noob query re four thirds lendes on micro 4/3

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Sorry not R'ingTFFAQ, as it were, but can you all tell me whether "regular" 4/3 lenses adapted through, say, Panasonic's DMW-MA1 adapter retain full modern lens automation on micro 4/3 cameras (autofocus, aperture control, EXIF data, firmware update capabilities)? DOes it vary by lens and camera?

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Olympus bodies: Yes for all lenses
Panasonic bodies: Results may vary with autofocus capability. There's probably a chart somewhere that will show what lenses/bodies do/don't autofocus together
 

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Agree with Nic's summary and will add two comments.

With Panasonic bodies the 'compatability' with 4/3 lenses has improved with recent firmware.

4/3 lenses optimised for CDAF like Mk II versions of the 14-54 and 14-42 and I think the 75-300 will AF better than the rest (including the SWD models which are quite slow). None are as snappy as any of the :43: lenses.
 

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Second-gen Panasonic bodies (G2/GH2/GF2) also retain autofocus with all 4/3 lenses. However, those not CDAF-compatible will focus rather leisurely...
 

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Olympus bodies: Yes for all lenses
Panasonic bodies: Results may vary with autofocus capability. There's probably a chart somewhere that will show what lenses/bodies do/don't autofocus together
Luckypenguin- any experience using Oly 4/3 AF zooms on the E-P1? Are they slower to focus than on Oly DSLRs? I have an E-500 and don't want to give it up until I am sure I can use my 4/3 zooms without issues on the E-P1 and E-PL1. Just ordered the Panasonic adapter and will test out but thought I would check with others on the forum. Thanks in advance.
 
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Luckypenguin- any experience using Oly 4/3 AF zooms on the E-P1? Are they slower to focus than on Oly DSLRs? I have an E-500 and don't want to give it up until I am sure I can use my 4/3 zooms without issues on the E-P1 and E-PL1. Just ordered the Panasonic adapter and will test out but thought I would check with others on the forum. Thanks in advance.
You're probably already aware that the E-P1 is the slowest focusing m4/3 camera, so we're already off to a bad start. The CDAF optimized 4/3 lenses like the basic 14-42mm and the 40-150mm MkII are okay...compared to a compact camera. They do not even come close to an SLR. The earlier lenses are even worse. They tend to hunt back and forwards a few times before achieving focus - sometimes you might be waiting a few seconds in bad conditions. Having said that, I still use a few of them myself so don't let me put you off trying them.
 
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