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Saturday, 06 March 2010


This will appeal to a narrow group of enthusiasts, who, I think, will absolutely love it!!!

Steve Huff has a review


The lens could be of interest to some people, but not for everyone

how AF in m43 link

That Steve Huff article is nice and informative. I was happy when I read about the Noktor, but after his review... I'm not so certain.

I'm kinda considering getting rid of my Contax 50/1.4 because I don't really like the bokeh. But the Noktor is no better wide open and that "Christmas star" look at 2.8 and 4 is slightly ridiculous. Looks like a corny Photoshop filter.

Anybody has any ideas for an affordable manual lens with a nice bokeh, one that would give 80-100mm equivalent on 4/3 and m4/3?

BTW, for the old-timey glowing look, I've got a Helios 58/2. I'd want something faster.

Agreed regarding the questionable use of lime green for the retaining ring, but could it possibly be any worse than the _chrome_ filter ring used by Zeiss?

There are quite a few interesting m43/lens combos. Some are pretty standard, but as you get toward the later posts you will see some unusual lens set-ups


@Dwight: thanks for the link. I may get the lens. I'm a low light guy, as in Tri-X, 1600, Diafine.

How about an article about the available Micro 4/3 adapters?

Senko is Japanese


A lot of money for a CCTV lens, even though it's fast.

"Senko is Japanese"

Right, but I thought this particular lens was made in China. But I can't seem to find the reference again. Anyway, I'll remove the place reference from the post.


erlik, i'm not sure about a manual lens but i recently got the Zuiko 50mm F2 Macro. I got it mainly for portraits and i love the bokeh. Actually, i love everything about it. A great lens, and Oly were offering $150 cash back here in Oz which meant i got it for just under $600 (about USD$500)

BAG, funnily, it's the only 4/3 lens I never tried. Although I've read all kinds of rave reviews about it and heard similar from an acquaintance about the combination.

Christopher, here's a list of adapters, done by Monza from GetDPI. It's on Google Docs, so you might need an account there. It also doesn't mention the Olympus adapter for OM to m4/3, or the Olympus adapter for 4/3 to m4/3.

When I use a manual lens on E-P1 (that is, when I can borrow E-P1), I go with the second option. Adapter for 4/3 -> m4/3, and then the manual lens with its own adapter to 4/3.

I'm usurping Mike's editorial position here, but there's really nothing much to write about it. If the adapter is well-made, it works as advertised. Two adapters are not a problem because there is no glass in them.

There are two possible problems with adapters. One is that the thickness of an adapter is not correct. Too thick and you cannot focus to infinity. Too thin and you focus beyond infinity. But you cannot know that without trying every single one of them.

The second possible problem is that the back end of a lens protrudes through the adapter. Cosina/Voigtlaender has a list of compatible lenses of theirs for M-mount -> m4/3. It's in Japanese, but the names of the lenses are in English. :)

As to what Leica lenses might not be compatible, I guess the collapsible lenses are dangerous because you must not collapse them while they are on the camera. Otherwise, you risk a scratched or possibly even broken antialiasing filter on the sensor. Which equals to a need for a new sensor. :-/

CameraQuest has a page dedicated to the Voigtlaender M->m4/3 adapter together with instructions on how to use them on Panasonic m4/3 cameras. BTW, you can leave the adapter on Pen, too, and just change lenses.

Price, as you can see on the link above, adapters can cost a lot. OTOH, I was browsing ebay.co.uk just yesterday and found M->m4/3 adapters for 22 pounds with free shipping. From Hong Kong and China, but I guess it's the same adapters. Other kinds of adapters for m4/3, the price depends.

And that would be about it...

looking over the senko page, they have some nice fast zooms as well - not sure about the image circle but they are all around f 1.0...

Erlik look for an Olympus Zuiko OM 50mm f1.4 lens. They aren't hard to find and are a beautiful lens.

Ah, a hipster lens! Just perfect for capturing them in their night habitat.

"Anybody has any ideas for an affordable manual lens with a nice bokeh"
Fast manual focus Minolta , Konica and Canon primes are good bets since they do not easily fit on modern cameras except for Micro 4/3.

First I saw this, I thought to myself "portrait lens" since it's an effective 100mm lens, right? And it looks like that's borne out by Steve Huff's review.

Only problem I see is the sheer size of the beast. I bought a micro 4/3 camera because it's possible to get a very small combination (GF1 + 20mm/1.7). This lens on the GF1 puts it back in the "need a camera bag" category.

Doesn't mean I won't end up buying one, but...

I know this device is quite cool, $750 is cool also.


Gotta say, for the money <= 100.00 US. you can get a used Konica Hexanon 50 f1.4........ 100mm on micro 4/3.

This lens is stellar for low light portraits. Sharp as a brand new razor on the focus plane...and Bokeh is nicely rendered with no irritants.

I would without a doubt put this lens in the same category as my old Zeiss 150 for my Hasselblad. It's THAT good.

Built with the kind of quality you rarely see anymore.

Now I'm going to end up driving the price higher on ebay.

Oh well....it deserves it.

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