anyone using lens adapters on Olympus E-system cameras?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Kyle Jones, Oct 29, 2005.

  1. Kyle Jones

    Kyle Jones Guest

    I see on the web that there are lens adapters that allow use of
    Nikkor and other lenses on Olympus E-series cameras. It would be
    manual focus only, but I'm thinking this might be a way to get
    access to some fast prime lenses that are missing from the 4/3rds
    lens lineup. Anyone who has used one of these adapters care to
    comment on how well they work?
    Kyle Jones, Oct 29, 2005
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    tlianza Guest

    Hi to all,

    I use a Leica R adapter on my E1. I couple the 280 f2.8 Apo Telyt to E1
    body. This has the effective FOV of about 500mm on the R bodies. It works
    well as long as you don't mind working in full manual mode. It is a
    worthwile addition to the olympus line. I also bought a Nikon mount, but I
    now own a D2x that makes the e1 rather obsolete. I keep the e1 because it
    is rugged and I generally take it if I am going into to photograph in the
    desert. The D2x and many Nikon lenses are just as rugged but I would feel
    really bad if I killed the D2x because of water and sand. The olympus is
    technically obsolete in my opinion.

    Tom Lianza
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    tlianza, Oct 30, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    I have the OM to 4/3 adapter and it works just fine. I have found the ZD
    lenses are so good, I don't see much point in using it other than with my
    300mm f4.5 and given the 50-200 with the 1.4X is almost as long and sharper
    wide open, doesn't even make much sense then either. If you need low
    light/high ISO performance, you're using the wrong camera anyway.
    Stacey, Oct 31, 2005
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    Kyle Jones Guest

    Tradeoffs. I like the E-500 user interface and body, so I'll
    accept a bit more noise in the high ISO range for it. I'd rather
    put money into lenses anyway. If the 50mm f/2 Zuiko isn't bright
    enough for the live theatre shoots I do occasionally, it'd be nice
    to be able to slap on a f/1.4 or f/1.2 even if it's a Nikkor.

    I agree with you on the long end; I doubt I'll need anything
    beyond the 50-200mm + the teleconverter.
    Kyle Jones, Nov 1, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    Then one of the adapters should work fine!
    Stacey, Nov 2, 2005
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    Patrick L. Guest

    I have the OM adaptor and it works just fine. Camera Quest has different
    adaptors for other brands.

    I used a Vivitar Series one lens, the 70-210 for OM Olympus cameras, and I
    use it ocassionally. Because of the 2x factor, the Vivitar lens is
    effectively a `140-420mm lens, and for only $60. Not a bad lens,
    especially for the price. I use it in churches on a tripod where they make
    me shoot from the back. Stopping down to a small aperture is a drag since
    the viewfinder gets dark with the stopped down aperture. However, this is a
    non-issue for me since I really need a fast wide prime and stopping down is
    not the type of shooting I plan on doing.

    Patrick L., Nov 4, 2005
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