Olympus E300 and OM10 Lenses

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Mark, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest


    I wonder if anyone can help me.

    I have an old Olympus OM10 with two lenses:
    Sigma 28-70mm
    Makinon 80-200mm

    I am trying to weigh up whether to sell the whole kit on ebay, or
    whether to get a digital SLR body and re-use the lenses.

    Can someone tell me: Will these lenses work with the E300, and does
    this make sense? Is there another Digital SLR body that would be

    These lenses are both well made, but heavy - I've been out of this
    scene for a while, and I really don't know if this is a valid idea.
    Perhaps modern lenses are much lighter and better?

    Many thanks,
    Mark, Dec 5, 2005
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  2. I'm afraid it makes no sense.

    An adapter to use these lenses would cost over £100... or, to put another
    way, 10 times the eBay value of both lenses. If you like telephoto, great-
    your lenses would make passable long lenses, as 28-70mm on an E300 is a tele
    zoom comparable to a 56-140mm on 35mm or a 42-105mm on a DX DSLR.

    Olympuses own lenses should be more capable than your current ones, even the
    kit lenses- not only has there been an awful lot of improvement in budget
    zoom design in the last 20+ years, but Olympus' lenses compare favourably to
    most other marque manufacturers' lenses by all accounts.

    Plus adapted lenses are an impractical pain in the behind to use. Buy the
    kit lens.

    Martin Francis, Dec 5, 2005
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  3. Mark

    Stacey Guest

    Sell the whole kit.
    It would work with an adapter but it wouldn't make sense.

    Better is the key here.
    Stacey, Dec 6, 2005
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    Chrlz Guest

    I have an old Olympus OM10 with two lenses:

    Like they said - if they were decent lenses it might be an issue, but
    I'm sorry to disappoint you - they aren't. Get rid of them and start
    again. *Real* Olympus lenses are usually very much worth keeping.
    Chrlz, Dec 6, 2005
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    Ron Guest

    Since Oly will probably give you a free adapter with the dslr (you need
    to call and request one) you have decent options. I would certainly
    get at least the 14-45 kit lens, which is quite better than the Sigma,
    or get the two lens bundle they are offering with the E500. The two
    lens kit would render both pretty useless. If you went with just the
    14-45, the Makinon would give you 160-400mm reach. I have an old Pentax
    K Tokina 50-250 which I use (with K adapater) that gives me spectacular
    results with my E300, and a bunch of other Oly and Pentax K's which I
    pull out now and then to good result. This said, given current deals I
    would probably take a two lens deal and sell out.
    Ron, Dec 6, 2005
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    DonB Guest

    There is no free adapter anymore, you have to pay for it. The OM Zuiko
    lenses work nicely on the E cameras, but only make sense if you already
    have them, and they have no auto functions,
    DonB, Dec 6, 2005
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    Kyle Jones Guest

    Gotta disagree with that. Given there is exactly one affordable lens in
    the ZD lineup that is faster than f/2.8 the old Zuiko glass is worth
    buying. The alternative is opening your wallet and shaking liberally
    until US$2300 has fallen out for the ZD 35-100mm/f2. And that's on the
    low-end of the price range for the fast ZD lenses.
    Kyle Jones, Dec 7, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    But many of them just don't perform up the the standards of the new ZD glass
    on these digital bodies. People can claim that "digital lenses" are market
    hype, I have a drawer full of fast OM glass and still bought the ZD lenses
    after comparing the performance. The only one I still use some is the 85mm
    F2 and the bellows lenses if I need super high magnification on a bellows.
    Stacey, Dec 7, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    Sorry Olympus won't give out the MA-1 adapter any more. It was replaced

    MF-1 OM Adapter (OM to 4/3 Lens Adapter)
    Permits the adaption of certain Olympus OM lenses to be used with the E-1,
    Evolt E-300, and E-500.
    Autofocus (AF)is not available.
    Stop-down metering is used.
    Spot metering does not work properly.
    Although it is possible to use A (aperture priority AE) mode in auto
    exposure, the aperture display is not available.
    The aperture display in M (Manual) is not available.
    In P (Program AE) or S (Shutter speed - priority AE) mode, the shutter
    releases, but the auto exposure control does not work.
    The distance scale on the OM system lens may not indicate the actual
    distance. Always use the viewfinder for focusing.
    Click here to review the manual.

    Item #260231 CDN $150
    Darrell, Dec 7, 2005
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    Kyle Jones Guest

    MF-1 OM Adapter (OM to 4/3 Lens Adapter)
    I don't see why spot metering wouldn't work. Taking a few spot metered
    snaps with my ZD 50/2 and my adapted OM 50/1.4 shows identical changes
    in exposure when metering light and dark objects.
    Kyle Jones, Dec 7, 2005
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