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Bromptonbloke 10th August 2010 10:10 PM

Re: Is f2.8 enough?
 
Just taken the plunge and bought a multi-coated 50mm f1.8 for 22 off ebay. Another 27 for an adaptor on top.
Can't wait to experiment further!:)

David M 10th August 2010 11:07 PM

Re: Is f2.8 enough?
 
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Originally Posted by David M (Post 81612)
I think I paid 29 for my Vivitar 35mm f1.9 so it paid for itself the first time I licensed a photo from it.

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Yes! but 35mm is not the 24/25mm FL he was looking at!!!:rolleyes:

But it's closer than the 50mm you were talking about.

Alan Clogwyn 11th August 2010 09:11 AM

Re: Is f2.8 enough?
 
You won't be disappointed with the 50mm/1.8, it's a joy to use. Not a bad price - mine was 21 but was from a non tog who didnt know much about it, and hadnt realised it was attached to a Tamron 2x teleconverter, which usually sell for more than that on their own!

snaarman 11th August 2010 09:20 AM

Re: Is f2.8 enough?
 
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Originally Posted by Alan Clogwyn (Post 81715)
You won't be disappointed with the 50mm/1.8, it's a joy to use. Not a bad price - mine was 21 but was from a non tog who didnt know much about it, and hadnt realised it was attached to a Tamron 2x teleconverter, which usually sell for more than that on their own!


Nice deal: I once bought a very clean Tamron zoom with Nikon mount for 15, sold the mount for 13. *chr

Back to the original question: You might try a 28mm f2 or f2.8 to mimic an old style standard lens, and in fact I did the same a couple of years ago with my E400, but I found it very difficult to focus accurately.

These days I restrict myself to 50mm and longer for legacy lenses, but that may just be an eyesight thing. A 50 f1.8 will certainly give you nice tight DoF and should be a cheap solution.

Pete

pepper 11th August 2010 10:35 AM

Re: Is f2.8 enough?
 
I use a few lagacy lenses in my Panasonic DMC-L1, the main advantage being is it already has focus asssit in the camera so no need to buy the expensive adapters to achieve focus.

I've just tried the same on my E3 and its far harder to get the focus just right although having the much bigger viewfinder does go some way towards getting it right.

Bromptonbloke 12th August 2010 08:05 PM

UPDATE: Re: Is f2.8 enough?
 
50mm f1.8 arrived today, as did OM-4/3 adapter.

I was initially disappointed when the OM adapter wouldn't attach to the OM lens. After 30 minutes trying, and looking at the bayonet fastening from every angle possible, I decided that it was the AF chip that was fouling the back of the OM lens. I broke it off and the adapter now works.

So, is it worth glueing it back on, bearing in mind that the adapter will be then permanently affixed to the lens?:confused:

Shooting-wise I'm already impressed. I can now photograph indoors without flash, and I'm getting the shallow DOF I was craving ...

I sense an addiction for legacy lenses starting.

jamie allan 12th August 2010 09:18 PM

Re: UPDATE: Re: Is f2.8 enough?
 
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Originally Posted by Bromptonbloke (Post 81867)
50mm f1.8 arrived today, as did OM-4/3 adapter.

I was initially disappointed when the OM adapter wouldn't attach to the OM lens. After 30 minutes trying, and looking at the bayonet fastening from every angle possible, I decided that it was the AF chip that was fouling the back of the OM lens. I broke it off and the adapter now works.

So, is it worth glueing it back on, bearing in mind that the adapter will be then permanently affixed to the lens?:confused:

Can I ask what eBay supplier you bought it off. I was thinking of buying an OM to 4/3rds converter with AF confirmation from Roxsen in Hong Kong. As well as this I was planning to buy a 55mm reversing adapter.

Bromptonbloke 12th August 2010 10:05 PM

Re: Is f2.8 enough?
 
Pixmania:(

Bromptonbloke 14th August 2010 08:17 PM

UPDATE: Re: Is f2.8 enough?
 
I've spent a little time with the legacy 50mm OM set up and here are my first impressions:

1) I now understand what 'pin-sharp' means, but I also produce more duff images;
2) From (1) I'm learning to adjust the aperture to suit the photo, rather than leaving it wide-open and letting the AF work its magic;
3) Manual focus can be tricky when stopping down so focus, then stop down afterwards (if the scene is static);
4) I'm thinking about the composition more to try and get the most out of a shot.

Thanks to everyone for the help so far. I think I'll come back!

Richard

Alan Clogwyn 15th August 2010 07:40 PM

Re: UPDATE: Re: Is f2.8 enough?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bromptonbloke (Post 81958)
I've spent a little time with the legacy 50mm OM set up and here are my first impressions:

1) I now understand what 'pin-sharp' means, but I also produce more duff images;
2) From (1) I'm learning to adjust the aperture to suit the photo, rather than leaving it wide-open and letting the AF work its magic;
3) Manual focus can be tricky when stopping down so focus, then stop down afterwards (if the scene is static);
4) I'm thinking about the composition more to try and get the most out of a shot.

Thanks to everyone for the help so far. I think I'll come back!

Richard

I don't bother focusing at wider aperures with any of my OM lenses it just wastes time, if I'm shooting at F4 I focus at F4. If you've a steady hand you could always use the live view if you need a bright display. Leave it at F11 for a while and you soon forget about the low light, until you change to 1.8 and go all squinty! :p

Bromptonbloke 15th August 2010 08:14 PM

Re: Is f2.8 enough?
 
No live view with my E-500. DOes live view make much of a difference?

Alan Clogwyn 16th August 2010 08:42 AM

Re: Is f2.8 enough?
 
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Originally Posted by Bromptonbloke (Post 82005)
No live view with my E-500. DOes live view make much of a difference?

Only if you have a tripo, it's too jerky to be used like the screen of a digital compact, but it doesnt darken when changing apertures. Ironically I opted for the 520 to get Live view but I find it useless.

If I could get a viewfinder like the OM10 that would be great!


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