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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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Legacy macro lenses

I've a hankering for a 50mm manual focus macro lens for my Pen and its pre-natal pal the OM-D.

I know there's a couple of OM macros in that focal length, but has anyone experience of other brands, such as Pentax, Canon FD, Sigma etc.? Cheap is good!
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Re: Legacy macro lenses

I have a Vivitar manual focus macro that I really rate. 55mm f2.8. It's also a proper 1:1 macro (many competitors at the time were 1:2 and required either extension tubes or a teleconverter). Image and build quality both very nice. Mine happens to be Contax/Yashica, but SRB Gritturn sell decent mount adapters for just about anything.

In the past, I've used the Pentax 50/4 SMCM. Lovely and comparatively tiny 1:2 macro lens, worth buying if you find it at a good price.

Don't be tempted by the Tamron SP 90/2.5 lens - wonderful on film and built like a tank. But you get nasty reflections from its rear element on to the sensor of some digital cameras, which causes severe contrast problems in some circumstances when you stop down.

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Re: Legacy macro lenses

I second the Vivitar 55mm 2.8... mine is a Minolta (MD) mount, excellent lens.
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Re: Legacy macro lenses

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Don't be tempted by the Tamron SP 90/2.5 lens - wonderful on film and built like a tank. But you get nasty reflections from its rear element on to the sensor of some digital cameras, which causes severe contrast problems in some circumstances when you stop down.

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Funny you should say that. I've had the Tamron SP90 for a couple of years, with no optical problems at all. BUT it is very heavy, and the long focal length leads to vibration.

Thanks for the comments re the Vivitar - I shall certainly look for one of those. I ran my Nikon film cameras exclusively on Vivitar lenses back in the 70s, but had forgotten about them since.
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Re: Legacy macro lenses

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Funny you should say that. I've had the Tamron SP90 for a couple of years, with no optical problems at all.
Couple of decades for me but no problems using it on 4/3 either.
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Re: Legacy macro lenses

I like my classic Pentax SMC M 50mm f4.0 (recently bought), but maybe it just because its a tessar. Equivalent to my 35mm 100mm f4.BITD 50mm was the standard, 100mm was the more expensive option to give more working distance, 200mm was rare and very expensive IIRC .
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Re: Legacy macro lenses

FYI ... there is a Vivitar with OM mount on the evilbay right now .... no affiliation
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vivitar-55mm-f-2-8-1-1-Macro-Lens-Olympus-OM-Mount-Excellent-made-Komine-/170829293454?pt=UK_Lenses_Filters_Lenses&hash=item 27c638278e
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Re: Legacy macro lenses

That Vivitar is the same model as mine - and I can vouch for it being excellent quality. The Pentax SMCM 50/4 referred to above is also a lovely lens and much more compact - but as with most similar lenses of its era, is 1:2 rather than a genuine 1:1 macro - which is why the Vivitar is so much larger.
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Re: Legacy macro lenses

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Don't be tempted by the Tamron SP 90/2.5 lens - wonderful on film and built like a tank. But you get nasty reflections from its rear element on to the sensor of some digital cameras, which causes severe contrast problems in some circumstances when you stop down.
Put a Tamron x1.4 TC behind it. The rear element of the TC is convex, eliminating the problem

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Re: Legacy macro lenses

I recommend the Micro Nikkor 55mm f3.5 however it's longer and heavier than the OM 50mm macro. From my perspective both similar quality optically.
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Re: Legacy macro lenses

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Put a Tamron x1.4 TC behind it. The rear element of the TC is convex, eliminating the problem

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Alternatively, use it on your (my) Sony A7S, which also eliminates the problem!
I advertised mine a while ago but it didn't sell, and I'm using it again now.
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Re: Legacy macro lenses

I would suggest this Olympus OM 135mm f4 with adjustable extension tube to go with it

http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Used/Olymp...OM_134845.html
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I would suggest this Olympus OM 135mm f4 with adjustable extension tube to go with it

http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Used/Olymp...OM_134845.html
That's a good price. The telescopic extension tube can be used with a wide variety of lenses. I've used mine behind the OM 300 as a way of isolating flowers from messy backgrounds.
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Put a Tamron x1.4 TC behind it. The rear element of the TC is convex, eliminating the problem

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My Tamron 90mm spends 90% of the time with a TC behind it. In my OM days it had a 2x behind it so much I had a tripod mount for the 2x.
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My Tamron 90mm spends 90% of the time with a TC behind it. In my OM days it had a 2x behind it so much I had a tripod mount for the 2x.
Mine too, in my film days, for close-ups and macro. I put twin flash on a Kennett Macro ring, which had a tripod mount on it. I calibrated the ring for various apertures and magnifications for manual flash. This was for may Canon A1 before I got my OM2n.

http://www.rockycameras.com/kennett-...499-7610-p.asp

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