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Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 on m43

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by TassieFig, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    535
    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    Way way back I used to shoot with a Pentax ME Super with a few different lenses and the kit is still sitting in my parents house doing nothing. I will get my hands on the lenses in January when they make the trip to the southern hemisphere. As I wont have to shell out more than $10 for an adapter I'm excited to give them a try.

    The lenses are:
    Pentax 50 f/2
    Vivitar 28-105 f/2.8-3.5 Macro
    Vivitar 19 f/3.8

    Now, the 50mm and the zoom shouldn't pose any problems but I wonder how a 19mm would work on a m4/3 (EM-5 in my case)??? Does anyone have this and can show some examples? I just assume there will be some strange distortions going on but I have no experience really. What can I expect?

    If anyone has any comments on the other two, go ahead. Love to see some pictures!!!
     
  2. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    I used to own one. It's adequately sharp, but since it's bulky and slow, it's not worth the trouble to acquire or to adapt.
     
  3. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    535
    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    Ok, but since I already own it and will get an adapter anyway I was more interested in the potential distortion, or other issues, with such a wide angle lens on m43...
    I'm not just going to throw it away because it is a bit slow :wink:
     
  4. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hasse
    On APS-C sensor there is some barrel distortion. So there should be less distortion on m43. I would wager that if you can see it, it will be easy to correct. F8 and be there :) Look forward to your samples!
     
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  5. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    535
    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    Thanks RnR, that's good to hear :thumbup:

    I'm not sure I understand why there would be less distortion on m43 compared to APS-C. My logic tells me it would be the other way around :confused:

    I was quite surprised to see some K mounts on eBay for ~$300 dollars. Not sure they actually sell though...
     
  6. AceAceBaby

    AceAceBaby Mu-43 Veteran

    249
    Jan 21, 2013
    I'd guess because generally, distortion increases with distance from the centre of the lens (image circle), and a mu43 camera will use a smaller area around that centre.
     
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  7. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    535
    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    Ah, of course! That does make sense...
    Thanks for that simple explanation
     
  8. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I have that lens in a Konica mount and distortion is not really a problem.
     
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