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I got lucky!

I bought a lovely OM 100mm f2.8 from Mark F some time ago and thoroughly enjoyed using it on the A7 (that I also bought from Mark!) and on my old OM1. However, it went through a gathering dust phase and when another member posted a "Wanted" ad for one, I let it go. It was a decision I regretted and I've since been on the lookout for another copy.

Well, I got lucky this past week and managed to buy this absolutely pristine copy from eBay:


Olympus Zuiko OM 100m f2.8 by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

It came boxed with a perfect leather case and even the warranty card and instruction leaflet. There is even a faint smell of oil to it. Gorgeous!

I was so amazed at the condition that I mailed the seller and asked how it was so good. He told me that he runs a shop and in fact the lens was new stock that had never been sold. He had to break open the plastic wrapping to take shots for eBay.

So, now I know what it feels like to buy an Olympus lens in the late 70s/early 80s!

This is a shot I took with my previous copy on the A7:


Face in the Crowd by Paul Kaye, on Flickr
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Re: I got lucky!

It's a cracking lens, I used to own one when I had the OM System.
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Re: I got lucky!

A proper lens with numbers on it!! Looks nice and compact too.
I was half tempted into an OM to Pen F to enjoy the big brother full frame lens options, but no auto aperture unfortunately.

Instead I purchased the 70mm f2 native half frame, equivalent to 100mm approx in FF terms. Can't say how it performs yet as I have only exposed half a roll of HP5. Takes ages to crack off 72!
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Re: I got lucky!

Crackin picture - dare I ask what they sell for these days?
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Crackin picture - dare I ask what they sell for these days?
Not too crazy. 100 will get you a good one. I paid a little more (127) due to its condition.
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Re: I got lucky!

A fine lens - it would have been hard to resist.
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Re: I got lucky!

Paul. What adapter do you use with this lens?
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Re: I got lucky!

I have a nice example of that lens which doesn't get used anywhere near enough. As others have said, it's a cracker. Lucky you!
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Paul. What adapter do you use with this lens?
For Sony it's a KEF Concept branded one. For m43 is a generic Chinese one. Both bought for 15 or less on eBay and both seem to work fine.
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Re: I got lucky!

The yellow gold Passed sticker brings back happy memories of "authentic Japanese" products.
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Re: I got lucky!

That's an excellent shot Paul & lovely bokeh. Impressive little lens, amazed it is only ~100 second hand. I wonder how the same shot would have compared using the new 12-100 at 100mm? how about doing a comparison?
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The yellow gold Passed sticker brings back happy memories of "authentic Japanese" products.
It was always a difficult decision, as they wore with use, when to take them off and to try to remove the amazingly gummy adhesive!
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Re: I got lucky!

Many of today's didital photographers, especially the younger demographic, will look at lenses like the 100mm f/2.8, concluding someone has defaced a perfectly good lens by adding weird numbers around the barrel, much like graffiti, or cave drawings recording successful kills.
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