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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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Cool Old, weird, wonderful - legacy lenses!

It had escaped me that we didn't have a board for the discussion of legacy lenses, so here it is!

I personally don't have any legacy lenses, but I think I could be tempeted to have a play with some inexpensive fast OMs (Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 seems like a good starting point)...

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Re: Old, weird, wonderful - legacy lenses!

Well done Ian

Here are some I modified earlier



90mm 135mm and 200mm Tamron primes...

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Lovely!

Ian - if you'd like to borrow some to play with you'd be welcome. be warned, it's quite addictive.
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Re: Old, weird, wonderful - legacy lenses!

As the profile of the Legacy lens user has risen i along with others have now been tempted to having a dable in this area. Again along with others i was guilty of posting up without fully exploring the search function, there are some great old threads re: Om lenses and a lot of usefull info in there. I know for one i will enjoy my first steps in the Om range this week (dont you just hate waiting on a new toy in the post) and im sure getting useable results will be in no small part down to the advice of our prominent users here. Im looking forward to posting up some shamefull or spectacular results next week.

A sticky thread with reviews of combinations used may be a good organic thread in the future as users explore.
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We seem to have a good legacy lens discussion going on http://www.fourthirds-user.com/forum...splay.php?f=49. It's a good place because it lets us mere Panasonic users chip in.

For example here is my Panasonic G1 with a voitlander 15mm lens (well we 4/3 crowd wanted some wide angle primes)

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I'd be interested in seeing some shots from the 15mm. I have one for my bessa and it's a great lens. What's it like as a 30efl on the G1? It's point is it's wide angle so a 30mm f4.5 might not be as attractive. the 35/1.7 might be interesting.
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My favorite "Legacy" item has to be the OM Bellows. While I occasionally use it to copy a slide, the 80mm OM Bellows Macro Lens is ideal for all the other types of "Greater than Lifesize" that I enjoy doing.

I shall be "engineering" a mount to facilitate the use of the focusing rail for direct use of the E-3 & 50mm f/2 Macro.



At the other end of the range my Sigma 600mm is Great Fun and surprisingly usable with IS switched on.

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I'd be interested in seeing some shots from the 15mm. I have one for my bessa and it's a great lens. What's it like as a 30efl on the G1? It's point is it's wide angle so a 30mm f4.5 might not be as attractive. the 35/1.7 might be interesting.
I'd be railroaded out of here if I posted any shots - not a shred of Olympus about it

OK 30mm f4.5 isn't so great but what else have we got on 4/3 of MFT? I'll post some shots over on four thirds user
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30mm f4.5 isn't so great but what else have we got on 4/3 of MFT?
I guess there's Pelengs and such.
Going wide with a 2x crop isn't easy - that's where film comes in handy ... but I suppose that's yet another forum....
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Re: Old, weird, wonderful - legacy lenses!

There is also quite a lot of 16mm cine stuff, but we are not in Oly territory here.
http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=44 has a good gallery of exotic lenses with the G1
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There is also quite a lot of 16mm cine stuff, but we are not in Oly territory here.
http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=44 has a good gallery of exotic lenses with the G1
Thanks for the link.. That's a forum I have not seen before..

I am very impressed by speed with which the mFT community have got stuck in with legacy lens adapters! Clearly having an even shorter flange to sensor distance means there are a load more lenses you can use. There are some fab images of the old style pull-out Leica Elmar lens on a G1

This is where the mFT EVF comes into its own, focussing some weird wide angle accurately is a whole lot easier with what amounts to permanent live view, I guess.

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Re: Old, weird, wonderful - legacy lenses!

Legacy concentrate:

http://adaptall-2.org/

For macro, Schneider Componon bellows lenses are excellent, from the C series up to the HM series. The Printing Nikkors are widely reputed to be the best.

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Re: Old, weird, wonderful - legacy lenses!

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It had escaped me that we didn't have a board for the discussion of legacy lenses, so here it is!

I personally don't have any legacy lenses, but I think I could be tempeted to have a play with some inexpensive fast OMs (Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 seems like a good starting point)...

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That's wonderful and it has got me thinking of a project for the winter months, time to get out my Nikon F lenses, Leica M and my OM Zuiko's, even the Hasselblad Zeiss lenses too but I'll need to get an adapter first.

As you may know I am heading back in the direction of 'film' for most of my output but I still have an em1 and now that there is a dedicated 'legacy lens' board it might just keep me motivated with digital too

Cheers and 'Thanks',

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