In a message dated 2/22/2006 8:09:47 A.M. Central Standard Time,
I also would like info on what I need to use the auto 80 f4 and 50 3.5 Macro
lenses. I understand there is a bellows unit and slide copier but I have no
idea about other parts and cables that would be required.
Orin, this will get you started. Put the 50mm f3.5 on one of your OM bodies
and go out and discover what it will do. Many use it as their "normal" lens.
The extension tubes are used to allow you to focus closer with essentially
any lens than would be possible without the tube. So, if a lens would
normally focus to 18 inches, it will focus closer when you use an extension
a combination of tubes. It will also require a long exposure, however each
of you cameras has a meter, so, no problem. Try using a tube (or tubes) with
some of your medium telephoto lenses (85 to 135mm length) when doing insects
on flowers. You won't have to get as close as you would if using the shorter
lenses. I almost always have a set of tubes in my kit. When using the
tubes, you will not be able to focus on infinity ( I believe that is correct,
give it a try).
The 80mm will require a bellows or Telescoping auto extension tube. With the
bellows you will want a double cable release. There is a slide duplicator
available for use with the bellows. All of these turn up on eBay. You may
also post a WTB message on the list. This is often a good place to find what
you want or need. Just start your subject line with WTB and then let folks
know what you are looking for in the body of your message. There are several
people (myself included) on the list who buy, sell and trade in stuff OM.
"The OM System Lens Handbook" an Olympus publication, "The World of
OM-Systems" by Franz Pangerl and "The Olympus OM Way" by L.A. Mannheim are all
reference resources. Keep am eye out for any or all of the three.
"Photography" by Barbara London, et al. is also a good basic photography
List usage info: http://www.zuikoholic.com
List nannies: olympusadmin@xxxxxxxxxx