The fast olympus lenses are also much harder to find it seems than canon or nikon. I think pentax is in the same boat and even worse.. the A series lenses still have full functionality with the new digital slrs!
Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.
There's basically praise for just about all Japanese optics of that era:
They all made great lenses (and if we were to really break it down, it might only be 3-4 actual manufacturers). Each cultist lens group establishes their liking and sticks with it. I'm a member of 2 cults: Nikkor and Rokkor, with a smidgen of Takumar. Commence the initiations now.
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.
Most of the bargain loopholes have been closed in recent years. There was a time when, if you avoided Nikon, Leica, Contax, Zeiss, you could bag a film outfit for a reasonable price. Now I'd struggle to suggest any branded manufacturer, or even the more high profile third party makes (Tamron SP, etc) to a new photographer on a tight budget. Zuiko were always niche compared to Nikon/Canon, I had an OM1 in the 1970's and only knew one other photographer with an Olympus, so prices are born out in rarity value. The sad fact is many of the cleaner examples of wide aperture lenses will be following the Leica example into collector's showcases, bumping prices further.
when people dumped their film cameras for DSLRs there was a glut of kit and lots of it was left in out houses or lofts and tips, you could get it for free if you wanted
Olympus only made about 10k 40mm lenses they were always expensive.
Canon and Nikon are churning out DSLRs robots are making them.
There are a lot of Ch people who can afford them.
My chum has a Canon DSLR he was using a Pentax- M (K mount) 5cm with an adapter... he wanted my 35mm a canon prime is expensive.
They will be dearer tomorrow.
Olympus OM Zuiko lenses and ridiculous prices?
There are a lot of Ch people who can afford them.
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Why not? We've blamed pretty much everyone else in this thread.
Originally Posted by Xmas
Appreciate all the responses. Guess it just came as sticker shock as I'm so used to finding "bargains" for the Nikon stuff I've been building up. Didn't think the Olympus was so popular. Then again, I'm a user so I guess I add to the situation!
I'm not looking for any crazy price discounts (like an F1.2 lens for $50 bucks or something) but was just surprised to see how well the prices have stayed up. This is considering the digital/film landscape and... I guess those lenses get popular as they're now used by a ton of DSLRs with adaptors.
Sounds like a 40mm F/2 will have to be passed on. Oh well. On to a decent wide. Maybe a 24mm F2.8 or 28mm F2....
Seriously consider the 28mm 2.8. Remarkable quality and still relatively a bargain. 28mm is a favorite length, I've got lots of Nikkors and others in 28mm and the Oly 28mm 2.8 continues to amaze me.
IMO the major makers put a lot of effort into the budget wides in the very late 1970's and early 1980's. The standard upgrade kit from the Compact SLR Era (Pentax ME, Olympus OM, Nikon FE, Canon AE-1) would be a 50mm, a tele-zoom and a compact light *not too fast* moderate wide. Up until the start of that era the 28's were usually a moderate slow f/3.5 OR a fast expensive f/2. Due to advances in lens design, faster computers and the market desire of the photography hobby boom of the mid to late 1970's, makers (nikon in particular) sank a lot of effort in designing the 28mm 2.8, in Nikon's case they went from the so-so Ai 28mm f/2.8 (which IMO was a hastily designed 28mm response to this Hobby market) to the stellar 28mm f/2.8 AIS with advanced optical design incorporating floating elements. The Olympus 28mm f/2.8 is Olympus response to this market, and it was launched about the same time. I think that the Ais has a margin in general but the Olympus is very close. To me it seems as Olympus got around not using floating elements by slightly favoring higher optical quality at the shorter focussing distance and compromised by allowing the distance focussing zones to be improved by stopping down. Just my POV from experience..
(As an aside, IMO I think the Carl Zeiss for Contax 28mm f/2.8 is a further example of this market, I've never used this lens but apparently its the Bee's Knees.)
I think the price is high simply because Olympus lenses are good.
Originally Posted by dugrant153
Everybody dropped their film system's because of digital. So when they come back into the market for lenses to use with their m4/3 cameras etc. there is no brand loyalty at work. So instead they look for quality, and if it isn't Leica they go for it's Olympus and Pentax not far behind.
I personally recommend 28mm f/3.5 zuiko. The only lens I have used to shoot in Italy last year. More over I have paid Euro 40 for it.
OM-1n: Do I need to own a Leica?
Rolleicord Va: Humble.
Holga 120GFN: Amazingly simple yet it produces outstanding negatives to print.