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Olympus E-420 & Minolta MD 50mm f2

Using the MD to 4/3 Adapter.


Back to the DSLR + Adapter + Manual focus lenses “thing”. Tell me sentimental old foul, I just love manual focusing these “full metal jacket” lenses.

Olympus E-420, a nice little DSLR capable of nice results and now days cheap. You can get one for about 100-130 Euro.
I had writen about the MD/NIKON adapter that I used with my D3200 and a Minolta MD 50mm f2.
But that wasnt the first time I used this MD lens with a DSLR body.
Again a cheap ebay bought adapter MD to Olympus 4/3 with less than 10 USD.
This summer was real fun using this compination which I think it resulted to some nice photos. Here are the photos.
“My Son the Sun”

“Secret Path”

In my humble opinion the E420 and the MD Lens handled this beutiful Greek Sunlight perfectly.  The Bokeh is beautiful, also the colours in my eyes have a “creamy” “dreamy” look. Also I have a sense of a retro look, I dont know it might be my eyes. I would like to have your opinion on them.

Also I must point that E420 can do stop metering through this adapter+lenses situation, which is most useful and keeps all the fun in this proccess.
I have many adapters and lenses for my Olympus E420. This collection is going to be one of my next posts and Ithink that it will demonstrate how far you can go with quite a tight budget.
Thanks again for reading.
Happy Shooting
Have a great Weekend
PS.Here is a link to an E-420 Review.


Nikon D3200 and MD Minolta 50mm f2.0 

Using the MD/Nikon Adapter  (With Glass element, Infinty focusing).


Although I consider myself as an Olympus man i decided that my loyal E420 would get a DSLR mate. So  this summer i bought the Nikon D3200. After some search i decided that was the best value for money DSLR (at least for my budget). 
I wont get into technical details about the D3200, the internet if full of in depth technical analysis on the matter. 

I want to talk to you about the purejoy of using vintage manual lenses with a new DSLR. In this case i had a few Minolta lenses that I wanted to mount in the D3200 body.

The first lens was a MD Minolta 50mm f2, manual lens.

MD/NIKON Adapter.

So i found in Ebay this   Minolta MD MC Lens to NIKON DSLR Mount Adapter for 25USD. This adapter has an glass element which makes infinity focusing a reality.
The Package included:
  • Lens mount adapter x1
  • Front Lens Cap x1
  • Rear Lens Cap x1
 It is a solid constructed adapter, which came in a small white box, wrapped and with a silica bag attached.

Remember that D3200 cannot stop meter with old manual lenses so, Manual Mode, Sunny 16, Liveview and trial and error. But enough with thee mambo jumbo…..Let It Be Light!!

D3200+MD/NIKON Adapter+MD Minolta 50mm f2 Lens =

“Child’s play Bokeh” ISO 100 1.3s f2.8

“Child’s play Bokeh 2” ISO 100 1.3s f2

“Far Focus” ISO 3200 1/40 f2.8

“Near Focus” ISO 3200 1/40 f2.8

“Rose” ISO 200 1/80 f2.8

ISO 100 1/320 f5.6

ISO 100 1/320 f5.6

“Rotten Bench” ISO 100 1/250 f5.6

ISO 100 1/250 f5.6

“Analogue Blogger!” ISO 100 1.6s f2
The Pictuses are exactly as they came out of the camera, no “fine tuning”.
I believe they are quite nice, the lens was easy to focus (with the use of liveview much easier), the only set back was the old school metering.
The bokeh in my opinion is very nice, at f2.8 seems quite sharp. My Fave photo is the “The Rose”, the Bokeh hexagonals are beautiful. For 10 USD this lens is a pleasure to own, which will definitely give you value for your money.The Adapter is definitely a good buy as it opens a bright “Manual” world to explore.
For a review of this lens used with an other digital body check the following article.

 Minolta MD 50mm f/2 lens review

More manual lenses wait for testing. Stay Tuned!

Happy Shooting