Suggestions for a 'wide' legacy lens on a Panny G1 body

pablochaterji

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Hey all! I'm new here and have just begun diving headlong into the m4/3 (and 4/3) with legacy lenses world.

I've owned an Oly e510 with the 14-42 and 40-150 kit lenses, plus the fabulous Zuiko 12-60, for about three years now - I barely use the kit lenses, though. I used to shoot film on a Contax G1, with 35mm and 90mm Zeiss lenses, and I basically bought a used G1 body just so I could use the Zeiss glass again, with an adapter (it's next to impossible to shoot film in India any more). I have some old Nikon glass as well, plus I've also bought a few more used lenses, the lot of which are listed below:

24mm f2.8 Pentax 110
28mm f2.8 Sigma Mini-Wide II
50mm f1.4 Nikkor
50mm f1.4 Yashinon DS
58mm f2 Helios
85mm f1.8 Nikkor

I'm currently bidding on a 40mm f1.8 Hexanon and am also thinking about getting hold of a Voigtlander Skopar 21mm f4 that someone's offered me.

With all this being said, does anyone have suggestions about a used 28mm to 35mm equivalent lens that I can buy, so I have a prime wide lens (apart from the 14-42 Oly zoom)? I'd be willing to save and put down about $300, but I welcome suggestions that don't break the bank!

Thanks!
 

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You will struggle to do nearly as well, let alone better, than what you've already got, in the form of your Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm. I have the Olympus 11-22mm and that works brilliantly with my G1, albeit by way of manual focus only. Look no further until improved wide-angled micro Four Thirds lenses are produced, which should happen within a matter of months. In the meantime, buy another adapter.
 

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Even though i am an advocate of legacy lenses for Wide angle DO NOT take any non optimized lenses for your sensor size. What i mean by wide angle on pany is something around 17mm and below. Lenses with relatively low distortion like a tokina 28 F2.8 or a great Tamron 28 F2.5 are absolutely fantastic on micro 4/3 but they will only give you a standard lens. I recently tried the acclaimed Tamron SP 17 F3.5, this lens has 2 major problems on M4/3 it is soft , and it is not really a wide angle on top of the already known disadvantage that is prone to flare. Since then i decided to save up .....
My suggestion:

Tokina RMC 28 f2.8

Tamron BBAR adaptall 2 28 F2.5 ( there is a24mm version haven't tried it )

Carl Zeiss Jena II Macro 24 F2.8 ( Zeiss made by cosina under licence most probably a cosina version is available )

Cosina 28 F2.8
 

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I can't afford it, but I've read good things about the Voigtlander Heliar 15mm. I think there's even an image thread dedicated to that lens on here--look around.
 

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I can't afford it, but I've read good things about the Voigtlander Heliar 15mm. I think there's even an image thread dedicated to that lens on here--look around.
Here's the thread https://www.mu-43.com/f81/cosina-voigtlander-15mm-f-4-5-super-heliar-image-thread-1523/
I've also used this lens for some time and posted several images in other threads.

Some of them below:-

https://www.mu-43.com/f57/65-year-old-veteran-bus-rescue-article-published-local-paper-5900/

https://www.mu-43.com/f60/haytor-granite-tramway-4924/


Barrie
 

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Thanks for finding it.

ALSO: many of those images have me jonesing for that lens!! Seems like a nice, sharp prime that's a joy to work with. For landscapes (for which I would be using it) does AF really matter that much?
 

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Personally I find a manual lens such as the Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 much easier to use in a situation where you want to maximise the depth of field, as in landscape work, I just don't feel in control of modern auto focus lenses.

Barrie
 

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The price advantage of legacy lenses disappears at 20mm and below. Legacy lenses start to get more expensive than the natives at 17mm.
I'm pretty much in agreement. None of the legacy lenses listed will give you a FOV of what we would expect to see in a wide angle.

A 15mm or 12mm Heliar is going to run you as much the Olympus 9-18mm m43 lens (also compatible on the G1). Plus the m43 native lens will be optimized for the sensor size.
 

pablochaterji

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You will struggle to do nearly as well, let alone better, than what you've already got, in the form of your Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm. I have the Olympus 11-22mm and that works brilliantly with my G1, albeit by way of manual focus only. Look no further until improved wide-angled micro Four Thirds lenses are produced, which should happen within a matter of months. In the meantime, buy another adapter.
You're probably right - that piece of Zuiko glass is something else! However, it's also rather big and heavy, so I guess I'm looking for something that's smaller, lighter and will give me a wide angle. I'll keep an eye out for further developments in the m4/3 lens field, as you suggest :) Thanks!
 

pablochaterji

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Even though i am an advocate of legacy lenses for Wide angle DO NOT take any non optimized lenses for your sensor size. What i mean by wide angle on pany is something around 17mm and below. Lenses with relatively low distortion like a tokina 28 F2.8 or a great Tamron 28 F2.5 are absolutely fantastic on micro 4/3 but they will only give you a standard lens. I recently tried the acclaimed Tamron SP 17 F3.5, this lens has 2 major problems on M4/3 it is soft , and it is not really a wide angle on top of the already known disadvantage that is prone to flare. Since then i decided to save up .....
My suggestion:

Tokina RMC 28 f2.8

Tamron BBAR adaptall 2 28 F2.5 ( there is a24mm version haven't tried it )

Carl Zeiss Jena II Macro 24 F2.8 ( Zeiss made by cosina under licence most probably a cosina version is available )

Cosina 28 F2.8
Thanks for the advice, I'll check out some of the lenses you've suggested :)
 

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Haha, that's a great story about the bus! :) Nice shots with the Heliar, too - seems eminently worth a look!
 

pablochaterji

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The price advantage of legacy lenses disappears at 20mm and below. Legacy lenses start to get more expensive than the natives at 17mm.
Yes, so it appears, from what I see on ebay :) I'm being offered the 21mm f4 Skopar for $175 though, and it's in great shape. Does that seem like a good deal, and is it a lens worth having? Thanks!
 
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