What lenses are compatible?

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  1. Jennifer2010

    Jennifer2010 TPF Noob!

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm buying a Panasonic GH3 and I'm confused as to what lenses are available to use with it (besides the Lumix lenses Panasonic lists as compatible).

    It's a "Micro Four Thirds" mount. I'm assuming this is smaller than a Four Thirds Mount? I have a hard time finding any lenses from Sigma, Olympus, etc that have a "Micro Four Thirds" mount.

    I understand you can purchase adapters to use different lenses. Does anyone know the details of this? What type of lenses would that open up to me?

    The APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM from Sigma looks PERFECT for what I'm trying to do. I'll be using it primarily for video, indoors, at sports events, possibly in low lighting situations. I was at Best Buy yesterday and looked at the T4i with the 18-135mm kit lens on it. I zoomed in all the way and it seemed to be slightly under what I would need - so I'm assuming 150 is right where I'd like it to be.

    Any advice/help is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

    - Jennifer


     
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    Hello Jennifer,

    there's a lot of micro 4/3 lenses from Olympus. Sigma has 2 lens (19mm, f/2.8 and 30mm f/2.8) available. All of them will have all the features working with your GH3.

    Here's a list of some of the available lenses : http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/lense.html

    For the adapted lens, there's almost no limits. I'm no pro about this, but you can basically adapt a good range of old legacy lenses. I've bought one that adapts a Minolta MD 50mm f/2 to my GH2. Though, keep in mind that you'll need to go all manual.
     
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    micro-4/3 mount is used for "mirrorless" cameras, such as the one you are getting. The sensor is also used to feed the image to the LCD screen or electronic viewfinder, rather than using an SLR style mirror and optical viewfinder. "4/3" mount is the latter, uses a reflex mirror and the lenses require a larger distance to the image sensor. There are adapters that allow the standard "4/3" lenses to be used with mirrorless micro-43 camera bodies.

    Also: there are inexpensive adapters to use "legacy" lenses in a manual-focus mode. You see through the lens, and the adapters are very simple and often inexpensive. If you have older manual focus camera lenses, it is an option. Also an option for limited budgets.
     
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    Thank you for the responses.

    It seems impossible to find something like a 50-150mm f/2.8 lens for a mft camera.

    The closest seems to be something like a 35-100mm f/2.8 from Lumix, but as I mentioned the 18-135mm from Canon I tried didn't provide enough zoom - so 35-100mm definitely would not either.
     
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    Correct answer = E-mount

    Any E-mount lens will work on your camera or any lenses that they make an e-mount adaptor for.

    e-mount adaptor | eBay
     
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    No E-Mount lenses around 50-150mm f/2.8 :(

    If there is something like that it's a 18-200 f/3.5 - 6.3 which I'm not interested in.

    Why doesn't anyone make something like a 50-150mm f/2.8 for a MFT?
     
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    Remember these lenses are designed specifically for the 2x crop sensor of micro 4/3rds. So that 35-100 f/2.8 is actually equivalent to a 70-200mm f/2.8 on full frame which is not too far off from the Sigma's equivalent 75-225mm on a full frame.

    You need to account for different formats.

    There's also 100-300mm (600mm equiv on FF) as well as the 45-200mm (400mm equiv on FF) but they don't have the same fast aperture.


    Sony E-Mount is much more restrictive in lens choices than micro 4/3.
     
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    Thank you for this info!

    I was in Best Buy with a T4i and the 18-135mm didn't pack enough zoom. Translating that down to a GH3, what would the equivalent be?

    THank you so much!
     
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    The T4i has a crop factor of 1.6x (from memory) while micro 4/3rds has a crop factor of 2x. This means that the 18-135mm is the 35mm equivalent of a ~29-216mm (quite close at the zoom end to the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8, which has a constant aperture btw. While the Canon's kit lens has a maximum aperture of 5.6 at the zoom end).
     
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    One of the coolest thing about Micro 4/3 is that they are compatible to almost anything. Native lenses are produced by Panasonix/Lumix, Olympus an Bresser. On top of that you can use all sorts of adapters to attach not only full size 4/3 lenses like the ones available from olympus but also a wide range of other lenses. I use a Nikon 50mm lens quite often with A Lumix G1 or Olympus E-P1 body. Another very popular combination is a DSLM camera carrying M mount Leica or Zeiss lenses.

    My favourite Micro 4/3 lens is the Lumix 45-200mm lens. Its dirt cheap and produces fantastic images. Just a little tip.
     
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    I own 'native' M4/3 lenses from Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, Samyang/Rokinon and Voigtlander and I also use 4/3 lenses, with adapter from Samyang, Olympus and Lensbaby plus lenses (with the appropriate adapter) that are from Nikona and also various older and new lenses from manufacturers that use/used M42 and T2 threaded fit.

    M4/3, with its short flange to sensor distance allows almost any lens to be fitted with the right adapter. For that reason alone M4/3 is a versatile and rewarding system to use.


    Yes I have a lot of lenses, 39 at he last count! To go with my 7 (2 4/3, 5 M4/3P) cameras.
     

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