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Works But Not A Great Product,
This review is from: Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter, Leica M to Micro 4/3 Olympus PEN and Panasonic Lumix Cameras (Camera)I would rate this product at 3.5 stars so it was hard for me to decide 3 or 4. However, I decided on 3 because even at half the price (which is where I think it should be priced), I would give it 4 stars. So 3 it is.
Let me start by saying that it works. Also, the quality is not as bad as I thought after reading some other reviews. Until I received it, I was thinking I would not even attach it to the camera. However, it was better than I expected so I pressed ahead.
It is an all metal part so that is a start. However, the part that attaches to the camera is not stainless steel like the Voigtlander and Panasonic DMW-MA2M G Series Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount Adapter for Panasonic Leica M lenses NEW! adapters have. Unlike the Photodiox F mount version that I have, this one seems to mount to the camera pretty well. I don't like that it is not stainless steel but it does go on pretty easily.
Once the ring is on the camera, it is time to put the lenses on. On my F mount version I have, the lenses went on relatively well. This is not the case with this mount. It is very hard to get them to rotate into position. They mount just as any M lenses mount on a Leica which is to say, line up the Leica red dot with the red dot on the left side of the mount (when looking at it mounted on the camera) and rotate clock wise.
This variation between the two versions really makes me question the quality control on the construction of these adapters.
Once installed, I had no problem focusing and the adaptor performed fine. However, taking off the lens resulted in another problem for this adaptor. The little release mechanism is very poorly designed and due to how hard it is to rotate the lens, it was difficult to hold down the round knob with one hand and then try to rotate the lens off with the other. Also, I have the very small Leica lenses. If you have the larger ones then the lenses may block the release mechanism making it a 3 to 4 handed affair to get the lens off. This a big negative for me.
Overall, this product works but I am not satisfied with it. I will keep it until I can get the either the Voigtlander M adapter for 2.5 times or the Panasonic for 3.6 times the price of this. Please allow me to make a tangential comment about these adapters. I think all of them are outrageously priced. Nikon can sell a fantastic 50mm f/1.8 for $125 but these little metal tubes with no optics or contacts cost more than that. That is astounding to me. I feel the correct price of a very nicely constructed adaptor should be around $70-100. That is why I tired this adaptor because it is priced where I think this should be. However, this turned item turned out to cost about twice what it is worth and now I am going to have to double purchase this product.
Overall at 1/2 the current price this product would no longer be a ripoff but I am very picky about my camera gear so it still would not be the adaptor for me. This is an important piece of information about me to judge whether you think it is worth it or not. It works but it is a little like putting steel rims on a luxury car. They work but they are not optimal or stylish.
As a final note, I think it is definitely worth getting an adaptor and shooting with Leica Lenses. They are simply amazing on this camera. I can't even describe the magic but I like using them on this camera more than a rangefinder (heresy I know). All I can say is forget the $7000 M9, buy the G1 for $600 and put the other $6400 towards some Leica Lenses (28mm 2.8 = $1795 new 50mm 2.0 = $1995 new, 90mm 2.8 = $500 used). You really need the EVF to focus these so I think a GF1 is out (yes you can do it but it is not nearly as sweet). And yes there is a 2x multiplier so that 28 is 56, the 50 is 100, and the 90 is 180. But have you seen how big and expensive a 100mm F2 is or a 180mm f2.8. Look at a nikon 200mm f4 or for that matter the $4000 200mm f2.8 and compare that with the sweet sweet 90mm 2.8. Wow! Outstanding! Pure magic! I am really blown away.
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Initial post: Sep 7, 2010 3:48:53 PM PDT
Nan Huang says:
You are funny. You said you would not even attach it until you recieved it. So what made you to order it in the first place? I have a Voigtlander one for my GF1 and got this one for my sister's E-P2, I should say the difference between the two with regards to their tightness is not that noticiable.
Posted on Jun 21, 2012 3:32:54 PM PDT
This review is absurd. The reviewer is comparing a $17.00 product to a $79.00 product. For the price it works fine. I have been using mine regulary for over on year with two M mount lenses so it sees a lot of use. The M end "loosens" up quite a bit with use and works fine after a while.
Look folks, it is just a tube.
If you want to pay 4-5 times as much for a tube be my guest.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 6:07:11 PM PDT
You are commenting on a review that is over 2 years old. For $17, it is a good price and I would have given it 4 stars. However, at the time I think I paid around $100 for it. It was definitely a ripoff at that time. However, all the other ones were $180+. I figured it was worth a shot. Also, I gave the product 3 stars. That would be an average rating for a product and this is an average product. At $17 it is not the ripoff it once was.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2012 4:06:51 PM PDT
This is non-sense. Fotodoix made (well imported) two versions this one, and the more expensive Raynox version (square lens release button). This one never sold for more than $39.00 even when it was introduced.
You never paid $100.00 for this adapter.
You might have paid $100.00 for the fancier one but not this one.
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