need a 50mm prime for E520
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20-09-10, 10:28 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
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And I've just come across a fact that Olympus OM series lenses work with an adaptor - though I assume that I could get a variety of adaptors to fit a variety of lenses. An adaptot from Fleabay can be got for as little as a £15 and very fast prime lenses in the OM series for £80.
The Olympus E series cameras probably has the widest range of adapters for using other lenses, especially old glass. I used to have the following for my old E-510 before I moved to Nikon D90.
M42 to 4/3
AD2 to 4/3 (Tamron Adaptall 2)
Nikon to 4/3
OM to 4/3
PK to 4/3 (Pentax PK mount)
There are others, like Leica R and I pretty sure there is a Minolta one too. A quick search on eBay will reveal all. You can pick up the old glass relatively cheaply.
A decent MF 50mm f/1.4 will set you back £40-£80 depending on brand. The Olympus OM's were fun to use and I really loved my Takumar/Super Takumars as well as my Chinons. ( I had a ridiculous amount of MF lenses for my E-510 lol)
A great MF portrait/Macro lens to use on the 4/3 system is the old Tamron Adaptall 2 SP90 f/2.5. Razor sharp lens. It takes 1:2 ratio macro shots on its own, but with the extension tube, that boosted it to 1:1 ratio. With the crop factor on the 4/3 system being X2, I'd get 2:1 ratio when compared to the 35mm standard and 4:1 if I used the x2 teleconverter.
I do miss that lens, although I have the AF version for the Nikon now. There was something about that hefty chunk of glass and metal that I loved.
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