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Using legacy lenses with an E-system camera

Could somebody say what you need to be able to use legacy lenses, and then give basic instructions about how to use them please.
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Re: Using legacy lenses with an E-system camera

I think it's all said here

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=4708

I get adapters from here http://stores.ebay.co.uk/DIGITAL-CAMERA-PARTNERS

These are OK, no need to buy the expensive Oly one.
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Re: Using legacy lenses with an E-system camera

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Could somebody say what you need to be able to use legacy lenses, and then give basic instructions about how to use them please.
Once the adaptor is fitted to the lens and attached to the camera you have manual only focus. Exposure is either Manual or Aperture (stop down) mode

Personally I keep it simple and stick to manual. Focusing can be slightly tricky on longer lenses but that get better with practice or magnified live view

I use my Bellows Macro quite a bit, using the digital to set everything up and getting all the images I need then swapping to a film body if I want slides.

I think the 24mm f2.8 works the best, but I've also had reasonable results from a Sigma 600mm

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Could somebody say what you need to be able to use legacy lenses, and then give basic instructions about how to use them please.
You need an adapter, one for each connection type of lens, for example we use nikon, pentax bayonet, & M42 so we have adapters for each. Konica Hexanon AR lenses don't need the adapter but do need modifying, lots of instructions around online.

once fitted you are manually focussing (some adapters are available that have a chip in allowing the use of the 'focus confirm' (half-press and focus, you get a beep and a flash when it's sharp) to aid focussing).

I usually shoot on Aperture priority (except when in the studio when it's on manual) and some lenses need stopping up or down.

look for lenses that have the switch for the iris so it's adjustable manually as the digital cameras don't have the mechanical connection to the iris.

note: infinity focus isn't usually, you either hit infinity before the limit of the focus or (irritatingly) before it.

PS, we have a 500mm mirror (which is a handfull), a 200mm (very useable for wildlife), a few 50mm's and some 28mm's, a fast 28 is an excellent buy in my opinion.
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Re: Using legacy lenses with an E-system camera

Thanks, I'm sure plenty of people will find this useful.

And thanks too for pointing out the other thread. I was sure something had been said somewhere or other but I couldn't find it in this new folder.
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