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Any full size 43 lenses for small bodies like E-PL1

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Rider, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Rider

    Rider Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 14, 2010
    The full size 43 lenses have awesome specs, but that all look too big for a small camera body like the E-PL1 or GF1.

    Does anyone disagree? Are there any 43 size lenses that can be used comfortably on the tiny bodies?
  2. marlof

    marlof Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I used the PL 14-150 for a while on my E-P1. Its focus speed was not bad (it is CDAF enabled) and the handling was actually much better than you'd expect. I held the lens in my left hand, and used my right hand to adjust settings, and control the camera. I still sold it in the end, since the size and weight of the lens itself bothered me so much, that I didn't take it with me enough. That has nothing to do with the way the lens handled on the camera, just with my wishes on photography equipment size nowadays.
  3. GaryInOz

    GaryInOz Mu-43 Regular

    May 11, 2010
    Sydney, Oz
    Sure are - with the standard adapter. I recently took the EPL1 away including the (4/3) 40-150 as a compact tele....worked well. I have also used the ZD 70-300 with great success.

    This is taken using the 40-150 recently in Istanbul, Turkey - 1/400s, f5.5 at 137mm. This was taken from a boat.

    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com.au/lh/photo/hnYoIDAJLdHvA_XZ75QYwA?feat=embedwebsite">http://lh5.ggpht.com/_jHsxWSLR4Mk/TJuOk9mO_kI/AAAAAAAAMWo/tBDq4tWaDKU/s800/L9233665.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    But note, I find it more comfortable to hold the larger lenses, and stability is improved, by using the VF-2 rather than using the LCD.
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  4. robertro

    robertro Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 22, 2010
    My 14-54 and 50-200 are very big and heavy; I'd rather carry an E-620 with them.

    OTOH, my 25/2.8 pancake, my 50/2, and my 40-150 seem to balance well sizewise with the m4/3 bodies. For those brought up with 35mm SLRs, the 25 with adapter feels like a 50mm normal lens, the 50 is about what a 100/2.8 35mm lens would be, and the zoom is about the same size as the 50.
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  5. Rider

    Rider Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 14, 2010
    Does the Oly 40-150 and PL 14-150 have fast/ silent focusing for video?
  6. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Be aware that most 4/3 lenses use the faster phase detect AF system which requires a mirror. :43: uses contrast detect which is very accurate but a bit slower. Most 4/3 lenses hence will AF rather slowly on a :43: body, albeit eventually quite accurately. I sold all my HG Oly glass as it really didn't work for me on :43:.

    The Oly 40-150 is not optimised for video but the 14-150 is with a silent AF motor. Likewise the Panny 14-140 is silent.
  7. Rider

    Rider Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 14, 2010
    How can you tell whether a 4/3 lens uses phase or contrast detect? I did not see this in the specs.
  8. Rider

    Rider Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 14, 2010
    I thought the Panny 14-140 is a micro 4/3. Do they also make a 4/3 version?
  9. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    I use the 4/3 40-150 on my pen. I find the size just fine. I actually think its better balanced because the EP1 does have some heft to it. Only complaint I have is that its slow to focus and from time to time misses focus when it locks.
  10. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Yes my lack of clarity and they do make a very highly regarded Panasonic Leica 14-150 for 4/3. I've seen it rated as the best zoom lens of any format.

    Regarding CDAF, Olympus since the Pen era has been making 4/3 lenses that are CDAF optimised. For example the 14-54 Mark II is and I believe the 70-300. The SWD lenses like the 12-60 and the 50-200 Mark II are not. Likewise the 50mm macro and the 7-14 WA are not.

    They all AF eventually but not in the silky smooth way they do on an E-3 for example. I've been there. :mad: 
  11. pcnyc

    pcnyc Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 15, 2010
    the newer zuiko 40-150mm fits really well with e-pl1, not only in size but weight also, and I find AF just fine with 40-150mm, slightly faster than when using Panasonic 25mm f/1.4.

    This is what it looks like on the e-pl1:
  12. shoturtle

    shoturtle &nbsp;

    Oct 15, 2010
    the oly 35mm 3.5 macro is not that big, and works well for handheld work.
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