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Subject: [Leica] Olympus OM lenses to E500
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 21:56:09 -0500
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Larry, I use both Pentax Takumars and a Leitz Elmarit-R 2.8/28 on my E-510, 
with different adapters, of course.  The adapter for Pentax lenses includes 
a "chip" that is intended to activate the in-focus dot in the viewfinder. 
The Leica adapter has no chip.  I agree, it is difficult to visually detect 
proper focus in the 4/3rds viewfinders. For closeup work, I can usually get 
about one out of two shots in focus.  The chip helps when it works properly, 
but doesn't always work.

For most of my recent shots, I have been using the Elmarit lens almost 
exclusively.  At a distance, I usually select ISO 200 and aperture priority, 
and set the hyperfocal distance on the scale.  This lens has a very good 
focusing scale and focuses down to 12 inches.  Since it is by nature a 
wide-angle lens, it has a tremendous DOF.  I have had very good luck with 
distant images, and have had reasonable success with images down to 12 
inches.  I have use f/8 as a normal aperture for many of these, and it works 
pretty well.  I have not attempted much closeup work at max aperture.

Most of the recent images in my LUG gallery were made with the Elmarit.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lawrence Zeitlin" <lrzeitlin at>
To: <lug at>
Cc: "Lawrence Zeitlin" <lrzeitlin at>
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 8:10 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Olympus OM lenses to E500

>I have an Olympus E500 4/3rds DSLR. It has performed admirably with  the 
>Olympus twin lens kit that came with the camera. This last week I  tried 
>using some of my Zukio fixed focal length Olympus OM SLR lenses  on the 
>camera with an Olympus adapter. The results were very mixed.   With the 
>film camera the images were razor sharp. With the DSLR half  the pictures 
>are blurred or out of focus. I know that it is hard to  focus the DSLR with 
>the tiny screen, but even when I stop down I get  the same bad results. I 
>would like to be able to use the OM lenses on  the E500. It makes such a 
>small, neat package.
> I know that some of you are successful at using Leica lenses on  Olympus 
> DSLRS. How do you do it? Can you offer some advice?
> Larry Z
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