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Attaching non-Olympus lenses

I feel a little silly posting this compared to the other questions on this board, but I'm desperate. I am new to digital SLRs, and just bought the Olympus E-500. I bought the following lens kit on eBay: The item description explicitly said it fit this camera. It came with 4 adapter rings, of which I was told the 52-58mm ring should fit into my camera to attach the lenses. None of the rings works. I have just the body of the E-500, with nothing but a lens cap. I can see the red dot that Olympus lenses are supposed to line up with, and the gold connections at the bottom for higher end lenses. Am I missing a piece that goes onto the camera before the lens? Am I trying to set this up incorrectly? I waited forever for these lenses, and was very disappointed when I couldn't attach them properly. What am I doing wrong? Thanks.

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  • Joslin Aug 16, 2007

    That makes sense. Thank you!



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The E-500 body has a "bayonet" twist & click attachment for the lens. There is no way that a simple screw threaded lens can attach to the camera directly. The lens that you have are designed to screw into the front of the original Olympus lens. I have seen some of these adverts on auction sites and they are worded something like "The wide angle / Tele lenses are simply mounted in the front of the Olympus EVOLT E-500 / E-330 / E-300 standard ZUIKO Digital EZ 14-45mm lens, or any other lens with 58mm filter thread." Which maybe isn't clear enough. So the bottom line is that you need an Olympus lens to use the other lenses you have bought. Please update the question & let us know if the information given was useful to you - Good Luck!

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