4/3 lenses on OMD

Started Aug 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
erichK
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Some work fairly well
In reply to Sharpshooter1, Aug 4, 2012

The 75-300 and the Panaleica 24 f1.4 both had downloadable firmware upgrades to help their CDAF focusing capabilities (the latter, obviously, from panasonic). I find that both seem to focus quite well - fairly accurate if a little slower than native mFT lenses.

The 150f2 also seems to work pretty well, though the camera ends up looking like a lense-cap behind it. The 7-14 also works pretty well, and I often find the OM-D's bi-directional levels a great help for ultra-wideangle shots.

I have generally found the 50-200 SWD to be a pain to focus on fast moving subjects, and trying to do so on the OM-D is even more frustrating (this otherwise excellent lens virtually screams for a focus limiter!) The 12-60 is not as bad - mainly slow, but much less likely to miss focus. Then there is the 50 macro, which is even more glacial and misfocus prone on the OM-D than it is on FT cameras. Great lens that has given me occasional wonderful pictures, but - used in AF - has often defeated on FT, and is even worse mFT...but is quite usable in manual mode.

Like others here, I find generally find the AF performance of FT lenses on the OM-D quite usable as a stop-gap but dearly hope that Olympus (or even Panasonic) will find a way of improving performance.
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