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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:06 pm    Post subject: Glass From The Past Reply with quote















PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funnily enough, I happen to have been collecting OM Zuikos to use with my OM-D M-5 too. I already had some - 1.8/50, 3.5/28, 2.8/35 and 4/200, all very good, but all converted to Nikonin order to use them on a Nikon DSLR for IR shooting, so I started from scratch collecting unmolested ones. So far I've got 4/70-150 and 3.6/35-70 zooms, both are great, the latter is really superb, maybe even better than the Zeiss Contax 3.4/35-70; also 2.8/100 and 2.8/135 primes which are both superb, among the very best of either focal length I have tried.

One thing the article says that I strongly disagree with is that the cheap adapters are crap, that's rubbish, the quality has markedly improved over the last couple of years and today, even the cheapest with brands like Pixco and Dollice are very good.

Oh, and if he paid 70 quid for a 4/200 then he paid about double the going rate. Mine was 12 quid with a tiny fungus spot behind the front element that took all of 5 mins to open and clean. My 2.8/100 was 33 quid and my 2.8/135 was 27 quid because it also had a fungus spot behind the front element which again, took 5mins with a lens spanner and an ISO soaked cloth to fix.

The 4/70-150 was 17 quid and the 3.6/35-70 was 41 with the original hood included.

OM-M43 adapters, Dollice brand cost me 5.59 each and are excellent, got one for each of the four lenses and all four are rock solid.

Just waiting for some decent weather to really try them out.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn,up goes the Ebay prices then.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, Zuikos ain't cheap anymore, I got mine at good prices because I was patient and bought less than mint copies. It surprises me though that a common lens like the 2.8/28 that was 25 quid a couple of years ago is more like 75 now if you don't bargain hunt and even the humble 1.8/50 that I can remember beign easy to grab for a fiver is more like 25 for a fungussed one these days.


PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:25 am    Post subject: OM Zuiko 35-70mm 3.5-4.5 close Focus Reply with quote

I Have the 35-70mm 3.5-4.5 close Focus, cost 35ukp including a hood in Nov 2013.

I had an OM2n but really started collecting when i got a Canon DSLR.


PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iangreenhalgh1 wrote:
Funnily enough, I happen to have been collecting OM Zuikos to use with my OM-D M-5 too. I already had some - 1.8/50, 3.5/28, 2.8/35 and 4/200, all very good, but all converted to Nikonin order to use them on a Nikon DSLR for IR shooting, so I started from scratch collecting unmolested ones. So far I've got 4/70-150 and 3.6/35-70 zooms, both are great, the latter is really superb, maybe even better than the Zeiss Contax 3.4/35-70; also 2.8/100 and 2.8/135 primes which are both superb, among the very best of either focal length I have tried.

One thing the article says that I strongly disagree with is that the cheap adapters are crap, that's rubbish, the quality has markedly improved over the last couple of years and today, even the cheapest with brands like Pixco and Dollice are very good.

Oh, and if he paid 70 quid for a 4/200 then he paid about double the going rate. Mine was 12 quid with a tiny fungus spot behind the front element that took all of 5 mins to open and clean. My 2.8/100 was 33 quid and my 2.8/135 was 27 quid because it also had a fungus spot behind the front element which again, took 5mins with a lens spanner and an ISO soaked cloth to fix.

The 4/70-150 was 17 quid and the 3.6/35-70 was 41 with the original hood included.

OM-M43 adapters, Dollice brand cost me 5.59 each and are excellent, got one for each of the four lenses and all four are rock solid.

Just waiting for some decent weather to really try them out.



I have three OM lenses (for my E-M5 II), the 50/1.4, 135/4.5 macro and the 500/8 reflex. None of which were budget priced.
I discovered this website which suggests your OM 100/2.8 is a hidden gem, with resolution good enough even for the Hi Res mode,

https://braddlesphotoblurb.blogspot.co.nz/2016/07/the-great-m43-adventure-legacy-lenses.html

and quoting from that website,

" Olympus 100mm f2.8 (OM): Of my gawd, I cannot believe how good this lens is on the EM5 mk 2. Remember I said the 35-100 Panasonic is really very good, even at 100mm it is still good but the 100mm f2.8 utterly creams it!
Look this is a killer lens for the Olympus, even at f2.8 it looks great. The only downside is some micro flare which is easily fixed and not any worse than the Panny at 100mm. Oh and there is virtually no CA with this beauty, best of all it just feels so nice on the EM5 mk 2. Oh this one is going to get a lot of love! "

And as Eddie-46 says "up goes the eBay prices"

Cheers,