Which 4/3 lens(es) will fill a niche?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by New Daddy, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. New Daddy

    New Daddy Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 24, 2011
    With EM-1's PDAF, legacy 4/3 lenses will gain new appeal.
    Which ones are likely to fill a void or niche left unfilled by micro 4/3 lenses?
  2. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
  3. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
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    Depending how serious folks are, there are a couple of interesting possibilities.
    14-54/2.8-3.5 - medium-aperture standard zoom
    50-200/2.8-3.5 - long tele-zoom
    150/2.0 - fast telephoto (especially with the 1.4X teleconverter)
  4. flipmack

    flipmack Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 23, 2012
    irvine, CA
    I'm a HUGE fan of the ZD 35/3.5 macro. I keep an E-1 body just for that lens.

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  5. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
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    Definitely the 50-200/2.8-3.5 for me!
  6. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
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    11-22mm F2.8-3.5
    12-60mm F2.8-4.0
    14-35mm F2.0
    14-54mm F2.8-3.5 II
    35-100mm F2.0
    50-200mm F2.8-3.5
    90-250mm F2.8
    150mm F2.0
    300mm F2.8
    OLYMPUS :1.4x Teleconverter EC-14
    OLYMPUS : 2x Teleconverter EC-20
    Extension Tube EX-25
  7. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
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    Doug Green
    For sure, this is the main beneficiary, along with the 150mm f2. - One of these sold on ebay in June for just over $1000. Now, good luck getting one for anything close to $1500.

    Others that will find new life are the 12-60mm, 11-22mm, 14-54mm, and maybe even the older 40-150mm f3.5~4.5

    What I'd really like to see tested is the difference in AF performance between the mk I 14-54 and 50-200, and the mk II versions of these lenses. Especially because nowadays, the mk 1 50-200 is selling used for about $300 less than the mk II, and they are optically just about identical, the only difference is the internal focus motor on the mk II, which made a big difference on the Olympus DSLRs.
  8. CliftonBowers

    CliftonBowers Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 3, 2013
    ya its for sure 50-200 for it amazingly on to it
  9. kenez

    kenez Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 18, 2012
    I posed this same question to Pekka Potka on his blog and this was his response:

    Thanks for the info. Here's one thing I haven't seen addressed. I understand that the camera automatically switches to phase detection AF for 4/3 lenses and contrast detection AF for m4/3 lenses. What does it do for those few 4/3 lenses that have been optimized for contrast detection like my 14-54mm mk II? Thanks!

    Ken: according to Olympus with all FT lenses it is PDAF only. CDAF is not fast enough with any of them.