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From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

Much after the well-received advice from forum members and friends about my next purchase, I am pleased to inform that my 0M-D E-M5 arrived yesterday!

My only camera has been the E-510 which purchased a few years ago based on advice from forum members for a really good 'starter' into DSLR.

I am knocked over by what I have seen so far but I have a few questions. The camera came with a pancake type lens which I believe is a Zuiko Digital 14-42mm lens, I just wonder is there a mount that will enable me to still use my lenses from the E-510? Also, there doesn't seem to be an abundance of lenses on ebay, am I searching for Micro 4/3 lenses?

Cant wait to get started, I will still use the E-510 but I can't believe how small the EM5 is by comparison!

Are there any further components I should look into getting with this purchase?

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Re: From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

Yes there are 3 adaptors that will allow you to use your old 4/3s lenses. MMF-1, 2 & 3. I'm not sure quite what the differences are except that the 3 is weatherproof. The older lenses work ok but some of them are slow to af. I got an adaptor but it wasn't long before i started swaping for the m4/3s lenses which are generally quicker in operation and a lot lighter. Congrats on the new camera btw.
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Re: From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

It sounds as though you may have the 14-45EZ lens which will certainly be better than your 17.5-45 lens and considerably smaller and more convenient. If I recollect correctly the only other FT lens you have is the 40-150. It's hardly worth getting a converter just for that. You may do better to sell it and get the MFT version. It's really only worth getting a converter if you have a lot of FT lenses and in particular if they are the pro or top pro lenses, which yours isn't.
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Re: From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

Cheers guys any ideas of what I should be looking to pay or rough price guide for 40-150 MFT lens on ebay, cheers.
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Re: From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

It's always worth looking to see what the major retailers such as SRS, Ffordes, Park, Wex etc have for sale as you then get a guarantee.

For example Ffordes have a new 40-150 for £279. They have several Panasonic 45-150 at about £120. You could also consider the Panasonic 45-200. All Panasonic lenses go well on Oly bodies.
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Re: From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

I picked up my 40-150 in a Curry’s Sale for £120. Its the older version - I think the newer version has some weather sealing.
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Re: From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

Ffordes looks pretty good, slightly off topic but just looking at the hand battery grip!?
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Re: From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

I agree that it's not worth getting an adaptor for your 4/3 40-150mm lens. You'll pay around as much for the adaptor as the lens is worth.

I think that if you go out with your 0M-D E-M5 for a day, you won't use the E510 again!

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Re: From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

This would be the perfect companion for your 14-42 pancake lens
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Re: From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

Buying the MMF3 to use 4/3 lenses on m4/3 bodies makes sense only if the lenses are "high grade", such as the 12-60SWD or the 50-200SWD. If your 4/3 lenses are "consumer grade" you better go for m4/3 lenses. This since the MMF3 adapter is not exactly cheap (200€?).

On a side note: I know from own experience that the focusing using these lenses on the E-M5 is slow and is also not 100% reliable.
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Re: From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

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Cheers guys any ideas of what I should be looking to pay or rough price guide for 40-150 MFT lens on ebay, cheers.
£99 brand new at HDEW. Absolute bargain IMO!
Maybe slightly grey....but at that price......
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£99 brand new at HDEW. Absolute bargain IMO!
Maybe slightly grey....but at that price......

Yeah I have just seen one in LCE for £119 second hand.


I think I need to sell mine I dont use it anymore.
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Re: From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

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Buying the MMF3 to use 4/3 lenses on m4/3 bodies makes sense only if the lenses are "high grade", such as the 12-60SWD or the 50-200SWD. If your 4/3 lenses are "consumer grade" you better go for m4/3 lenses. This since the MMF3 adapter is not exactly cheap (200€?).

On a side note: I know from own experience that the focusing using these lenses on the E-M5 is slow and is also not 100% reliable.

Agreed on both counts. I have the 12-60SWD and the 50-200SWD and both are slow and jittery to focus so I find I'm not using them on my E-M5i. If I do use them, it's generally for landscapes and I use manual focus.
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Agreed on both counts. I have the 12-60SWD and the 50-200SWD and both are slow and jittery to focus so I find I'm not using them on my E-M5i. If I do use them, it's generally for landscapes and I use manual focus.
As the cost of the E-M1i continues to go down, perhaps that will be a good option for these lenses at some point.
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Re: From E-510 to OM-D E-M5

Don't be put off by the low price of the 40-150 f/4-5.6 MFT lens. Yes, it's very light and has a plastic mount but, optically (where it matters), the performance is far better than the price might suggest.
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