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    Since the last (first) E-300 thread died down about 4 weeks ago, I thought I'd introduce myself and some new stuff I'm starting with the E-300.

    Some/most of you know me already from my handle on other fora.
    I got my E-300 just after it first came out, and although I've added an E-1 since then--and plan on getting the E-3 as well--I still use the E-300. Recently I've been experimenting with the E-300 and some Nikkor glass I have left around, and have found that the little 20mm f3.5 is making an interesting street snapshot lens. With its 40mm (conversion factor) field of view and near pan-focal qualities beyond 2meters, I can preset the focus distance and just walk around pointing it at scenes and shooting from the hip, without looking at the viewfinder.

    Here it is complete black-taped for street cred



    Here's just a couple of frames I got while walking around Shibuya (Tokyo) yesterday afternoon:





    I have a few more online at Shot from the waste

    Cheers,
    "...and only the stump, or fishy part of him remained."
    Green Gables: A Contemplative Companion to Fujino Township

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    Re: E-300 with Nikkor 20mm

    Hey, Hokuto - that E-300 looks mean

    Nice shots too.

    By the way, is 'waste' an intentional pun? Of course the boring correct spelling is 'waist'

    Ian
    Founder/editor
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    • #3
      Re: E-300 with Nikkor 20mm

      Originally posted by Ian View Post
      Hey, Hokuto - that E-300 looks mean

      Nice shots too.

      By the way, is 'waste' an intentional pun? Of course the boring correct spelling is 'waist'
      Thanks, Ian. (And yes, the pun is intentional)
      "...and only the stump, or fishy part of him remained."
      Green Gables: A Contemplative Companion to Fujino Township

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      • #4
        Re: E-300 with Nikkor 20mm

        I like the tonality of these shots Norman, are these converted in-camera? Looks like a very nice lens for this type of photography. I played a bit with an OM 50/1.8 lately and was surprised that it was hard to tell (for me) which photo was shot with the OM 50/1.8 and which from the ZD 50/2.0. Oh and "attaboy" :p
        Regards,
        Henk

        http://mordisco.smugmug.com

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        • #5
          Re: E-300 with Nikkor 20mm

          Originally posted by Henk View Post
          I like the tonality of these shots Norman, are these converted in-camera? Looks like a very nice lens for this type of photography. I played a bit with an OM 50/1.8 lately and was surprised that it was hard to tell (for me) which photo was shot with the OM 50/1.8 and which from the ZD 50/2.0.
          Thanks, Henk, yes, part of my recent attempt to rethink the "photography and I" question involves (at least with regard to this camera/lens combo), a dedication to b/w. I didn't start out that way, but when I began seeing the immediate b/w images in the lcd, I was really pleased. It made me feel like I did 20 years when using Tri-X.
          After that, I decided to leave it set on b/w so as not to be distracted by the mere possibility of color. I have contrast generally set to -2 since the E-300's processing engine seems to emphasize contrast a bit much, and on lower contrast scenes it's easier (I think) to raise it in pp.

          The lens indeed seems to be very well suited in terms of general usability for this type of work, so far as I can tell at this early stage. If it were much longer, the field of view would be too constrictive for this kind of shooting from the hip, and if it were much wider, I'd have to get substantially closer to subjects. I mentioned somewhere else that the 20mm f3.5 is known for having quite a bit of curvature distortion at the edges when used with a 35mm camera, but on fourthirds, that part is cut off so it looks much flatter, just like you'd expect from a generic 40mm lens. Also, as I noted above the dof is really deep out past 2 meters, so it's possible to use "zone focusing" during most of the time, something that would be harder to do with most lenses, I think. The experience has made me decide to look out for some OM lenses at flea markets in Tokyo.

          Oh, and "attaboy" :p
          Hah! Thanks doubly! Just for that, I'll give you another:

          "...and only the stump, or fishy part of him remained."
          Green Gables: A Contemplative Companion to Fujino Township

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          • #6
            Re: E-300 with Nikkor 20mm

            I walk around and do the same with my Nikkor pre AIS 28mm f3.5 lens on my L1 blacked out for street cred. Finally I have arrived.
            Akiva S.

            Pany L1, Pany LX-2

            My website

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            • #7
              Re: E-300 with Nikkor 20mm

              I know this is an old thread, but how do you guys attach old OM lenses to the DSLR's, and even more interesting, how do you attach old Nikon lenses to the DSLR's?

              And I have to say Hokuto, those are some excellent, crisp images. I loved looking through them all on your site.

              Many thanks in advance!
              -Charles
              Olympus E-3 + HLD-4
              Olympus Evolt E-300 + HLD-3
              Olympus 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6
              Olympus 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5
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              • #8
                Re: E-300 with Nikkor 20mm

                Originally posted by chops View Post
                I know this is an old thread, but how do you guys attach old OM lenses to the DSLR's, and even more interesting, how do you attach old Nikon lenses to the DSLR's?

                And I have to say Hokuto, those are some excellent, crisp images. I loved looking through them all on your site.

                Many thanks in advance!
                just pick up an adapter, Oly sells one for the OMs, but it's real expensive, there are lots of adapters for lots of mounts, many available on ebay. The one that I am really hoping to pick up is a Leica R adapter. But you can get them for tons of mounts, like I said.
                ~Reggie

                Nikon D3s | D500 | Nikkor 300mm f/4 PF | Tamron 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 | 70-200 f/2.8 G2 | Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art | 500mm f/4 Sport

                Panasonic GX8 | GF3 | 20 f/1.7 II | 12-35 f/2.8

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                • #9
                  Re: E-300 with Nikkor 20mm

                  I just picked one 2 lens E-300 kits on Satusday, wanted to try the Kodak CCD color.
                  THe kit zoom lens are quite disappointing, got two old MF lens, waiting for adpators now.

                  Don't know if anyone would want the kit lens if I put on sell, I guess not.

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                  • #10
                    Re: E-300 with Nikkor 20mm

                    Is that the ZD 14-50mm f/3.5-5.6? I have one in the cupboard - it's a strange lens; the manual focus action wasn't very progressive. But optically it was OK from what I remember. The closest focus distance was a bit of a shock after the near-macro experience of the 14-54 with the E-1

                    I'm still a cynic when it comes to so-called Kodak sensor colour

                    Ian
                    Founder/editor
                    Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
                    Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
                    Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
                    Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
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                    • #11
                      Re: E-300 with Nikkor 20mm

                      Originally posted by Ian View Post
                      Is that the ZD 14-50mm f/3.5-5.6? I have one in the cupboard - it's a strange lens; the manual focus action wasn't very progressive. But optically it was OK from what I remember. The closest focus distance was a bit of a shock after the near-macro experience of the 14-54 with the E-1

                      I'm still a cynic when it comes to so-called Kodak sensor colour

                      Ian

                      It's the 14-45 f/3.5-5.6, manual focus is not progressive indeed, auto-focus is not very sharp. it is Ok I guess in general, I might be just too spoiled by the sharpness result from Sigma DP recently.
                      Waiting for adaptor ring to try on Takumar 50mm F/1.4

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                      • #12
                        Re: E-300 with Nikkor 20mm

                        Can't say I ever noticed a difference between sensors either but as I shoot raw 99% of the time I may not.
                        It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

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