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Old 28th May 2013
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Re: Classic lenses.

I still use my Zuiko 24mm f2.8, 28mm f2.8, 50mm f1.8 and 135mm 2.8 lenses. I use them on both my 4/3rds and m4/3rds systems with great results. Wouldn't part with any of them.
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Re: Classic lenses.

Another one here with the Zuiko 50mm/f1.2 that I use regularly. I also have the 24mm/f2 that occassionaly sees service on the E-M5. Yet to try the 35mm/f2.8 shift as its easier to use a shorter MFT lens and crop for the top half and I don't find I need this fast a lens at this focal length enough to carry it with me.

On the zooms, the Vivitar Series 1 100-500mm/f5.5-f8.0 does alright for moon shots. The Vivitar Series 1 28-105/f2.8-3.5 and Sigma III 75-200mm/f2.8-3.5 don't see a look in as although faster than my MFT zooms and a mainstay on my OM Film Cameras just lack the autofocus and in addition the crop factor on MFT means these focal lengths are not really walkabout lenses.
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Re: Classic lenses.

The OM Zuiko 90mm f/2.0 macro is probably my favourite classic lens. I've had it for over 20 years and still use it frequently. The OM 50mm f/2.0 is also very nice but it doesn't get used nearly as often as I also have the ZD 50mm f/2.0 which is awesome!

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Re: Classic lenses.

The OM 90mm f/2 macro is one of the OM lenses I've always wanted to try. I was hoping for a 4/3 version with the fast telephoto macro that was on the lens roadmap 10 years ago but of course it never appeared.
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Re: Classic lenses.

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The OM 90mm f/2 macro is one of the OM lenses I've always wanted to try. I was hoping for a 4/3 version with the fast telephoto macro that was on the lens roadmap 10 years ago but of course it never appeared.
Funnily enough, your OM 350mm f/2.8 is a lens I've always dreamed of owning but have never managed to track down at a price I could afford. I'll keep on hoping and looking and perhaps one might turn up at the same time as I have some spare cash. Some years ago I was watching an OM 250mm f/2.0 gradually come down in price in Ace Camera ads in AP. Some other so-and-so must have been watching as well as it disappeared just as it got to a price I could afford

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Re: Classic lenses.

Yes, the OM 180mm f/2 and 250mm f/2 are two more lenses I'd like to track down.

I also now regret selling my EBC Fujinon 600mm f/5.6. I'd love to have tried it on 4/3. Or the Nikkor 600mm f5.6 I had converted to OM mount.
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Re: Classic lenses.

I have a Vivitar 55mm f/2.8 Macro which my brother gave me.
What a cracking lens. I use it on my OM-1. I should get an adapter and try it on digital.
They seem to be going for quite a lot of cash on the auction site.
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Re: Classic lenses.

I'm enjoying going retro by using my various manual focus primes so much I'm considering an OM-D. All my current primes will adapt and I could get some of the fast glass now available in m4/3 mount.
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Re: Classic lenses.

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I'm enjoying going retro by using my various manual focus primes so much I'm considering an OM-D. All my current primes will adapt and I could get some of the fast glass now available in m4/3 mount.
David,

That's why with the exception of the 60mm macro I'm currently selling all my native M4/3 lenses. The OM-D is a GREAT camera to use with adapted MF lenses, it's a breeze to focus quick and accurately ( keyline filter works great ) and there is a vast range of quality optics that can be mounted to it.

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Re: Classic lenses.

However, there is a lovely OM zoom lens David. It's the 35 to 80mm f2.8. This is a really sharp, good contrast lens that as long as I am not in a hurry to focus, gives better results than my OM and Sigma lenses.

Also use my 50mm, f1.4 reversed with bellows and my 135mm f2.8 on my E620. The latter seems to give me better images than my 50 to 200mm OM digital zoom.



Gave my 300mm, f4.5 OM lens to my son who loves it as 600mm on his OM 510.

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Re: Classic lenses.

I've gained a new respect for my Vivitar 35mm f/1.9. 40 years ago it was being marketed as a fast, shorter standard lens, a replacement 50mm standard for photographers wanting something a bit wider. On 4/3 it's a nice longer standard lens.

I'm also enjoying the OM 300mm as a small, light birds in flight lens.

Never got to try the 35-80mm OM zoom, by the time it was released I'd given up on zooms.
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Re: Classic lenses.

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However, there is a lovely OM zoom lens David. It's the 35 to 80mm f2.8. This is a really sharp, good contrast lens that as long as I am not in a hurry to focus, gives better results than my OM and Sigma lenses.

Also use my 50mm, f1.4 reversed with bellows and my 135mm f2.8 on my E620. The latter seems to give me better images than my 50 to 200mm OM digital zoom.



Gave my 300mm, f4.5 OM lens to my son who loves it as 600mm on his OM 510.

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I seem to remember the 35 ~ 80 mm f 2.8 was also very pricey!

I have never seen or used one, but I can imagine it would be fairly heavy for a slender OM body.

I have a Vivitar Series One 28 ~ 105 MM (f 2.8 ~ 3.8) which I have found to be a very versatile lens with excellent image quality, although I still prefer my OM primes.
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Re: Classic lenses.

Yes, nor cheap, but other lenses mentioned in this thread were/are even more pricy, in particular the pro quality ones which still command very serious cash! The 35 to 80 was available on the Ffords website about a year ago and I think it was around £800.

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Re: Classic lenses.

Unfortunately non of the legacy glass I'm looking out for is common or cheap.

Considering the number of Nikkor IFED super telephotos around in the 80's and 90's it makes you wonder where they've all gone.
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Re: Classic lenses.

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Yes, nor cheap, but other lenses mentioned in this thread were/are even more pricy, in particular the pro quality ones which still command very serious cash! The 35 to 80 was available on the Ffords website about a year ago and I think it was around £800.

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The 35 ~ 80 originally sold for about £1,850 (Jessops) when I bought my OM4Ti in 1988 or so.

One of our local camera shops advertised a 35 ~ 80 for £650 if I recall about ten years ago.

I was seriously tempted, and really wanted to have a look at the lens, so I gave them a call and got my skates on, but somebody had snapped it up before I could get there. Oh well.

However I have the Zuiko 35 mm f2.0 which is a cracking lens, and I gather is much sought after by Canon owners. Well they're not getting mine.
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