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Pen FT 70/2 complete, $395 at Igor Camera

Discussion in 'Hot Deals - Find a Great Deal? Share It Here.' started by MarylandUSA, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. MarylandUSA

    MarylandUSA Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Poolesville, Maryland
    Paul Franklin Stregevsky
    Pen-FT Zuiko-T 70/2 #201312, hood, caps, case, Ex++ $395. Olympus lenses

    I realize many of you will discover this a day, a week, or a month too late. But this lens belongs with a user, not with a collector. I'm hoping that one of you will jump at this deal before I'm tempted to do so myself!
     
  2. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 9, 2011
    Canada
    Well I discovered it only hours late, actually you posted late...I just came home with a black 75 1.8 and would've been oh so tempted by this. Hopefully someone here picks it up as I understand it to be a stellar lens.
     
  3. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    So FT stands for 4/3? It will AF on an EM5 w/adapter?
     
  4. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 9, 2011
    Canada
    I can't tell you what FT stands for but I can guarantee it is a manual focus only lens and the mount is olympus pen F/FT. This lens was OEM for the pen F/FT cameras. The pen F cameras were 1/2 frame cams. Someone else here can elaborate, the original pen camera that the E-Px cameras all emulate.
     
  5. mpg01

    mpg01 Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 21, 2012
    Here is a look at the 70 f2.0
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  6. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    With the short flange back distance of the Pen F/FT system, this is one MF lens that I have always wanted to try.
     
  7. MarylandUSA

    MarylandUSA Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Poolesville, Maryland
    Paul Franklin Stregevsky
    More about the Pen FT 70/2 (and similar lenses)

    For a while, only one Pen FT to M43 adapter was available, from Jinfinance, and it cost $90. But now there's one on eBay for about $15.

    My goal is to walk around with a G3 body, a small flash, and 3 lenses, all in one or two slim belt pouches. I've decided that the Pen 70/2 is too wide. And I prefer multicoating. Instead I'll go for a Minolta Rokkor MD 85/2, an Olympus Zuiko 85/2, or a Voigtlander Heliar 75/2.5. Each costs about $400. It seems there's no cheap way to get a 70 to 85mm focal length that's fast, small, and lightweight (under 300g).

    I've been spending the past couple days researching various adaptable primes. Here are the notes I've copied and pasted about the Pen FT 70/2:

    "70/2 Really nice lens (find a good sample!)" 5 groups, 6 elements; f/2–22; 0.8m close focus; 43mm filter. 230g (8.1 ounces)

    "The 60 and 70 are also excellent. The 70/2 is said to be the better lens, performance-wise. No wonder, it looks like a perfect ULTRON type. But it is quite longish for the same reason."

    If you lost the rear caps for your Pen FT lenses, the rear caps for modern Micro 4/3 lenses fit.

    Since it's only single-coated, it's prone to flare. The 60/1.5, on the other hand, does not have this problem, even wide open. The 100/3.5 (though slower) does not have this flare/low contrast issues at all.
     
  8. nsd20463

    nsd20463 Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 30, 2011
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I own the 70/2 and the 100/3.5 (and the 38/1.8). Both the 70 and 100 both have veiling flair in about equal amounts. Both require a hood when used outside or there is little contrast left. And even then you should block out the sky with your hand if you can, even if the sky is not quite in the photo.

    That said I love the three manual pen FT lenses.
     
  9. rparmar

    rparmar Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 14, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    I have seen them go cheaper on eBay.

    I think now the Digital 75mm exists this lens is a bit of an orphan.
     
  10. MarylandUSA

    MarylandUSA Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Poolesville, Maryland
    Paul Franklin Stregevsky
    You won't find a digital M43 75/1.8 for $395.
     
  11. rparmar

    rparmar Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 14, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    Of course that is true. But this lens also won't have the superlative optics of the 75mm.

    I have two PEN lenses and enjoy using them. They were good for their time but the "digital" lenses outdo them in every way. (Except lack of an aperture ring.)