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Minolta Z1 · Canon 400D · Sony RX100 · Olympus E-M10 II
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As great as the little Sony RX100 was (read this journal for my first impression, or hop over to rotane365 for hundreds of shots that i took with it), after having used it for a few years, it became too limiting. I wanted a camera with more flexibility again, but not as bulky as my old Canon EOS 400D that i barely used.
So last year i bought an Olympus OM-D E-M10 mark II (what a mouthful). The Micro Four Thirds standard seemed to have matured enough, there were now plenty of lenses available (thanks to Olympus and Panasonic sharing the standard, plus a wide range of third party lens manufacturers), and the relatively large – but not too large – sensor meant excellent image quality but in a much smaller body than regular DSLRs. But while the kit lens was great (and tiny!), at 28 – 84 mm (equiv.) it was even more limiting than the Sony. So my new daily/default lens soon became a Tamron 28 – 300 mm (equiv.). Much better!
But you know all this. I've been posting pictures that i shot with the Olympus for a while now. You've even seen me experimenting with stranger lenses. (Shoutout to thespook for nudging me in this direction.) What you don't know yet is that i've recently accumulated more old lenses, used lenses from the analog age mostly; the oldest being a Russian Jupiter-8 from 1963. And now that i have a few, i wanted to compare and analize them.
First, here's my current gear:
These are all the lenses that i currently own (plus the M.Zuiko Digital 14 – 42 mm 1:3.5 – 5.6 EZ kit lens [man, what is it with these long names?], that i shot this photo with). Here you see:
• Tamron 14 – 150 mm F/3.5 – 5.8 Di III (the only "native" Micro Four Thirds lens)
• Super Carenar MC 1:2.8 / 35 mm (M42 mount)
• Auto Kepcor Macro MC 1:2.8 / 28 mm (M42 mount)
• Jupiter-8 1:2 / 50 mm (model PT3070) (M39 mount)
• Fujian CCTV 1:1.7 / 35 mm (C mount)
The best part: None of these lenses (except for the Tamron) cost me more than 20€.
And now for a few comparison shots and notes. I shot a kiwi plant on my balcony, by the way, and the background is a few trees that are a good 5 meters further back.
Feel free to click on any of the photos to view it larger.
(Note: All these are out-of-the-camera JPEGs shot at ISO 200. All i did was shrink them down from 4608×3072 to 1920×1200.)
Final verdict? I love these lenses! They all have their own unique character; and while they won't replace the Tamron zoom lens as my everyday lens, they each offer something special. Of course, you're forced to focus manually, so every photo takes much longer – but this means that you're more invested in every photo that you take. And i really like that.