Over the past couple of weeks or so, I’ve been playing around with an old Olympus OM20 film camera, and as cool as it is, the call to use the manual glass on my X-T1 and X-Pro1 was too much, so I decided to buy a cheap manual lens adaptor for my Fuji bodies to give them a try.
At just over £10.00 for an adaptor, it’s not a great amount to shell out to have some manual fun, and armed with it decided to see just how good the Olympus manual glass was with it. Well, it’s fair to say, fun it is!
Certainly, using totally manual focussing is fun. The X-T1 certainly is a major step forward in focussing compared to the X-Pro1 with that lovely big EVF and the 100% focus assist, and the results you get are really, really very nice. Maybe not pin sharp, but certainly useable, and very filmic in terms of look and feel. They certainly are a lot of fun to use and play with, and by tweaking in Lightroom and adding a preset or two you can create a very distinctive look to your images.
With manual lenses available for quite little investment, it’s pretty easy to build a formidable selection of lenses through all of your favourite focal lengths and manually focussing them is easy enough. The Olympus lenses are very nice to use, the aperture ring is on the outer edge of the lens making aperture choice simple, and from there it’s just a case of finding focus.
As mentioned, this is more simple with the X-T1, but the X-Pro1 still performs admirably. Both the 50mm and 135mm Olympus lenses produce interesting results, with the 50mm possibly being the very slightly sharper of the two.
I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more Olympus glass to add to mine, it’s a great add on to the Olympus OM20 I have, as well as a fun way to shoot with my Fuji’s too!
Here’s a few odd images shot with both lenses on either X-Pro1 or X-T1.