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Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by dixeyk, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    This is probably not much of a revelation but after going through a bunch of different adapted lenses I find that I quite like OM lenses. It's funny to me because I started with OM lenses then made my way through Konica, Pentax (Super Tak and K mount), Canon FD with a few Pen-F and FSU lenses thrown in. After all that I ended up with a 50/1.4 (over 1 million serial), 50/1.8 MIJ, 24/2.8 and 100/2.8.

    I know there are much better lenses out there but I find that I am pretty happy with the images I am getting. Maybe I'm just lacking in any sort of discrimination but I think these lenses are probably way better than I will ever be.

     
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  2. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    Simply breathtaking :)
     
  3. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Zuiko lenses generally had a very good reputation. I have even seen people describe them as the Japanese leica!

    K
     
  4. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    love it.
     
  5. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    I don't think I went through nearly as many as you Dixeyk, but I had a similar experience. Rokkor, FD (nice lenses, but heavy and terrible mounts), SuperTak back to OM. 50/2.0 macro + 100/2.8 (though I also kept the Fujian CCTV, because of it's unique bokeh and the Rokinon just because of it's price/speed combination)
     
  6. I can't (hand on heart) say that my OM lenses take better images than my Canon new FDs, but I can (hand on heart) say that they look and feel a step above. While the Canons are utilitarian and business-like, the Zuikos will have you absently twisting the focus barrel and clicking the aperture ring for no other reason than it feels good. Worth the (slightly higher) price of admission.

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    Olympus vs Canon


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    50mm f1.8


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    28mm f2


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    28mm f3.5


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    50mm f1.4
     
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  7. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    I haven't tried any other lenses either - I bought one adapter and I'm sticking with it, but I really love the Olympus primes. Sharp, clean images with nice bokeh. The 50mm 1.8 has become a favorite of mine.:thumbup:
     
  8. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
     
  9. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
     
  10. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    532
    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Mark
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  11. I think that sums it up quite nicely. Even beyond the performance, it is the tactile quality of the lenses that appeals.

    I'm glad you like it! Sadly it is not 100% gorgeous on the inside with a little bit of fungus in there. Still works nicely, though. I'd like to try an OM24/2.8 if I found one at the right price but they hold their value quite nicely.
     
  12. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    The 24/2.8 is a pretty nice lens. Very sharp with terrific OOF backgrounds. It's also quite small. I use as my MF normal lens. I find the color however very different from the 50/1.4. It's much warmer (or the 50/1.4 is cooler if you prefer).
     
  13. Interesting. I hadn't really paid to much attention to the difference in colour response between my older lenses. There's obviously nothing too extreme if I hadn't really noticed so far, but you've got me intrigued.

    BTW, I'd be lying if I said that the adapter combination above of the black MMF-2 and silver OM adapter wasn't chosen for aesthetic reasons :)
     
  14. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Yesterday I shot a few images of a Yucca flower stock in my front yard (no more than a few minutes apart) it was that nice golden light at the end of the day and I was shocked at how different they were. The 24/2.8 was a lot more yellowish. It wasn't objectionable in any way bit definitely noticeable. I'll see if I can dig them up and post samples.
     
  15. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Alas my OM 24mm 2.8 was one of the first items I sold to feed my :43: habit!
     
  16. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    532
    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Mark
    I had a "radioactive" collapsible Leitz Summicron which actually looked yellow to the eye. Now that was a real tactile experience. 300+g of brass and glass. I don't think I ever used it for colour though. It was a killer black and white lens.
     
  17. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    532
    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Mark
    Well, I just had to try. Yes, definitely a warm lens. 24/2.8 on left, kit zoom at about the same fl on right.
     

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