Using old OM lenses

Started Aug 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
Henry Stamm Veteran Member • Posts: 3,414
Re: Using old OM lenses

When I had the E-1, I started off with several of the OM lenses.  The 50mm f1.8 "made in Japan" is quite a nice lens, although a bit soft at f1.8 and f2.8.  It sharpened quite nicely when stopped down.  That said, the only reason I used it was for lower light at f1.8 and f2.8.   My original Zuiko digital 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 was simply easier to use for me and perhaps a tad sharper at the longer end for a given f-stop.

On the other hand, I also had the OM 135mm f2.8, 200mm f4 and 300mm f4.5.  The 135 and 200mm lenses are very nice and quite good.  But when I acquired my 50-200mm f2.8-f4 swd digital lens, I sold my three telephoto primes.  It simply proved far more useful in the field.  The 200mm and 300mm lenses also were sharpest from f5.6-f8, so the digital zoom simply outperformed them in terms of IQ and ease of use.  The 1.4TC combined with the long end of my 50-200mm gives me 280mm at f5.6, with virtually no fall off in terms of IQ, and with the 2.0TC, I have a 400mm combo that is good enough for my uses.

 Henry Stamm's gear list:Henry Stamm's gear list
Olympus E-M1 II Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6 Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm 1:2.8-4.0 SWD Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6 Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm 1:2.8-3.5 SWD +6 more
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