Give new life to your Olympus 14-42mm kit lens with simple freelensing tutorial on any MFT camera

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Maybe around.. 70% of the people when they bought their first camera, they have no idea what this kit lens Olympus 14-42mm mk I is all about, since it came with the camera, might as well use it.

Maybe around.. 80% of the photography enthusiasts, or beginners turn enthusiasts, discover how crappy this lens is, upgrade to something higher end.

Maybe around.. 90% of the owners of this lens are stucked with it, either no budget for new lens, or simply no resale value due to redundancy.

I am going to show you how you can give new life to your Olympus 14-42mm mk I lens! With a very simple trick that doesn’t require any modifications! (unlike my other hardware hacking modifications)

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First of all, let me explain a bit of how freelensing works (you can google ‘freelensing’ and find some better tutorials out there). So, the image below,

yellow circular thing represent the lens,

the yellow line represent where the lens is focusing on to,

the light blue line represents where the sensor is.

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To get a focused image, the 2 lines have to meet! Usually for freelensing, you set the focusing ring to infinity, the moment you detach your whatever lens, requires some trial and error to get focused image, or not all lens allows you to focus to infinity.

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Above : the Olympus 14-42mm kit lens mk I. The best thing about this cheap lens, is that while you collapse, you bring the focusing plane much further back.

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In another words, now you can focus to infinity even when you detach the lens!

Okay I also make a short tutorial video, if it helps to explain ‘freelensing’ better:

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Some sample photographs:

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Above: NUS University Town, during the Arts Fest, while Take Two is performing.

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fashion runway

 

Well, if you find this tutorial useful, and took some photos, please leave your comments and maybe post your pictures below!

Please also visit my facebook page where you can find more photography stuff.

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