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Olympus lenses on Sony A7.

I've been using old Rokkor and Zuiko lenses on my Panasonic G1 and now use them on my Sony A7.

Manual focus is easy with the magnified view and / or focus peaking and the results look good to me on my screen. They're as sharp as I could want, the edge performance is fine and vigetting and other nasties don't seem to be an issue.

I can't see a down side to using these old lenses.

Here are some Zuiko 28mm f2.8 and 50mm f1.8 shots. The 16:9 aspect shots are heavy crops, in the region of 100% or so.












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Re: Olympus lenses on Sony A7.

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These lenses are just so good and so cheap
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Re: Olympus lenses on Sony A7.

How do you like the A7? The results seem pretty good.
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Re: Olympus lenses on Sony A7.

I like it a lot but I'd change a couple of things...

I'd love a fully articulated screen that I could turn to the body.

And... it badly needs an ability to assign true display off option to a custom button as at the moment the only way of really turning the rear display off is by diving into the menu. Selecting off by stepping through the various display options leads to there being no display... but the backlight remains on.

Other than those little points it's an outstanding camera.
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Re: Olympus lenses on Sony A7.

Great, now Playstation users as well as photocopier users are going to keep the prices for OM glass inflated.
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Re: Olympus lenses on Sony A7.

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Great, now Playstation users as well as photocopier users are going to keep the prices for OM glass inflated.
Oh dear oh dear...


And of course everything Olympus makes can be used to take pictures of cats. I think not.

Inflating prices is one way to look at it but another is that Sony are keeping the Oly kit alive and in use as intended (where's the Oly FF?) and as I paid under 20 for my 50mm and under 30 for my 28mm I don't think I'm robbing anyone of their birthright and doubly so as I first bought Olympus years ago and therefore feel entitled to continue to fly the flag in whatever way I see fit!
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Re: Olympus lenses on Sony A7.

Having a dozen or so OM primes and a drawer full of OM macro equipment it gives me another option should I ever want to go FF again.
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Re: Olympus lenses on Sony A7.

Or you could always cash in on the higher prices.
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Or you could always cash in on the higher prices.
Indeed. I saw a 50mm advertised for 19 the other day. That's a whole 3 more than I paid for mine and obviously these price hikes are taking them out of the reach of real photographers and it's only us photocopier engineers who can now afford them.
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Re: Olympus lenses on Sony A7.

It's the rare more specialised glass Photocopier users have been keeping inflated. Now Playstation users are also in the market for good glass the prices won't be dropping.
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Re: Olympus lenses on Sony A7.

Talking of good glass....
Has anyone tried the 21mm f3.5, 18mm f3.5, 16mm FE or 24 and 28mm f2 lenses on the A7? I have all these and would be interested to know what the corners are like.?
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Talking of good glass....
Has anyone tried the 21mm f3.5, 18mm f3.5, 16mm FE or 24 and 28mm f2 lenses on the A7? I have all these and would be interested to know what the corners are like.?
Can't help with those lenses.

The widest I've used is a Rokkor 24mm f2.8 and it's perfect.

So far the list runs to...

Rokkor 24mm f2.8, 28mm f2.8, 35mm f1.8, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f2 and 135mm f3.5.

Zuiko 28mm f2.8, 50mm f1.8 and 135mm f3.5.

I have no complaints with the performance of any of these lenses and they look good enough to enjoy on FF digital even to the corners of the frame.
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Re: Olympus lenses on Sony A7.

There has been a huge amount of discussion on Leica forums about these cameras with wide angle lenses. The consensus seems to be that they are good (even very good) with SLR lenses (eg Leica R) but struggle with Leica M. A FF solution for M lenses at an affordable price is the holy grail for Leica M (rangefinder) lens owners.
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Re: Olympus lenses on Sony A7.

I do like taking photographs at Marske slipway. I too have an a7, but I'm using Canon FD''s and a Tokina 17mm in Minolta MD fit.
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