That isn't to say that I don't enjoy using it all and if I had endless funds I would of course keep everything, but unfortunately my relatives neglected to leave me a fortune and while I have no complaints about what I earn and my standard of living, I do have to come to some decisions as what to keep and what to send to new homes via ebay to avoid unwanted appointments with my Bank Manager!
So, 'taking advantage' of what promises to be a dull weekend, I've decided the have a look at what lenses work best with each format - m4/3, APS-c (Fuji X) and 35mm / 'Full Frame' (Sony A7r) I'm also looking to see which lenses give the most options and which are the most useful. At the same time I'll be sharing some thoughts about how the native system lenses compare with the legacy / adapted lenses I have and what advantage each would have over the other. I'll also be writing about how I see the lenses I have owned but have sold fit into this.
So first m4/3. The pictures below show what I'm looking at.
Firstly some Wide-Angle to Widish Standard lens options.
So, how do some of these combinations compare to each other?
Obviously the 7-14mm gives a super-wide option and there is really nothing comparable as a legacy / adapted alternative. At the 14mm ends of the two zooms there aren't that many adapted options either and they tend to be big and / or expensive!. But now we have Metabones Speed Boosters, so that my Voigtlander 20mm is able to offer more than it's usual adapted option - A 40mm 'Full-Frame' equivalent' which since it then comes up against the redoubtable Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, I would always choose the native lens over the adapted Voigtlander. However with the Speed Booster I now have a 30mm f/2.5 'Full-frame' approximation, and since it's faster than both my zooms and the couple of Panasonic 14mm f/2.5's that I've owned haven't exactly impressed me, does this have something to offer? Below is a comparison between the two Panasonic zooms and the Voigtlander 20mm plus Speed Booster. The comparison is at the widest aperture for each lens.
'The bottom line is that I definately wouldn't go out and buy Leica M lenses to put on a Panasonic G1. But anyone that already owns some of these optics should definitely consider picking up a G1 or one of the new Micro Four Thirds cameras coming later this year, along with a CameraQuest Leica M mount to Micro 4/3 lens adaptor. It's fun, and an inexpensive way to explore using these optical gems on a sort-of DSLR. '
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