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Om 100mm f2,8: Should I bother?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Neftun, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. Neftun

    Neftun Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 15, 2012
    Norway
    Patrick Kristiansen
    I have come across a very good sample of the multicoated version of the om 100mm f2,8 for 210 euros.

    I sort of want it, it is supposedly VERY good, but I don't really know if I need it... Yes, I do admit I've got GAS;)

    I already have the 75mm, and the om 90mmf2. The latter is large and heavy, but fantastic. I was thinking the 100mm would be more portable, and it is compatible with the 2x teleconverter. But so is my om 135mmf3,5.

    So I wonder: Should I bother? All responses are appreciated. Some images with the 100mm I haven't seen on google would be awesome:)

    Thanks!
     
  2. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    It's a nice lens. 210 euros, though, seems on the high end for a good used copy, and according to some (I never owned one, so don't know first hand) the 90mm is a better lens and very close in focal length.

    I can't tell you what to do, but if I had GAS and wanted this lens, I'd look for a better price.
     
  3. Muntjack

    Muntjack Mu-43 Veteran

    200
    Jul 26, 2010
    I got mine on the bay for £150 which is probably about what you should pay. = 180 euros???
    But I've seen them for £195 BIN too and I've also seen them auction up for less than £100.
    I love mine but then I use it on my old OM1 so I can't say if I would buy one for digital alone.

    M
     
  4. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    I'd pass. It's about double what I'd even consider paying for manual legacy glass of the not exceptionally fast variety in that general focal length.

    Some alternate suggestions: You can probably find an Oly 135mm f3.5 which is a bit slower, but with a bit more reach, and similar optical quality, for no more than 40-50 Euros if you shop carefully. You can also find the Nikon 105mm f2.5, which is slightly bigger and slightly faster, in the early pre-AI iteration for 100 Euros or so.
     
  5. Neftun

    Neftun Mu-43 Veteran

    408
    Jul 15, 2012
    Norway
    Patrick Kristiansen

    Thanks for reply. I do have the 135f3,5, big fan. If the 100 is not significantly better in iq, I won't bother. Funny you should mention the nikkor 105, I have come across that as well in a local forum, and after some googling, fell in love with its looks:) only worried about so old optics and lack of multicoating. But then again, I have noticed that old lenses really shine in bw, making color- aberrations nonproblematic.
     
  6. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    The Nikkor 105mm f2.5 is one of the great classic lenses of all time. The only thing that is better about the Olympus 100mm f2.8 is that it's smaller and lighter. But in any case, if you already have the Olympus 135mm f3.5, neither of these 100-105s gets you too much, and I certainly wouldn't spend 200 Euros on one. One thing I might suggest, if you can't shake the GAS, is that you should look at some primes in the 85-90mm range, which are either faster, or much smaller, or optimized for Macro. They being more significantly shorter than your 135mm, will be a better compliment to it. Of course, if you already have something in this range, then there is no need to fill this space, unless of course your GAS is otherwise incurable.
     
  7. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 19, 2012
    Indonesia
    Alex
    I have OM 100mm f2.8 and 135mm f2.8 and had the 135mm f3.5, and it seems to me that the IQ of 100mm is better than the 135mm. I love this 100mm. Probably it could be the last legacy lens I would be willing to sell. However, since I bought the m.Zuiko 75mm, I seldom use the 100mm or 135mm. People say that OM 90mm is a stellar lens and much better than the 100mm. So maybe it is not worth for you to buy it since you have already the 75mm and OM 90mm, moreover with that price... I bought mine for about 100 euro.

    Here are some images taken with the 100mm, I hope you haven't seen them on google... :)

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    A fellow photographer by Flubie, on Flickr

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    304/366 - Raoul Wallenberg Memorial by Flubie, on Flickr

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    Enjoying the day by Flubie, on Flickr

    And just for fun, this was the 100mm attached to GX1 + MMF-2 + OM-4/3 adapter + Olympus 2x macro/teleplus + gummy lens hood :rolleyes:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/flubie/8437886040/" title="Tele by Flubie, on Flickr"> 8437886040_c437b84b23_c. "800" height="547" alt="Tele"></a>
     
  8. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    If you already have the 135mm and the 90mm, I can't see why you would really wish to over-pay for the 100mm - let someone else who has has not got this focal length so closely flanked pay the too-high price for it.
     
  9. Neftun

    Neftun Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 15, 2012
    Norway
    Patrick Kristiansen
    Fluberman: thanks for posting the pics:) to me, it seems the 100 is in the same ballbark as the 135 IQ-wise.

    Dougjgreen: thanks for replies. I think I will follow the advice and skip this one.

    To satisfy my seemingly neverending gas, i am currently bidding on a jupiter8 5cm f2. Much cheaper, current bid: 15£:) any of you vave any experience with these?
     
  10. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    I have not shot with one myself, but what I have heard is, they are variable in quality, but the nice ones have tons of character and are great for B&W. But again, because they are variable, don't over-pay, these come available all the time.
     
  11. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    There's always the upcoming Lumix 150mm ƒ2.8 :biggrin:
     
  12. mr_botak

    mr_botak Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 4, 2011
    Reading, UK
    David
    The OM is a nice lens, but if you want a lighter replacement for the 90mm you probably need the 85mm f2, which you ought to be able to get for about the price they are asking for the 100mm.

    The 100mm is nice, but has only six aperture blades in comparison to eight in the 85 and 135 so the bokeh is arguably compromised.

    Personally I'd stick with the 90mm and not add anything else.
     
  13. Muntjack

    Muntjack Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 26, 2010
    I'd very much doubt you'd get a decent copy of the 85mm for less than £250... they are much more scarce than the 100mm and there seems to be a lot of copy variance with some users very dissatisfied.

    M
     
  14. Neftun

    Neftun Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 15, 2012
    Norway
    Patrick Kristiansen
    An 85 would have to be either excellent or have a really special character and be dead cheap if it should catch my interest, as i readily use both om90 and mzd 75.

    I have seen something called jupiter 9 8,5cm f2 with fifteen aperture blades. Any thoughts?