To those of you that have adapted OM mount lenses for m43...

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AndyGM
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To those of you that have adapted OM mount lenses for m43...
Jul 31, 2012

... 2 simple questions.

  • Which ones do you have?

  • If you have more than one, which is your favorite?

I am about to get 4 OM mount lenses from a relative. I have no idea which ones, or what condition they are in (but I'm not expecting much, they have been in a roofspace for the last 14 years...)

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In reply to AndyGM, Jul 31, 2012

Om Lenses:

28/2.8: Love it!
50/1.4: Decent, not as sharp as I would like.
50/1.8: Better pic's than the 1.4. Like the colors from both.
135/2.8: Nice lens! A bit large.
135/3.5: Also a nice lens, smaller, like it a lot.
200/4: ok lens, my copy seems to be a bit soft.
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I have the 50mm 1.8, the 55mm 1.2, and the 100mm 2.8. There are all great lenses, although I have to admit that after getting the new 45mm, I don't use the 50mm much at all. The 100 is the one I use the most; it's a wonderful medium long lens: great image quality, very sharp even at 2.8, and it's quite small for a long lens even with the adapter. The 55 is very nice, but quite heavy, I rarely use it except when I'm at home.

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I have and like the OMZ 50/1.8 and 135/2.8. I initially bought them to use on digital, but I since have picked up an OM body and now enjoy using them for film mostly.

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I have the OM zuiko 50 f/1.8 and the 50 f/1.4

My take is pretty much like the others--the 50/1.8 is a great lens. The 50/1.4 is pretty fun, & pretty incomparable if you do need that extra stop. But does have a glow wide open.

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... 2 simple questions.

  • Which ones do you have?

  • If you have more than one, which is your favorite?

I am about to get 4 OM mount lenses from a relative. I have no idea which ones, or what condition they are in (but I'm not expecting much, they have been in a roofspace for the last 14 years...)

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AndyGM wrote:

... 2 simple questions.

  • Which ones do you have?

  • If you have more than one, which is your favorite?

I am about to get 4 OM mount lenses from a relative. I have no idea which ones, or what condition they are in (but I'm not expecting much, they have been in a roofspace for the last 14 years...)

You can see the lenses I've got on my profile.
OM 50mm F1.4, 24mm F2.8 and 135mm F3.5 are those I like the most.
(Until I get me a DZ45mm F1.8 I'll still be using the 50mm F1.4)
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Have a OM 85mm f2, 50mmf1.4 and 35mm f2.8 left over from the film days. I only use the 85f2 I find it a very good lens.
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I have several, but the ones most used are 50/1.8 and 50/3.5 macro. Both handle extremely well on E-P1.

300/4.5 is just too heavy and bulky, doesn't see much use. 135/4? has been superseded by the 40-150.

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OM 35mm f3.5. A nice lens on micro 43, but of little use. The 14-42 zoom is more useful.
OM 50mm f1.8. OK on micro 43. Not my sharpest 50.
OM 70-150 zoom. Never tried it. I own the 40-150 zoom.
OM 200mm f4. Not a bad lens at all, but too big to carry around.

My advice is to not pay a lot of money for any of the OM mounts. They are fun to use when you already own them or get them for cheap.

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OM 28 F2.0 - fantastic lens! I got a bargain copy which performs very well, even wide open.

OM 50 F1.8 "made in Japan" - lovely. Not "clinically" sharp wide open, but still very good. My only complaint about this lens is that you can't stop it to F2.0 to gain a bit in sharpness, but can only jump to F2.8.

OM zoom 35-70 F3.6 - great zoom (parfocal, i.e. preserving focus while zooming). Optically as sharp as primes. Not to confuse with 35-70 F4 or 35-70 F3.5-4.5 which are optically inferior (albeit smaller and lighter). Next best zoom to the legendary 35-80 f2.8 (which is super rare and expensive).

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My collection:
24/ 2.8
50/ 1.4
50/ 1.8
135/ 3.5
100-200/ 5

Contrary to a few other responses here, I find the 50/1.4 at f2 to be better than the 1.8; slightly more definition, a bit sharper and nicer colours. At f1.4 there is quite a lot of 'haloing', if that's a word. Having said that, I don't use either much now I've got the 45mm MFT lens.

The 24mm is a great lens, a nice length for me and very sharp, not cheap though, look on fleabay. This is my most used OM lens.

The 135mm/ 3.5 is a good lens too; quite compact, built-in hood, it feels good in the hand. There are a couple of threads at the moment with examples of this lens.

I only got the zoom a couple of weeks ago and not really tested it much, it seems ok though.

All of my primes are the 'silver-nose' version, I believe that in some cases it makes a difference, not sure which though. They do command more money from some sellers on fleabay.

Keep us posted on your new lenses.

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AndyGM wrote:

... 2 simple questions.

  • Which ones do you have?

  • If you have more than one, which is your favorite?

I am about to get 4 OM mount lenses from a relative. I have no idea which ones, or what condition they are in (but I'm not expecting much, they have been in a roofspace for the last 14 years...)

Not sure which 4 OM lenses you will have (I may have missed it somewhere), but I have several from 24mm to 100mm in my arsenal. The 100mm f/2.8 is often a nice short telephoto. Probably the single most useful is the 50mm f/3.5 macro. On an mFT, is will natively work to 1:1 if you can close to the subject. Quite sharp and easy to use with magnified view.

Some of the shorter lenses are OK, and I rather like the 24mm, though not as sharp or distortion-free as would be ideal. But I already own it, so no extra cost to play around with it. The 40mm f/2 is another fun lens, very compact and reasonably sharp.

I have an inexpensive Fotodiox adaptor that works well enough and does the job I need.

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I have the 55 f1.2 and the 135 f2.8. The 135 is very sharp but it's a tripod lens. Pretty hard to get the good sharpness handheld unless you jack up the ISO.The 55 is a good soft portrait lens, however I have a 50 Summilux that I prefer over the 55.

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I have three that I use for video that were left over from my OM system:

28 f2 - very nice lens
50 f1.4 - which is my favourite for video usage
35-105 f3.5/5.6 - which is a bit of a mixed bag, but well worth having for video

If I am being brutally honest I would have to say that if I did not already have them I would not have gone out and bought them. They are fun to use but don't pay a lot for them as you will undoubtedly be better served by the current crop of m4/3 primes.

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... 2 simple questions.

  • Which ones do you have?

  • If you have more than one, which is your favorite?

I am about to get 4 OM mount lenses from a relative. I have no idea which ones, or what condition they are in (but I'm not expecting much, they have been in a roofspace for the last 14 years...)

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Hello,

AndyGM wrote:

... 2 simple questions.

  • Which ones do you have?

All of them starting from 85mm f/2 up to the 500mm f/8 mirror.

  • If you have more than one, which is your favorite?

The 135mm f/2.8, by far. Mine is a silver nose version, fantastic picture quality, small and light, and the focus ring is perfectly smooth and damped.
The 100mm's (both the f/2 and f/2.8) are superb lenses too.

I would not recommend anything under 50mm, you will get a lot of flare, even the 50mm's are becoming less interesting compared to the small micro zuiko 45mm f/1.8.

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3DrJ wrote:

Not sure which 4 OM lenses you will have

All I know so far is that one is a 50mm kit prime (and I'm assuming it is the 50mm f/1.8 because it came off an OM10), and one is a macro. No idea what the other 2 are.

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Zuiko 300mm f4.5 which has been sitting in the cupboard with my OM-4Ti for years is quite fun for long range pre-focussed shots (e.g sport / wildlife) but definitely need a tripod or other support and the purple fringing is notable... 200mm f4 is not bad either - more compact & lightweight.

As others have said, the 135mm f2.8 is really nice and portable for (close to) 300mm equivalent range. Probably my favourite. The f3.5 version gets good press too but I don't have that.

I would second the comments about the 35-70mm f3.6 but I always found it tended to produce low-contrast images (even on film!) and the lens hood is a necessity.

50mm f1.4 standard lens is nice but so is the m.zuiko 45mm f1.8 - and it autofocuses & meters too!

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  • Which ones do you have?

I have a decent bunch of OM lenses , if interested you can see photo of these and photo's taken with these in my gallery

  • If you have more than one, which is your favorite?

85/2.0 is crazy sharp.

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In reply to AndyGM, Aug 1, 2012

I have these three.

OM 135/3.5
OM 50/1.8
OM 28/2.8

Manual focus is much nicer on these lenses than on modern lenses and I personally don't really like autofocus.

Total cost less than £100 and all are immaculate. The 28 was the biggest surprise as I'd read that shorter focal length legacy lenses were not a good idea. Well I loveit

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50mm f3.5 macro was my most fun one, throw on some £30 extension tubes and you can get full screen images of a poppy seed.

If you find a 50mm f2 macro or 50mm f1.2, watch out, they can be worth a few 100.

50mm 1.4 is nice, soft wide open but makes a dreamy image, 50mm 1.8 is nice too but theyre dime a dozen.

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