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Old Oct 22, 2008, 5:37 AM   #1
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Hi,

A colleague of mine was seriously in to SLR photography a number of years ago (pre-digital). He has a large collection (3 briefcases) of olympus lenses. He is now looking at getting back in to photography, and is looking at whether he can reuse his lens collection. Looking at the Olympus DSLR cameras, they appear to be 4/3 system which I do not believe are compatible with his lenses. I am way out of my depth in terms of giving him advice, hence this post looking for a path forward.

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Old Oct 22, 2008, 6:51 AM   #2
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You can find adapters that will allow you to use older Olympus lenses. I'll move this thread down to our Olympus dSLR Forum, where some of our members with them can give you some tips.

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Old Oct 22, 2008, 7:03 AM   #3
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Thanks Jim,

I forgot that there was a specific forum (new here).

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Old Oct 22, 2008, 7:15 AM   #4
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A colleague of mine was seriously in to SLR photography a number of years ago (pre-digital). He has a large collection (3 briefcases) of olympus lenses. He is now looking at getting back in to photography, and is looking at whether he can reuse his lens collection. Looking at the Olympus DSLR cameras, they appear to be 4/3 system which I do not believe are compatible with his lenses. I am way out of my depth in terms of giving him advice, hence this post looking for a path forward.

Thanks,

Kevin.
Good morning,

There is a lot of detailed information relative to the use of Olympus OM lenses on the new Digital DSLR camera bodies. Rather than trying to explain here in this post, I would suggest that your colleague take a minute to read the following articles regarding this subject:

The first is an article written by John Foster, an English fellow who has a website about all things having to do with Olympus cameras, both 35mm and digital.

http://www.biofos.com/cornucop/omz_e1.html

The other resource that is widely read in this forum is:

http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/any-lens.html

This should give your friend a good start into understanding the complexities of the subject.



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Old Oct 22, 2008, 8:33 AM   #5
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Hi: The only thing I would add to what Zig wrote is to spend a little extra money and get the OM to 4/3 adapter with the focus confirmation LED light. Have your friend go to the RJ Camera Accesory store on e-bay. These are sold by Jinfinance from China, and their quality is always good. (Just takes a while to ship from China.)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=350112687098
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Hey Limey Kev, Scouse Ken here.

I'm probably a lot like your friend, asare several people here. I've used Oly cameras and lenses for over 30 years and have a sackful of lenses for the old ones.

I started with an OM adapter and the old 'legacy' glass but "For me" I've found that the new 'made for the 4/3 system seem to be better and more compatable and convenient. Like I said "my opinion"

I do use some of my favourites from time to time, part of the fun of having the camera but more and more, probably because I'm a lazy B, I turn to the new.

Not much help I know, have your friend look at the links the other "Unopinionated" guys have posted.

And have him join in here, he'll get lots of help.

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While you on the Wrotniak site, should also visit click "Other Articles" link which has a lot more info about FourThirds cameras.

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I started with an OM adapter and the old 'legacy' glass but "For me" I've found that the new 'made for the 4/3 system seem to be better and more compatable and convenient. Like I said "my opinion"
Hi, Ken

That's not surprising. As Andrezj Wrotniak points out, on a 4/3 cam35mm legacy lenses"will have to provide twice the resolution for which they were designed". Also you have to figure that the optical design software the lens manufacturers use, has to have improved a lot over the years as computers have become way more powerful and we learn to write better software. So although legacy lenses can give good results on a 4/3 cam, it would be a very unusual legacy lens that could equal Oly's or PanaLeica's best 4/3 lenses. (Not that there aren't such legacy lenses...)

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