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Old Jun 10, 2010, 1:14 PM   #1
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I picked up a OM-mount Zuiko 50mm on eBay for $8.50 and I was playing around with it today. While it doesn't allow auto-focus, I think it does a nice job.



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Old Jun 10, 2010, 1:53 PM   #2
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Aaaaand, one from inside. This is waaaaaaaaay trickier to use than I first thought. It doesn't get some nice images, though.

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Hi Gary,
Great find. At 8.50, the 50mm OM Zuiko is hard not to take a chance. When focused properly, the images that the lens produces are really very sharp with great contrast. As your images so aptly show. Well done.

When I first started fooling around with the E-500, I bought a bunch of Zuiko lenses on EBay as well as converted a few of the Konica Hexanon lenses that I owned to fit on the E-500.

I found out very quickly that I really much preferred to use the ZD Olympus lenses. They just gave me better focused images with a lot less stress.

I will say though, that one lens that I would love to have for portrait work is a Minolta MC 50mm Rokkor X f1.4 prime. I've seen some beautiful results using that lens and would live with having to manually focus that gem.

In the meantime, have fun with your new lens.

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Gary great use of an old lens, images look nice. I been looking to pick up an om 50mm 1.8 & 135mm 2.8 for the e-pl1 as soon as funds allow. but first I am going to invest in an evf for the pen.

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Hi Gary,
Great find. At 8.50, the 50mm OM Zuiko is hard not to take a chance. When focused properly, the images that the lens produces are really very sharp with great contrast. As your images so aptly show. Well done.

When I first started fooling around with the E-500, I bought a bunch of Zuiko lenses on EBay as well as converted a few of the Konica Hexanon lenses that I owned to fit on the E-500.

I found out very quickly that I really much preferred to use the ZD Olympus lenses. They just gave me better focused images with a lot less stress.

I will say though, that one lens that I would love to have for portrait work is a Minolta MC 50mm Rokkor X f1.4 prime. I've seen some beautiful results using that lens and would live with having to manually focus that gem.

In the meantime, have fun with your new lens.

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Thanks, Zig. Looks like I got a REAL bargain with this li'l bugger. Do you think it's good enough for portrait work?

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Gary great use of an old lens, images look nice. I been looking to pick up an om 50mm 1.8 & 135mm 2.8 for the e-pl1 as soon as funds allow. but first I am going to invest in an evf for the pen.

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Thanks, Charles. The price variance is crazy. They go from $5 to $85!! I lucked out with this one. I don't think the guy did a pricing check.
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Thanks, Zig. Looks like I got a REAL bargain with this li'l bugger. Do you think it's good enough for portrait work.

Actually, the Zuiko 50mm 1.8 prime is a pretty good lens for portrait work. Due to the 2x factor, it acts as an 100mm lens. As far as legacy lenses are concerned, I preferred using the Olympus Zuiko 135mm f3.5 lens. Reason being, that I didn't have to get as close to the subject, it is really sharp, contrast is excellent and out of focus area is very pleasant. (IMHO)

Some people use a 50mm f2.0 ZD macro for portrait work with good success.

When I had one, I found that it was actually too sharp- if that's possible. It is a lovely lens but it is so sharp that it captures everything, including wrinkles, warts, etc. At the time I had one, I didn't know as much as I should have about post processing.

The reason I mentioned the Rokkor X 50mm f1.4, is that I have seen some really beautiful portraits taken with that particular lens mounted on an E-3 camera.The out of focus background using that lens is simply lovely.

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Actually, the Zuiko 50mm 1.8 prime is a pretty good lens for portrait work. Due to the 2x factor, it acts as an 100mm lens. As far as legacy lenses are concerned, I preferred using the Olympus Zuiko 135mm f3.5 lens. Reason being, that I didn't have to get as close to the subject, it is really sharp, contrast is excellent and out of focus area is very pleasant. (IMHO)

Some people use a 50mm f2.0 ZD macro for portrait work with good success.

When I had one, I found that it was actually too sharp- if that's possible. It is a lovely lens but it is so sharp that it captures everything, including wrinkles, warts, etc. At the time I had one, I didn't know as much as I should have about post processing.

The reason I mentioned the Rokkor X 50mm f1.4, is that I have seen some really beautiful portraits taken with that particular lens mounted on an E-3 camera.The out of focus background using that lens is simply lovely.

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So, the Rokkor uses the standard OM:4/3s adapter?
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So, the Rokkor uses the standard OM:4/3s adapter?
Hi Gary,

No, it requires a Minolta MC to 4/3 adapter. The best price that I've seen for one of these is a supplier on EBay known as Jin Finance who makes them for around 50-60 bucks. Not cheap but better than the ones available from CameraQuest. I think those are around 150dollars.

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No, it requires a Minolta MC to 4/3 adapter. The best price that I've seen for one of these is a supplier on EBay known as Jin Finance who makes them for around 50-60 bucks. Not cheap but better than the ones available from CameraQuest. I think those are around 150dollars.

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Gulp. I believe I'll hold off on this one for a spell.
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Don't blame you. I'm still waiting to justify buying as well.

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