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Legacy Lenses Discuss the use of older lenses, using adapters, from the Olympus OM system, Leica M and R-series, and the millions of others too.

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Pah! Thanks AP, there goes my bargain

Having enjoyed my Nikon 100/2.8 E-series and having the adaptor for my E-P1 I have been snooping around on Fleabay for a 50mm 1.8 for a bargain price. They seem cheapest if attached to a camera but now Amateur Photographer have ruined it.

They are doing an article on "bargain legacy lenses" which includes plenty of OM Zuiko glass and that 50mm/1.8. Suddenly the prices go up...

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Re: Pah! Thanks AP, there goes my bargain

Mine cost about 6 on the 'Bay a couple of year's back. AP reckons they go for about 25. That would have been about the cost of the one I bought with my OM1 in 1980 - total bill 130!
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Re: Pah! Thanks AP, there goes my bargain

Legacy lenses are getting more and more expensive, especially on the Evilbay!

It's a great sellers market out there for them, but not for anyone who wants to buy!
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Re: Pah! Thanks AP, there goes my bargain

The same thing has happened to Tamron SP range lenses.

BTW, I'm glad you are liking that 100mm E series lens. Any results in the gallery??

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Having enjoyed my Nikon 100/2.8 E-series and having the adaptor for my E-P1 I have been snooping around on Fleabay for a 50mm 1.8 for a bargain price. They seem cheapest if attached to a camera but now Amateur Photographer have ruined it.

They are doing an article on "bargain legacy lenses" which includes plenty of OM Zuiko glass and that 50mm/1.8. Suddenly the prices go up...

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Re: Pah! Thanks AP, there goes my bargain

I have a number of 50/1.8s - If anyone wants one...

You don't have to stick to zuikos, the 50mm standard lens is always pretty good in whatever brand. The Zuiko is particularly good, but there are many other 'bargains' out there. Have a look for a Rollei 50/1.8 for example, found on SL35s, or a humble pentacon 50/1.8 will only cost a few pounds. They'll all fit on an EP1.

These types are often cheaper at a dealer... ebay is really getting expensive because the market is global!
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Re: Pah! Thanks AP, there goes my bargain

My 50mm f/1.4 Zuiko cost me 57 including postage on eBay back in February.



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Re: Pah! Thanks AP, there goes my bargain

Seems like a good time to dig these things out. I have 3 Miranda lens - some with macro facility, a Pentax M 1.7/50 plus a 2.8/28mm Sigma mini-wide and i'm sure there is a Zuiko 1.8/50mm in there as well... time to go rummaging methinks?
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Re: Pah! Thanks AP, there goes my bargain

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BTW, I'g glad you are liking that 100mm E series lens. Any results in the gallery??

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Pete,

Have a look here, a new album especially for the combo. I was trying to get some pictures for Ian's Pen book, using the depth of field and seeing what the art filters do.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1074


With regards to rising costs I have decided to second-guess the market on Fleabay - I have just added three Oly T20 flashes and a wireless trigger to my setup for a total of 35 instead. A new arrival necessitates portraiture/studio work and less time outside...

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Re: Pah! Thanks AP, there goes my bargain

I got my 50mm lens with an OM10 outfit in a hard case for a good price & have got most of my use out of it reversed for my early macro stuff. I have also used the chipped (Dandelion) adapter with AF confirm for 4/3s & it helps a lot. Do they have a similarly chipped adapter for micro 4/3s or is it useless with contrast focus?
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Re: Pah! Thanks AP, there goes my bargain

Here's a gumtree posting if anyone is interested. The slide duplicator is a strange looking beast.
http://glasgow.gumtree.com/glasgow/87/69446887.html
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Re: Pah! Thanks AP, there goes my bargain

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Seems like a good time to dig these things out. I have 3 Miranda lens - some with macro facility, a Pentax M 1.7/50 plus a 2.8/28mm Sigma mini-wide and i'm sure there is a Zuiko 1.8/50mm in there as well... time to go rummaging methinks?
Before I could afford 'premier league' brands, I was an avid Miranda fan and had both a Sensorex EE2 (por man's Nikon F2 as it had a removable prism) and an OM-inspired compact dx3, the latter being the first SLR with an electronically governed focal plane shutter and an LED exposure indicator (with 'OK' displayed for correct exposure in the viewfinder). I also had an 80-200 zoom, and a Miranda 21mm wide angle. Alas, the original Miranda company went bust not long after the dx3 was produced. There was a link with Soligor and several Miranda system lenses were obviously Soligor designs. The Miranda 50mm f/1.8 standard lens was renowned for its optical resolving power.

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Re: Pah! Thanks AP, there goes my bargain

I bought an OM10, Viivitar 24mm f2.8 and Miranda 75-200mm f4.5 for the grand sum of 6!

It was sold as spares because he didnt thinkthe camera worked as the exposure value showsn was way off the mark. Both lenses were fungussed up nicely, but I still use the Viviitar 24mm, it's an excellent lens. The Miranda was in very poor shape, but was useful on a massive macro extension tube, just, where it showed very good resolution and bokeh but awful colour fringing and flare.

I got a Zuiko 50mm f1.8 with a Tamron 2x Teleconverter attached for 1 too, which I thought was a good deal.

I have just forked out nearly 70 on a mint vivitar 24mm but in Minolta MD fitting to comapre against my fungus bitten OM one. We shall see.
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Re: Pah! Thanks AP, there goes my bargain

Well I never.. I have used a Sensorex and Miranda F in my past. Regrettably I sold all the Miranda gear years ago. They were quality cameras, nothing to do with the nast Dixons stuff with the same name. These days hardly anyone has heard of them.

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Before I could afford 'premier league' brands, I was an avid Miranda fan and had both a Sensorex EE2 (por man's Nikon F2 as it had a removable prism) and an OM-inspired compact dx3, the latter being the first SLR with an electronically governed focal plane shutter and an LED exposure indicator (with 'OK' displayed for correct exposure in the viewfinder). I also had an 80-200 zoom, and a Miranda 21mm wide angle. Alas, the original Miranda company went bust not long after the dx3 was produced. There was a link with Soligor and several Miranda system lenses were obviously Soligor designs. The Miranda 50mm f/1.8 standard lens was renowned for its optical resolving power.

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I got my 50mm lens with an OM10 outfit in a hard case for a good price & have got most of my use out of it reversed for my early macro stuff. I have also used the chipped (Dandelion) adapter with AF confirm for 4/3s & it helps a lot. Do they have a similarly chipped adapter for micro 4/3s or is it useless with contrast focus?
I'm quite lucky in that I use my old Panasonic DMC-L1 (virtually the same as an E300) with most of my legacy lenses, for some reason Panasonic do focus confirm with legacy lenses on which Olympus do not! It therefore makes it really simple to use the old OM and Leica lenses on my L1.

It means that any adaptors are also very cheap too
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