warek wrote in post #17310551
I have a 40 year old Olympus OM2N with a 50 mm 1.4 and a Tamron adaptall 2 70-210 F4 and wonder what I can do with them.
- If your 50mm has a serial number greater than 1.1 million, it's a "cult lens" and you could probably get a fair whack for it on eBay. I used to own one of these with my OM-4.
- If your OM-2N is chrome, as most were, and in decent cosmetic condition, there may be a market for it locally if you have enough hipsters.
I do not have a 50 mm with my Canon ... and wonder if the Olympus 50 mm can used with an adapter. Secondly if it could be used, I realise it would be only manual focus, what sort of picture quality might I get?
Yes, you can use OM mount lenses on Canon with an adapter. I did just that, starting in 2008. I bought expensive adapters from Japan. I retired my last OM lens a couple of years ago. Several of the OMs are as good or better than Canon Ls.
But some OMs are not, and in particular early production ones did not have modern coatings. If your lens has a chrome ring around the front (it's a so-called "silvernose"), it lacks modern coatings. If it says F-ZUIKO or x-ZUIKO where x is a letter that isn't S, it lacks modern coatings. If it says "MC", meaning "multicoated", it's old but has modern coatings. Later on, they were all multicoated and the "MC" disappeared. The ones without modern coatings didn't handle flare well.
Or is it a waste of time and should I just buy a new used 50 mm prime?
Unfortunately every Canon 50mm offered has some weird flaw. I eventually caved in and got the f/1.2 as its flaws were ones I could live with, but I waited a long time and was still shooting with my OM 50mm f/1.8 until 3 years ago. Now Sigma offer a well-regarded "ART" 50mm f/1.4, so you might look at that.