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Even with the good IS on this camera, you must nevertheless have steady hands, Brian! Well done.
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No that steady CB, it is remarkable the difference between IS on and IS off, others in my camera club have had a play at trying to focus with this set-up and they all remarked on just how efficient it appears to be at controlling shake (IS1 set with 500mm FL not 1000mm FL, which I had considered but doesn't seem necessary)
Can you recommend a good make for adapters? As I mentioned a few days ago, I have a Minolta AF 500mm reflex in the back of the cupboard, which I'd like to try on the OM-D given the inspiration of Brian's experiments. I spotted an adapter for Minolta A/Sony Alpha to Micro FT on Amazon (by Fotodiox, USA). It had good reviews, but somebody had commented that it didn't fit their OM-D, which makes me a bit doubtful.
These are the people I got mine from, very good quality product and fast response
It was the second time I had used them, both good experiences
Quote: I spotted an adapter for Minolta A/Sony Alpha to Micro FT on Amazon (by Fotodiox, USA). It had good reviews, but somebody had commented that it didn't fit their OM-D, which makes me a bit doubtful
Have you come across the review were someone claims its a load of crap because they loose autofocus with 4/3 lenses
I have used Fotodiox for all my adapters, all have been very good, there a US manufacturer sop delivery takes a little longer.
This seller has quite a selection of mirror lenses at pretty good prices, fyi.
The more I use this little camera the more I'm impressed.
Playing with it + the 500mm mirror before putting it back in its case I got this shot of a bloom from my minature Dendrobium Orchid (each bloom is about 3/4" at the widest point tip to tip and the plant is covered with in excess of 50 blooms, which my wife tells me smell of honey)
Shot hand-held at 1/25th sec close to mimimum focal distance I cropped the bloom out at 3980 pixels wide (so its around 80% of the full image). The IS has enabled me to get an image that, whilst not as good as it would be shooting it more sensibly still amazed me (that its even possible to see what it is ) don't forget, that's 1/25th sec hand-held with a 500mm lens!
Fun little lens Brian
Quote: Have you come across the review were someone claims its a load of crap because they loose autofocus with 4/3 lenses
No, I haven't seen that one. The review I referred to says that the adapter didn't fit (couldn't be rotated to lock) because of the body shape of the OM-D. Presumably that refers to the slight overhang of the viewfinder "hump" forward above the lens mount.
The review could be nonsense, but I'd like to be sure before buying the item. I went onto the product page on the Fotodiox website but that didn't help - the list of compatible cameras doesn't include the OM-D, but then the only Olympus listed is the PEN E-P1, so I suspect the list is not completely up-to-date.
I've submitted a question through the Tech Support page on the Fotodiox site to ask them to clarify whether or not it's compatible with the OM-D. I'll wait to see what they say.
There`s also a few lensbaby designs that will not attach to the OMD due to the EVF hump, I`d compare the diameter of a M4/3 lens against the diameter of the adapter.
Some of these adapters have tripod mounts built in, I guess some of these could cause problems.
Has anybody mentioned this lens?
The 500mm Samyang might be better and its cheaper.
reviews I have read don't tend to rate either of those two lenses very highly
Denny, I've finally had a quick go at a moon shot, hand-held and a bit misty but here it is
not too bad I think?
I'll try one off the tripod next
Very good Brian. Picks up texture well.
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