Olympus E-510/E-3 now do IS with manual lenses.

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Alan Hoyle, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. Alan Hoyle

    Alan Hoyle Guest

    A common complaint about the Olympus in-body IS system was that they
    didn't enable its use with older manual lenses (like Pentax allowed on
    its DSLRs). With today's firmware, the E-3 and E-510 now have that
    ability.

    http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/firm/e1/

    I don't know if the firmware enables support for the viewfinder's
    "in-focus" indicator light, but this is a step in the right direction
    for people who want to use legacy lenses on Olympus hardware.

    -alan
     
    Alan Hoyle, Jan 29, 2008
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  2. Alan Hoyle

    Guest Guest

    from what i've read, there is still no focus confirmation.
     
    Guest, Jan 29, 2008
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  3. Isn't this dependent on the camera and lens communicating with each other
    via microchip? If a lens isn't "chipped" to communicate with a DSLR, which
    legacy lenses aren't, a firmware update will have no bearing on this
    functionality, yes?
     
    Peter Stavrakoglou, Jan 29, 2008
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  4. Alan Hoyle

    Guest Guest

    manual focus lenses on nikon dslrs have focus confirmation, so it's
    definitely possible (and it's quite handy too). i have no idea if
    there's some other limitation in the olympus focusing system, or if
    it's a stupid marketing decision (probably the latter).
     
    Guest, Jan 29, 2008
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  5. Alan Hoyle

    RichA Guest

    Pentax's K10D does FC and IS with any lens, manual, whatever. The
    frigging annoying thing with Olympus is that they can adapt ANY lens
    to it with appropriate adapters, but its viewfinder system DEMANDS FC
    because it sucks (E-series except for E-1/3) and Olympus doesn't
    support FC with anything but their own digital lenses. They didn't
    even allow adapting old Olympus system lenses to be adapted until
    people screamed at them to put out an adapter. Marketing missteps
    seem to be their stock in trade.
     
    RichA, Jan 30, 2008
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