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can I fit this to my rebel - is it even worth it?

 
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Jul 22, 2009 19:30 |  #1

not entirely sure where to post this - so mods feel free to move it if need be.

My stepdaughter brought this home from her work today - apparently to her I'm now officially a "camera guy" since I bought the slr.

it's an Olympus OM10.. No idea how old it is, although it looks to be in near perfect condition with a 50mm - I assume Manual focus lens.

Can this be fit to the EF mount - and is it even worth it? I have the 50 1.8 already - but the lens does appear to be in pretty good shape as far as I can tell. aperture moves freely and so does the focus.

adapt it? sell it? throw it away? any suggestions?

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Jul 22, 2009 19:40 |  #2

You probably can with some kind of an adapter. But obviously it'll only be MF and you may lose aperture info.

I personally don't think it's worth the hassle but for some, making it work is their hobby and they quite enjoy doing such things.

Another thing against this is since it'd be MF only, I'd be curious as how well/accurate you could focus using the VF. :D


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Jul 22, 2009 19:45 |  #3

Since you shoot with a 1000D, MF isn't that easy, so I doubt you'll get much better results using this old Oly lens.

Either have fun with it and shoot some film for awhile or put it up on eBay. You'll probably get about $50 for the whole kit (camera, lens and flash).


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Jul 22, 2009 21:29 |  #4

You probably need an adapter. If it was up to me i wouldn't attempt to. looks rather old.




  
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Jul 22, 2009 22:19 as a reply to  @ kphotography's post |  #5

If the camera and lens work perfectly, I'd say there's no harm in putting in a battery and some ASA 400 film for some fun shooting. If there's rough areas where you wouldn't want to bring your expensive digital gear, the OM system would be a small and cheap system to lug around, and you won't cry if it got stolen either.


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Jul 23, 2009 01:22 as a reply to  @ fWord's post |  #6

If you have to do it, check out Ebay for an adapter. I would not bother.


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Jul 23, 2009 05:21 as a reply to  @ Rayk's post |  #7

anothernewb, STOP, an old camera like that can only be operated by an "oldguy".
Of course it will work by adapter around $15 on efray. Focus is not difficult through the viewfinder if it is clear.

Or what you really should do, is pick a deserving old guy and send the whole mess to him for disposal.;););)




  
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Jul 23, 2009 09:46 |  #8

jwcdds wrote in post #8327010 (external link)
You probably can with some kind of an adapter. But obviously it'll only be MF and you may lose aperture info.

I personally don't think it's worth the hassle but for some, making it work is their hobby and they quite enjoy doing such things.

Another thing against this is since it'd be MF only, I'd be curious as how well/accurate you could focus using the VF. :D

you are right you lose all aperture , focal length or any ifo for that matter. you can get adaptors that allow psudoautofocus. has a little hip built in that will communicate with the camera and you can adjust your focal length and f-stop info reported to the camera and then also communicates letting the camera give you the AF confirm beep. I find though when it is in the auto focus setting though it's a little flaky and doesn't give accurate focus. changing the adaptor to tell the camera that it is in manual focus seems to give better results though. or you can just ignore all those and just to plain jane manual focus with no confirmation.

and as far as worth it or not. I pick up lenses quite often for 1-15 bucks. some not so good sure but others are fairly good.

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You probably need an adapter. If it was up to me i wouldn't attempt to. looks rather old.


now granted this lens might not be that good but don't base these old lenses on their age alone. some of them are very sharp very good.


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Jul 23, 2009 10:11 |  #9

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now granted this lens might not be that good but don't base these old lenses on their age alone. some of them are very sharp very good.

I have heard that same thing myself - about some of the old lenses being very sharp. I will have to do some digging on the Zuiko lens to see where it falls. This particular example looks to be pretty clean and I can find no evidence of scratches or junk in it.

I was thinking that with live view it would be fairly easy to focus. exposure would be a whole other animal.


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Jul 23, 2009 10:12 |  #10

Oldguynewhobby wrote in post #8329192 (external link)
anothernewb, STOP, an old camera like that can only be operated by an "oldguy".
Of course it will work by adapter around $15 on efray. Focus is not difficult through the viewfinder if it is clear.

Or what you really should do, is pick a deserving old guy and send the whole mess to him for disposal.;););)

I can assume youre interested?


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anothernewb wrote in post #8330267 (external link)
I have heard that same thing myself - about some of the old lenses being very sharp. I will have to do some digging on the Zuiko lens to see where it falls. This particular example looks to be pretty clean and I can find no evidence of scratches or junk in it.

I was thinking that with live view it would be fairly easy to focus. exposure would be a whole other animal.

that is one thing I woud want to forwarn you of right now. expsosure can sometimes be weird with the lenses I have tried so far. wide open metering usually works fairly well but once I start to close down the aperture on some of the lenses it doesn't meter very well and can read to over/under exposure by quite a bit. though at other times it might meter just fine. but for metering your internal metering should work fine you will just have to learn to adjust from experience on how that lens reacts

also I believe the normal "dumb" adaptors only work with center weighted average metering while some of the smarter AF chipped adaptors allow you to use all metering modes. don't quote me on that though

and with some lenses being sharp that is very much the case, but also like lenses now they can also be flat out dogs.


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WoW!! The negativity in this thread is nearly overwhelming.

You can EASILY adapt OM lenses to a Canon EF mount, just get on eFray and buy an overseas adapter. Here's just one example:

http://cgi.ebay.com …2|39%3A1|293%3A​1|294%3A50 (external link)

Nearly ALL OM Zuiko lenses are pretty good, and it might even turn out to be fun. I routinely use one or two on my 40D

The issues:

Some modern Canon bodies aren't that great at metering manual lenses. My Xt (350D) was pretty fair with some lenses, poor with others

My 40D is poor and simply must be manually "chimped" into shape

FOCUS. Depends on you, your eye, and the body. One reason I bought my 40D was for magnified live view EXPRESSLY for using manual lenses

These "AF confirm" chips are not particularly reliable, BUT BUT BUT there's a new series based on what started out as a "Dandelion" chip WHICH IS PROGRAMMABLE as to focal length, etc. I haven't had time to ring mine out, yet.

Using lenses like these is a good way to learn how photography REALLY works

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Jul 23, 2009 18:14 |  #13

440roadrunner wrote in post #8332506 (external link)
WoW!! The negativity in this thread is nearly overwhelming.

You can EASILY adapt OM lenses to a Canon EF mount, just get on eFray and buy an overseas adapter. Here's just one example:

http://cgi.ebay.com …2|39%3A1|293%3A​1|294%3A50 (external link)

Nearly ALL OM Zuiko lenses are pretty good, and it might even turn out to be fun. I routinely use one or two on my 40D

The issues:

Some modern Canon bodies aren't that great at metering manual lenses. My Xt (350D) was pretty fair with some lenses, poor with others

My 40D is poor and simply must be manually "chimped" into shape

FOCUS. Depends on you, your eye, and the body. One reason I bought my 40D was for magnified live view EXPRESSLY for using manual lenses

These "AF confirm" chips are not particularly reliable, BUT BUT BUT there's a new series based on what started out as a "Dandelion" chip WHICH IS PROGRAMMABLE as to focal length, etc. I haven't had time to ring mine out, yet.

Using lenses like these is a good way to learn how photography REALLY works

Ditto...a little wierd all that negatory and disinformation...maybe I'm a bit biased (see my sig for my view on MF lenses)

Olympus lenses are GREAT...I just sold 3 Oly MF lenses for my cousin on ebay...they fetched over $400!!! You can easily get $50 for a working OM10 body

Oly lenses are...
...easy to use...easy to focus and meter
...indoors you'll be shooting close to wide open so manual apertue setting is not a problem...even stopping down a click won't be an issue
...how your camera meters with it will be learned with experience....
...manual focusing of course is a skill to learn...just as learning how to AF
[Side note: from what I see on the net, it seems that because the lens focusing mechanism is "automatic" a lot of people think that they have to think about focusing let alone develop focusing skills, when shooting AF or MF...]

The OLY>EOS adapter (unchipped) I got from Big_IS on ebay was $20 delivered...well made, nice tight fit...

see this page for some sample shots taken with the 50/3.5 Oly macro...
https://photography-on-the.net …read.php?t=6442​77&page=21


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Jul 23, 2009 18:24 |  #14

In my opinion, the only downside to old manual focus lenses is that they're manual focus. If you have time to lick that, you can get some dang good glass for not a lot of cash. The nice thing about manually focusing them is that they were designed for that, so the ring is usually nice and wide and well damped for accuracy. It's really just a matter of trusting your eyes.


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Jul 24, 2009 08:34 |  #15

Thanks for all the replies.

I'm going to get the adapter and give it a try. If nothing else just for something interesting to do this winter. It's cheap enough that If I get bored, or don't like the results - it sounds like there's enough interest that I could find someone on this or the fred miranda boards that would appreciate it, and would be willing to pay enough so that the end cost is a wash.

trying something new and having the end result only costing you some time, seems like a no brainer in my book.


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