Showcase Olympus 16mm f/3.5 on Sony A7R

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by John D., May 22, 2014.

  1. John D.

    John D. TalkEmount Regular

    Oct 7, 2013
    As a few of you know - I'm a commercial Real Estate photographer and an Olympus - Zuiko "addict".. ;)

    I purchased a vintage Olympus Zuiko 16mm f/3.5 for short money recently on "fleabay". Frankly - I almost sent it back, as the fungus was not disclosed - and the optics were a mess.. But - I figured, I'd give it a try - and purchased some lens "wrenches" from Amazon and a bunch of jewelers screwdrivers to see if I could salvage this lens on my A7R.

    Eight hours later?? The lens was back together (NOT for the feint of heart!) - and here are some test shots in my sunroom (sorry for the mess ;) ). About this lens....

    It offers a fisheye at 16mm (180 degree view..!!! ) - and the distortion is "something else" if you are looking for an aspherical lens - this is NOT the one!! BUT - you can correct it to be a superior aspherical lens using DxO Optics Pro.. And the colors and contrast for shooting wide interiors? Absolutely amazing... Want to see..??

    Here we go....

    The ORIGINAL - out of the camera:


    After DxO Optics Pro - with a preset I made:

    A crop to bring the view back to "reality" and post processing in Lightroom:

    The Olympus 16mm fisheye?

    A stunning lens in every regard..

    - John
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  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
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    I see nothing to complain about.

    A fisheye is probably the last lens I would think of for this kind of work, but if you seem to be able to correct it well enough
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  3. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
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    Nice work! Looks like you pulled that lens back from the brink. :D
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  4. John D.

    John D. TalkEmount Regular

    Oct 7, 2013
    My thanks, Eric.!.!..

    This was the first shot I took with this lens - BEFORE restoring it.. The rear element group (there are two lenses in that group) were a mess - and fungus was on both - and between the two - and on the front end of the inner-most element.. The third lens element also had some creeping fungus - which was easy to reach after disassembling the lens and removing the rear element(s).. I'm lucky as the fungus hadn't etched the glass - which, when doing some research, can happen apparently? I don't know if that is true, but - I suspect it can if left long enough?

    Anyway - here was the original image quality from this same lens - taken in the late afternoon (and it was a sunny day!) just after it arrived from the "fLeaBay" seller.. Imagine my anger??! ;)


    - John
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  5. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
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  6. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
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    Nice results, nice place and I spot quite a lens collection on that desk :D
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  7. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

    May 5, 2014
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    I have a couple of lens's that need cleaning, how much do you charge? :bravo-009:
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  8. John D.

    John D. TalkEmount Regular

    Oct 7, 2013
    ;) You "pixel peeper" ;) Honestly - those are some of my Olympus Zuiko vintage lenses - which, I'll try to post images from each at some point? I also have a very large collection of lenses from over 35 years of shooting Nikons - of Nikkor lenses. Anyway - many thanks for your post..!!!

    Hi my friend! I had to "work up the nerve" to crack open my own lens - much less have the experience to work on someone elses??!! But - many thanks for the "vote of confidence"!!!

    My best - and my thanks! - to all..!

    - John
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