Lens suggestion

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by NikonD300, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. NikonD300

    NikonD300 Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 24, 2011
    As an old street photographer, I'm accustomed to zone focusing so I'm always ready to shoot. Waiting for my Panasonic lens to autofocus has cost me lots of great shots. So I switched to my old Leica Summaron 35mm/2.8 and Panasonic adapter. I love it!

    I do miss how light the Panasonic 20mm lens is compared to the Leica lens. And, of course, the 35mm Leica functions as a 70mm on the GF1 and GX1. Would it be unreasonable to ask for a Panasonic or Olympus brand Micro 4/3 manual lens so I could zone focus!?
     
  2. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    Sounds like you're looking for the Voigtlander 17.5mm f/0.95. This is a native, manual focus :43: lens which will provide a similar field of view to what your Summicron would provide on a 35mm film camera. If you want something a bit longer there is also a 25/0.95.
     
  3. NikonD300

    NikonD300 Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 24, 2011
    Hmmm! Worth a look.
     
  4. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    As far as Olympus or Panasonic offering something similar in the near future, I think that prospect is highly unlikely. They're going to continue to focus on auto-focus lenses and leave the "fringe" manual focus lenses to the other members of the :43: group.
     
  5. dre_tech

    dre_tech Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2012
    The Olympus 12 f/2 (4.59 oz) has a distance scale in manual focus mode.

    BTW, the Voigtlanders are quite heavy. The 17.5 is the heaviest, (19 oz), while the Voigtlander 25 weighs 14.5 oz
     
  6. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    Good catch...hadn't noticed until I just re-read it that the OP had expressed weight concerns re: the Leica. From what I gather the Leica weighs around 6 oz. and the P20 weighs about 3.5 oz., so the Voigts are considerably heavier.