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Using a 4/3 lens on a micro 4/3 camera

25 Jun 2012 5:17AM
Hi-I have a very newbie question and thank you for bearing with me.
I have an Olympus OM D E-5 and saw some very good reviews on the Olympus 12-60 F2.8-4 zoom.With an adapter can this or other lenses designed for full(not micro) 4/3?Any drawback except size?I guess I want it all-convenience of a zoom and VG IQ.Thanks for your help.
Any other suggestions on a wide-mod tele zoom and a tele zoom?

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kodachrome 6 702
25 Jun 2012 7:16AM
The answer is yes, but I think there is a focussing issue. Im sure other members will have more knowledge about this.
steveh5 7 90 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 9:04AM
Yes you can get adaptors for virtually anything. The thing to check though is many adaptors do not connect the lens with the camera.
This means all auto functions with the lens will go, You will need to manually focus, set the aperture and shutter speed, plus any flash settings. If you are happy with fully manual they are a great boost but they do slow things down.
I did notice the lens you mention has no manual aperture ring, you might not be able to change aperture and be stuck at the F2.8 -4 end.
Some adaptors do allow full connectivity so check, they are usually the more expensive adaptors.
Check the specifications of the adaptor and make sure it does what you want.

Steve H
TTT 16 584 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 9:47AM
some info here
and here
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
26 Jun 2012 4:36PM

Quote:I have an Olympus OM D E-5 and saw some very good reviews on the Olympus 12-60 F2.8-4 zoom

Not sure what your trying to say, you say you have an E5 dslr, do you really mean you have an EM5 CSC, there completely different camera`s.

If its the EM5 CSC that you have, yes you can use a 4/3 12-60 on a M4/3 camera with any adapter, but only adaptors with electrical contacts will allow the autofocus to work.

Some of these third party adapters that allow autofocus can be picked up for as little as 50 on ebay.

Another lens considering is the 14-54 f2.8, these can now be picked up cheaply second hand.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2012 4:54PM
I've just acquired the Kipon adapter for my EOS lenses to work (manual focus only) on the EM5 and have put some comments + images up on the original EM5 threaa. Seems to work well for me
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
26 Jun 2012 8:59PM
LOl Brian I had`nt realised it had 14 aperture blades Smile

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