Wide Angle Rangefinder Lenses on m4/3

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by VinnyK, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. VinnyK

    VinnyK New to Mu-43

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    Apr 26, 2011
    I am new to the m4/3 format, having recently bought a EPL2. I really like the camera and found the size and weight perfect for everyday use.

    My other camera is a Leica M8. So naturally, I am looking to use some of the M-Mount lenses on the EPL2. (In fact, that's one of the reasons why I decided to try a M4/3 camera).

    My question is regarding wide angle rangefinder lenses on the EPL2 - I understand that it is not a good idea to go too wide with rangefinder lenses as the angle of incidence towards the edge of the sensor is too far off-perpendicular. But is there a general consensus on how wide one should go before running into problems?

    My M-mount lenses are 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 90mm. Are the 24mm and 35mm usable on the EPL2?

    Thanks!
     
  2. kahren

    kahren Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 21, 2010
    35mm will probably be ok, 24mm probably not so great. except on m4/3 35mm becomes 70mm which is now short telephoto, but you probably already know that. If you are lookign for a wider view on m4/3 the native lenses work much better.
     
  3. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    Here are some images from a cv 12mm. I would say not to go wider than that...
     

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  4. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    Any reason you have not tried your lenses on your camera?
     
  5. CarlB

    CarlB Mu-43 Veteran

    If you get a chance, do try the Oly 12mm f2.0 lens as native to m43. It's a superb experience to shoot and a very sharp lens. It has a manual mode that you'll recognize instantly.
     
  6. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    Here is one more example of the 12mm with 100% corner crops. I am about a foot from the bottom of the tree. But as pointed out, native m4/3 lenses are better, but you can use just about any lens on your body.
     

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  7. VinnyK

    VinnyK New to Mu-43

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    Apr 26, 2011
    I don't have the adapter yet! I'd like to get some feedback before spending the money.
     
  8. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    You can pick up an inexpensive M-mount adapter for about $50. That will be cheaper than any lens. I would say you can use any lens you have now. None of your focal lengths will be wide on an m4/3 camera.
     
  9. VinnyK

    VinnyK New to Mu-43

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    Apr 26, 2011
    Thanks for the tips, Hikari.

    Your samples look really good. I am really tempted to try my M lenses now.

    You're right. I just did a quick ebay query and found some cheap adapters. I didn't know there are so many choices!! (I was mostly looking at the Voigtlander and the Novoflex before...both of those cost quite a bit.)
     
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