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wide angle to standard lenses for Micro Four Thirds

introduction

  • this page is dedicated to lenses with field of view from 28mm-50mm in 35mm full frame terms which equates to 14 to 25mm in actual focal length
  • Micro Four Thirds system is fortunate indeed in having a wide selection of lenses in this range
  • there are also many nice prime lenses, each with their own advantanges and disadvantages
  • there is also an enormous range of manual focus lenses which can be used, including some in Micro Four Thirds mount
  • if almost zero distortion is important to you, then the best option is the superb, but heavy and expensive Olympus ZD 7-14mm f/4 lens although this is not CDAF compatible and thus AF will be very slow unless you have a phase detect camera
  • if wide angle tilt shift is needed, consider the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L tilt shift lens with Metabones adapter

fast, near silent AF lenses

reasonably fast AF lenses

compact pancake lenses

  • these are all relatively old lenses with slow and noisy AF, but they are very handy for reducing the size of your camera to allow it to fit in a jacket pocket
  • the most sought after of these is the very sharp, wide aperture, Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens although bokeh can be a bit distracting, it does have a bit of purple fringing, and at ISO 1600 and higher it may cause sensor banding noise
  • the Olympus m.ZD 17mm f/2.8 pancake lens has mixed reviews and its f/2.8 aperture makes it less versatile than the Panasonic 20mm, and thus may not give much advantage over a compact 3x zoom lens which are f/3.5 at that aperture.
  • if you need wider field of view, the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens for Micro Four Thirds may be useful as it has a wider aperture and better optics at that focal length than most of the kit zooms.
  • lastly there is the “lens cap” lens - the Olympus mZD BCL 15mm f/8 body cap with its fixed f/8 aperture and 3 focus settings (no AF, no EXIF data)
    • optically it is crap1) but at that price and size it could be a fun lens for some

CDAF-compatible Four Thirds lenses

AF lenses without CDAF optimisation

  • these lenses require a camera with phase detect AF capability (such as the Olympus E-M1) to have fast AF
  • on other cameras, the Four Thirds lenses will AF but slowly
  • the Metabones AF solution is yet to come to fruition, thus should be regarded as manual focus at this stage

Four Thirds lenses via FT-MFT adapter

Canon EOS lenses via Metabones adapter

  • this adapter has a 1 stop focal length reducer which gives wider field of view and brighter f stop
  • eg. Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II gives effective 34mm f/2.0 lens in full frame terms on a MFT camera

Nikon lenses via Metabones adapter

  • this adapter has a 1 stop focal length reducer which gives wider field of view and brighter f stop
  • eg. Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 gives effective 34mm f/2.0 lens in full frame terms on a MFT camera

manual focus lenses

Micro Four Thirds mount

other mounts via an adapter

  • an enormous range
photo/mftwideangle.txt · Last modified: 2018/09/28 02:17 by gary1