Long searched for on various sale and auction sites around the world, and finaly bought from a virtual pal of mine of a Sony NEX decicated board, the friendly and useful Talknex.com web forum (thank you Kevin, THANK YOU).
PEN lenses are tiny, because they were originally made for Olympus FT cameras, which were already made with small in mind, as m4/3 cameras are today. So the typical “crop” factor that we’re familiar with in digital (x1.5 for APS-C sensors) applied to this gear as well, and the 38/1.8 was designed as a fast “normal” (read, 50mm on a traditional 24×36 camera) lens. And that’s exactly how it acts on the Sony NEX I’m using.
So close in fact, that you can see quite a bit of distortion here in my baby’s face (her nose appears MUCH bigger and her ears pushed back (if we could see them, that is…). That’s because she brought her little muzzle too close to the camera. However, I was still able to get a sharp picture due to that short, very useful close MFD.
The PEN lens excells at Black&White. In fact, it’s litterally screaming to be used in B&W !
At the risk of being burned live at the stake, I’ll venture it’s almost Leica like in its rendering (DANG, I wasn’t supposed to say that)
So now I have a serious problem. I’ve had insane fun those past weeks scounting the web and ads for older, manual lenses to collect, but this ONE piece of glass has rendered all further quest totally inadequate. I’m trapped.