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The Digital OM :-)

I went out and about (shopping trip) with a novel approach today: Make yourself a Digital OM kit: Take one E400 (last of the CMOS sensors, smallest lightest E camera etc etc). Fit a Katzeye split image screen. Add an OM 28mm f2.8 manual lens.

Stir and allow to simmer. You have a trip down memory lane. A SLR with a standard lens and nothing else added - but digital convenience. Looks like this:



Gets pictures like these:








Remember those days... Just one lens??? Quite a challenge, but rewarding in its way

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Re: The Digital OM :-)

Pete,
Nicely done, and I expect very satisfying having the "Old School" feel and process of picture production. I trust you had a small card that only gave you 36 shots

I thought about this when the KatsEye first came out, but I still enjoy the "dicipline" of film, so I stayed with my OM4Ti and have the slides scanned.

These pictures are nicely composed and I expect that an element of film style shooting crept back into the day.

Is the Split Screen as good as the OM or can it all get a bit dark when stopped down ?
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Re: The Digital OM :-)

My digital OM, an E-410 also with a f2.8 lens.



And some shots with it;



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Re: The Digital OM :-)

Er, yes, David M. I'm not certain I could get that particular f2.8 lens in my pocket... Excellent pictures though :-)

I managed to put an old 250Mb CF card in it, so yes, I only get 32 shots at SHQ

The Katzeye is a help, though I need to be quite careful, I don't think my eyesight is as sharp as it was. You do need to focus then stop down because the Katzeye goes off at about f4

Anyway here are two more: One from the shopping trip



And a detail from this afternoons walk: Part of the boiler stuff at the Crofton engine house, Wiltshire.



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Re: The Digital OM :-)

This has whetted my appetite as I have 28mm, 50mm f/1.8, and 200mm OM lenses that I wouldn't mind experimenting with.

I see that the Olympus MF-1 adapter is selling for between 65 and 152 yet on Ebay there are third party adapters for just 5.99 (+ postage). Surely there can't be much that can go wrong with these as they are just a metal adapter, aren't they?

Has anyone any experience or comments on these cheap versions or is the genuine item the best way to go?

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This has whetted my appetite as I have 28mm, 50mm f/1.8, and 200mm OM lenses that I wouldn't mind experimenting with.

I see that the Olympus MF-1 adapter is selling for between 65 and 152 yet on Ebay there are third party adapters for just 5.99 (+ postage). Surely there can't be much that can go wrong with these as they are just a metal adapter, aren't they?

Has anyone any experience or comments on these cheap versions or is the genuine item the best way to go?

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Yup. I have the 5.99 version. Seems OK. One caveat: I think the 3 screws that attach the front to the rear are only just long enough. I am not confident they would support a heavy lens off the front of the camera. To do that I would want to drill out the holes and go though them with an M-something tap.

Meanwhile - the Digital OM gets artistic. Here is an Allium in the garden that I shot just now (in daylight) with off camera flash to separate the bloom from the background..




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One from the shopping trip





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This I really like Pete, very clever and all so sharp, care to explain how you did it.

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Re: The Digital OM :-)

Cheers Pete,

It's the 50mm and 28mm lenses that are of more interest to me. Although my 50mm f/2.0 will win hands down against the OM 50mm it will be interesting to compare the results.

Lovely DoF on that Allium. Think I'll give the cheapo adapter a try.

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Re: The Digital OM :-)

On that Allium Pete, I guess the flash allowed you to fully open up the lens.

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On that Allium Pete, I guess the flash allowed you to fully open up the lens.

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I tried the allium the usual way, but I ended up at f2.8 and (?) 1/50th and the background was about the same brightness as the flower. It looks muddy and uninteresting.

Using some flash I was able to go to f8 and 1/100th - so the flower gets most of the light, it gets more dof, but I get the background darker.

Gavin..

Aha, its all smoke and mirrors :-)

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....... Using some flash I was able to go to f8 and 1/100th - so the flower gets most of the light, it gets more dof, but I get the background darker.
F/8.0, that's interesting, but then you would have to be very close. It would be interesting to see, keeping the same exposure for the background, opening right up the aperture and upping the shutter speed and see how background blurs. Mind you the focusing would likely become quite critical then and maybe the DoF too shallow.

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Re: The Digital OM :-)

One of the challenges that comes out of this "standard SLR+50mm lens" simulation is the restrictions of the old style standard lens. (Most of my attempts have leaned on DoF or lighting to give the image some interest).

I admit that I usually reach for the 11mm or the 150mm ends of my range of lenses to get impact into the picture. Take that away and you have to think a lot more carefully about composition. This ain't a good example, but its perhaps the most conventional shot from yesterday



I am quite drawn to a "back to basics" strand of photography - however you do have to think harder, and you end up walking a lot :-)

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Re: The Digital OM :-)

Hi Pete -

Very interesting and a good learning curve down here @ barrieannie hq.

I see the lens can't get it sums right in the second image.

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Very interesting and a good learning curve down here @ barrieannie hq.

I see the lens can't get it sums right in the second image.

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Ha ha... I was waiting for someone to notice that bit of photoshop work
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Ha ha... I was waiting for someone to notice that bit of photoshop work
I noticed it but it didn't register with me it was Photoshopped.

It's been one of those weekends!
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