zeiss-55mm-f1.4 otus distagon - will it work on EM1

Petrus61

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Hi All - I have always stuck with m4/3 lens - noctilux, 25m, 75m, 60m macro etc etc - I have recently seen photos taken by a friend with the Zeiss 1.4 - are they sharp or what.......the question is - if I buy one will it work on an EM1 with an adapter?

Sorry about dumb question - love photography but ......
 

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From my understanding you most likely would have to get the version for Nikon cameras and then adapt it. This is because the Nikon version of the lens has a manual aperture ring, while the canon version of the lens does not (aperture is controlled in-body only). You can use the canon one, however, you can only shoot the lens wide open.
 

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I'd say an M4/3 camera will not have sufficient resolution to show any difference between an Otus and some other ultra-high end lens like the Nocticron. Many 50mm f/1.4 lenses made for full frame will already be exceedingly sharp on M4/3 since you're taking the best part of the image circle with the crop sensor.

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The Otus is pretty expensive, very large and super heavy for a 55mm. If you are willing to carry that lens, you might as well buy a (used maybe) D800 to go with it and just use it as a second system. Or go medium format and sneer at his Otus.
 

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The Nikon version of the Otus will work on Micro 4/3 with an adapter. I think the sharpness will be slightly compromised by nature of the high pixel density of MFT (similar to a 64MP full frame sensor), but I suspect the Otus would be up to that task. That said, I think a Nocticron is a better choice for our format. Otus really made for 35mm full frame.
 

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Sounds like I should stay with the noctilux then.......thanks for the heads up :smile:

Had a play with the Leica T yesterday and think might get one for the pocket - might have to justify it as for the "Boss" though ......
 

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If you can afford the Otus, you might as well just get a Nocticron...or three. If you're DESPERATE for a lens like that, get the Sigma 50mm 1.4 in Nikon mount and adapt it. You'll get 99% of the performance at less than half the cost.
 

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The Nikon version of the Otus will work on Micro 4/3 with an adapter. I think the sharpness will be slightly compromised by nature of the high pixel density of MFT (similar to a 64MP full frame sensor), but I suspect the Otus would be up to that task.
The sharpness issue can be addressed by using a focal reducer. A Metabones Speedbooster with this beast would be a very interesting ~80mm f1 effective. The downside would be focusing The Nikon Way(tm) :p
 
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