E-PL1 with various Canon lenses (pics)

twalker294

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I got my Fotodiox EF to m4/3 adapter today and thought I'd share what my Canon EF lenses look like attached to my E-PL1. Some are quite usable and a couple are just a bit silly looking ;-)

Adapter, no lens
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Sigma 30/1.4
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Canon 17-40 f/4L
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Sigma 105/2.8 Macro
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Same lens fully extended
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Tamron 28-75/2.8
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Same lens fully extended
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Canon 50/1.8
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Canon 80-200/2.8L
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Haha, I would like to know which ones "are quite usable"?
I'm not Todd, but have used my E-PL1 with both the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4, as seen here...
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... and the 100mm F/2.8 Macro, so far. I plan to try it out with my other lenses eventually.

With the 50mm f/1.4, I got images such as this:
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With the 100mm Macro, I got these (and more):
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The longer you go as far as focal length is concerned, the more difficult they will be to use on the E-PL1 (if handheld). But the lenses themselves are more than adequate. :smile:
 

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Looks good, especially the macro shot, but how do you control the aperture?
I'd love to use my 100/2 and Sigma 50/1.4...
 

twalker294

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Looks good, especially the macro shot, but how do you control the aperture?
I'd love to use my 100/2 and Sigma 50/1.4...
You don't. The only way (if you can call it that,) is to put the lens on a Canon DSLR, set the aperture to where you want it to be, use the DOF preview button to stop the lens down, then while it's stopped down, remove it from the Canon body. This will "lock" the aperture to that setting then you put it on your MFT camera.

It's actually pretty interesting to use your lenses all wide open. And quite challenging as well :)
 

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You don't. The only way (if you can call it that,) is to put the lens on a Canon DSLR, set the aperture to where you want it to be, use the DOF preview button to stop the lens down, then while it's stopped down, remove it from the Canon body. This will "lock" the aperture to that setting then you put it on your MFT camera.

It's actually pretty interesting to use your lenses all wide open. And quite challenging as well :)
I'm all for using lenses wide open, it can certainly work well in some cases, but still rather limiting. For me it makes more sense to get legacy lenses... but, on the other hand, if I didn't have Canon 40d my opinion would probably be different.
 

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I'm all for using lenses wide open, it can certainly work well in some cases, but still rather limiting. For me it makes more sense to get legacy lenses... but, on the other hand, if I didn't have Canon 40d my opinion would probably be different.
Oh I completely agree. If I had my choice I would definitely go with a legacy lens with a manual aperture ring. I have my dad's Olympus OM10 with a couple of lenses including a Zuiko 50/1.8 so that will be the next adapter I buy. But I figured hey for $30 I can try my EF lenses and have some fun...
 

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I just mounted my 80-200/2.8L to my tripod, put the E-PL1 on it, and took some pics in the backyard.

I just looked at them. Wow.

Do you have any examples of the 50/1.8 wide open? That's the lens I got for my first "real" camera, a Rebel 2000, ten years or so ago. I still have the camera, and both the metal and plastic mount versions of that lens. I've been intending to sell off all those items to defray the cost of the VF-2, especially since there are no EF to M4/3 adapters with aperture adjustments, but if that lens performs well enough wide open, I might keep one of them.
 

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I just mounted my 80-200/2.8L to my tripod, put the E-PL1 on it, and took some pics in the backyard.

I just looked at them. Wow.

Do you have any examples of the 50/1.8 wide open? That's the lens I got for my first "real" camera, a Rebel 2000, ten years or so ago. I still have the camera, and both the metal and plastic mount versions of that lens. I've been intending to sell off all those items to defray the cost of the VF-2, especially since there are no EF to M4/3 adapters with aperture adjustments, but if that lens performs well enough wide open, I might keep one of them.
Ask and you shall receive :) I just took several for you. I went in the kitchen and snapped pics of random objects, our dinner cooking, and my daughter doing her homework:

https://www.mu-43.com/f81/canon-50-f-1-8-image-thread-5756/#post51730

I can tell you, the 50/1.8 is pretty difficult to work with in this configuration. At 1.8 is isn't terribly sharp and that coupled with the very thin depth of field that makes getting good shots pretty challenging. However if you do get the focus right the results are pretty good.

This makes me want to play with my Sigma 30/1.4 on the EPL1 now since it's much sharper wide open and the shorter focal length should give a bit more DOF and less blur due to camera shake.

Oh, if you look at the images in the thread above you might want to compare to these from my 20/1.7:

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Of course the 20/1.7 is a MUCH higher quality lens (you can almost buy 5 Canon 50/1.8s for the price of one Panasonic 20,) so the results are going to be much better but I figured I'd put them here for comparison.
 

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The Canon doesn't seem to suffer that much in the comparison. I really appreciate you taking the time to shoot those pictures. Thank you:).
 

twalker294

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The Canon doesn't seem to suffer that much in the comparison. I really appreciate you taking the time to shoot those pictures. Thank you:).
No it really did do quite well. Like I said, the hit to miss ratio was pretty poor (out of probably 25 pics these were the only ones worth sharing,) but when you can get it right, the finished product is pretty good.
 
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