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    Is there a filter to eliminate purple flare in oly 12mm f2

    As someone else mentioned, the purple flare with various lenses on Olympus cameras is typically thought to be due to a weak UV filter on the sensor stack. So, a UV filter should help. Something like an 2A / 81A yellow might do the trick too if the UV doesn't solve it. I think that's what I...
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    Switch my Olympus 45/1.8 for Panasonic 42.5/1.7?

    I took a rather roundabout path to swapping these lenses. First, I swapped the 45/1.8 for the 42.5/1.2. The Noctricon is an amazing lens, but after a couple years of owning it I found myself not using it very much, often picking another lens to put in my bag. I do most of my photography when...
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    Ultra fast, light weight wide angle?

    Yeah I agree overall with what you're saying. Specifically to the bolded section, I think that the expectation is that a 1.2 lens is professional, which means: weather sealed, built extremely well, with exceptional image quality wide open, and of course expensive. That has certainly been clear...
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    Ultra fast, light weight wide angle?

    @wjiang Perhaps, I think if the goal is to make an F1-1.2 or so lens but maintain the sort optical standards most people expect (sharp wide open and to the corners), that it's a difficult proposition. If one were willing to live with less than perfect performance wide open, it's probably easier...
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    Ultra fast, light weight wide angle?

    As stated in the OP I'm interested in a wide angle, in the 12-17mm range but really 14-17mm would be ideal. As far as ultra wides go, I've got the 7.5/2, which is tiny (and plenty fast for an UWA). Certainly, most of the ultra fast, compact primes have not been wides or ultra wides. Does this...
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    Ultra fast, light weight wide angle?

    @PannyPaul The 12-25mm is a very interesting lens. It will probably be bigger and heavier than I'm willing to put up with, but very cool nonetheless. @John M Flores It's not for a drone. I do most of my photography when traveling, and smaller and lighter is always better. I don't have a...
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    Ultra fast, light weight wide angle?

    Cool, yeah that's what I figured. I think the only real option is trying to find an obscure c mount lens and living with the poor coverage. Considering that Mitakon made a 25/0.95 that is roughly half the weight of the Voigtlander 25, I have some optimism that such a lens could be made. Whether...
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    Ultra fast, light weight wide angle?

    I've done a lot of research but I can't seem to find a lens that fits my rather specific criteria. I'm looking for a wide angle (12-17mm) with an ultra-fast aperture (0.95-1.4) with compact size/weight (around 200g). Manual focus is okay and I'm not fussed about sharpness wide open or in the...
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    Why the big jump?

    As to why, for decades consumers have typically preferred zoom lenses when we get into these focal lengths. Back in the 70's when most zooms were of significantly lesser quality than primes, 135mm and 200mm primes were a lot more popular, but as zoom lens designs got better and better, most went...
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    Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT 'Compact Dreamer' Lens Review

    Yeah I've seen some people using step up rings with 58mm and even 67mm. I expect 49mm might not be enough but am curious to hear your experience. For me, the point of getting the 7.5mm was to be as small/light as possible, so carrying step up rings and larger filters isn't desirable. Plus I...
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    Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT 'Compact Dreamer' Lens Review

    Ah yeah this makes sense on both fronts. RE: Vignetting, I just got one of these lenses from Adorama and they threw in a bunch of extra stuff at no additional cost. Included was a set of 46mm filters, all of which cause some vignetting, the CPL being the worst offender. Does anyone have a...
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    Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT 'Compact Dreamer' Lens Review

    This is typical with ultrawides, CPL filters don't really work with them. I'm not exactly sure why but I'm sure someone could explain it.
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    Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT 'Compact Dreamer' Lens Review

    Great thanks, I was able to find the thread. It looks like it might need to be shimmed but that's a bit extreme for me so I may just send it back. I need to do a bit more testing with it first to see if very distance objects are in focus when I twist it all the way to the end, that might...
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    Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT 'Compact Dreamer' Lens Review

    Apologies if this has been covered, but I just got one of these lenses and the focus scale seems quite a bit off. To get anything over 10 feet or so in focus I have to turn the focus ring all the way to the stopping point, past infinity. Is this normal? Can this be adjusted somehow?
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    Laowa 7.5mm- Where can I find one used?

    They pop up on eBay pretty frequently, I just picked one up on an auction that ended today. Pricing isn't that much lower than new though, usually around $400 USD. Every item on eBay can be returned if it is not as described/has some fault that is not disclosed in the listing. Even if the...
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    For Sale: Domke F-2, Black Cotton Canvas, USA | Location: USA | Ships:

    Looks like the image attachments didn't work here for some reason.
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    COMPLETED For Sale: Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5mm 1.2 | Location: USA | Ships: USA

    Here are some more photos, without post processing this time. All at F1.2.
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    COMPLETED For Sale: Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5mm 1.2 | Location: USA | Ships: USA

    What type of listing is this? For Sale What are you trying to sell/buy/trade? Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5mm 1.2 What are your prices? $850 shipped to US Where are you located? USA Where are you willing to to ship? USA Description Nocticron in great condition, there is a little...
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    10 mm Lens for Panny GX-85

    A pancake ultrawide? It's not really a thing. The only lens that fits is the Olympus 9mm F8 body cap, which is a sort-of fisheye manual focus "toy" type lens. Other options that are small-ish: Lawoa 7.5mm 2.0 UWA Samyang 7.5mm 3.5 fisheye Olympus 9-18mm 4-5.6 UWA zoom Panasonic 14mm 2.5 with...
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    Anyone tried the new 7Artisans 7.5mm m4/3

    A used Samyang 7.5mm 3.5 should be around $175 on eBay. Sometimes they sell for as low as $130, rarely over $200, though you may need to be patient and wait for an auction to get a particularly good price. Keep in mind the Samyang is also sold under other brands like Rokinon, if you search on...
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    Flat profile for EM1 MK1?

    Apologies if this has been discussed for but I googled and couldn't find much information on the topic. I have a couple EM1 MK1s and am interested in doing some video work which I will color grade, I know the EM1 isn't the best body for this, but it's what I have to work with at the moment. So...
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    Budget standard zoom ?

    A few systems have a wider range of options when it comes to standard zooms. Generally there are 3 tiers, first party constant aperture zooms, 3rd part constant aperture, and then first party kit lenses ~4-5.6. For instance in Canon land you can get: Canon 17-55/2.8 for $800 - roughly equivalent...
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    Budget standard zoom ?

    Yeah for sure, kit zoom + Panasonic 20/1.7 or something like that makes a great starter kit.
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    Budget standard zoom ?

    Check out used prices for the 12-40/2.8 and the 12-35/2.8, either one should cost about 450 pounds on eBay. Not exactly budget but both are far and away better than the M43 kit lenses. IMO 3.5-5.6 is just too slow for a 43 sensor camera unless you only shoot in day light, so I wouldn't want any...
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    Settling on a portrait lens

    I'm not sure if it's been mentioned yet, but I think the role that subject distance to background plays is often overlooked. For example, photo #2 that the OP posted with the girl with the vines and bricks in the background, the subject is too close to the background to really see significant...
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    EM1 grip glue problem

    I used contact cement and that worked fine. I actually sent this in for repair eventually, as I had the rear dial problem and my USB port failed (snapped off while using a remote shutter release) and bricked the entire camera. Pretty awful build quality for a $1400 camera I have to say, the rear...
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    Is it still reasonable to buy the PL25/1.4?

    The 25/1.4 does a reasonably good job with regards to lens flare, the central flare will be a little purple while the "ghosts" are green, very common for any lens. The 25/1.4 has some issues with CA and purple fringing wide open but not really the purple flare or blobs that the 7-14/4 is...
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    Effect of Olympus 1.4 teleconverter on image quality

    I'm curious for the sake of curiosity, could someone post an image (preferably RAW) of the same subject taken with and without the 1.4x? I would like to see how the 1.4x shot looks like vs cropping.
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    Is it still reasonable to buy the PL25/1.4?

    Congrats, the 25/1.4 is an excellent lens.
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    Matching the classic FF 70-200mm f2.8 look

    The 42.5/1.7 and 45/1.8 can provide a similar look, though not quite as blurred, the 42.5/1.2 and 75/1.8 will give you more blur if your budget is a bit higher. If you can control the ratio of subject to background, for instance make sure that the background is very far from your subject, you...
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    Is it still reasonable to buy the PL25/1.4?

    That is the case. It's not the AF motor that makes the noise (though the AF motor does make a slight noise when focusing, as is typical with many lenses). What happens is that as you move the camera around and point it at different levels of light, the aperture opens and shuts, which causes the...
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    Is it still reasonable to buy the PL25/1.4?

    It wasn't the rear mount problem, It landed on the front part of the lens and the front casing near the focus ring got a big dent in it, and the shock messed something up internally and the optics had to be repaired/replaced (not sure what they actually did to it). Metal typically isn't a very...
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    Is it still reasonable to buy the PL25/1.4?

    Like others, I've had many of these lenses. 17/1.8, 20/1.7, 25/1.8, and 25/1.4 The 17/1.8 is a good lens but I just never really used it. The 20/1.7, I replaced with the 25/1.4. The 20 has slow and unreliable AF in low light and banding on some Olympus/Sony 16mp sensor bodies. Its a great lens...
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    Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 II vs I

    As far as I am aware front mounted teleconverters do not steal a significant light, at least not as much as a rear mount TC. The way a rear-mount TC works is that it actually alters the focal length of the lens, but the physical aperture opening stays the same, so a 100/2.8 (35.7mm) with a 1.4x...
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    New 7.5mm f2 announced! - Venus Laowa

    Venus Laowa 7,5mm MFT lens preorder to start on Monday – 43 Rumors Preorders start Monday.
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    I prove the DJI 15mm f/1.7 lens and the Leica 15mm f/1.7 are the same!

    Certainly this is possible, however, there is little evidence to suggest it is true. If you have some, please share it. The facts that we do know have already been stated, that these lenses share the same body and optical design, same weight, and optically perform exceptionally similar - within...
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    New 7.5mm f2 announced! - Venus Laowa

    Cool! What do you think of the lens?
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    New 7.5mm f2 announced! - Venus Laowa

    The 8mm Rokinon (made by Samyang) as far as I know is an APS-C lens that you would need to use an adapter for. It won't be as wide as the 7.5mm which is designed for M43. There are a few other 8mm lenses that are designed for M43, but Rokinon/Samyang do not make any of them. Actually it seems...
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    New 7.5mm f2 announced! - Venus Laowa

    If you don't mind a fisheye, the 7.5/3.5 is a fantastic lens, and even better at $150 or so. Really hard to go wrong there. I've mixed feelings on the 9-18mm. It's small, it's light, it takes filters, and the image quality is pretty good, not exceptional (the 7-14/4 is better), but not a...
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    Standard zoom for my Pen-f

    If you want a pancake, I would go with the 12-32, if you're willing to use a larger lens, I would go for the 12-35/2.8.
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    Panasonic 12-60mm f/2.8-4 Dust In Lens

    Internal dust is common, even with new lenses (the lenses are not built in a completely dust free environment), and will almost certainly not affect your photos. The situations where it would be likely to show up are when you're shooting into the light at small apertures (say F8 or smaller). You...
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    I prove the DJI 15mm f/1.7 lens and the Leica 15mm f/1.7 are the same!

    Certainly this is possible. However, without direct confirmation that it is happening, or large scale testing (let's say at least 10 but better would be 100+, both of which are unlikely to happen) of each type of lens it's impossible to say one way or the other. I would say it is extremely...
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    New 7.5mm f2 announced! - Venus Laowa

    Every time I get a notification that someone has responded to this thread I think maybe it has been released, and then I get disappointed... Oh no I'm doing it myself!
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    New 7.5mm f2 announced! - Venus Laowa

    Yeah the results look quite good there. I was looking at the corner results from the other review and they seemed maybe not the best but in real world shots it seems perfectly usable even wide open. Hooray! The 8/4 doesn't look that good on the other hand, at F8 the SLRmagic corners look worse...
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    New 7.5mm f2 announced! - Venus Laowa

    Whoa that is super cool, I had no idea.
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    New 7.5mm f2 announced! - Venus Laowa

    While I don't necessarily disagree with any of this, I think it's very hard to say how much affect it has on the actual design and production of the lenses. So, yes, a 43 lens has to resolve 4x the detail to match the resolution of a 35mm lens. Sure, that makes sense. However, I would imagine...
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    New 7.5mm f2 announced! - Venus Laowa

    Well, this isn't something that is mutually exclusive to ultrawides, it's a fact for all 43 lenses. Additionally, 43 lenses only have to cover an image circle 1/4th the size as well, so that should be much easier to design (and manufacture, less material is needed) for certain types of lenses...
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    Help me choose. UWA vs Long Portrait

    I have both, I probably use the 7-14/4 something like 30% of the time. I think I use the 75/1.8 something like 1-2% of the time. The 75/1.8 is the best lens I never use! I voted for the 7-14, of course.
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    New 7.5mm f2 announced! - Venus Laowa

    Voigtlander makes a 10mm lens for 35mm, which is as far as I know, the widest rectilinear lens for any system. I can't think of any reason why it would be harder to design a 5mm lens for M43. Folks often state that designing very short lenses is difficult, and while this is true it tends to be...
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