Olympus UK E-System User Group
Olympus UK E-System User Group

Join our unique resource for Olympus Four Thirds E-System DSLR and Pen and OM-D Micro Four Thirds photographers. Show your images via our free e-group photo gallery. Please read the e-group.uk.net forum terms and conditions before posting for the first time. Above all, welcome!


Go Back   Olympus UK E-System User Group > Cameras, lenses and system accessories > Camera conference > Micro Four Thirds > Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5 The first Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus with an integrated Electronic Viewfinder

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 9th December 2012
David Morison's Avatar
David Morison David Morison is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Fulbeck, Lincolnshire
Posts: 3,507
Thanks: 71
Thanked 588 Times in 472 Posts
Likes: 48
Liked 298 Times in 175 Posts
Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

Owing to the dearth of prime telephoto lenses for m4/3rds camera, the only choice appeared to be the ED 300mm f2.8 used with a MMF adapter. I could never get on with this combination due to AF issues and having a need to do a fair bit of BIF I sold the 300mm and aquired a Canon 7D plus 400mm f5.6L.

As I use a fixed aperture MF Lensbaby Scout with the E-M5 with some success, on a whim I mounted the Canon 400mm on a tripod and offered up the E-M5 plus MMF3. A bit of MF with assist and exposure adjust using Shutter Priority and I got some surprisingly good results. So I have gone for a manual Canon EF to m4/3rds adapter for 9 from Ebay to test out the combo properly.

Do any other members use non-Olympus/Panasonic lenses with m4/3rds cameras? I'd be interested to know what lenses and how it worked out.

Regards

David
__________________
PBase Galleries:-http://www.pbase.com/davidmorisonimages
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 9th December 2012
Ulfric M Douglas Ulfric M Douglas is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Northumberland
Posts: 2,895
Thanks: 263
Thanked 234 Times in 215 Posts
Likes: 128
Liked 172 Times in 119 Posts
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

I often use an old CarlZeissJena on my e-pL1, but tis only 135mm.
I have a Tokyo-Koki 300mm but it lacks contrast so I really don't use it any more.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 9th December 2012
Jetset95 Jetset95 is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: UK
Posts: 303
Thanks: 10
Thanked 18 Times in 17 Posts
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

Lots of Panasonic Lumix M4/3 users swear by Canon or Olympus dumb adapters to allow them to use legacy lens like this. No reason to believe that the same on the OM-D wouldn't work just as well.

James
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 9th December 2012
mike_j
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

One reason I bought an OM-D was to give me stabilisation on legacy lenes.

I'm finding that Zuiko 35mm f3.5 macro, Leica Summicron 50mm f2 and Leica Elmarit 90mm f2.8 are good. The jury is still out on the Canon FD 300mm f4, some shots are good, others quite blurred.

I'm wondering if this an example of the 'shutter shock' discussed here and elsewhere
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 9th December 2012
Simon Bee's Avatar
Simon Bee Simon Bee is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bridgend, South Wales
Posts: 1,888
Thanks: 143
Thanked 214 Times in 181 Posts
Likes: 425
Liked 305 Times in 193 Posts
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

Hi David,

For more reach than the 75mm F1.8 can give I have the following Leica R optics which I mount to the OM-D via a genuine Panasonic adapter for Leica R :-

90mm F2.8 Elmarit .... a small and incredibly sharp optic.
180mm F3.4 APO-Telyt .... again quite small and is legendary for its sharpness
280mm F4 APO-Telyt ..... needs no introduction to those in the know and I consider myself incredibly fortunate to own one of the 2500 made.

I can also use the 280 APO with the x2 APO convertor & the Macro tube as seen in the fourth picture .... this combo turns this phenomenal lens into a full blown macro with an equivalent FOV of a 1120mm lens ( in 35mm terms ).

I have only recently purchased the OM-D and have not had a chance to properly try out these combinations however I will say that I have found manual focussing them to be easy, even without magnified view and with my forty seven year old eyes
Attached Images
File Type: jpg leica r90b.jpg (53.8 KB, 20 views)
File Type: jpg leica r180b.jpg (53.6 KB, 21 views)
File Type: jpg leica r280e.jpg (39.7 KB, 28 views)
File Type: jpg leica r280&conv.jpg (41.1 KB, 27 views)
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 9th December 2012
David M's Avatar
David M David M is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: A Brit now living in Ontario, Canada.
Posts: 6,612
Thanks: 39
Thanked 678 Times in 640 Posts
Likes: 254
Liked 1,323 Times in 796 Posts
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

That 280mm is a dinky little lens, looks a nice size for a small body like the EM-5.
__________________
It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

David M's Photoblog
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 9th December 2012
Simon Bee's Avatar
Simon Bee Simon Bee is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bridgend, South Wales
Posts: 1,888
Thanks: 143
Thanked 214 Times in 181 Posts
Likes: 425
Liked 305 Times in 193 Posts
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

The attached images are the few samples that I have so far, nothing special as all were quickly taken whilst "playing around" so to speak.

Image 1 ... the rose was taken with the 90mm Elmarit at F5.6 / 1/400th / ISO 200 hand held.

Image 2 ... Mother & Child Statue was taken with the 180mm F3.4 APO at F3.4 / 1/125th / ISO 250 hand held

Image 3 ... Wooden desk calendar was again taken with the 180 APO, again wide open and in the dim light of my "snug" illuminated only by the light coming from the wood-burning stove. Not ultra sharp but IMO not bad given it was hand held and in such low light with such a low shutter speed ... F3.4 / 1/8th ( yep 1/8th ) / ISO 6400 Hand held

I have not yet had a suitable chance to test the 280 APO but will post some sample images when I do get the opportunity.

Kind regards Simon

Regards Simon
Attached Images
File Type: jpg PB111783.JPG (84.1 KB, 17 views)
File Type: jpg PB111784.JPG (88.0 KB, 21 views)
File Type: jpg PB101785.JPG (86.8 KB, 21 views)
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 9th December 2012
Simon Bee's Avatar
Simon Bee Simon Bee is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bridgend, South Wales
Posts: 1,888
Thanks: 143
Thanked 214 Times in 181 Posts
Likes: 425
Liked 305 Times in 193 Posts
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

Hi David,

Yes the 280 APO is remarkably compact and actually handles quite well on the OM-D.

Not meaning to go off topic but this lens is regarded as the finest ever to come out of the Leica factory ... period. It is completely diffraction-limited, no C.A at all even when used with the x2 APO convertor. In a recent interview, Andreas Kaufman ( the Leica owner ) said that Leica lost money on every one of the 2500 made and to the tune of several thousand Euro's per lens When available new it sold in the UK for around 5.5k when it should have been marketed closer to 8.5k but they realised that at that price ( even by Leica standards ) they would not likely sell many

BTW... I love my Olympus lenses too

Regards Simon


Quote:
Originally Posted by David M View Post
That 280mm is a dinky little lens, looks a nice size for a small body like the EM-5.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 9th December 2012
jonoslack
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

Hi Simon
Lucky you - I'd love the 280. I do have the 180 f2.8 Apo, and various other R lenses, and they all behave nicely on the OMD, focusing is easy, and it makes one realise that it's possible to make really high quality zoom lenses.

Not sure I agree with you about the finest lens ever to come out of the Leica factory - I think there are many contenders, but I would have thought that most would consider the humble 50 f1.4 aspheric to be the prime candidate. Whatever! (I'm jealous!)

all the best
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 9th December 2012
David M's Avatar
David M David M is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: A Brit now living in Ontario, Canada.
Posts: 6,612
Thanks: 39
Thanked 678 Times in 640 Posts
Likes: 254
Liked 1,323 Times in 796 Posts
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

Didn't Leica make a modular telephoto in the 90's? If I remember correctly it was a 280mm f/2.8/400mm f/4 and a 560mm f/5.6.
__________________
It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

David M's Photoblog
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 9th December 2012
jonoslack
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

Hi David - they did indeed - I guess it might be the jewel in the crown (at least from a size and cost point of view!)
It's very big and very white - way beyond me, and the R lens prices are now on the way up again.
all the best
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 9th December 2012
drmarkf's Avatar
drmarkf drmarkf is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Cambridge, UK
Posts: 5,646
Thanks: 360
Thanked 508 Times in 422 Posts
Likes: 2,218
Liked 1,281 Times in 728 Posts
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

Those Leicas are a-mazing

I've had very good success with my 135mm f4 Elmar - it was my father's and not in very good condition when i inherited it, but I had it refurbished by a specialist and one couldn't ask for more sharpness.
It's now butter-smooth to mount on the camera, and alter aperture and focus, but its better not to peer too closely down the barrel with a torch pointing in the other direction because it looks like a plague of fluorescent locusts are flying around in there! In real-life use this doesn't seem to make a difference, although I'm not planning to use it for many sunset shots.

The other tele I've enjoyed using is my own OM Zuiko 300 f4.5 that I've owned from new. So far I've only used it for garden photography on a tripod with the E-M5, but it certainly draws a sharp image around middling f-stops and the bokeh is nice.
__________________
Regards,
Mark

------------------------------
http://www.microcontrast.com
Too much Oly gear.
Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 9th December 2012
Simon Bee's Avatar
Simon Bee Simon Bee is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bridgend, South Wales
Posts: 1,888
Thanks: 143
Thanked 214 Times in 181 Posts
Likes: 425
Liked 305 Times in 193 Posts
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

Hi Jono,

Yes focusing these wonderful lenses is easy on the OM-D and I am so pleased as I really did not want to sink a huge sum of cash into the upcoming Leica M

I love using the OM-D, IQ wise it has everything I "need" and it looks great too. All in all it is my perfect digital camera and boy has it taken me a long time to get to this point.

With regard to the 280 being possibly the best lens made by Leica ever, I was quoting what many others more knowledgeable than I have often said including if I remember correctly Erwin Putts. IMO there are several Leica lenses worthy of that title and this is just one of them.

I am also very fond of my Olympus OM lenses though as yet I do not have an adapter to use them on the OM-D.

Regards Simon




Quote:
Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
Hi Simon
Lucky you - I'd love the 280. I do have the 180 f2.8 Apo, and various other R lenses, and they all behave nicely on the OMD, focusing is easy, and it makes one realise that it's possible to make really high quality zoom lenses.

Not sure I agree with you about the finest lens ever to come out of the Leica factory - I think there are many contenders, but I would have thought that most would consider the humble 50 f1.4 aspheric to be the prime candidate. Whatever! (I'm jealous!)

all the best
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 9th December 2012
David M's Avatar
David M David M is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: A Brit now living in Ontario, Canada.
Posts: 6,612
Thanks: 39
Thanked 678 Times in 640 Posts
Likes: 254
Liked 1,323 Times in 796 Posts
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

I thought so, I was offered the loan of one as part of a R outfit by one of the Leica UK sales people in the mid 90's.
__________________
It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

David M's Photoblog
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 9th December 2012
Zuiko's Avatar
Zuiko Zuiko is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Dunmow, Essex
Posts: 22,186
Thanks: 1,991
Thanked 3,175 Times in 2,480 Posts
Likes: 3,447
Liked 4,504 Times in 2,141 Posts
Re: Non-m4/3rds prime telephotos on E-M5

Quote:
Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
Hi Simon
Lucky you - I'd love the 280. I do have the 180 f2.8 Apo, and various other R lenses, and they all behave nicely on the OMD, focusing is easy, and it makes one realise that it's possible to make really high quality zoom lenses.

Not sure I agree with you about the finest lens ever to come out of the Leica factory - I think there are many contenders, but I would have thought that most would consider the humble 50 f1.4 aspheric to be the prime candidate. Whatever! (I'm jealous!)

all the best
Hi Jono, welcome to the forum.
__________________
John

"A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For sale M43 Prime Lenses mini0ne For sale or wanted small ads 0 30th November 2012 02:40 PM
m4/3rds vs 4/3rds 7-14mm zooms. Footloose1949 Wide angle 17 18th September 2012 08:28 AM
12mm prime brianvickers Lens focus 0 31st July 2012 12:07 PM
Prime Rose ringneck Foto Fair 1 27th June 2012 11:34 PM
New patent 4/3rds to micro 4/3rds adaptor Daveart Announcements 5 12th September 2011 07:05 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 03:56 PM.


The Write Technology Ltd, 2007-2019, All rights reservedAd Management plugin by RedTyger