Olympus OM lens with a Olympus DSLR

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

  1. Peter Stacey

    ASAAR Guest

    "You'll wonder where the yellow went,
    When you clean your jeans with Pepsodent."
     
    ASAAR, Apr 1, 2007
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  2. No he didn't - I suggest YOU and the others complaining about non-Oly
    focusses responses read the original post again, carefully this time!

    "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."

    He is quite generally considering "a DSLR" and merely questions where an
    E1 would be suitable to meet his needs.

    Responses suggesting ANY dSLR camera, whether Canon, Pentax, Nikon, or
    SuperHabadashi for that matter, are just as relevant responses to what
    the OP asked as those suggesting Olympus cameras.

    Sadly, as an Olympus OM user of over 33 years standing, when faced with
    exactly the same question as the OP, Olympus was NOT the answer.

    After decades of using well loved OM glass, I was not about to let
    Olympus Corporate's 4/3 detour down a blind alley restrict me to using a
    QUARTER of my lenses field areas and specifically throw away the very
    areas (edges and corners) where they excelled over other glass. A Canon
    30D, Pentax K10 or Nikon D200 isn't the answer to that either.
     
    Kennedy McEwen, Apr 1, 2007
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  3. Peter Stacey

    willx34 Guest

    I'm not certain that I found the actual answer to the question of using OM
    lenses on current Olympus DSLR's in any of the responses posted, but hey,
    there were many responses and it's late at night.

    I recently purchased an Evolt 500 <my first DSLR> and I still have my old
    Zuiko 50mm 1.8 and 28mm 2.8 lenses from my old OM-1 and OM-2n days.

    Is is worthwhile to go ahead and buy the Olympus MF-1 OM adapter to use my 2
    old lenses? Would I lose/gain anything in terms of image quality, etc.? I
    don't mind spending the $100.00 for the adapter if the pluses outweigh the
    minuses. Any help on the matter would be greatly appreciated by this DSLR
    newbie.
     
    willx34, Apr 2, 2007
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  4. Peter Stacey

    Guest Guest

    image quality? not really.
    field of view? yes.

    the 50mm will have an equivalent field of view as a 100mm f/1.8 and the
    28mm will be equivalent to a 56mm f/2.8.

    depending on what you shoot, that might be good or bad. a 100mm f/1.8
    could be quite useful, for instance, but if you enjoy wide angle, the
    28mm won't be wide at all.
     
    Guest, Apr 2, 2007
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  5. But that isn't the question asked!
     
    Kennedy McEwen, Apr 2, 2007
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  6. Peter Stacey

    John Bean Guest


    One option is to buy one of the similar cheap adaptors from
    ebay. They are not as well made as the Olympus one but they
    do the job at a fraction of the cost, usually less than $20
    shipped. If you find yourself using them a lot you could
    then buy the better engineered MF-1, and if not you haven't
    wasted $100.
    The OM lenses have better character than many of the digital
    versions, certainly not sharper, but generally smoother
    "bokeh". They also have lower contrast but that isn't really
    an issue with digital. In short the give a different "look"
    to the images. Try it :)
     
    John Bean, Apr 2, 2007
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  7. Peter Stacey

    J. Clarke Guest

    Danger Will Robinson (that's a TV reference if you're too young to get
    it).

    I found out the hard way that the cheap adapters aren't precise fits and
    may shed crud as they wear in, which crud gets all over the inside of
    the camera. Some of the crud is metal filings which can scratch
    whatever they land on (DAMHIKT) and may result in repair costs exceeding
    the cost of the adapter. If somebody had _told_ me that I'd be about
    400 bucks richer now--fortunately I tried to clean the focusing screen
    first and when it got scratched up I paid a pro shop to clean the rest
    (and replace the screen), telling them up front that there were metal
    filings in the camera. If I'd gone after the sensor first I'd be out a
    camera.

    With some systems you can get easily find an older or dead body with the
    same mount and use it to wear in the adapters. 4/3 are new enough on
    the market that that's pretty much not an option, but who knows, you may
    luck into one sombody dropped off a cliff or something. Another way to
    do it is to get an extension tube and use it to wear in the adapters,
    but unless you want an extension tube anyway that route will cost you as
    much as an Olympus adapter will.
     
    J. Clarke, Apr 2, 2007
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  8. Peter Stacey

    John Bean Guest

    You have a 4/3 camera? Which cheap adaptor caused the
    problem?

    I have several, I have no problem with any of them.
     
    John Bean, Apr 2, 2007
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  9. Peter Stacey

    J. Clarke Guest

    The adapter was one of the ones sold on ebay. If you have had no
    problem that is nice, but it's better that someone be aware that it can
    happen than be surprised with a camera full of crud that has to be
    professionally removed.
     
    J. Clarke, Apr 2, 2007
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