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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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Re: Focus peaking with legacy glass?

I suspect it's more to do with the condition of some of my lenses. I've no complaints about the performance of the Tamron 17mm on 4/3 but the OM 24mm and silver nose 50mm are nothing special. The 24mm has water marks inside and the 50mm is a little cloudy inside. Both were submerged in Georgian Bay and dried out in an oven so that probably doesn't help.
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Re: Focus peaking with legacy glass?

It works fine with my legacy manual focus lenses such as my Vivitar Series 1 105mm macro by Kiron or my Schneider HM 40mm enlarging lens, reversed on an extension. It seems to work best with brightly lit subjects.

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Re: Focus peaking with legacy glass?

Buried in the for sale and wanted, I posted sample shots taken with the OM 50mm f1.8 using focus peaking. Aperture at f5.6 apart from the poppy which was f1.8, from recollection.

Taken for no reason other than to perform a trial prior to purchasing a 24mm/f2.8 (sights have now shifted to the 28mm f2.8 which are more plentiful, and supply and demand reflects the asking price).


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Re: Focus peaking with legacy glass?

Hi Harold, I have read your entry concerning confirmation of focus peaking on your vivitar 1 could you tell me was that with the vivitar 1 adapter attached please. I am currently considering purchasing this combo for my EM1. I do find my oly 60mm macro not so good with insects that can fly a lot of insects don't like the lens hood to close! Also may I enquire as to which adapter you are using. The vivitar 1 90mm and adapter is the lens I am interested in it is an OM fit and is for sale circa 240 with adapter does this sound about right price wise it is a very clean sample? Are you happy with the EM1 & vivitar combo as a whole? By the by I have talked to you in person earlier this year at St Neots school on a fungi foray if my memory serves and found our little chat very interesting. How did your photos turn out on the BOG BEACON.?
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Re: Focus peaking with legacy glass?

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Hi Harold, I have read your entry concerning confirmation of focus peaking on your vivitar 1 could you tell me was that with the vivitar 1 adapter attached please. I am currently considering purchasing this combo for my EM1. I do find my oly 60mm macro not so good with insects that can fly a lot of insects don't like the lens hood to close! Also may I enquire as to which adapter you are using. The vivitar 1 90mm and adapter is the lens I am interested in it is an OM fit and is for sale circa 240 with adapter does this sound about right price wise it is a very clean sample? Are you happy with the EM1 & vivitar combo as a whole? By the by I have talked to you in person earlier this year at St Neots school on a fungi foray if my memory serves and found our little chat very interesting. How did your photos turn out on the BOG BEACON.?
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To clarify. My lens is a Vivitar Series 1 105mm made by Kiron. Vivitar lenses were made by various manufacturers and some are not nearly so good. I recommend the 105 for it reputation and working distance.

Mine (2 copies) is in Canon FD fitting, which is fiddly, the stop-down ring frequently opening up when attaching the lens. Olympus OM (film) fitting is much better when you can find it. For the price you quote, you should get a 105 in OM fitting, if you can find one.

I use a third party adapter with a tripod mount, which I use to attach a short arm for my fill flash:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/top...20/25#13097146

This is used for magnifications to 1:1 and general medium telephoto shots.

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Re: Focus peaking with legacy glass?

Interesting.
I use a number of legacy lenses with the E-M1, mainly for leisurely garden photography on a tripod, and the shortest I've got is a 50mm f1.4 Zuiko.

Currently I'm enjoying relearning manual zone and 'peaking' focussing with my Fuji X100T rangefinder in the street, and I'd be interested to hear people's experiences with 24 and 28mm Zuikos.

In fact, since much of this sort of usage is at around f5.6, I wonder what the 21mm f3.5 Zuiko would be like? Used to be my most used lens back in the OM4 days.
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Re: Focus peaking with legacy glass?

I'm toying with the idea of a cheap 50mm f/1.8 Zuiko to play with; with OM2s and 10s going for not much more than a pack of cigarettes in the UK it's very tempting, but then I'd need an OM2 to keep them company......
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Re: Focus peaking with legacy glass?

Having tried the Focus peaking on my newly acquired E-P5 ( ), I think I'll use the Keyline Art filter for that purpose and assign to a button,as I had done on my E-PM2. Need to trawl through my documents to figure out how I did it
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Re: Focus peaking with legacy glass?

I have an OM 50mm 1.4 which I'd think about using as a portrait lens on my forthcoming E M1. Any thoughts on how it will work?

I am not at all sure how it would focus.
I'm getting a Sigma 60mm so could compare the two and use them together, maybe.

I could also try Tamron 135mm and 80-210 for distance and a Tokina 25 - 50mm.
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I have an OM 50mm 1.4 which I'd think about using as a portrait lens on my forthcoming E M1. Any thoughts on how it will work?

I am not at all sure how it would focus.
I'm getting a Sigma 60mm so could compare the two and use them together, maybe.

I could also try Tamron 135mm and 80-210 for distance and a Tokina 25 - 50mm.
The legacy manual lenses will not focus. You will focus them by examining the image on the camera screen and either adjusting the focus ring and/or (macro) moving closer to or away from the subject. It is as you would use them on a film camera. As an additional aid, you may wish to switch on Focus Peaking. (I prefer the white option).

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Re: Focus peaking with legacy glass?

Hi Harold, thanks. Yes, I know the OM 50mm is a manual focus but I meant how easy is it to focus another way. I don't know what focus peaking is. I haven't got the M1 yet.
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Hi Harold, thanks. Yes, I know the OM 50mm is a manual focus but I meant how easy is it to focus another way. I don't know what focus peaking is. I haven't got the M1 yet.
Focus peaking is confirmation of what is in focus by showing bright white (or black) fringes on the edges, and sometimes on the areas inside those edges, which are in best focus. Essentially, the more "snow" the better on the parts of the frame you are most interested in.

The EM-1 system is much more accurate than the Sony A7R one, which I also have.
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Re: Focus peaking with legacy glass?

Thanks. I expect that the barrel focus may be ok at some lengths too...eg infinity and long if you are shooting at far away things.
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Thanks. I expect that the barrel focus may be ok at some lengths too...eg infinity and long if you are shooting at far away things.
No problem. Just treat any lens as normal but with a x2 TC behind it.

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Hi Harold, thanks. Yes, I know the OM 50mm is a manual focus but I meant how easy is it to focus another way. I don't know what focus peaking is. I haven't got the M1 yet.
You can download the manual for the E-M1 here. http://download.aws.olympus.eu/consu..._MANUAL_EN.PDF

Page 102 refers.

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