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Question re: Olympus Zuiko OM 50mm f/1.4 silvernose lens

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by anidel, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. anidel

    anidel Mu-43 Regular

    May 13, 2011
    Twickenham, Uk
    I am currently looking to get one of these, but I was wondering if anyone here as one and on which camera.
    I'd like to see shots taken with it possibly :) 

    I have an Olympus E-PL2 and hope it'll be a lens I like!

  2. Chris5107

    Chris5107 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    I would avoid the silver nose

    I had a beautiful looking Silver nose OM 50/1.4 lens. My advice would be to avoid this lens due to its overly soft nature at 1.4 and 2.

    The reason I buy legacy glass and put up with the manual focus work is to gain speed at low f-stops. If the lens is too soft at 1.4 and 2 and only marginal at 2.8, this defeats the purpose (at least for me).

    I used it on my E-PL1 and sold it before I got my E-PL2.

    My zero cost (get what you paid for) advice would be to get the newest (highest serial number) 50mm lens you can find. The silver nose lenses are very old. OM lenses can be much better.

    Here is a quick test I did on one of the newest OM 50's that I had. It compares well to the new Zuiko Digital 50mm f2. The silver nose was not even close.

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  3. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    Agree with Nuclearboy: get a 50mm 1.4 - ideally w/ SN over 1,000,000. These are the best. On ebay the prices are similar, so you're generally not paying a premium for a later lens.
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  4. Theoretically the later versions of this lens should be better, although with older lenses the condition will have as much or more influence on sample variation as the design itself. My Silvernose 50/1.4 seems sharp up to f/2, and "glows" like any other f/1.4 lens when shot wide-open.

    I only have one uploaded image taken with this lens. Unfortunately I don't go shooting at f/1.4 all the time so I don't have an example shot at a large aperture. This is probably about f/5.6.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5887913414/" title="PGH1-P1020800-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane - Urban by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr">
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    To be honest it has spent more time modelling than it has working...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5892950601/" title="Canon500D-IMG_3409-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 - Camera Porn by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr">
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  5. anidel

    anidel Mu-43 Regular

    May 13, 2011
    Twickenham, Uk
    Thanks guys!

    Advice taken it (it was free after all :)  )

    Will look for more recent 50mm lenses.
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