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SkinHead
2nd March 2009, 11:17 PM
this might sound a stupid question but i'll ask it anyway...what is the single most important factor that makes you decide to use the older lenses? is it cost of new ZD lenses? is it opportunities for creativity? do they perform better?
if we come to think of it, most if not all forum users have digital SLR cameras which is definitely a step ahead from film cameras.
Thanks

MarkVarley
2nd March 2009, 11:51 PM
Old lenses are far far more affordable and as I have to justify every piece of kit it's easier for an older lens to pay for itself. Also I use long lenses for wildlife and landscapes and lenses made for 35mm mean a 500mm lens becomes a 1000mm on my olympus dslr, how much would I have to spend for a 1000mm olympus ZD lens? as long as the image quality is good enough for intended use I'll keep doing it :-)

David M
3rd March 2009, 12:02 AM
if we come to think of it, most if not all forum users have digital SLR cameras which is definitely a step ahead from film cameras.
Thanks

Why is it a step ahead? My film scanner produces 19MP scans and still doesn't pull all the detail out of the original transparencies.

As for using older lenses, my old OMZ 350 mm f2.8 is longer than any of the current ZD lenses. And until Olympus release the 100 mm macro that's been on the roadmap for years and was marked for release last year I'll continue to use my Tamron 90 mm f2.5 macro.

Garrie
3rd March 2009, 01:27 AM
if we come to think of it, most if not all forum users have digital SLR cameras which is definitely a step ahead from film cameras.
Thanks

In what way? Ease of processing?, Changing medium (film versus CF cards)? etc, I agree However I still think film SLR cameras are better for dynamic range and is that not what we are after?

Archphoto
3rd March 2009, 01:35 AM
Why put a jet-engine in a motorbike ?
It is the same question: because you can.

Longer analogue lenses tend to perform well on DSLR's and are cheaper at times.
Some lenses are not available jet from Oly or Sigma.
Or just because some of us just have them laying around anyway.

Peter

snaarman
3rd March 2009, 08:37 AM
I use old lenses because..?

Well, they feel well made and nice to use and the best of them can produce results almost as good as a modern ZD lens.

However the main reason is that they are cheap. I sometimes need a long low light lens for indoor shots at concerts etc.. So my 135mm f2.5 (28) is a good start. Even better, the 200mm f3.5 (9.99) is longer and brighter than my 40-150 kit lens.

OK, Aperture priority or Manual stop down metering and careful manual focussing are needed.

If I had the cash I would buy a 50-200 AF lens because it would perform better all round.. Until then its old glass for me.

Here's one I did earlier. Tamron SP90, last autumn

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/613/autumnal.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/8816)


Pete

SkinHead
3rd March 2009, 09:47 AM
Thank you for all your replies..now I am convinced enough to jump into the bandwagon. My next problem will be the weight ill be lugging around but i guess i wont be needing them all at once in any given day!
Very impressive shot by the way, Snaarman!
are there any links that show shots taken by OM lenses?
Thanks again!

JohnGG
3rd March 2009, 11:57 PM
This link shows tests of quite a few OM lenses on an E-1 body and there's plenty of other information on the site.

http://www.biofos.com/cornucop/omz_e1.html

Cheers,

JohnGG

David M
4th March 2009, 12:19 AM
There was a thread yesterday on FTU with shots taken with legacy glass;

http://www.fourthirds-user.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3533

HughofBardfield
4th March 2009, 02:23 PM
Thank you for all your replies..now I am convinced enough to jump into the bandwagon. My next problem will be the weight ill be lugging around but i guess i wont be needing them all at once in any given day!

Actually, until you get up to the bigger lenses, like the 1.1kg 300mm f4.5, OM lenses are tiny. The 200mm f4 or 135mm f3.5 perform very respectably and can easily be kept in a jacket pocket. I have an 85mm f2 that is a tad soft wide open, but makes a useful short tele on 4/3rds. Weighs just 260g and is 60mm x 46mm. Dimensions and such here for those interested: http://zuserver2.star.ucl.ac.uk/~rwesson/esif/index.htm

are there any links that show shots taken by OM lenses?

More examples than you can shake a stick at here: www.flickr.com/groups/om_four_thirds_adapter

I fall into the camp of those who had OM lenses from 35mm days, but I still find myself occasionally being lured to add to the collection for 4/3rds use.