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Friday, 03 July 2009


How the kit zoom looks like that old Pen lens...

Pity nobody has the Nokton 40/1.4. 500 euros in Germany.

I hear next shuttle mission is to fit the E-P1 on the Hubble.

Madness, indeed! That Nokton on the pen reminds me of a pal in college who dropped a small Chevy V-8 into his Austin-Healey. The torque was almost enough to spin the car around the motor, cartoon-style. The offspring of certain couplings can be perverse!

E-P1 mania! Seems like it has become everyone's Holy Grail.

Dont give me more reason to feel anxious about this camera Mike... (sigh) the voightlander 40mm f 1.4 on this little one... that erlik and the 17mm pancake would make me quite happy this summer.

The picture of the E-P1 with the Sigma 300-800 lens is hilarious. "Dude, where's my camera?"

That old Pen F lens looks like it belongs there.

Can't wait to get my adaptor so I can try it with my Nokton 40mm f1.4

"Thanks a bunch. Only available in the U.S.A.?"

It's nothing, really. A "Saturday Night Live" skit about a very uncool young woman with a blog who cuts down everyone and everything as if she's superior to all of them. Her tagline--and the title of her blog--is "Bitch, Pleeze."

In the skit I linked, the anchorman asks her if blogging is her full time occupation, and she says, "No, I do data entry for Kaiser Permanente."


Herm...any lens longer than 24mm is going to be pretty darn long on this camera. Long enough that I'll never use it. Cool that you can use them but I'm not sure what I'd use them for. This to me is like equipment geekery and (IMHO) not all that useful for good photography.

This is the adapter that looks interesting to me

BTW has anyone noticed how the prices for old breachlock Canon lenses just went way up?

Somewhere on that Pen lens thread somebody quips, The trouble with reading forums is that sometimes the opinions seem to override the evidence of your own eyes...

How true :-)

Dear Folks,

I think this is pretty cool, and I don't think I'm terribly prone to equipment lust. It reminds me of the days of 35mm before cameras and lenses got ultra-sophisticated. You could find decent lenses a-plenty and cheap that'd mount on your camera via adapters. A camera model would get serious points for being more 'adaptable' (typically meaning a wide-diameter mounting flange and shallow body).

Certainly, the majority of these 'alternative' lenses weren't the optical equal of the camera manufacturer's top-tier offering... but you could buy one of them for a small fraction of the price of one of those toppers.

There's that old saying, "The camera that makes the best photos is the one you have with you" (as opposed to the one sitting at home on the shelf). In that spirit, the camera and lens combo that makes the best photos is the one you can afford.

It seems to me this body-and-lens cut-and-paste business is in the best tradition of both practical and good photography.

pax / Ctein

I'd like to see some shots with the Nokton combo. Wonder how the optics/sensor interface holds out.

Yeah? Well my Color Skopar 21mm with a Voigtlander 40mm viewfinder will blow the doors off your (fill in the blank) any day! I'm savin' up for a whip aerial and a racoon tail. And bumper stickers.

I suspect that unthinking assumptions about how a camera should be held result in prejudices about the "right" balance of lens and body.
Anything that doesn't fit the preconceptions is at risk of disdain or mockery. Does this sort of reaction discourage camera makers from developing new form factors?

Is there any chance the Olympus MF-2 M43/Zuiko adapter will work on a Panasonic G1? It would be nice if the G1's manual focus aid worked automatically, but that might be too much hope for, since it doesn't appear to do so on the EP-1.

It would be a good money spinning idea if Voigtlander made custom adapters that had some electronics.

A roller connecting to rangefinder cam of M lenses could be used to mimic the switch to x7 view as happens with the olympus 17mm.
A small switch inside the adapter could be used to set focal length so IS was set up to the right value.

The net result would be to sell several adapters to each customer that stayed mated with each VC/Leica M lens.

However the real breakthrough will come when Voigtlander make a µ4/3 specific (small image circle) fast wide prime with scale focus.

A small switch inside the adapter could be used to set focal length so IS was set up to the right value.

No need. Olympus has had such IS on their cameras for a while. When you put a manual lens on and turn IS on, you get "focal length" setting. You turn the wheel and choose the appropriate length. All the common film focal lengths are there and only some of the more unusual ones are missing. 58mm, for instance.

E-P1 has the same stabilisation.

@Tim Medley: The MF-2 should work just fine on the G1. It's a dumb adapter.

But a MA1 converter and OM-4/3rds adapter will offer the same functionality plus 4/3rds support for significantly cheaper than Olympus's seriously overpriced MF-2.

Since quite a few people seem interested in the E-P1 combined with the Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4, I thought I'd post a shot (not of the combo, but one taken with it):


For the 2x crop factor of the 4/3 sensor, it makes a great portrait lens. And I've been pleasantly surprised by the ease with which manual focus is possible on the screen. Even without fiddling with magnification, it's somewhat easy to obtain quick focus, even at a large aperture like f/2. I actually think the relatively low resolution LCD screen works a bit in favor of manual focus in a (probably) unintended way. The area of sharp focus looks a bit more jagged than the rest of the image on the screen.

The image at the link is shot at iso 800 without any noise reduction (f/2 at 1/500th of a sec). And its of a kid at a birthday party, just so you have an idea of how long he stood still for me to focus on his eye lashes.

Matt, the focusing screen in the Leicaflex SL and SL2 worked this way. The central circle in the screen was a somewhat coarse microprism, and that's what you ordinarily use to focus. However, the rest of the screen, which most people think is a matte surface, is actually an extremely fine microprism surface, so fine you can't see the elements. But this surface has a certain "snap" to it when an image goes from out of focus to in focus that is instantly recognizable as "different." This is one of the reasons these Leicaflex models are considered the best viewfinders ever made in a 35mm SLR. (That, and their lack of visual junk that clutters the VF)

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