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    Hi -

    I need some advice please from you OM1 experts.

    I have been offered an OM1 camera with occasional sticky shutter. I'm not interested in this item.

    Also offered are the following:

    Vivitar 80-200 in good condition - I'm not interested in this item either.

    Olympus 28mm - I am interested if it is of benefit.
    Olympus 50mm - I am also interested in this item if of benefit.

    A couple of further questions - if the Olympus lenses are keepers what ring do I need and what are they worth in terms of value please.

    [Edit: I have the E-510 upgrading to the E-3 in approx 4 months.]



    Regards. Barr1e
    Last edited by Barr1e; 19th June 2008, 05:33 PM. Reason: see edit above
    Just like that - gone in a flash! Now in use.

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    Re: OM 1 + lenses

    I'm certainly not an expert but I wonder why you would want such lenses. Even if you pay peanuts you've still got to buy an adapter. The only thing going for them is that they're fast. Unless this is of particular importance I think you'd be better saving the money towards a 35mm or 50mm four thirds lens or a better quality short zoom such as the 14-54 or 12-60, any of which will complement your E3 or E510 better than some piece of kit that dates back almost to the days of Nicephore Niepce.
    David

    EM1ii, EM10ii

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    • #3
      Re: OM 1 + lenses

      The adapter ring you need is the Olympus MA-1, also known as MF-1. It is horribly expensie, so why not try item 320264607586 on eBay. It does the job, and the seller is reliable. There are plenty of others, no doubt also reliable.

      Retail price for the two Olympus lenses, assuming in top condition, is no more than GBP60 the pair, I would guess. For that I would expect some sort of guarantee, so discount accordingly. Both lenses likely to be very usable on an E-body, assuming you can focus them effectively.

      I don't know the Vivitar lens, would be surprised if it fetched more than GBP25. The OM1 body is eminently repairable, but if in non-working state, is not likely to fetch more than GBP25. Shall we call it GBP100 all in? But I wouldn't pay that, because I wouldn't want the package - nor do you, so discount further!

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        Re: OM 1 + lenses

        Thanks very much for your responses - I'm most grateful. I shall return the items tomorrow.

        Kind regards. Barr1e
        Last edited by Barr1e; 19th June 2008, 09:22 PM. Reason: spelling
        Just like that - gone in a flash! Now in use.

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          Re: OM 1 + lenses

          Originally posted by Barr1e View Post
          Thanks very much for your responses - I'm most grateful. I shall return the items tomorrow.

          Kind regards. Barr1e

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            • #7
              Re: OM 1 + lenses

              Hi Barrie,

              John Foster has done a very comprehensive assesement of all the OM legacy lenses.

              http://www.biofos.com/cornucop/omz_e1.html

              He does not recommend either the 28mm or the 50mm that you have the opportunity to purchase. One he does rate highly, however, is the humble 135mm f3.5.

              This source can be relied upon as he is recommended by Wrotniak.

              Hope this helps.
              Last edited by Zuiko; 19th June 2008, 11:25 PM. Reason: change to layout
              John

              "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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              • #8
                Re: OM 1 + lenses

                These Flickr Groups may also be of interest:

                http://www.flickr.com/groups/om_four_thirds_adapter/
                http://www.flickr.com/groups/om-fourthirds50mm/

                I think the OM 24mm is particularly interesting in John Foster's test - I'm sure someone who knows more about optics than I do can explain the wide variation between the 21mm (my favourite lens on 35mm), 24mm and 28mm. I have a Tamron Adaptall 24mm f2.5 I'm trying out at the moment on my E1 - unfortunately the OM 24mm requires money needed for other purposes.
                Hugh of Bardfield
                Essex, UK
                http://www.flickr.com/photos/hughofbardfield/
                http://hughweller-lewisphotography.blogspot.com/

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                  Re: OM 1 + lenses

                  Thanks all -

                  Regards. Barr1e
                  Just like that - gone in a flash! Now in use.

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                  • #10
                    Re: OM 1 + lenses

                    I think the gist is - don't be too hasty to dismiss these lenses or their usefulness in a digi'. Depends how much they wanted for them of course.

                    This link may be of interest
                    http://forum.mflenses.com/oly-50-1-8...ots-t8029.html

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                    • #11
                      Re: OM 1 + lenses

                      Originally posted by Zuiko View Post
                      Hi Barrie,

                      John Foster has done a very comprehensive assesement of all the OM legacy lenses.

                      http://www.biofos.com/cornucop/omz_e1.html

                      He does not recommend either the 28mm or the 50mm that you have the opportunity to purchase. One he does rate highly, however, is the humble 135mm f3.5.

                      This source can be relied upon as he is recommended by Wrotniak.

                      Hope this helps.
                      Expert he may be but I've been using these for 25 years + and the both are extremely good. The 135/3.5 is not coated but that doesn't seem to put a lot of people off it! I've not seen adverse comments in the press about the 50/1.8 and 28/2.8 over the time I've had mine, even from AP! Both of these have been all over with me - the diaphragm of the 28 mm sticks sometimes on dof preview. My technique may limit the pictures, but the lens quality never has.

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