Large adapted lenses

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by jcdoss, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. jcdoss

    jcdoss Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 10, 2011
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    What's your limit on size/weight for adapted SLR lenses that you can use or are willing to use handheld?

    I was a bit shocked at how unwieldy my Sigma 50-150/2.8 lens is on my just-arrived E-PL2, and was somewhat disappointed. The lens allegedly weighs 780 grams, but I was impressed at how difficult it is to use on the small camera.
  2. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    My focal length limit on my E-P1 is about 50/55mm, which helps to keep lens weight quite managable.
  3. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    I've successfully taken a picture of the moon hand held with the Soligor 75-250mm (850g) and the Fotodiox adapter. When I added the Soligor 2X Tele Converter I was forced to go to the tripod because of the difficulty in keeping that much effective Focal Length (1000mm) on target more than the length (25cm) and total weight (1000g).
  4. eno789

    eno789 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    Bay Area, California
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    It's not necessary that focal length determines the size. I have used Vivitar/Kiron 70-150mm F/3.8 and Nikon Series E 100mm F/2.8 just fine.
  5. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
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    I shoot a (beefy) Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 and a Canon FDn 135mm f/2.8 on my GH2 and GF1 on occasion. I think that's about the limit for me.
  6. Orientator

    Orientator Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 7, 2010
    I'm using several different legacy OM lenses on my E-PL1. The biggest one to use handheld is my Vivitar 135 mm f2.8 with a 2x tele-converter. Altogether it is about 700 g and that is absolutely no problem. Of cause you have most of the weight on the left hand under the lens...

  7. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    I'm using a Zeiss 80-200mm f4 T* Vario Sonnar and a Canon FD 100-300mm f5.6L with my Gf1. Both lenses are around 700 grams, excluding adapters. The Zeiss at 200mm is absolutely no problem. The Canon at 300mm is pushing the limit of what I can hand hold except at faster shutter speeds. The weight isn't the problem, it's the magnification. The more you magnify the image, the more you also magnify any movements.
  8. aw614

    aw614 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 19, 2011
    I started using my Minolta MC 135mm F2.8 and outdoors its not too hard to handle, but still felt quite hefty to me. I was able to get a few decent pictures of the moon tonight.