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  1. Prest_400
    Under the image you will see various URLs "email IM" "direct" "IMG code"..
    Do a click (single one is enough) on the "IMG code", you'll see a yellow message "copied"; then just past it here. I did a preview and it worked.
  2. Vincent Brady
    Vincent Brady
  3. Vincent Brady
    Vincent Brady
    To Prest 400
    I hope you enjoy the reviews.

  4. Prest_400
    You're welcome TEX. This reviews are great.
    Just curious, What year do they date from?
  5. Vincent Brady
    Vincent Brady
    Prest 400 they were published in Practical Photography Feb. 1991 and I cut them out as I was expanding on my lenses at the time. I did manage to buy the 21mm, 24mm and the 85mm all second hand. The 24 mm became my most used lens for my landscape work especially when using Kodak HIE. I never really got into using the 21mm lens and I used the 85mm for portraits.

  6. Jim Baker
    Jim Baker
    I can remember reading the artice! The 50mm lenses and the 24mm lens are superb. The article's conclusion about the 200mm lens surprised me so I carried out some tests myself. They were not very scientific, I just shot a scene with different lenses and compared the images side-by-side. Eventually, I managed to compare the 200mm f4, 200mm f5, 180mm f2.8 and the 65-200 f4 zoom (at 200mm). In descending order of sharpness (at f8): f4, f2.8, f5, f4(zoom). In descending order of colour fringing (at f8): f4, f5, f4(zoom), f2.8. The f4 and the f5 lenses were quite similar. Overall, I was pleased with the 200mm f4 and it was the only lens I kept. I felt it was worth having the extra 2/3 stop (over the f5). The biggest suprprise was the colour fringing of the 180mm f2.8. That said, I have a 50 x 30 cm print on my wall taken with this lens and, although I can see colour fringing if I really look, I don't think it detracts from the photo.
  7. Vincent Brady
    Vincent Brady
    Thanks for the feedback Jim and I'm glad that you kept the 200mm f4. I must confess that I have not come across this term "colour fringing" before, but maybe that's because I shoot mainly B&W and colour slides.

  8. Jim Baker
    Jim Baker
    Lateral chromatic aberration is the correct term. It arises because light of different wavelengths from a source is focussed at different locations on the film (print or slide film, it just has to be colour). It's most apparent when there is a light/dark boundary e.g. a white window frame against a dark background: one side will have a purple line along the edge and the other side will have a red line. It generally gets worse as the lens focal length increases. A lens which corrects for this at two wavelengths is called an achromat and a lens that corrects for this at three wavelengths is called an apochromat. My 300mm f4.5 while not an apo is not bad, given it's long focal length. In very general terms, cemented doublets (where two lenses of different glass are glued together to make a composite lens) are used to correct chromatic aberration. I note the 300mm f4.5 has two doublets but the 180mm f2.8 has none.
  9. Prest_400
    Also, lenses without chromatic aberration correction need refocusing for infrared photography. That's why most manual lenses (as Zuikos) have the red line in the DoF scale, and other manufacturers have different shapes. Because the red wavelenght is focused farther on the film plane. Apochromatic lenses do not need this focus correction for infrared.
  10. Vincent Brady
    Vincent Brady
    I have read about refocusing the lens at the red line when using IR film, but because I use the 24mm lens and shoot at f16, I rarely have bothered refocusing. Image sharpness is not a problem in my IR work, now if you mentioned correct exposure that's a totally different story.
  11. Vincent Brady
    Vincent Brady
  12. Vincent Brady
    Vincent Brady
    I 've added an article from Amateur Photographer by John Perriment in praise of the OM 4Ti date from May 2000.

  13. Allan Swindles
    Allan Swindles
    Nice timing TEX, I've recently added an OM4Ti body to my system and, shamefully, not yet had the chance to try it but I'm certainly encouraged by the article. It's been on my 'wish' list for a while and I managed to find one in excellent condition at a price I could afford.
  14. haclil
    For years I've doted on my OM4Ti's and done lots of macro work. However, none of my macro gear is Olympus or Zuiko. (I've used a reversed normal and a Tamron 60-300SP combined with extenders and teleconverters!)

    My question is, what is/are the most versatile of Zuiko macro lenses? I need all the depth of field I can get: Often I find myself shooting water surfaces from an angle of c 30 degr from the vertical.

    Any suggestions out there?

    BTW, this is the first cult I've ever joined!
  15. Ken N
    Ken N
    Either of the two 50mm macros would do, but in your specific application, longer lenses with smaller aperture will compose a little better and still give you the same DoF.
  16. Prest_400
    Well, this thread has stayed inactive. It's still "pre-KR64 demise".

    From time to time, somekind of spots appear in the chrome of the camera. Passing a microfiber cloth over removes them, but, I'm curious. Has anyone experienced those spots on chrome? I'm sure they aren't water related.
    When I clean it, I usually only use the microfiber cloth. But at times, I use single use glass cleaning cloth. I suppose that the alcohol in it doesn't damage paint or the chrome in the camera.

    Well, if all goes well, I should head to Asia. Tropical climate. Condensation and the damp climate worries me a bit; Fungus and damage to the mechanics. Any advice?
  17. Allan Swindles
    Allan Swindles
    Plastic bags and lots of Silica Gel., but remember to dry it out regularly.
  18. Rick A
    Rick A
    Howdy everyone. I bought my first Olympus, an FTL, just before the OM's hit the market, still using Oly gear. My last OM-4 has been in need of a CLA for a few years, so I finally broke down and bought an OM-1md and am waiting for its arrival(drat-mondays a holiday-no mail)I have been using my brand x (starts with a C)and my XA's also 4x5 and 6x6. I've been seriously missing my Oly, I love the ergonomics and the Zuiko glass.
  19. Prest_400
    The group is kind of inactive lately.

    Well, it's been two months since I returned from my Trip. The Kodachrome I shot is perfect (the film lives up to it's legendary reputation) and the OM-1 and Zuikos performed perfectly.

    I overlooked the dangers of the climate and recently I've found that the 50mm has grown fungus (very faint and difficult to see), well, a replacement costs around 20€ and this one might be useful as a loupe. I am a little worried about infection on the other lenses, as they all go in the same body, still no traces of fungus.

    It is amusing to read my early posts. Through this years I "cured" the "Zuikoholism" and learned to love the cheap Zuikos. Matured, as well.
  20. bluedog
    Hi everyone. I only just stumbled across this group tonight. I have been an OM user for over 30 years. I have accumulated 3 OM's and a few zuiko lenses over the journey. In my opinion the zuiko lenses are second to none, fabulous glass. Too bad Olympus jumped off the film bandwagon. My favorite camera to use is my OM-4 and I am thinking about getting a spare just in case my old one dies. If only someone would build a new camera like that now. I was looking at swapping over to Nikon recently, however, the OM system is hard to beat and in the end I decided to stay with it.
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