Dave Sharpe

Dave Sharpe

Posted on 01/17/2014


Photo taken on January 17, 2014


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35mm/f2.4


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The way of the future

The way of the future
I ordered an M42 adapter for my Olympus E-PL5 and picked it up from the Post Office today.

I have a few M42 lenses, a Pentacon 50mm, 135mm, Helios 58mm and a CZ Flektogon 35mm 2.4, as shown in the photo. The Flek's aperture blades are stuck wide open, though. Still produces sharp images when you get the focus right.

I've got to say, I'm REALLY pleased with how my M42 lenses work with this camera. Using the screen to focus is, I find, preferable to using my Canon 40D's viewfinder. I've sold it now anyway, so that's a non issue.

And obviously with the PL5's sensor, the crop is 2x so my 35mm lens becomes a 70mm angle. Doesn't stop it from being a great lens, and the minimum focussing distance is still very short - great for macros.

I really recommend M42 lenses with M43 bodies. Really. I'm very pleased.

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