seconds, versus about a half-hour with #1. :)

I started with OM Zuikos in 1977, when I got an OM-2 and a 75-150mm ƒ4. Over the years, I gathered more gear, until I basically had all the fast wides, all the macros, and a few of the longer ones.

I even had the almighty 350mm ƒ2.8 for a while, but when I moved into E-System, I just could not get it to perform, so I sold it. Similar story with the OM 600/6.5, but I somehow forgot to sell that one. Fast forward to the OM-D System, and I find the OM 600/6.5 works just fine! Must have been mirror-slap on the E-System… wish I had never sold that 350/2.8…

My favourites are the 21/2, 90/2, and the 500/8 mirror, the finest mirror lens I've ever used, by a long shot. (And I've tried — and been disappointed with — many.) I also love the 135/4.5 Macro on the Telescoping Extension Tube, and still use the dedicated macro lenses on a modified Nikon PB-4 bellows.

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These tiny, exquisitely crafted OM lenses are what has kept me loyal to Olympus through the years!
 
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I even had the almighty 350mm ƒ2.8 for a while, but when I moved into E-System, I just could not get it to perform, so I sold it… wish I had never sold that 350/2.8…
Yay! I got another one on a KEH special sale for under $1,600! It was listed as "BGN" (second to lowest rating) but looks like an eBay "MINT++++++" rating. :)

On a Metabones Speedbooster Ultra, this becomes a 250mm ƒ/2.0. I sort of wonder how it compares to the "real" OM 250/2, but I'm not going to spend $5k to find out.
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So anyway, I just wanted to see some more action on this thread! Let's see your OM Zuikos!
 
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