Olympus E-500 DSLR

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Larry Stoter, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. Larry Stoter

    Larry Stoter Guest

    I'm considering purchasing an Olympus E-500 DSLR.

    One attraction is that I currently have an OM-4 with several lenses and
    understand that is an adapter to convert the OM lenses to the 4/3
    E-series.

    How sucessful is this - I appreciate that they'll only work as 'manual'
    lenses but that's how I use them now.

    Any other comments positive or negative regarding the E-500?
     
    Larry Stoter, Jul 3, 2006
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  2. Larry Stoter

    Lourens Guest

    They will also work in stop-down mode, which can be a bit of a hassle.
    Also, practically all of them will become telephoto lenses...
    In value-for-money it's hard to beat, but personally I would recommend
    you get the two-zoom kit and forget about the OM lenses...it's probably
    not worth it. (except maybe if you have a nice 180mm f/2 or a 300mm or
    so.)

    a website with lots of images (with all kinds of lenses) is
    http://www.myfourthirds.com

    ;-)
    Lourens
     
    Lourens, Jul 3, 2006
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  3. Larry Stoter

    RichA Guest

    It works fine. The adapter is the MF-1 which costs about $100. You
    can also get cheaper
    Chinese knock-offs but I can't say how they work. You can use any OM
    lens on
    the digital with the adapter, however, focus points can be slightly
    shifted, for instance, the
    infinity focus point of a 100-200mm is slightly different. Shutter
    speed priority does not
    work (from what I've seen with my E-1) but P, A and M do work.
    Experiment and bracket.
    Here is what the adapter looks like:
    http://www.pbase.com/andersonrm/image/58854386

    One benefit of using lenses (OM Zuiko) designed for 35mm film is the
    size of
    their image circle. Generally, this mean zero or little vignetting on
    a sensor
    2x smaller.

    http://www.pbase.com/andersonrm/image/58937829

    But, one important things is that you can buy things like the 50mm f1.4
    for low-light
    shooting because there is nothing available like it in Olympus digital
    stocks.
     
    RichA, Jul 3, 2006
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  4. Larry Stoter

    wilt Guest

    You should investigate 'WHAT, if anything...' can be done better with
    the Olympus adapter for OM-to-E500 than mounting the same lens on any
    other camera. I use my OM lenses with my Canon 20D with an aftermarket
    adapter. Of course, it is manual focus manual diaphram. But I love to
    use them in low light, because I have all fast prime lenses (fastest
    f/1.4 slowest f/2.8) or special lenses (24mm Perspective Correction)
    from my OM system. For available light the lenses will be used near
    wide open anyway, so auto diaphram is no big thing (and I grew up in
    the days that preset lenses were not uncommon like now). I grew up
    with manual focus and the 20D comes with a screen that is not terrible
    for manual focus.
     
    wilt, Jul 4, 2006
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  5. I have an E-300 and a couple OM lenses I use with the adapter. If
    you're used to using them purely manually you should be pretty happy.
    "Manual" focus on the native 4/3 lenses (really, fly-by-wire focus) is
    kind of a pain, because it's slow and not very precise, but it's a joy
    on lenses which were actually designed for manual focus. A couple
    points to be aware of are
    a) the 2x effective focal length factor - on the downside, it means that
    all your wideangles become normal lenses; on the upside, it means that
    cheap and light 1000mm lenses are now within your reach!
    b) it's fairly demanding on the lenses; pictures taken with mine are a
    hair softer than I'd like.

    Read http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/oly-e/omz.html and
    http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/oly-e/any-lens.html; the author addresses
    some concerns about the use of non-4/3 lenses on 4/3 cameras.
     
    Jeremiah DeWitt Weiner, Jul 5, 2006
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  6. Larry Stoter

    Larry Stoter Guest

    As I understand it, the effective focal length would double on the
    E-500?
    It was the two zoom kit I was considering getting - the ability to use
    my OM lenses was really only a bonus. I've got three, all Zuiko which
    work nicely with the OM-4 - I also use extension tubes quite a bit,
    especially with the 50 mm f/1.8 for macro work.
     
    Larry Stoter, Jul 5, 2006
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  7. Larry Stoter

    Larry Stoter Guest

    I have a 50 mm f/1.8 Zuiko, which I guess becomes 100 mm but is it still
    f/1.8 on the E-500?
     
    Larry Stoter, Jul 5, 2006
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  8. Larry Stoter

    Larry Stoter Guest

    I have a 200 mm f/4, which I guess becomes 400 mm but is it still f/4?
     
    Larry Stoter, Jul 5, 2006
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  9. Larry Stoter

    Stacey Guest

    Larry Stoter wrote:


    Yes..
     
    Stacey, Jul 6, 2006
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  10. Larry Stoter

    RichA Guest

    Yes, it's still f4, focal ratio doesn't change, nor does true focal
    length, just effective
    focal length. You essentially put 8 megapixels into a scene 4x smaller
    than you would
    get with a 35mm camera, which translates into higher resolution than
    another 8 megapixel camera with a smaller sensor "crop" ratio. I just
    picked up a 300mm f4.5
    Olympus OM lens and it's nice to be able to carry a "compact" 600mm
    f4.5 lens around
    that only cost about $500.00.
     
    RichA, Jul 6, 2006
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  11. Larry Stoter

    Lourens Smak Guest

    approximately; the E-500 makes images in 3:4 aspect ratio instead of the
    2:3 of the OM system, so it depends a bit if you calculate horizontally,
    diagonally, or vertically...
    OK, that's a bit different maybe, but assuming you don't have OM lenses
    below 14mm, that leaves longer telephoto's and maybe very fast lenses as
    interesting add-ons.
    For macro stop-down metering and such may not be that much of a problem,
    but on the other hand I can also imagine it requires stopping down to
    f/16 or f/22 often, which will be problematic in some cases as the
    viewfinder will be practically unuseable then.

    Personally I would get the E-system extension tube instead of the OM
    adapter, if I were you. They cost about the same. It seems to work great
    with the 40-150mm. Sample picture:
    http://www.myfourthirds.com/document.php?id=15445

    ;-)
    Lourens
     
    Lourens Smak, Jul 9, 2006
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  12. Larry Stoter

    Lourens Smak Guest

    of course!
    NB: the focal length also does not change. it will still be a 50mm
    f/1.8. You will just be using a smaller part of the image that this lens
    produces.

    Lourens.
     
    Lourens Smak, Jul 9, 2006
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