old Olympus lenses for new digital SLR body?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by John Slevin, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. John Slevin

    John Slevin Guest

    Does Olympus make any digital SLR camera that could take old Olympus
    Zuiko lenses from my OM2n SLR?
    I have a nice selection of these lenses and would love to use them on a
    digital camera if possible.
    Thanks for any advice or help.
    J.Slevin.
     
    John Slevin, Nov 26, 2004
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  2. Ye, there is adaptor for the E-1 and E-300 which allows manual use of
    these lenses on the DSLR body.
     
    David Kilpatrick, Nov 26, 2004
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  3. John Slevin

    TP Guest


    I received a "free" OM adapter when I bought my first Olympus E-1.
    The second body I bought did not include the adapter, but they can be
    purchased separately. Having said that, I have only seen the adapters
    sold separately in the USA.

    The lenses effectively double in focal length because of the small
    size of the sensor. For example, a 50mm f/1.8 becomes the equivalent
    of a 100mm f/1.8 because of the smaller angle of view.

    I have to say that I have been disappointed with the results, and I
    only use Zuiko Digital lenses on my E-1s.

    The E-1 is a 5 megapixel DSLR with a rugged body and excellent
    weatherproofing. For amateur use, Olympus are about to release the
    E-300 which has more than 8 megapixels but it is not built for hard
    use. However, I guess that it will be more than good enough for most
    amateurs and the price is likely to be very attractive.
     
    TP, Nov 26, 2004
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  4. John Slevin

    SL Guest

    Hi John,

    The short answer is no.

    Before digital, as you will be aware, Olympus had not made a new slr body
    for say, 10yrs, though that's a guess.

    Anyway, their new crop of digital bodies are based on the digital 4/3rds
    system as Olympus have basically started a whole new body mount from scratch
    and have around 15 lenses available now.

    Their lenses are designed for the chip inside the camera, unlike on other
    makes where adding a 35mm lens to a Canon/Nikon/Fuji/Sigma, etc... adds
    around a 1.5x magnification due to the chip being smaller than 35mm.

    Hope this helps and if you still want great images from your lenses, stick
    with your 35mm and get a dedicated film scanner for these lovely dark winter
    nights.

    Cheers,
    Stephen
     
    SL, Nov 28, 2004
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