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Olympus 9mm FE + Filters

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by ijm5012, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    For a little while now, I have been looking for a cheap and easy way to get m43 lens that gives me a really wide field of view, yet can accept filters so that I can do long exposures during the day. Yes, the Olympus 9-18 exists, however I find it too expensive for how much I would use it, and refuse to pay that much for a lens with that build quality. I finally found a solution that I am happy with though.

    I bought a used Olympus 9mm FE BCL for $75, and then bought a magfilter adapter with a 58mm thread diameter (so I can share filters for my 12-35/35-100 that I already own). The below shows show how the magfilter looks on the lens, what a shot looks like with a filter attached, and then what that same shot looks like after I ran it though LR and applied the Nikon 10.5mm FE lens profile. For $115 for the lens and filter holder, I'm definitely happy with the performance this gives me.

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  2. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    535
    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    Is it difficult to access the little focus lever with this thing? can you post a picture of the front as well?
    I really like the little 9mm and would like to use some ND filters on it too so this looks interesting.
     
  3. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    Nope, accessing the focus lever is very easy with the magfilter attached. I'll take a picture of the set up on camera when I get home today.

    I too think the 9mm BCL is a great little lens for the price. Being able to attach ND filters to do long exposure photography during the day is just icing on the cake.
     
  4. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    OK, so below are some additional photos of the lens mounted on the camera. I did my best to show that the focus lever is still easily accessible, even with the magfilter adapter on the lens (just be sure to get the 58mm size, it's the largest one they make).

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  5. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    535
    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    Looks great. I like it. I'll add it to the list
     
  6. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    It's a shame I gave away my 9mm to someone entering m4/3 so they could have a fun little lens (this little lens sums up the entire system in my eyes)...

    ...I'll have to buy another one... *shakes fist at GAS*
     
  7. tino84

    tino84 Mu-43 Veteran

    217
    Dec 29, 2013
    hi, sorry to bother, but could you take an image with and without filter on the bodycap? wich filter did you used in the shoot, a cpl or nd filter?
    thanks a lot
     
  8. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    I used a 3-stop ND filter on the indoor shot above (if you use a CPL, you'll get uneven polarization in the sky because of how wide the lens is). I have taken an image without a filter on, and there is a very slight bit of vignetting still present, so I would only use the filter adapter if you plan to de-fish (or crop out the vignette) the image.The great thing about the adapter is that it is held on by a magnetic ring, so if you don't want to use it you simply pop it off, and when you want to use it again just pop it back on. It's a great little accessory.
     
  9. ddr

    ddr Mu-43 Rookie

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    Feb 12, 2013
    how wide is the 9mm after being defished?
     
  10. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    I'm not certain exactly how wide it is when compared to a rectilinear lens, however it is VERY wide (much wider than a 9mm rectilinear lens). Check this out, as it does a comparison.
     
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