medium format to micro 4/3?

josh

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i've never used adapters or anything like what is now possible with my new GF1 so I don't really understand how this works. I just like taking photos.

anyways, i have a WWII Aero Ektar and the glass is pristine on it (radioactive and everything!), most people use em nowadays with Graflex 4x5s for portrait photography. I also have an 80mm Planar for a Rollei SL66. Somewhere I have a baby Graflex that took 35mm but it was still on bellows but i don't remember what kind of lenses they used on those. and even though a huge part of the look came from the light leaks, i have an Acme (another label slapped on a Diana) that's lens popped off when dropped once. is it possible to use any of these lenses with the GF1?
 

Krang

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Theoretically you can use most of the lenses on m4/3. But it will require some stacking of adapters and they will look/feel absolutely huge on your camera. Like the register distance of my mamiya 645 is around 5cm and the mount is very wide…

Allthough medium format lenses would offer a lot of tilt and shift options with a medium format to 35mm adapter + 35mm to m4/3 :)
 

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I also use Rollei SL66 lenses with Micro-4/3 bodies.

I use two adapters in tandem, ie. Rollei 35 to M4/3 adapter built by Pixco and 66/35 adapter with focusing helical built by Franke & Heidecke (i.e. Rolleiflex).

Adapters in tandem
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/amoebahydra/4997755507/" title="Flickr 上 amoebahydra 的 Pan G-1 Rollei66 adapters">
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The 66/35 adapter has a built-in reverse mounting feature that enable reverse mount of SL66 lenses using Bay-VI filters. The reverse mounted lenses can yield high magnification (>1:1) macro images of exceptional quality.

Planar 1:2.8 f=80mm SL66 lens

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/amoebahydra/4997755559/" title="Flickr 上 amoebahydra 的 Pan G-1 Rollei66 Planar 80-28">
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"800" height="641" alt="Pan G-1 Rollei66 Planar 80-28" /></a>
 

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how is the image quality with that and the lumix? do you have any photos posted anywhere that you've taken with that lens?
 

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how is the image quality with that and the lumix? do you have any photos posted anywhere that you've taken with that lens?
Let me ask this question too. Impressed by Jim Schemel's pictures on Fred Miranda's Forum (who uses a Canon 5D Fullframe and Mamiya Sekor 645 lenses, for instance the 80mm 2,8) I have asked somewhere, if it is advisable to put thuch a lens on a MFT body. I was told not to do it, but unfortunately have seen no pics giving the proof so far. I am therefore interested to see at least comparable photos taken with the equivalent Rollei 80mm 2,8 lens.

Meanwhile I would not mind the extra weight and bulky size of middle format lenses anymore if they deliver good pictures that outshine smaller siblings.
 

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I wouldn't doubt the image quality, but just the size and weight. I have a Mamiya 645j and even the 80mm 2.8 will become quite large when adapted, around 15cm long. That's way too much in my opinion…
 

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Lumix G-1 with Rollei SL66 Planar 1:2.8 f=80mm HFT lens

Taken with

ISO100
F=2.8 wide open
1/4 sec
3450K

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/amoebahydra/5009270066/" title="Flickr 上 amoebahydra 的 Image Rollei 80-28 at f2.8 0001">
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ISO100
F=8
1.6 sec
3450K

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"1024" height="768" alt="Image Rollei 80-28 at f8 0002" /></a>

ISO100
F=22
1/50sec
4500K flash with softbox

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/amoebahydra/5009344924/" title="Flickr 上 amoebahydra 的 Image Rollei 80-28 at f22 4500K 0003">
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Lumix G-1 with Hasselblad Planar 2.8/80 T* lens

Taken with

ISO100
F=2.8 wide open
1/8 sec
3200K

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ISO100
F=8
1 sec
3200K

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"1024" height="768" alt="Image Hass 80-28 f8 3200K 0004" /></a>

ISO100
F=22
1/50 sec
4500K flash with softbox

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/amoebahydra/5009455824/" title="Flickr 上 amoebahydra 的 Image Hass 80-28 f22 4500K 0003">
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Hi I'm new to the forum.

This is a great thread. Where can I purchase the Rollei 66/35 adapter? I've looked everywhere and can't seem to find it.

Thanks!
 

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Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 HFT to 4/3 & m4/3?

Hi,

I have read with great interest your thread. I am in the process of buying a MD-5, and have a Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 (HFT lens)
Meanwhile, I still use my E-3, so I was wondering if you'd know what adapters I would need to have the Zeiss working on a 4/3 dSLR body. As for the m4/3, you've already answered my question!

Thanks in advance,

Matteo Prezioso

I also use Rollei SL66 lenses with Micro-4/3 bodies.

I use two adapters in tandem, ie. Rollei 35 to M4/3 adapter built by Pixco and 66/35 adapter with focusing helical built by Franke & Heidecke (i.e. Rolleiflex).

Adapters in tandem
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/amoebahydra/4997755507/" title="Flickr 上 amoebahydra 的 Pan G-1 Rollei66 adapters">
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"800" height="533" alt="Pan G-1 Rollei66 adapters" /></a>

The 66/35 adapter has a built-in reverse mounting feature that enable reverse mount of SL66 lenses using Bay-VI filters. The reverse mounted lenses can yield high magnification (>1:1) macro images of exceptional quality.

Planar 1:2.8 f=80mm SL66 lens

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/amoebahydra/4997755559/" title="Flickr 上 amoebahydra 的 Pan G-1 Rollei66 Planar 80-28">
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"800" height="641" alt="Pan G-1 Rollei66 Planar 80-28" /></a>
 

Just Jim

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How much do you love your ektar? And how much you want to spend? google sk grimes. They're pretty ingenious with these issues, however premium work comes with a premium price.

I've been pondering picking up a wide angle MF leaf shutter so I can mess around with the flash sync capabilities, but I know I'll need some cash for that.
 

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I wouldn't doubt the image quality, but just the size and weight.
I've found quality to be an issue too. Remember, that for the same-sized enlargement, a medium format lens basically needs to resolve only half a finely as a 135 format lens to give equal quality.

I've tried a number of Mamiya 645 lenses on FF DSLRs, and none was better than okay. m4/3, with its smaller pixels (and sensor) is even more of a challenge.

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I have just got a Zeiss Biometar 80mm f2.8 lens for Pentacon 6 medium format camera. It came with a Pentacon 6 to PK adapter, and I added a PK to M43 adapter to the combo.

I attach some pics taken with it on an EM5 below.

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