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I had quite some time since i used my old Canon 500d, as i was trying to bring order in the CHAOS of my office/warehouse/shrine. I fall on an OM-EOS adapter. The rush was back i had to get one of my OM lenses to play around.


A big applause for ZUIKO OM 50mm 1.8 a great all around lens. As I was out for work i had my camera and lens in my trunk and when i had the opportunity i took some shots of Drapetsona.

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Well I am REALLY happy with the results, and I am gonna make a rotation of my extensive OM legacy lenses and try them out.


Today we celebrated the “OXI” 1940s Greece’s entrance to the WW2 against Italy and the axis.

Today I was brave enough to take along my Olympus EPL5 and instead of using the standard kit lens I took with me the OM manual ZUIKO 50mm f1.8 and Lens filter B+W kr 1.5 Skylight.

Problems I new I would face where:

  • manual focusing
  • 50mm is 100mm equivalent in m4/3
  • fast moving crouds / kids
  • lack of space to move and compensate the large focal length

Still I had confidence, I had no pressure I wanted 4-5 good shots and to be able to get some video footage (old Style) of the overall parade.

I think I managed it….



2015 28th OCTOBER

2015 28th OCTOBER

2015 28th OCTOBER

2015 28th OCTOBER

2015 28th OCTOBER


Jeanette D. Moses writes a post about a startup who turns to Kickstarter to fund stories from five heavy-hitting photojournalists.”Could Crowdfunding Save Photojournalism?” She writes “‘….A startup called Viewfind is trying to change all that. A newly launched Kickstarter from the company is trying to raise $25,000 to produce five long-term documentary projects from Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, Ruddy Roye, Beth Nakamura, Benjamin Lowy and Matt Eich.….” 

Read the Article: Could Crowdfunding Save Photojournalism?


Carl Edwards writes about moving to film photography…for ever.. “….It’s been a long time coming but I’ve finally made the switch back to film photography. Digital is very promising with a bright future but in the end I was won over by the little light-tight cartridges packed with 64.5 inches of silver halides waiting to be kissed by the light. Hit the jump to read the top 10 reasons I made the switch! ….”

Aaron Brown Writes :” Film fanatics rejoice because filmmaker Matt Mangham is back with the second installment of Analog, a personal series he put together to find and tell stories which explore the current state of film photography.”

Olympus EPL5 , OM-m4/3 adapter and Zuiko 50mm f1.8 Manual Lens

I had recently received an Olympus OM-20, another child of the OM film slr family from Olympus.

The OM20 was released in 1983. It was called OM G on some markets. It existed in chrome and in black finish.

It is basically an OM10 with manual shutter speed ring built-in, and a few other advances. These include a PC-sync flash connection, [LED] warnings in the viewfinder, built-in manual metering, and provision for attaching a steady grip. It didn’t replace the OM10, but was available alongside it.

The OM20 overall could be described as an good all around player with small in size easy to use with a solid body. Capable of manual and aperture control shots. The metering is trustworthy the viewfinder clear and simple. Using the various Zuiko lenses as it happens with the other OM series can produce great results.

My Version is the chrome one.







 Specifications for Olympus OM-20

Marketed : 1983
Lens mount : Olympus OM
Sensitivity ISO: 25 – 1600
Shutter speeds : B, 2 – 1/1000 s
Mechanical shutter :
Exposure Modes : M, A
Exposure Compensation : ± 2 EV
Exposure Metering Range : -0.5 – 18 EV
Auto Exposure Lock :
Viewfinder Coverage : 93 %
Viewfinder Magnification : 0.92 x
Diopter Adjustment :
Depth of Field Preview : +
Self-timer : 12 (s)
Mirror lock-up :
X-sync : 1/60 (s)
Power source : 2x 1.5V
Dimensions : 135 x 84 x 50 mm
Weight : 430 g

The OM20 manual.

Here is a small video review.

Last weekend I had loaded an Kodak ProImage 100,and when I was quite happy with the results the camera performed perfectly and some of the results are below.

Art behind bars

Recently I bought an Olympus EPL-5 mirror less, in order to replace my Olympus E420 that i gave as a gift this Christmas. The purpose of this new system was to be the lightweight digital companion of my Nikon D3200. The size/weight and the ability to use with adapters my collection of old manual lenses was a decisive factor for this purchase. I wont write a review over the EPL5, it has been done many times and I believe I wouldn’t add anything new to the matter. The only thisng that I would say is that it is a well made camera that is value for money but still has its limitations. I am sure that I wouldn’t sell my DSLR to stick with only the mirror less system.


As I said I was interested in using the available adapters with my vintage glass with this digital body. The first adapter that arrived was the FOTGA OM to M43 Adapter.

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★Made of Brass And Aluminum
★Lens lock / release and stop screw
★Solid metal mount lens adapter allows Olympus OM lens use on M4/3.
★Focus infinity
★Meter Exposure Functions
★There is no ROM connection on the ring so diaphragm control of the lens is set manually
★It is possible to use macro rings and other accessories
★Fine finishing! Install, remove and operate lens smoothly!


It is a solid made adapter with nice finish that securely locks the lens on the m43 body. The lens that I tested was a Zuiko 50mm F1.8.

Although it was a very cloudy day I managed to take some photos at my work break.

EPL5 + FOTGA OM to M43 + ZUIKO 50mm f1.8

EPL5 + FOTGA OM to M43 + ZUIKO 50mm f1.8

EPL5 + FOTGA OM to M43 + ZUIKO 50mm f1.8

EPL5 + FOTGA OM to M43 + ZUIKO 50mm f1.8

EPL5 + FOTGA OM to M43 + ZUIKO 50mm f1.8

EPL5 + FOTGA OM to M43 + ZUIKO 50mm f1.8

EPL5 + FOTGA OM to M43 + ZUIKO 50mm f1.8

EPL5 + FOTGA OM to M43 + ZUIKO 50mm f1.8

All The photos are using the in-camera art preset programs and are resized for blog usage.

All the photos are shot with the lens in aperture 8.

Infinity is not where it is supposed to be, through back screen focusing is really easy.

Bottom line it is fun to use such an adapter and the old lenses with the EPL5 or any other mirror less body. Give it a try.

Homeless Christmas, Piraeus Port

ZUIKO 50mm F1.8
LUCKY SHD100 b&w Film
Rodinal 1:100

Recently i bought a dead OM-10, after resurecting it I wanted to do a testing on how she handles auto and manual setup. I used a super cheap Lucky SHD 100 Chinese B&W film. I Snaped a few qick shots, Developed with Rodinal 1:100 Semistand and it seems it works pretty well.

As you can see the results seem consistent.

The scans where done wirh Canonscan Lide 700f, here are 3 examples a bit softened in LR5.

My favorite out of these 3, is number 2, which is yours?

Happy Shooting

I bought another OM-10 body from ebay (i wanted it to be a present) with a Zuiko 50mm f1.8 + Original leather case for 30 Euro.(not bad)
The thing is that the item was listed as a “non working item”,the reason i bid was the lens which i didnt own by that time and that the problem with the body was a mirror stopped in the upward position. I had read that this kind of problem was at most of the times battery related. 
When i received it,the bundle was in good condition and just needed some cleaning. I set the camera in the off position, through new batteries in, I advanced the film and POP!! the mirror was down. 
Success, but lets test the battery level. When i set the camera in the battery check position there was no sound and no light in the body indicator…. Oh no I thought. Lets look through the viewfinder. Yes the shutter speed on the side of the viewfinder lid up and changed as i played around with the aperture.
Bottom line faulty battery check beeper and led, but seems that everything else is working. This weekend I will test it, also I will test the manual adapter that came with it.
The lens was in very good condition and had also a filter labeled “B&W 49ES KR 1,5 1.1x” Which is a vintage warm polarization filter from B&W (valued around 12 Euro…not bad).

 “These filters are special versions of the B+W Circular Polarizing Filters combined with a warm tone filter. This combines the optical qualities of both filters in a single filter.

Part Circular Polarizer
Highly efficient standard circular polarizing filter for all cameras with beam splitters in the light paths of their TTL exposure meter and with autofocus lenses. Circular polarization has the same pictorial effect as linear polarization, but allows for proper exposure metering and/or autofocus distance settings.

B+W Polarizers increase color saturation and reduce reflections. The neutral gray color and plane parallel polarizer material guarantee optimal image results. High-quality optical glass ensures excellent pictorial quality. The filter factor varies according to how the filter is positioned in relation to the sun. Filter factor is between 2.3 and 2.8.

Part Warming Filter
This most delicate reddish-yellow conversion filter absorbs violet and some blue plus a minimal amount of green, but it passes yellow and red undiminished; the color of the light becomes “warmer” by 15 Mired. That is mostly the optimal amount for correcting the light blue cast in the shadows under a blue sky. It also absorbs UV radiation and hence it provides better sharpness. With color films and/or developing processes that generally yield results that are too “cool,” this filter can be kept on the lens at all times. With this filter, skin tones in particular will be rendered more naturally. Its filter factor is approximately 1:1.”

Anyway I cleaned it I put the adapter on the E420 and  voilà. 

A portrait of my Brother. Manual focus on the nose (difficult to focus through liveview)

A Cut from a photo demonstrating the exagonal light effect.

Further testing on the way, Stay Tuned and remember.

Happy Shooting