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MrEd
01-24-2008, 02:27 PM
Zuiko OM 50mm f1.8

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/veedubgt18v/Photo%20Forum%20Info%20Pics/09ac27c4.jpg
^^^apologies for the dodgy white balance, i dont really have an excuse :(

Firstly i wrote this as i note there isnt a review i found on this little lens that served the OM market so well.....

This is a really cheap and cheerful yet excellent lens, i love it. They are readily available on Ebay/car boots/swap meets etc as it was the main OM kit lens and millkions where produced. Later versions where better and sharper than earlier ones.

I brought it for 20 sterling from a shop and an adapter (unbranded) for 8 from Ebay (works fine)

Pros: Later ones take a sharp picture, if stopped down to f2.8-f8
Very fast, lovely depth of field and bokeh (with mine), very small and light, nice focal length (remember x2 factor)

Cons: When focusing you have to have the lens wide open then stop it down to the desired aperture due to the E500 dim eyepiece.
Manual focus and manual aperture for this baby only. Bit soft at f1.8 and beyond f8. Must be used with an adapter, be aware with cheap ones infinity focus MAY not be possible.

If you are new to manual focus this is quite tricky due to the digital slr dim eyepiece, but not to bad i have found. Overall this is a cool little lens for pocket change, makes an interesting toy. Can also be reversed on the kit lens to get macro capability.

be aware, the later the serial number the better the lens (over 1 million and they are good) mine is a good example but i bet there are lots of used and abused ones out there so check all functions before you buy

happy shooting

:)

ghenton
01-28-2008, 10:26 AM
I have this lens as well. It is very good. I use mine for macro work (with adapter) I have my info here


http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/showthread.php?p=225963#poststop

http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/showthread.php?t=28592

http://www.fourthirdsphoto.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=13113// (http://http//www.fourthirdsphoto.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=13113//)

http://www.fourthirdsphoto.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=13861

GerryH

shunra
01-28-2008, 11:15 PM
I have this lens as well, albeit an older version, without 'Made in Japan' on the front.

I set my camera to Aperture Priority stopped the lens down to f/4 for an indoor shot, without flash.

The exposure was 1/30 sec

I then tried taking exactly the same shot with the following three lenses:
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 at f/4
Sigma 55-200 at 55mm and f/4
ZD 40-150 at 50mm and f/4.2

In all three cases, the exposure was twice as slow, 1/15 second.

I think this makes this legacy lens a good choice for when shooting at 50mm

JeffDM
01-30-2008, 07:52 PM
Pros: Later ones take a sharp picture, if stopped down to f2.8-f8

Cons: When focusing you have to have the lens wide open then stop it down to the desired aperture due to the E500 dim eyepiece.

be aware, the later the serial number the better the lens (over 1 million and they are good) mine is a good example but i bet there are lots of used and abused ones out there so check all functions before you buy

I happen to have one that's at about 950 000, another that's nearly 4 million. I've forgotten to scrutinize the 4M one with some test shots, but with the older one, I'm very happy with the sharpness at f1.8, it's only slightly less sharp than a tighter aperture. It seems to work pretty well with my E-510.

thx1138
08-10-2008, 02:52 PM
I have one of the older ones, below 1.000.000. Seems a bit sharper at f/2 but not a whole lot. At f/1.8 the bokeh is simply gorgeous. Nice addition to the Sigma 30mm for low light but just a little longer.

There is a larger degree of CA with this lens compared to modern ZD glass. But if used in the right conditions this is not a big problem.

Considering the price, it's really a no brainer especially if you pick one up with a 4/3rds adapter.

Don Kondra
08-11-2008, 02:30 PM
Greetings,

Some thoughts on this lens on the 510....

I had to give more credit to this lens than any other for helping me to better understand the relationship between iso, shutter and aperture :rolleyes:

It also didn't hurt that I first used this lens to try to freeze hummingbird wing motion without a flash at 1/2000, he, he..

And the bokeh, ah.. That alone is worth having one in your kit.

Cheers, Don

pmbpro
02-21-2009, 10:18 AM
I also have his lens...bought it through eBay for $29. The serial number is just under 2 million.

I'd been using it solely for taking concert/performance photos of bands in clubs since July last year, to practice shooting in very low light without flash, and also using/learning manual focusing and quickly. I was also mostly using it at f1.8 and it worked out great! My skills in the above areas has improved significantly (even sold some photos to indie bands/artists I've shot)! I didn't realize the improvements until I looked back at my photos I shot from the beginning. I'm very pleased with this lens.

I just purchased a Digital 50mm Macro lens and it's on its way, but I will be definitely be keeping this OM 50mm f1.8! :):thumbup:

thebinaryman
02-21-2009, 10:53 AM
I have had two of these lenses. An old 1970's "silvernose", and an 1980s "japan" version. I disagree that the newer ones are better than old ones. I think they are equally as good. Some people even prefer the older, single coated versions. Also, cheap adapters work just fine, most focus beyond infinity, so infinity focus is totally possible. I think the sharpest out-of-camera image I ever took was with my slilvernose at F8. I've mostly used these at F1.8 and F2.8 for obvious reasons. I highly recommend everyone get an OM adapter and try out some OM zuikos, and own at least the fifty, any version.:thumbup:

thebinaryman
02-21-2009, 11:03 AM
I can't wait until spring again...

OM Zuiko 50mm F1.8 Silvernose on E-410:

http://www.markptak.com/imghost/50silvert01.jpg

http://www.markptak.com/imghost/50silvert02.jpg

bvy
02-21-2009, 09:16 PM
I love this lens! Mine is in the 2.3 million range, made in Japan. It's opened a whole new world for me. I've been most comfortable lately with a wide angle lens, so this took some getting used to. Manual focus is a bit tricky too; the live view magnification is helpful.

I do a lot of street shooting and find it too restricting for that, although I did capture this recently, and I love the bokeh.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3397/3296368332_cdf8a0323c.jpg