Are there any serious users of MF lenses on this forum?

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neil holmes
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Re: Are there any serious users of MF lenses on this forum?
In reply to Tom Caldwell, 7 months ago

Tom Caldwell wrote:

Subtitled "What is a focal reducer?"

It seems that most members of this forum are using M4/3 oem AF lenses. They will perform well, are matched to the camera mount and are straight forward in use. No problem.

But MF can be fun and Panasonic has tossed in a reasonable focus peaking system in the GM1 at least and not being "into" Olympus I presume that there is one in current use there as well.

Focus peaking just increases the fun of using MF lenses. But it is not for everyone.

I would like to get some feedback from those who use MF lenses, what types, and what adapters and techniques they use. Also if they are using any of the new Focal reducer adapters that are appearing on the market for M4/3 mount.

These adapters change the normal crop factor effectively from 2.0x to 1.4x they also give one full stop of extra light for the lens. For example a f2.8 lens will act like a f2.0 as far as light to the sensor is concerned.

I am using the RJ M42-M4/3 adapter and I have accumulated a good number of MF lenses that I now share between the Ricoh GXR-M LM mount, the Sony NEX6 E mount and still occasionally use on the Samsung NX10 NX mount. I can now use many of these lenses also on the GM1.

The GM1 is a good mule for MF lenses. Left arrow, press set (screen magnified), twirl dial (change magnification level), twist focus ring (focus), click.

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Tom Caldwell

I have a lot of legacy lenses in Pentax K, Canon FD, Minolta MC/MD, m42 screwmount and Nikon F mounts.

I have not got around to getting a Nikon adapter yet nor do I use many of my lenses.

The Canon FD lenses I have got to use with mirrorless cameras and I only got FD L lenses ...I use them on both a GX7 and Sony A7.

They FD Ls are very nice on both cameras...some of my Pentax lenses are as well.

Both cameras I use peaking to get close and then magnified view to finish....it is quick and easy enough to focus with both (though the A7 is brilliant with this).

I do use native af lenses on the GX7 too but especially the three FD L primes I love....and the 80-200 f4 L zoom is nice stabilized with the GX7 and with a macro converter too.

Guard dog on duty GX7 and Canon FD 50 1.2 L

Just a quick snap of my dog-in-law when I got the 50.....really any 50mm legacy lens can be good (well to me anyway).

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