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Anybody travel with adapted lenses?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Steven, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    I started to build up a nice little collection of old manual lenses but now I wonder if I would actually choose to take any of them with me when travelling. It seems that a quickly autofocusing native light(!) m43 lens would be more useful within a limited number of lenses one can carry with them. but perhaps I am missing something. Does anyone take any of their adapted lenses with them when traveling? which ones? for any specific purpose?

    Thanks. :smile:
  2. On a recent trip to China I took my OM 50mm f1.8. Even with the adapter attached, it's not too bulky. The idea was to have a short telephoto, with wide aperture, for low light shots.

    I have to admit that I only mounted it once, for an outside performance at night. Most of the time, I used the Panasonic 20mm f1.7. Autofocus with the OM lens wasn't really an issue, because the subjects were far enough away for preset infinity focus.
  3. MikeR_GF1

    MikeR_GF1 Guest

    On a recent four week vacation in parts of Italy, I brought along a Konica 40mm f/1.8, and a Minolta Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 ... and wished I hadn't. They are both nice lens for specific "projects," but for a traveling kit, I decided that native M43, for me, is the way to go. Autofocus is the big reason, but I also found that image quality just wasn't there under all conditions.

    IMHO, for all around usefulness, even a kit zoom will deliver decent results.
  4. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    I did this on a trip to a conference in Mississippi. I wanted to be able to take photos during indoor presentations and meetings. I have since purchased several fast native lenses, but carrying the 50 was not a problem.
  5. dwig

    dwig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 26, 2010
    Key West FL
    I traveled to "the frozen barren North", in this particular case the countryside outside of Philadelphia, to attend by brother's wedding back at the beginning of November. I took my Pany G-1 with the kit zoom, 14-45, and my adapted 5cm f/2.0 DR Summicron. It was still a reasonably small kit and similar to what I carry almost every day walking around Key West.

    The Summicron proved handy, though I might have preferred to have my 5cm f/1.5 Summarit instead. I prefer the images from the Summicron but the added speed would have been handy at what was, in effect, the rehearsal dinner. I could have taken the larger Takumar 55mm f/1.8 that I have. It images are rather close to what the Summicron delivers but it is bulkier causing me to choose the Summicron.

    If I owned an Oly 45 f/1.8 I probably would have taken that and passed on the any of the adapted lenses. I use the Leitz and Takumar lenses because they're what I've had for decades. I'll probably part with one of the Leitz lenses in the not too distant future and replace it with something like the Oly, but something wider is on the shopping list aheard for any fast portrait lens.
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  6. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Depends on what kind of traveling you do. Mine is usually "run and gun" and I have to take pictures from moving vehicles, etc - fast AF is critical.

    I used to carry my Leica D 14-50/2.8-3.5; I have happily replaced it with the 12-35/2.8 and the size/weight and AF more than make up for the loss of range.
  7. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    I normally use adapted lenses. And when I have the leisure, to take the time to focus and compose, I prefer them. But for the trip to Texas from Kentucky, for my daughter's wedding, I used the Sigma 30mm, on the E-p2, and was very pleased. Did not feel too limited. When doing people events, I fall back to auto focus.
  8. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    In my last trip to Rome I took the Olympus OM 50mm F/1.8 and the JCPenney OM 135mm F/2.8 and left at home the P45-200.
    I have used them both for low light short and long tele indoor shots and some outdoor. In the case of outdoor shots you need to pay attention with the direction of light, both suffer from lens flare and chromatic aberration. Here are a few examples:

    JCPenney 135mm

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    Olympus 50mm

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  9. atomic

    atomic Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 3, 2011
    I have been traveling with some Pentax auto110 lenses, but I admit I probably don't use them enough to justify carrying them. I just find it hard to resist bringing them, as they are so small and light. The 24mm is great for taking pictures of what you can see in a viewfinder, and the 18mm was my tiniest lens until the olympus 15mm lens cap arrived. I'll probably leave them at home next time I travel.
  10. mr_botak

    mr_botak Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2011
    Reading, UK
    Yes - I generally take the OM 24,35 and 85 with me. I tend to have 'manual' days and 'auto' days as I can't carry six lenses in my shoulder bag. Usually have the 85 whatever as a longer option.

    I grew up with manual cameras, and to be honest find I prefer it that way. Then I typically travel alone (or just the two of us) so never have any time pressure on a shot.
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  11. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    I always cover bases with autofocus glass, because it's just that much smaller and easier to use, but I quite frequently travel with my Contax Zeiss lenses. Mostly with the 5D mark II, because the legacy 50/1.4 and 35/2.8 are tiny little things compared to their autofocus cousins, but I also love the way they render. They work great for low light stuff - I usually use the 50/1.4 for portraits/candids, and have not infrequently used the 35/2.8 stopped down as a landscape lens - very, very sharp. I suspect both will be a little less useful in MFT format because they end up long, and relatively large and heavy.
  12. rparmar

    rparmar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    Legacy glass has much nicer handling than the MFT plastic stuff, especially for manual focus. It is also true that my F Zuiko AUTO S 38/1.8 is significantly smaller in practice than my M.Zuiko 45/1.8, since the latter needs a hood but the former has recessed front glass that makes one unnecessary.

    If you don't need (or aren't hooked on) auto-focus, there's nothing wrong with using legacy glass.
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  13. Declan97

    Declan97 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 3, 2012
    Padang, Indonesia
    Just come home with pl2+14-54 MK2 & 55-200 dc, the MK2 was doing great. Dc Definitely not for catching moment curious about the 50-200 mk1

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  14. McBob

    McBob Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 22, 2012
    Absolutely. OM 50/1.4 and 100/2, Summicron-R 50 and 90, and a Vivitar Series 1 28-90/2.8-3.5, and old version Sigma 50-150/2.8 often make their way into a travel bag. The Voigt 17.5 effectively acts like an adapted lens, so that probably counts, too ;) 
  15. Declan97

    Declan97 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 3, 2012
    Padang, Indonesia
    Or sometimes I combine with om 50/1.4/1.8 and tammy 90.25

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  16. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    I prefer the luxury/more relaxing AF option when on vacation..can spend more time trying to capture moments in a place you might not see again rather than trying to nail the focus or find that you're off by a bit when you get home and review on your monitor.

    The biggest disadvantage is probably the weight though. I took my OM 50mm 1.8 last trip and took a few shots I enjoyed with a tilt adapter but I don't think I'll be taking it on the next time.
  17. Paul Amyes

    Paul Amyes Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 27, 2011
    Hobart, Tasmania
    I spent a month in England in May 2012, I took with me my EP-2, the 14-42 kit lens, the 17 pancake, a 35mm Color Skopar, 75mm Color Heliar and a Holga 24mm. All that fit in a LowePro S&F 100 AW Utility bag on a shoulder strap.The lenses I used the most were the 17mm and the 75.

    I bought into m4/3 so I could use some of the legacy lenses I have left from earlier dalliances with other systems. At the moment I'm trying to resist the siren call of the OMD and some fast primes. It is really hard.:smile:
  18. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
    I do- usually a CCTV 25mm f1.4 (for fun), and a Nikon 50mm f1.4 witha tilt adapter (also for fun). Manual focused for so long- still love doing it.

    I do admit I carry less adapted lenses lenses with me than I used to (I've got a ton)- mainly because the native µ4/3 lenses have matured very well over the last year system-wise, and there are a ton of great lenses now. I used to love taking my Volna-3 MC 60mm f2.8 with me too, until I got the oly 75mm. I do have a CV 25mm f.95 though- so it's "kinda" like an old MF lens (it's all about fun right :wink:).
  19. zapatista

    zapatista Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 19, 2012
    Albuquerque, NM
    Mike Barber
    I'm currently traveling on vacation and use a Canon FD macro 200mm f4 lens. It's my lens (this time around) for birding and insect macro work. I've found it consistently sharper than the 45-175mm at max tele and easily better overall than the 100-300mm on an OM-D. The size of the 200mm is definitely a limiting factor. The 60mm Oly macro is pretty much on the OM-D full time and I've been using an RX1 for the vast majority of my photography needs (17.5mm equivalent field of view f2 fixed lens camera).
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