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Legacy Lenses Discuss the use of older lenses, using adapters, from the Olympus OM system, Leica M and R-series, and the millions of others too.

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Old 17th July 2013
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OM lenses

I have owned a number of OM lenses at various times in the past with the 1980s/early 1990s the period when my OM1n and OM10 bodies were my weapons of choice. All these went when I moved over to Nikon at the end of the 1990s and early years of the 2000s.
When I bought an E-500 in about 2006, my interest in the beautifully made OM lenses was rekindled and I got a couple of 50mm, 28mm, 135mm, 200mm, 35- 70mm, 75-150mm and a 300mm over a 5/6 year period. However, I was never 100% happy with using them on my E-500 and later my E-3 and slowly I sold them off. This was partly due to their small size looking odd on the E-3 in particular.
I did keep the 75-150mm, which I used briefly on my EPL-1 when I first bought it (used) but the IQ wasn't stunning and it was difficult to focus using the LCD screen (at that time I knew little about the EVF that were available). The 75-150 went on Ebay earlier this year.
Now that I have the fabulous little EPL-5, my OM thirst is with me again and my impending purchase of an VF-2 from a fellow forum member will mean that OMs will be easier to focus. Plus I guess their form factor is more in keeping with M4/3 rather than regular 4/3.
I knew that a neighbour still had a couple of OM bodies and lenses so I popped over to see him last evening to enquire about what he actually had. Well, he has OM1 and 2 bodies plus a 28mm, 50mm, 35-70mm and a 65-200mm and other stuff, none of which has been used in years and is in very good condition. Anyway, he has allowed me to borrow the two primes to test on my EPL-5 using the el cheapo adapter that I have had a while. Initial impressions are good and they look so gorgeous on the little Pen.
It looks like I may get thirsty for more...............
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Re: OM lenses

Like you I have tried some OM lenses, some borrowed and some bought on MFT. Generally the zooms have been a bit inadequate but I regularly use the f3.5 50mm macro and a reversed standard 50mm on a bellows with my OM-D

Mostly the OM lenses have a nice build quality though, like anything mechanical there are problems. Sticky apertures and fungus for example.
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Re: OM lenses

I am a total convert on legacy glass as i find them on the hole better than the two kit lenses on my E-600. I have the 28mm f2.8 50mm f1.8 and 135 f3.5 and i love them. Focusing using the E-600 viewfinder can be tricky at times, but it really makes you take your more time and thinking with your photography. If you enjoy it try getting a M42 adaptor aswell, so many lenses to try. Good luck.

if you look on my flickr page below all the photos on there are using OM and M42 lenses.

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Re: OM lenses

I never found an OM zoom worth keeping in 3 decades of testing. I do however still have a dozen or so OM and Tamron SP primes. I've been using them on my E-410 as a retro OM kit for a while now.
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Re: OM lenses

My recently acquired OM 28, 50 and 135mm lenses are still in the testing stage but I regularly use the 28mm f3.5 as a lightweight standard lens on my OMD. Very good IQ and easy to use with the EVF it is also excellent for photographing fast moving children using small aperture and pre-focus.

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Re: OM lenses

I quite often trot out the 50mm/F1.2 as I have nothing else remotely that fast. The 24mm/F2 also goes in the bag sometimes although more often that not I put up with the slower aperture of the kit zoom as that is always on the camera.
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