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Alternative Wide Angle Lens

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Bekor Adams says:

Hi I am using the Lumix G5. Any Suggetions for a good wide angle lens?I have a Canon FD Adapter and A nIkon Adapter .Nice to find something to fit those but am willing to by another adapter for something that would work.Thanks
4:28AM, 22 February 2014 PDT (permalink)

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amalric says:

So far I found no better than the 4/3 9-18, a splendid lens.

But you could experiment with a focal reducer and legacy 20mm.
54 months ago (permalink)

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CWhatPhotos says:

Samyang 7.5mm fisheye specially made for MFT. Manual, but produces great results.
Check out my set. . .

www.flickr.com/photos/37386299@N08/sets/72157639903630114/

This particular lens will fit Panasonic and Olympus. . .
54 months ago (permalink)

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mount_evans says:

1) Almost all the "alternative lenses" people talk about here are made for sensors larger than the 4/3. Making a short focal length lens for a larger sensor is difficult, so there aren't going to be very many short focal length lenses that aren't "fisheye" lenses.

2) Olympus makes a 7-14mm zoom for the full four thirds cameras that can be easily adapted to micro four thirds, with electronic controls even.

3) Panasonic makes a 7-14mm native micro four thirds lens, and Olympus has one coming out.
54 months ago (permalink)

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freshwater_drum says:

+1 on the Samyang. I got one with the intent of defishing landscapes for an ultra wide angle, but really have had so much fun using it as it was intended. Defishing works just fine too, and with several hundred dollars in savings is always good.
54 months ago (permalink)

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mount_evans says:

Bekor Adams:

Asking the original poster here--are you looking for a fisheye lens or for a "regular" wide angle lens? What focal length?

A question for the fisheye afficanados: There are fisheye lenses with nominal focal lengths like 5.6mm and 4.5mm out there--what would it look like if you used one of those on a micro four thirds camera, with a smaller sensor than intended?
54 months ago (permalink)

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ramcewan says:

yes as others have said the crop factor of the micro four thirds sensor means even the most common wide film lens, the 28mm is a normal lens when adapted to the 4/3 sensor. You'll find a legacy 21mm or 20mm lens to be prohibitively expensive (several hundred dollars) or not very good. Your best bet for wide is therefore to use something made for 4/3 or micro 4/3s

A short list;

Rokinon/Samyang/Bower 7.5mm fisheye - manual focus - all same lens different brand names, shop around they go on sale for close to 250 every once in a while

Panasonic Lumix 8.5mm fisheye - m43 mount
Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm - m43 mount

Samyang 10mm f2.8 - m43 mount manual focus, can't wait to see this one, if it's as cheap as the fisheye it should be a bargain

Olympus Zuiko 7-14mm f4 - 43 mount, expensive, only focuses properly on EM-1
Olympus Zuiko 9-18mm - 43 mount
Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm - 43 mount, two versions exist, only focuses properly on EM-1


Olympus 9mm f8.0 fisheye lens cap
Olympus M. Zuiko 9-18mm - m43 mount
Olympus M. Zuiko 12mm f2.0 - m43 mount

There's supposed to be an Olympus m. Zuiko PRO 7-14mm f2.8 zoom too in a year or so

there's a couple of options at 14mm, my favorite being the Panasonic Lumix 14mm f2.5

here's a set I shot with it;

www.flickr.com/photos/75988175@N05/sets/72157630280991664/
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grahamashton says:

I second the recommendations for the Panasonic 14mm f2.5 and the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye. They're both excellent value for money (the 14mm can be had fairly cheaply [new] online).

My sets for those two:

- www.flickr.com/photos/grahamashton/sets/72157629546337104/
- www.flickr.com/photos/grahamashton/sets/72157632444134832/

I spent a lot of time researching the 9-18mm and 7-14mm a while ago, and concluded that of the two I'd get the 9-18mm. The 7-14mm is widely acknowledged to be a bit better, but at around twice the price it wouldn't have been twice as good for my purposes. The 9-18mm is also significantly smaller and (crucially) takes filters without resorting to a DIY filter mount.
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Analyst 1 says:

If the micro 4/3 options are too expensive for you wide angle adapters are another possibility.
Olympus do a good quality x0.8 adapter that screws onto the filter threads and work fine with the kit lens throughout it's range.

Many of the cheaper ones will vignette at shorter focal lengths so although the claim a greater reduction in focal length the FOV acheivable is not generally any better.
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Rick Bolin says:

CWhatPhotos:

Great selfie!
54 months ago (permalink)

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ramcewan says:

Analyst 1:

If the micro 4/3 options are too expensive for you wide angle adapters are another possibility.


another possibility is to use stitch multiple photos in post processing using a toll like Microsoft Image Composite Editor (MS ICE) which is free, or your whatever processing software you normally use as many have it built in, although Olympus viewer will only build panoramas if you take shots in the specific panorama scene mode.
54 months ago (permalink)

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freshwater_drum says:

That's right, I use the wide angle adapter (WCON-P01) on the kit lens all the time. It was about $90 and gets you to about a 11mm focal length, (22mm equiv on full frame). Really noticeable difference for landscapes vs the 14-42mm kit lens. It's probably cheaper now. I definitely got my $ worth from that one.
54 months ago (permalink)

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RecklessBiker says:

The zuiko 12mm/2.0 for MFT is excellent, but at a price. As ramcewan mentioned, you can also use stitching software to simulate wide angle photo's. Hugin is a very rich and free software package you can use.
The trick for good stitched photo's is to rotate the camera around the nodal point/optical center of the lens. I DIY'ed a bracket that does exactly that, you can see some results in my stream.

My DIY pano head with E-P1 by RecklessBiker

54 months ago (permalink)

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stevestrolls says:

I'm using an SLR magic 12mm f1.6 Hyperprime lens - and it comes in MFT flavour mount. It works well. There is some vignetting at f1.6, but I can shoot in very dark places.
53 months ago (permalink)

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