The timing could not have been better. In October 2009 I started browsing the local used market while waiting for my M9 to arrive. The first M-Lens that caught my attention was the 24mm Elmarit. In last few years, compact cameras like Panasonic LX2, LX3, and Leica DLux 4 have spoiled me with wide angle perspectives. Naturally, I wanted one for the M9 as soon as I saw it.
So I bought the 24mm Elmarit in October 2009 and it sat in my bag with no M9 for a few months. In late November, I decided to pick up the Olympus E-P1 and the M adapter so that I can use my 24mm Elmarit while waiting for the 'real thing'. A little practice wouldn't hurt, I thought. Due to the small sensor size of the E-P1, the 24mm Elmarit becomes a 48mm lens when mounted. The lens is just the right size although the E-P1 (with the Elmarit) weights considerably more than the standard kit. In fact, I even mounted the Thumbs Up on the E-P1 to help improve the handling. (Thumbs Up could only go 2/3 of the way into the E-P1 hotshoe, but it stayed in place.)
The E-P1 and the 24mm Elmarit turned out to be a fantastic 'learning package' for me. I had plenty of practice to 'see' the images first even before raising the camera, something I had not done since I stopped shooting films. Manual focus on the LCD screen wasn't easy, but it wasn't difficult for me. Focus throw on most M lenses are quite short and with a large LCD like the E-P1, it didn't take long for me to start shooting quickly.
Below are some of the images from the 24mm Elmarit, shot as a 48mm on the Olympus E-P1. All images shot in JPGs.
My father, who used to photograph extensively, was especially curious about the E-P1 and the rather old-fashioned looking lens I had attached. When I told him that the camera is made by Olympus mounted with a Leica lens, he was very surprised.
This picture of my wife made her exceptionally happy. Here I pre-focused (approximated the distance) and made a small focus adjustment before firing the shot.
My daughter was playing around after breakfast during one of our trips to Hong Kong. I took this shot pre-focused plus a quick adjustment when she momentarily paused behind my wife's back.