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Micro 4/3rds lenses to fit Panasonic GX1

29 Nov 2012 7:09PM
Probably a bone question but is it possible to use Olympus micro 4/3rds lenses on a Panasonic GX1 body? Grateful for your comments, as always.

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brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 7:40PM
yes but you won't have the benefit of the OIS of the Panasonic lenses
rogerfry 12 543 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 7:42PM
Yes.....all M4/3 lenses fit Panasonic and Olympus bodies. Bear in mind that Olympus lenses don't have IS as the Olympus stabilisation system is in the body.

Got beaten to the draw !
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
29 Nov 2012 8:34PM
Not all Panasonic lenses have IS anyway.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 8:41PM
I didn't know that Paul (I learn something new every day Smile )
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
29 Nov 2012 8:47PM
I don`t believe any of the Pancakes or the 25mm have IS.
kaybee 13 5.4k 25 Scotland
29 Nov 2012 10:03PM
I have had a strange setup where my GF1 has told me the Oly lens I wanted to try wasn't fitted properly but I know it is somewhere in the menu to switch that off
ChrisV Plus
10 1.9k 26 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 11:41AM
As others have said all m4/3 lenses are standard fit. You can of course fit a vast range of different lenses to m4/3 cameras via adapters which may or may not feature electrical contacts. I use a Canon fit Samyang fisheye with my G3 quite regularly with a very simple adapter - the lens is manual but even wide open [f3.5] as long as you've made sure to focus beyond a couple of metres, DoF will extend to infinity in any case and if you shoot on auto ISO, exposure is not problematic either.

My 20mm pancake is usually on my GX1 because it makes for a very compact package capable of very high quality shots. If you are shooting with non-m4/3 lenses you just need to make sure you have 'shoot without lens' selected from the shooting menu.
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
30 Nov 2012 8:04PM

Quote:Oly lens

As in what, Olympus digital or Olympus film lens.
1 Dec 2012 4:24PM
Many thanks to you all - most helpful.
EsaT 4 21 Finland
3 Dec 2012 9:54PM
Also 4/3 DSLR lenses work when used with adapter and there are many optically very high quality lenses if you have uses were small size isn't required.
Autofocus of most of those is just designed to work with PDAF and using them with CDAF's trial and error focus process makes at least Zuiko 12-60mm sounds like it will wear out focusing mechanism lot faster.
Some of them are also compatible with CDAF which are listed in here as OK for quick AF:
(forus software seem to consider address as spam so can't put direct link)

I'm myself using, for its quality sadly discontinued, 4/3 Leica D 14-150mm in GH2 as main lens besides Lumix G 7-14mm. (hauled that kit on Everest Base Camp trek in last year)
If you like wide landscapes, sky etc that Lumix G gives nicely wider view than Olympus m.Zuiko 9-18mm, though at higher cost.

For fisheye Samyang (also branded as Rokinon/Walimex) 7.5mm Micro Four Thirds fisheye is hard to beat.
Lot cheaper than Panasonic fisheye, mechanically and optically good and really small, unlike Samyang 8mm FE which is adapted DSLR lens.

For close up/macro there's Kenko DG Micro Four Thirds extension tubes as cheap alternative to try with any lens.
For actual macro lens I would consider m.Zuiko 60mm macro better than Leica DG 45mm macro because of besides cheaper price its longer focal length gives longer working distance which is always good unless you want to scare those insects and critters.
Should have it in day or two but anyway there are plenty of reviews/tests of it.

To continue Paul's comment about lack of IS in some Panasonic lenses like Leica DG 25mm F1.4 that actually applies to fast primes of any system. Which is quite logical:
Faster focal-ratio basically needs exponentially better corrected lens aberrations meaning higher requirements for optical design and mechanical accuracy for lens positioning.
Obviously having that "wobling" IS element in there redirecting route of light beams going through optics is counterproductive.
So really ideal solution would be having In Body IS (IBIS) for stabilizing any possible lens like fast primes, third party lenses and lenses whose In Lens IS (let's call it ILIS) isn't best possible.
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
4 Dec 2012 3:34PM

Quote:To continue Paul's comment about lack of IS in some Panasonic lenses like Leica DG 25mm F1.4 that actually applies to fast primes of any system. Which is quite logical

Totally Smile

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