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The perfect E-P1

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by dixeyk, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I have found a great match for the E-P1 and all it's quirkiness. I paired up a newer Jupiter 8 with my E-P1 and it's a nice combo. The lens has a lovely quality about it and is quirky (the stepless aperture, rather long focus and placement of the aperture ring/focus ring). I find that the E-P1 needs a bit slower approach than other m43 cameras...and so does the Jupiter 8. I first put the Jupiter 8 on my G2 when it arrived and it was fine but nothing extraordinary. Then I put it on the E-P1 and it was love at first sight.

    They go together like cereal and milk.
     
  2. Between the E-P1 and GH1 I find the Olympus to be my preferred body for manual focus lenses.
     
  3. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    There's no way I could use my own Jupiter lens on this here e-P1 with focusing by LCD screen.
    Lumix G1 all the way for manual focus.
     
  4. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 31, 2011
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    So couldn't I... given the time it takes me to reach for my reading glasses :wink:
    My 15 y.o. son has no problem, so he inherited the E-P1. I use the E-P2 with the EVF, but I wish it had a second accessory shoe--for the optical viewfinders!

    No matter how, those manual lenses are supposed to be slow operators, yet when you click the shutter, it fires instantly! I use my 20/1.7 less and less (summer light, too...) because even when pre-focused, I miss too many shots waiting for its iris to close :(
    So, if/when Olympus releases its fast 45mm, I hope it improves this diaphragm time lag problem, or I'll stick to adapted lenses.
     
  5. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I prefer my G2 for manual focus but I find the quirkiness of the Jupiter 8 and the quirkiness of the E-P1 suit one another. I'm also trying zone focus with that combo.
     
  6. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Luke
    Can we see a photo of your perfect combo? I recently picked up an E-P1 body and am thinking about keeping it as a dedicated manual lens machine.
     
  7. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    How careless of me...here you go. The camera tilts forward due to the weight of the lens so I was holding the strap to keep it upright while shooting with a manual focus lens (that's why the shot is so terrible). I'll upload a better one when have a bit more time.

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  8. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 31, 2011
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    It does look like a perfect fit indeed!

    FSU photo gear had merits, I sincerly regret the collapse of this industry, and eagerly wait for your lens competitor I ordered. It's all positive honest socialistic competition: a Kiev/Contax-mount Helios 53/1.8, with the infinity the right way, i.e. to the left!
     
  9. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Luke
    good-lookin'! No doubt about it.
     
  10. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Where did you get the adapter for that? I have always wanted a Helios 103 but the only adapter I could find was more expensive than my camera.
     
  11. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    The bad news is we're probably talking of the same. It's a heavy brass mount marketed by some Amedeo of Venezuela, which I suspects he gets machined in Korea. Even has Contax AND Nikon-S mounts with RF coupling for Leicas (39 and M). The m43 fits any Contax or Nikon-S compatible inner mount lens. It has its own helical, very tight before breaking-in, but good, precise, long-throw, focus.
    It has the outside bayonet, too, but due to the tight helical, I'd warn against using it with Cosina-Voigt lenses: their, er... lighter build (aluminum and plastic) will ruin their RF coupling, unless you disassemble it yourself, which is easy and reversible.

    Now the good news: Kipon just introduced two new Contax/Nikon-S adapters for mFT. Both have a black tubular structure, lighter than the usual cast-alloy El Chino models.

    #1 is for external bayonet lenses. Let's hope it's well adjusted for flange distance, not the usual infinity at 10ft on the scale...

    #2 they call Advanced, I'd say The Works: built-in helical, white on black distance scale and DOF scale! Kosher pickles and onions an option...

    I ordered both, but the shipment being free, it will take some time...