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What (Old) Telephoto lens?

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joshwa Plus
5 763 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 11:43AM
What old telephoto lens would you recommend for (any) Micro Four Thirds camera?

I'm thinking of the 200mm Olympus Zuiko f/4, or perhaps the Canon 200mm f/4 FD, but there are many old primes available, many with names I've never heard of, available on ebay...

Let me know what you think, and if you have suggestions or examples please let me know.

Thanks Josh

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7 Aug 2012 1:01PM
The Olympus OM and Pentax Takumar (M42) or M series (K bayonet) lenses should fit the bill. Lenses from other manufacturers will be heavy and unwieldy by comparison. The compact lenses may fit in better with the ergonomics of the CSC camera bodies.
Paul Morgan Plus
14 17.4k 6 England
7 Aug 2012 1:59PM
Pete Plus
14 18.8k 96 England
10 Aug 2012 1:49PM
Josh' question was interesting as I had a few 200mm's to hand I thought it a good idea to shoot a few comparison photos with them. 200mm f/4s on the OM-D I don't have any Olympus lenses and wonder if I should get hold of some as their OM series were lovely and compact.
Paul Morgan Plus
14 17.4k 6 England
10 Aug 2012 1:55PM
Lol Pete and I`ve not long since given away a Zuiko 75-150mm, not particularly fast with its constant f4 aperture but it was lovely and small.

The 135mm Zuiko was a really lovely lens, makes for a handy focal length taking into account the crop, theres several here.


I`ve also started another thread in this group since the EM5 is thought to be good for IR.

joshwa Plus
5 763 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 1:57PM
I've got the 135mm f/3.5 it's very nice - had some VERY sharp results on a four thirds DSLR - I think there's an f/2.8 as well. I haven't used it on the OM-D yet!
Paul Morgan Plus
14 17.4k 6 England
10 Aug 2012 2:00PM
Did you have many legacy lenses that you used with 4/3 Josh.

Only asking because I had quite a few including lensbabys, so I picked up just one 4/3 to M4/3 adapter.

You can use a 4/3 and M4/3 adapter together.

Since getting the 45mm M my legacy 50mm`s have become redundant.

And this morning my sigma 19mm arrived, so I also have a vivitar 19mm un used Smile
joshwa Plus
5 763 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 2:05PM
I had / have a couple of OM lenses (50mm, f/1.4, 135mm f/3.5) and some m42 lenses from Zenit cameras, a couple of 28/3.5 (pentacon and cosina?) Helios 58/2 springs to mind, maybe a 44/2 as well as the Industar 50/3.5 - very pancakey on the 43rd - but less so on the m43:


brian1208 Plus
12 10.9k 12 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 3:37PM
I picked up an old sigma 180 f5.6 macro cheaply which I am trying on the EM5 using the kipon adapter. Its a nice size and weight to use with the body + battery grip but its proving less easy to use than a 200 f4 canon FD I used on the Panasonic G1 I had some time back as the DOF is paper thin and it really needs to be stopped down hard to make it work at its best.

Got a few reasonable shots though so I'm going to persevere with it
Paul Morgan Plus
14 17.4k 6 England
10 Aug 2012 4:59PM
I`ve picked up an old Canon 85mm f1.2, but its a bit big and heavy and think an 85mm f1.8 or f2 would be more than enough.
Sooty_1 5 1.4k 218 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 7:01PM
The old OM 100 mm Zuiko was a great lens, as was the 85 mm. Both are tiny for 35 mm bodies, so should be right for a 4/3 one. I have had both and can vouch for their sharpness.

Paul Morgan Plus
14 17.4k 6 England
10 Aug 2012 8:56PM

Quote:The old OM 100 mm Zuiko was a great lens

One of my fav lenses from the film days.
joshwa Plus
5 763 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 1:43PM

Olympus 135 f/3.5



Olympus 50mm f/1.4


"Super Paragon" f3.3 200mm (m42)


Canon 200mm f/4 FD


Canon 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II (EOS mount) at 200mm f5.6



Canon EOS 50mm f/1.4



Industar 50mm f/3.5:


joshwa Plus
5 763 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 8:36PM
Here are some shots I took out and about with the Industar 50 3.5 m42 - I'm quite convinced that the adapter I have for it, has it set too far away, as it's better than it should be at macro, and doesn't focus to infinity Smile



Here's a crop of the photo above at (nearly) actual pixels


joshwa Plus
5 763 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 9:04PM
While looking at lenses on ebay, I came across this guy:

He has tried a number of rare lenses and posted photos from them.

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