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Old Nov 18, 2012, 9:41 AM   #1
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I have an old Takumar-F zoom lens...1:3.5-4.5 28-80mm. It came with our OLD 35mm Pentax from back in the days when we used film. Is this lens of any use to me with a new Olympus E PL2?

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Old Nov 18, 2012, 11:02 AM   #2
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Hi Sharon,

If I am not mistaken the Pentax Takumar is a screw m42 mount lens? If the camera was a spotmatic type then it would be m42, later pentax switched to the PK mount.

To answer your question, yes you can use it on your E-PL2 with an adapter such as this;

http://www.rainbowimaging.biz/shop/p...id_product=478

You will however have to manually focus and manually set the aperture. Your E-PL2 will adjust the shutter speed and/or ISO depending upon which mode you have the camera in. i.e. if you have it in "S" shutter priority mode you have already specified a shutter speed and the camera will adjust ISO only since it is the only thing you have allowed it to control.

All that said unless you have a particular love for that lens you probably won't find the results worth the hassle and time. Generally speaking older zoom lenses do not perform nearly as well as modern zooms. Where people find value in using older lenses is with the prime lenses (single focal length). For example I have a Russian Tair 300mm f4.5 prime lens that is very nice to use on a tripod for taking bird shots, there is no equivalent lens that is both this long and this fast (aperture) in micro four thirds mount at this time. Yes I can use my a zoom lens like the Olympus 75-300mm or the Panasonic 100-300mm but at the 300mm focal length those lenses have a numerically higher max aperture (5.6/6.3) which means the aperture is smaller and lets less light in. In good light this is not a problem, but when the light is low such as afternoon the ability to have a wider aperture, lower number like 4.5, allows me to take pictures I could not with those other lenses.

So yeah in short if you had a couple of single focal length prime lenses from film I would suggest you get an adapter and give them a try, however I don't think you'll find the 28-80mm zoom to be worth the hassle. You might be able to get $15 or so if you list it on ebay, maybe more if you sell the whole kit.

If you want a zoom I'd suggest something like the Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm F/4.0-5.6 ED or the Panasonic 45-200mm f4-5.6 Mega OIS zoom lenses which both can be found under $200
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Thanks! The camera has been gathering dust for years...I guess I should get rid of it.
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I suggest you keep the lens. Adapters are cheap these days on eBay and it's worth getting one just for the fun of it.
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I suggest you keep the lens. Adapters are cheap these days on eBay and it's worth getting one just for the fun of it.
I found that I learned a lot using an old MF lens (even if most of the photos turned out terrible, haha).
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Maybe I'll have a look for a cheap adapter....just for the fun of it.
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