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Re: All too clever by half

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Stop it Alf Anyway I already have the 50 and 135 in the picture, which I occasionally use with my E-M1. A friend of mine has an OM1, OM2, 35-70, 50, 28 and 80-200 and other bits and pieces which he hasn't used in years. I have seen the kit and it is all in good nick. I am thinking of making him an offer but haven't really got an idea what it is worth. All far nicer than my Nikon F80.
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Re: All too clever by half

Stephen, if you can't find an Oly 135mm keep an eye open for a Tamron 135mm f/2.5. Only a third of a stop faster but better close focus. Olympus Japan couldn't tell the difference between the Zuiko and the Tamron as they used a shot taken with the Tamron.
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Re: All too clever by half

I paid £125 for the OM2 the 50mm f1.8 28mm f2.8 135mm f3.5 and Sigma 35-200 with the cobra flash and a camera bag and 3 rolls of film on another forum.
I also have 35-105 lens which I bough on a whim from ebay about £35.
The OM 2 works nicely I had forgotten how much mirror slap they had.

I believe film cameras and lenses have become more popular recently.

The 135mm f3.5 can be reasonable
http://www.cameraworld.co.uk/used-ol...3-5-zuiko.html
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Re: All too clever by half

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Must say that I do miss the DOF scale on my lenses.
Is it possible to put that on a zoom?
I have just looked at one of my OM zooms, and there is a DOF scale on it, so it is possible. I wonder why there is no scale on my MFT zooms.
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Re: All too clever by half

I think it's easier if it's a push-pull zoom, then the barrel is exposed more as you pull the elements in and out. With a turn-to-zoom the element movement within the body is more complex and not directly related to the length of the zoom. Indeed, many modern zooms don't extend at all.
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Re: All too clever by half

What would be more useful in this modern age than DOF scales on zoom lenses would be an iphone app to calculate DOF, with the facility to specify the diameter of the circle of least confusion you wish to work with. If the cameras then had a feature to allow electronic selection of a manual focus distance, we'd be on a winner.
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Re: All too clever by half

I did ring Oly UK for a DOF table for the lenses I have, I didn't get a satisfactory answer.
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Re: All too clever by half

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What would be more useful in this modern age than DOF scales on zoom lenses would be an iphone app to calculate DOF, with the facility to specify the diameter of the circle of least confusion you wish to work with. If the cameras then had a feature to allow electronic selection of a manual focus distance, we'd be on a winner.
There are certainly Android apps that do just this so there are probably plenty for iPhone as well. I think the one I have is called something like DofCalc (it's free), if you're interested I'll have a dig later.

And Simon - don't be too hasty about selling that second 135/2.8 - you might want to try some stereo telephoto stuff

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There are certainly Android apps that do just this so there are probably plenty for iPhone as well. I think the one I have is called something like DofCalc (it's free), if you're interested I'll have a dig later.

And Simon - don't be too hasty about selling that second 135/2.8 - you might want to try some stereo telephoto stuff

Ciao ... John
Thanks John, but sadly my interest is only academic - I'm a long way from affording any phone with that capability! It's great news for those who can, though.
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Re: All too clever by half

But I don't have an iPhone, or want to have to connect to check on my phone when a DOF scale was so much easier.
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But I don't have an iPhone, or want to have to connect to check on my phone when a DOF scale was so much easier.
A little bit of printing may be needed but look here

http://www.dofmaster.com/doftable.html
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What would be more useful in this modern age than DOF scales on zoom lenses would be an iphone app to calculate DOF, with the facility to specify the diameter of the circle of least confusion you wish to work with. If the cameras then had a feature to allow electronic selection of a manual focus distance, we'd be on a winner.
Oly could put the focus distance in the EVF like Fuji and Sony which would help with these fly by wire lenses too
As you say it could be an in camera program to show Dof
I have apps for my phone (I eventually bought a smart phone mostly to use with my E-M1) to calculate this

If they wanted to they could put a hyperfocal program of sorts in camera too.
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Re: All too clever by half

I didn't want to refer to the Fuji, but a DoF scale appears in the viewfinder of my X-T1 and X-E1. Not the most accurate in the world, but it's a guide.
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