Some time ago I wrote lists of settings/instructions and explanations on how to set up the camera and FL-36/FL-50 flash to accomplish various lighting tasks. Those settings/instructions still exist and are in the Keepers section of this forum near the top. I'm pleased to find that the settings apply to the FL-900 flash unit and the current family of O-MD cameras. They probably apply to other Olympus cameras and flashes as well, but I haven't tested them.

E9-18 f/4-5.6

by Guy Roberts

My current setup is an e5 with the following lenses: 7-14 f/4; 14-35 f/2; 14-54 mkii; 50-200swd; 50mm macro and 2x teleconverter.
Whan I travel I take only the 14-54mm, as I find the other lenses too big and heavy.
For this very reason I am thinking of going m4/3.
But thinking about it, the e5 is an excellent camera, takes images that I am very happy with, has less than 9000 shutter actuations, and is built like a tank.
So maybe a workaround would be to get the 9-18 f/4-5.6, used obviously.
With the teleconverter on the 14-54 I would be pretty much covered.
Looking on the net the 9-18mm lens seems to be holding its own price wise, around 300-400usd, depending on condition.
Anyone use this lens and have an opinion on it?

Will this lens fit an E5? I have the 14-35 and 35-100 F2 4/3 lenses for theater photography. Wondered if the 12-40 the E5 body, it might make a good in between lens. Or should I just get the old 12-60 F2.8-4 online used?

E1 Error

by Ddaside88

I'm curious about the error code my E1 gives me when I press the shutter. Internet searches haven't been very useful. The screen shows



Any thoughts?

My gear is older Olympus (E-30, E-3 and E-1), which still produce excellent results (when they are functioning). The E-1 and E-30 need a bit of attention, and I hope some of you can recommend a non-Olympus (obviously) repair shop that is reliable and does excellent work. Yes, I know the cameras are old, and I can probably get another one on eBay, but it's always a gamble buying used. Sometimes it's good, and sometimes not. At least if I can get these repaired I know what I have. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Sports photography

by Guy Roberts

Sony have just released a 400mm f2.8 lens to a lot of fanfare and good reviews. They speak to its low weight and balance and ease of use for long periods of time especially when compared to the Nikon and Canon alternatives.
The bodies used in one review were top pro and 20mp, so mp cannot be an issue to professional sports photographers.
I was wondering therefore, how the oly 300mm pro lens with the em1 mkII would stand up in this environment. It is smaller, lighter, maybe faster and a fraction of the cost. The only perceived negative could be the sensor size, but you get the same dpi prints and most images end up in newspapers or on line anyway.

Filter vignetting

by Guy Roberts

My Cokin P series filter system is causing vignetting with the 14-35 f/2 when it is used in conjunction with a polarising filter screwed onto the lens.
Cokin make a filter holder for wide angle lenses, the BPW400A, which should solve the problem, but some reviewers say that it has not solved their vignetting problems, albeit with different camera/lens combinations.
Anyone here had experience of the BPW400A on the 14-35 f/2?
Unfortunately we don't have a shop where I can go and try it out for myself.


I can't believe how little activity in the forum - I just came back to list my 150 F-2 for sale in the For Sale section and noticed hardly any the forum alive or dead??

Anyway it is priced right and in great condition - also going on Ebay....

Lens calibration

by Guy Roberts

I just watched a video on BH on phase v contrast AF.
The suggestion seems to be that lens calibration is only necessary for phase AF.
Is this right, and if so will any lens calibrations be ignored when using contrast AF?

Replacement BLM-5

by Guy Roberts

I bought an Olympus BLM-5 off Amazon, and it does not hold charge. I suspect that it is old stock as Olympus probably don't make it anymore.
Anyone have third party recommendations?