Monday, October 31, 2011

New "old" photoGadget

Uncle.D's new "old" photoGadget is a combination of legacy Zuiko 50mm f1.2 lens on newly acquired Olympus E-620 body. The E-620 dSLR already been in production since 2009. That's why Uncle.D calls them "New old Gadget". The lens is inherited from the legacy OM-system photography.

The set makes the good ol' days solidness feeling of the OM-system returns... except all legacy lenses effective focal lengths appear to be double on the 4-thirds dSLR. For example the image for a 50mm lens on the 4-thirds E-620 viewfinder appears to be the same as using a 100mm lens on a 35mm full frame.

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E-620 is one of if not the best entry level dSLR [below RM2000 category]. It is solidly built and looks more 'sexy' than its nearest competitors. A lot of E-620 detail review can be found on the internet.

Uncle.D was brought-up in 35mm SLR photography with only Zuiko 50mm lenses (f1.8 on Olympus OM-1 [1979] for black and white films, f1.4 on Olympus OM-1(N) [1980] for color films, f1.2 on Olympus OM-4 [1984] for color slides and a super telephoto 400mm f6.3 [1979]. Olympus OM-system was once considered as equipment for the professionals in 1970's until early 2000's.

Only after using Olympus OM-4 Uncle.D started to shoot like machine gun with a motor-drive and 'collect' more lenses to the arsenal- 17mm 3.5 rectilinear, 24mm 2.8, 135mm f2.8, 200mm f3.5 and a few zoom lenses. OM-4 was the first 35mm SLR camera comes with multi-sport metering and hi-light/shadow bias. In 1984 OM-4 body was sold at approx. RM800, while Nikon F3 body for RM950.

Migrating to Digital Age
In 2006  Uncle.D bought his first digital SLR. It was an entry level Olympus E-500. Just a month ago Uncle.D bought another entry level Olympus E-620.

Lithium-Ion Camera Battery  and Camera Grip

How much is the price one pays for a dSLR Lithium-ion [Li-ion] battery?. Believe it or not a proprietary Li-ion battery is sold at the price equivalent to a 12v DIN55 car battery? Find out the price for an Olympus BLS-1 Li-ion at

Why pay high price if you can get a lot cheaper from on-line shopping. At eBay for example, you can buy an 'HLD-5 like' grip for Olympus E-620 complete with two pieces of BLS-1 compatible Li-ion batteries at an unbelievable price - Total price paid for the grip + 2pcs of Li-ion battery is less than 75% of the price for a piece of proprietary a Li-ion battery!


An entry level dSLR like Olympus E-620 with legacy lens on China made 'HLD5-like' grip looks a little serious... and overkilled.

Olympus E-620 on HDL-5 like Grip

Pictures taken with the New "old" photoGadget
Zuiko 50mm f1.2 on Olympus E-620