Old Olympus lenses

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Davey, May 11, 2013.

  1. Davey

    Davey Guest

    My only foray into digital photography has been a pocket Canon SD1000,
    but back in the days of film, I used to use an Olympus OM-2, which I
    loved, and still have. Ideally, I would be able to fit a digital back to
    it, but I don't think they exist.
    But I now read that the modern "four-thirds" cameras will accept old
    lenses: Does this actually mean that my favourite zoom lens that I
    always keep on the OM-2 can be transferred to any Olympus "four-thirds"
    camera, or is there a restricted list? If a converter ring is
    necessary, that is no problem.
    Thanks for any help, this is new to me.
    Davey, May 11, 2013
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  2. They will work but the focal length is effectively doubled as the four
    thirds sensor is only half the width & height of 35mm film.
    So your lovely 21mm ultra-wideangle becomes a 42mm standard lens - doh!
    So if nothing else you will need to buy a new wideangle lens, though the
    telephoto zoomes get steroids!

    And of course you won't have autofocus; not sure about aperture coupling
    ie. whether you get open-aparture metering or not.
    Gordon Freeman, May 11, 2013
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  3. Davey

    Davey Guest

    I can live with, and even appreciate, extra focal length, as I rarely
    used wide-angle, and have a 28mm lens if I want to. But my zoom lens
    suddenly being capable of 400mm, that's fun!
    I don't have any autofocus lenses now, so I won't miss that facility.
    Thanks for the feedback.
    Davey, May 12, 2013
  4. There are now a range of fairly low priced adaptors from legacy lenses
    to m43, so it's a cheap experiment. And the m43 cameras have magnified
    focussing aids.

    see, for example:-

    but a comprehensive list of helpful resources is at:-

    Hope it helps

    Michael J Davis


    "I never have taken a picture I've intended.
    They're always better or worse."
    Diane Arbus
    Michael J Davis, May 12, 2013
  5. Davey

    Davey Guest

    Davey, May 12, 2013
  6. Davey

    Davey Guest

    I think I would be happy with a 'standard' over a micro 4/3 body, so one
    of the E-3/5/520 etc etc bodies would appear to be suitable. It looks as
    though an adapter will make my lenses fit ok, with a certain amount of
    loss of function; but I could always buy a new lens later if I really
    wanted to.
    Davey, May 13, 2013
  7. Be careful - the _micro_ 4/3 have a reduced flange > sensor distance
    compared with 4/3 ; that's what makes them so flexible in adapting many
    types of legacy lenses.

    The 'old' standard 4/3 used by Olympus may not be so flexible. You'll
    need to check that. Sorry I can't help there.

    Michael J Davis

    "Anything more than 500 yds from the car just isn't photogenic."
    Brett Weston
    Michael J Davis, May 13, 2013
  8. Davey

    Davey Guest

    Thanks. That would make checking if a particular body was suitable,
    especially for a non-Olympus zoom lens, pretty hard without actually
    trying it, so online purchase might be hazardous! Maybe I need to take
    my zoom lens to a camera shop and try it.
    Davey, May 13, 2013
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