Several people have asked for me to do a small article on the optical range for a Panasonic Lumix “G” (GH1/GH2 G1/G2 GF1 GF2 and soon + G10)
We will distinguish 4 types of optical.
- The micro objectives 4/3
- The objectives 4/3
- The optical images require adapter ring
- the optical film also requires an adapter ring.
1. The micro optics 4/3
At the moment there are not many manufacturers that produce optical micro 4/3
Panasonic I will retain essentially :
the 14/140 I think that is the “zoom base” for the AF101 has great qualities but also a big failure. This lens offers a zoom range from 14mm to 140m X10 is an amplitude which is very comfortable, its optical quality as its stabilizer is very good, It has also an AF ultra quiet and a stabilizer which does not hurt. Its failure is its lack of openness in fact f:4/4,8 it's not great when we want to work in low light.
The other interesting Zoom lens in the range is the 100/300 also stable and very high quality optical.
Zoom wide angle 7/14 f:4 is a small bomb, it is a bit expensive but the quality is really very high level. The distortion is quite pronounced in the corners is about 7mm at the edges but this is the game length.
I'm not a fan of 14/42 and prefers the 14/45 a bit above in terms of quality, However, we must start somewhere and this is not bad.
Small important note : Panasonic objectives are the only really communicate 100% the case whether the AF101 or GH2 for example they are treated electronically associated to correct chromatic aberrations and vignetting other.
The objective of the exceptional range is the 20mm f:1,7, this “Pancake” ultra mini has not only an interesting opening, beautiful “bokeh” , a superb dive, but also a very attractive price, his only fault, an autofocus motor noise. This approach allows you to produce images of high quality. AF101 on one sounds a bit ridiculous but the priority is the quality of images produced.
The 45mm f:2,8 Leica Macro is also signed an optical exception that I like but it is a bit expensive.
The 14mm f:2,5 is also a great stone, It's part of my basic equipment and despite its size ridicule it produces very nice images, is a more affordable optical.
There is also a good 8mm fisheye.
To conclude, there is no ugly duckling in this range but I hope as many of you that we will lay a Pansonic true “trans-standart grand opening” At the Photokina 2010 we heard a Zoom 12/75 f:2,5/3,3 is it fall into oblivion ? Was it a rumor ?
Other brands in micro 4/3
The serial killer of the opening is undoubtedly the Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f:0,95 To this end 100% manual is an exceptional view with a minimum of “Masters” because at 0,95 to the point it does not forgive any approximation.
Other brands such as Sigma provides or will provide targets for micro lens 4/3 . I like the Sigma 30mm f I often:1,4 EF on the 7D and the 50mm f:1,4
The South Korean Samyang will also propose setting targets for micro 4/3 100% Manuals. These lenses are pretty amazing and incredible value for money. Their lack of awareness just. Their fisheye 8mm 85mm and above f:1,4 were announced a few months ago.
I know very little about the micro optical 4/3 Olympus, I often have prime lenses Panasonic because of their link to the box that enables the correction circuits. The only light that I really tested is the 14/35mm f:2 via adapter 4/3 to micro 4/3.
2. The Optical 4/3
Before the micro 4/3 there was 4/3, Only Olympus has continued on this path and produces some very nice stones. We dwell a moment on the 2 Zuiko Digital optics that are truly exceptional 14/35 f:2 and 35/100 f:2
I could try 14/35 with AF101 in Osaka during my little trip to Japan. This approach is simply amazing, the sharpness is excellent and the opening to f:2 constant zoom is virtually , magic !
But then there's a catch, or even two, the first is the price, over 2000 euros for the 14/35, I think however that this should be the optical zoom base AF101 requiring any user with no optical possession. The second flat on the development, auto-focus is not 100% operational, we must set “manuel” and use the button “push auto” the camera. The steering diaph it poses no problem.
Many images from the film that I shot in Kyoto are touring with this 14/35 Zuiko Digital.
Additional optics are available 4/3 from Sigma and Olympus but at Leica / Panasonic.
you'll find on the site http://www.four-thirds.org/en/fourthirds/lense.html
3. The Optical “Photo”
As I have written several times the value of these cameras and camera mount is equipped with this ability via adapter rings to mount optical pictures. And photographers equipped with Nikon optics, Canon, Pentax, Minolta, Leica, etc.. Can set up their stones at leisure on the preferred AF101, the Lumix “G” or the Olympus Pen.
I have no particular preference but I have in stock junk friendly branded Pentax or Nikon are very good companions of my boxes GH1 / GH2
For the selection of rings Novoflex German manufacturer has long been my favorite but I must admit my interest was closely Kipon offering such a ring to mount lenses Canon EF has the distinction of being equipped with a manual iris.
One board, if you want to see the side of eBay and many Chinese rings “no name” know that it is “toss” I had very good as surprises.
2. The Optical “Movies”
there are several adapters to move to the PL mount. HotRod camera recognized by its green anodized aluminum.
The other mark that is about her is available at DENZ Photocinerent its advantage is to be integrated into a base and stem. The problem is that the frame of the AF101 is designed for optical weighing 1kg which is often limited because these objectives loom large.
There are other outsiders as MTF which provides a PL mount to micro 4/3 less than 400 €
On eBay we also find a dealer that offers something more exotic to mount optics or by BNCR mount PV (Panavision)
Optical side you can choose, Cooke, Zeiss, UniQoptics, Hawk, Panavision, Fujinon, RED or the superb zoom Angenieux.
That's the conclusion you will like me to tell you that it's almost impossible to talk about all the possibilities offered by this super horse malignancy that is the micro 4/3.