Olympus OM lens with a Olympus DSLR

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Peter Stacey, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. Peter Stacey

    Peter Stacey Guest

    I have a range of Olympus OM 1 &2 gear, including 24mm, 35-70mm 75-150mm
    lens bellows etc. Finally considering getting a DSLR, (E-1?) and am tempted
    to go on a path that will allow me to utilise the old equipment, rather than
    to scrap it or virtually give it away. Presuming that there is negligible
    need/value in the old film gear. An adapter is available to use the old lens
    with the 4/3 camera fitting.

    Being used to manual focus etc. I thought that I would not feel too
    disadvantaged by not having everything automated as is the case nowadays.
    However I did think that getting a good 'standard' lens with the new
    camera/body would be a good idea.

    Has anyone done this and how did it work out? I realise that one can become
    emotionally attached to our gear, when from a practical or financial view
    the decision is a no brainer. :-(

    Cheers Peter S.
    Peter Stacey, Mar 28, 2007
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    Le Patriote Guest

    Go Pentax, Canon or even Nikon.

    Forget the 4/3. They already had problems with noise with the E1 (5mp).
    Sensor is too small to get anything good (noise) from these cameras.

    They also only have 3 AF points , even the D50 has 5 AF points.

    Slow flash sync (1/180) and slow frame rate too (2.5fps).

    Olympus is dead for me.

    Grab a 30D with a Tamron 17-50 F2.8 if you can afford it.

    Apparently Canon will have new kits/prices starting april 2. One comes with
    a 28-125 USM IS (not very wide, but very cheap apparently. We will know more
    Le Patriote, Mar 28, 2007
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Thing to be aware of--the 4/3 sensor is half the size of a 35mm
    frame--your 24mm effectively becomes a 48mm.

    There are adapters on the market that allow OM mount lenses to be used
    on Canon bodies. Again, the inexpensive bodies have small sensors,
    1/1.6 the size of a 35mm, so your 24mm effectively becomes a 38mm. In
    exchange for this you get very good performance at high ISOs.

    The 5D and the 1DS have 35mm sensors, your OM lenses will give the same
    field of view on them as on your OM, but they're not cheap.
    J. Clarke, Mar 28, 2007
  4. Peter Stacey

    J. Clarke Guest

    Because Canon is the right answer to that particular question.

    Now why do you feel it necessary to slam anybody who recommends using
    Olympus lenses on Canon bodies?
    J. Clarke, Mar 29, 2007
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    JG Guest

    Why? The OP has already mentioned Olympus? Not everyone wants to be on
    the Canon bandwagon, many choose Olympus for other reasons rather than
    sheer sledgehammer specification.
    And the others are perfect? Noise is a very complex issue with many
    tweaks and workarounds. The E1 has proven itself time and again and if
    you were able to broaden your horizons you would know this. Very few
    cameras for me match the quality of E1s colour. For me it is the perfect
    picture taking machine.
    Sometimes less can be more. The photographer decides not the camera.
    This may not be an issue for the OP. And the frame rate is 3.0 FPS
    Well you seem to need to prove a point.
    Yes sir right away.....
    JG, Mar 29, 2007
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    dj_nme Guest

    The obvious response Mr Molon, is that because Peter Stacy is starting
    from scratch (with digital), he has no investment in FourThirds
    equipment and that by using an OM lens on a Digital EOS body there will
    be a better use of the glass and the "crop factor" can be 1.6x, 1.3 or 1
    (no crop) depending on the body used.
    The only digital bodies offered by Olympus all have a 2x crop factor, so
    you lose even more of the wide-angle than the smallest sensor EOS (1.6x
    crop factor) bodies.
    There is no difference in convenience, as to use an OM lens on a
    FourThirds body requires an adapter which does not couple the aperture
    in any way to the body, which is the exactly same as using it on an EOS
    with an adapter.
    dj_nme, Mar 29, 2007
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    John Bean Guest

    All brands have their blinkered fanboys and I agree that
    Canon seems to have more than their fair share of them - but
    that's only because there are more Canon users out there

    Best to ignore them.

    "Never argue with a fool, they will lower you to their level
    and then beat you with experience."

    "Never argue with a fool. Someone watching may not be able
    to tell the difference."
    John Bean, Mar 29, 2007
  8. Peter Stacey

    J. Clarke Guest

    So what Olympus digital camera lets one use a 24mm Olympus OM lens as a
    wide angle?
    J. Clarke, Mar 29, 2007
  9. Peter Stacey

    J. Clarke Guest

    That _is_ the point. The guy has existing OM lenses including a 24mm
    that he wants to continue to use. What Olympus camera should he get
    that lets him continue to use them like he used them with his OM? If
    there is one please identify it. If there isn't one then please explain
    why suggesting an alternative that does allow this is "fanboy ranting"?
    J. Clarke, Mar 29, 2007
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    Le Patriote Guest

    only 12000 ? lol
    Le Patriote, Mar 29, 2007
  11. Peter Stacey

    J. Clarke Guest

    So you have no recommendation at all for him? You're saying what, that
    he shouldn't get a digital camera at all? That he should toss his OM
    lenses in the trash? What?

    As for having 244 archived posts containing the word Canon, RichA
    probably has vastly more than that containing the word "plastic". From
    that are we to conclude that he is a "plastic fanboy"?
    J. Clarke, Mar 29, 2007
  12. That's because Mr. Clarke doesn't trim too often. I'd hardly classify
    him as a zealot for any brand anywhere. Oh, I believe he's anti-Mac, but
    not rabidly so.

    And, so, Yoshi, who are you? Have you been posting here under a
    different name, and might you tell us what?
    John McWilliams, Mar 30, 2007
  13. Peter Stacey

    J. Clarke Guest

    I don't have any problem with Macs per se. Its' the bunker mentality of
    many of the users that gives me trouble. That and their stupid
    J. Clarke, Mar 30, 2007
  14. As an owner of both Olympus and Canon digitals, I assure you that you
    are, indeed, an annoying ass.
    Centella Cajon, Mar 30, 2007
  15. Peter Stacey

    Peter Stacey Guest

    Thanks to all who responded to my question. It has given me lots to think

    Alfred Molon, I have taken your advice and looked/signed up at MyOlympus.

    Cheers and thanks again. Peter Stacey.


    Peter Stacey, Mar 30, 2007
  16. Peter Stacey

    J. Clarke Guest

    Was that directed at me or Yoshi?
    J. Clarke, Mar 30, 2007
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    John Bean Guest

    On Sat, 31 Mar 2007 13:47:22 -0400, Fred McKenzie >The main
    reason I would not go the route of adapting the OM lenses,
    You can buy a split-image screen for any AF camera that has
    replaceable screens: http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/

    Personally I don't like them; when I had OM cameras I
    usually changed the standard screen for a plain matte
    version. I've never had any problems with MF on the fine
    matte screens of my Pentax *istD or Olympus E-1 ether, but
    the small dim screens of the other Olympus bodies may be
    more of a challenge.

    The Olympus E-330 has "live view", one mode of which
    displays a magnified view of the focus screen you see
    through the finder - a sort of built-in Zigview. I'm told by
    users that it's excellent for MF.

    There are lots of sensible ways to use old MF lenses on a
    modern digital body - including Olympus bodies.
    John Bean, Mar 31, 2007
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Then what is the right answer? What digital camera should someone with
    existing OM lenses use to get the most benefit out of those lenses and

    I notice you Olympus zealots being real bit on insulting anyone who
    actually tries to help somebody while not offering one single word of
    actual useful information yourselves.
    Actually it was quite civil compared to the post to which it was a
    Is it all right with you if I also enjoy my Nikon, Panasonic, Yashica,
    Mamiya, and Leica gear?

    And who appointed you moderator?
    J. Clarke, Apr 1, 2007
  19. Peter Stacey

    J. Clarke Guest

    So you missed
    Then what exactly are you on about? Are you just bitching to be
    What axe is that?
    I see. So you think you're the moderator on an unmoderated newsgroup.

    J. Clarke, Apr 1, 2007
  20. Peter Stacey

    J. Clarke Guest

    And who did all the pissing?
    J. Clarke, Apr 1, 2007
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