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OM lens choice... question

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by SRHEdD, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Steve
    I'm fascinated by this new interchangeability! I bought an OM-m4/3 adapter and now I'm looking for a lens to play with before I go nuts on buying lenses.

    A 50 1.8 was my first choice, but I see 200mm 4.0 and 65-200, 100-200 zooms.

    Does anyone have experience with less expensive OM zooms on a E-PLx? That 100-200 f/5 seems like it could be fun (in good light).
     
  2. icase81

    icase81 Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 22, 2011
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    I have a 75-150 f4, 28mm f2.8 and the 50 f1.8. The 75-150 isn't that great, but its cheap. The 28mm f2.8 is very nice, and the 50 is great. I didn't pay any more than $60 for any of them.
     
  3. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  4. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
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    Steve
    WOW!! Never seen that one!

    I jumped on a clean 50 1.8, can go wrong with that as a start.
     
  5. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Steve
    Does the same old large format lens adage still hold true here? That in using the center sweet-spot of the image circle of a lens designed for 35mm, we're getting really good overall sharpness on a m4/3 chip?

    What does the adapter do to the equation? Is this effectively a 100mm 1.8?

    I've noticed that many of the adapters are a satin black inside, similar to the exterior finish. Wouldn't it be a good idea to paint the inside FLAT black, or even put black gaffers inside?
     
  6. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 9, 2010
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    50 f/1.8, also affectionately known as the see-through body cap...

    There are many variations of this lens. Best IQ with the late MIJ variant (Made In Japan), best build quality with the early (silver nosed) versions. It's a catch 22. I've got a late one with sticky aperture blades, but my early one is snappy as it was on day 1, although much more prone to flares.

    You can't go wrong with any of them for the price. Be warned though, MIJ command a price premium.

    you can build basically 3 lines of primes in OM mount.

    One premium at f/2.0, one intermediate @f/2.8, and one basic @f/3.5

    IMHO, f/2.8 are overestimated; they are not that sharp, and command a much higher price than the f/3.5 which are optically impressive if not very open, and very small. The f/2.0 line of prime is simply astounding, but so are the prices. One I'd like to have is the 40 f/2.0 pancake. There's no 'pro' or 'amateur' line in OM mount, but if such a thing existed, the f/2.0 would be the 'pro' part.

    Cheers,
     
  7. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Steve
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    I got this one on the 'bay. Probably paid too much, but it was clean and boxed. I can't see the full serial number (hasn't arrived yet), but it is 7 digits, something like 1984342. I picked it because it read "Japan" on the front ring, and "MC".
     
  8. sparkin

    sparkin Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 18, 2010
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    The 200m f4 is a nice lens, and it's fairly compact and quite easy to hold. As already stated, there are a few iterations 50 f1.8. I have three different ones, and they're all ok. My 50 f3.5 macro is a *much* sharper lens though. The 65-200 zoom is fun to play with, but it I find it a bit unwieldy on an ep2. You can also find cheap 135mm f3.5s around, which are also fun to play with, and easy to carry in a pocket.
     
  9. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Yes, I saw a few 135 f3.5s in my hunting. If I like handling these adapters and lenses, that will likely be next, or maybe the 200 f4.
     
  10. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I think this one is prone to sticky apperature blades. I have it as well...tends to stick when snapping fast between wide open f1.8, to anything lower than F5.

    Just twist it slowly... other than that, awesome lens. Shouldn't be too different from the latest "made in Japan" one.
     
  11. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Steve
    So I put it on the adapter and use stop down metering and "M"?
     
  12. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Research the OM 50/2.0 macro. Nice lens. Reasonably sharp wide open at 2.0. Does good portrait work. The two complaints: a bit heavy, and not cheap (by these standards -- mine cost me $300).
     
  13. harrysue

    harrysue Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 12, 2011
    From my film days, I already owned the OM 50mm f1.8, 35mm f3.5, 75-150 zoom, and one of the better Vivitar 70-210 series 1 zooms. I bought an OM 200mm f4 after I got into the 4/3 DSLR's. Never used it.

    -The 35mm, 28mm, and 24mm OM's become 48mm-70mm equivalent primes on M43. Unless you have one that's a macro, it's my contention that the kit 14-42 zoom will do the job just as well, and doesn't lose much in aperture.

    -Since I already had both versions of the 4/3 digital 40-150 zooms, I never saw the need to use the 75-150, When I did, it seemed a lot softer. By the way, I happened to be reading DPR when the M.ED 40-150 zoom was going for $109 by way of a backdoor listing on the staples.com, so that's what I use in that range now on my EPL1.

    -For me, the 100mm equivalent FOV from my 50mm f1.8 isn't something I use often. Wide open, light bounces around and it always lost contrast on my E300 and E510. So I never have tried it on the EPL1, except for use with macro tubes. Personally, I think all your garden variety Canon, Pentax, Minolta, OM, etc 50mm f1.8's work about the same.

    -Vivitar 70-210's are inexpensive. The f2.8 versions are the best optically. I find it low in contrast though. Also heavy and long.

    If you can get any of these lenses for the price of a good pizza at a restaurant, I think they are fun to own and use. I paid too much (four pizzas and beer) for my 200mm f4. It's sharp, but has limited use for me.

    I did buy a Canon FD 135mm f2 this year. Add the adapter, and it cost me $70. For shooting college basketball from the stands, this is a useful lens. The 270 mm FOV is kind of a specialized lens otherwise for me. It makes me want to get an FD 85mm f1.8, but they are not cheap (eight pizzas).

    Finally, I used to think OM lenses were top notch, but I bought a $5 (one import beer) Konica 50mm f1.7 and that thing is solid and smooth.
     
  14. kytra

    kytra Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 28, 2011
    I like the way you price everything in pizzas and beers ;))
     
  15. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

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    Get the 50mm f1.4, absolute stunner!! and the 28mm f2.8 is great as well. I had a 75-150 f4 once and that was very nice but i prefer wide primes
     
  16. Stephen Geis

    Stephen Geis Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    You can, or you can choose aperature setting and let the camera's meter choose the correct shutter speed.
     
  17. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    So here it is. I found the hard hood on ebay and liked it. I don't know a better way to describe this aspect of photography other than it is fun. The collector in me likes the hunt for OM lenses, and the shooter in me loves the quality of the system, its images and this fun little aside.

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  18. Rjsam

    Rjsam New to Mu-43

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    Mar 21, 2011
    Your 50 looks bnew...
     
  19. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    There are a lot on ebay, so I just held out until I found a good one from a seller with high ratings. The blades are a very bit slow to return, but it doesn't seem to matter.
     
  20. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    My 2 cents...

    Since I've also been collecting OM lenses, I thought I'd add my 2 cents...I now have a collection that I'll winnow down over time: 100 2.8, 135 2.8, 75-150, 300 4.5. I have the Hexanon 57 1.4, so I'm not in a rush to fill that FL.

    I find I love using the longer FLs. The 300 is amazing, even hand held on my E-P2 - just keep the shutter over 1/250. The 135 is quite compact, but a little fuzzy wide open. The 100 I just got, so jury is out. The zoom isn't too sharp, so I'm afraid it's gathering dust...

    I love these lenses - they bring back memories of shooting film with OM-1 and OM-2s bodies. Here's my confession: I had a 50 1.2 - absolutely amazing lens - but sold it when making the shift to digital: a Canon G2 at the time. This was before m4/3 - who knew? Gawd, I wish I still had THAT lens!

    Apologies in advance if this post is too far off topic... :rolleyes:

    Here are some photos with the 300:

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    From the 135:
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    Still working on my manual focusing skills!
     
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