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Wide Angle Lens for Panasonic GF1

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Initial post: Nov 19, 2012 3:47:57 AM PST
I currently owned the GF1 and would like to add a wide angle lens to my bag. (I only owned the 20mm and 14-45mm) I am thinking to upgrade to the GX1 soon.

The 7-14mm by Panasonic is pretty expensive so I would like to know if it would be more economical for me to get an adapter and a Canon / Nikon wide-angle lens instead.

A recommendation on an adapter and lens would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 5:50:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2012 5:11:02 PM PST
Neo Lee says:
Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM FLD AF Ultra Wide Zoom Lens for APS-C sized Canon Digital DSLR Camera

$240 cheaper. It kinds of make sense, but you won't be able to use the AF ***AND*** control the aperture. Your camera will not record focal length and aperture in EXIF as well. The adapter is $20: Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter, Canon EOS Lens to MFT (M4/3) Mirrorless Camera i.e. OM-D E-M10, Lumix GH4, BMPCC

If I were you, I would upgrade to a DSLR. I have the E-PL2 and 20mm f/1.7 for portability but I don't think I would want a huge ultra-wide lens on my E-PL2. I also have a DSLR and Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for ultra-wide; it's pretty neat. Dynamic range of a DSLR is visibly much better than that of the smaller M4/3 sensors. It matters because if you're shooting landscapes, you're going to need a better dynamic range.

Anyway, my personal favorite ultra-wide by DSLR and the Tokina lens:

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 1:42:30 PM PST
Les Schmader says:
The Olympus 9-18 is the lower cost option for the m4/3 right now.

You can find them as used or refurbs every now and then for @$500.

Olympus M ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 micro Four Thirds Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Third Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

There is also a dedicated wide angle converter for the 14mm with a bayonet mount that gets to @ 11mm if you just need a temporary wide angle setup that decent.

There are no slr lenses that adapt well to the 2x crop factor of the m4/3. The 4/3 lenses would need the more expensive adapter to function well.

The 9-18 is usually the preferred option vs: the 7-14.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 2:10:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2012 2:19:00 PM PST
Couple of options....

There's the $700 Olympus Zoom Super Wide Angle 9-18mm f/4-5.6 ED Zuiko which is somewhat cheaper than the Panasonic. I've also seen refurbished models of this Olympus at Cameta Camera for $550 (a legitimate camera shop I use now and then).

Well, I suppose you might be able to save a couple of bucks using an olympus 4/3 lens and a 4/3-to-micro-4/3 adapter. There's the $580 (~$450 used) Olympus E 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko Lens or the Sigma 10-20 4/5.6 Ex Dc Hsm Af for Olympsus (~$390 used). The advantage is that you should be able to retain auto-focus and camera aperture control unlike using an adapter with lenses from other camera systems though I would try to verify the Sigma's compatibility with the adapter with other micro-4/3 shooters on the web.

For wide angle, I use the relatively inexpensive Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 G or the fully manual $285 Rokinon FE75MFT-B 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye Lens designed for micro-4/3 (this is a micro-4/3 lens, not an add-on lens). The fisheye, of course, adds a significant amount of characteristic distortion but this is part of the fun of the lens. Manual focusing isn't much of an issue with the Rokinon unless you're very close to the subject (this lens can focus as close as a couple of inches).

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 6:04:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2012 6:14:43 PM PST
Thank you for the suggestions. I am leaning towards the used Olympus 9-18mm (for the AF and Aperture).

I saw there were 2 Olympus 9-18 - both say it's compatible with 4/3 cameras. What is the difference? (From reading the product descriptions, #1 is the newer and better version of #2, correct? What I wanted to know though - is it worth to pay $200 more for #1? Thanks!)

1. Olympus M ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 micro Four Thirds Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Third Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera ($700 new / $595 used)

2. Olympus E 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras ($599 new / $399 used)

The Rokinon FE75MFT-B 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye Lens is probably something else I will look into too since I wanted a fisheye but didn't want to buy the Panasonic one (again due to price).

As much as I want to upgrade to a proper DSLR, the weight is what's keeping me at bay. I love the size of the Micro 3/4 and something's got to give unfortunately :/

Thank you everyone for your feedback!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 7:07:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2012 8:55:43 PM PST
The Olympus M ED (M.Zuiko) 9-18mm is made for micro-4/3 cameras like yours while the other version is regular Olympus 4/3 mount and won't fit (without an adapter). The 'M' makes all the difference!

The Rokinon FE75MFT-B 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye is a lot of fun to use and its nearly all-metal and built like a tank. Plus its downright tiny.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 8:06:13 PM PST
That is a beautiful picture. I wish I can take pictures like that :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 10:31:33 PM PST
Les Schmader says:
If I'm not mistaken, the easiest way to readily distinguish the micro 4/3 and 4/3 lens is by the filter size. The 9-18 for the m4/3 has a 52mm filter thread and weighs 155 grams. It's tiny compared to the 4/3 version which has 72mm filter threads and weighs around 300 grams plus maybe100 grams for the adapter.

The dedicated m4/3 version of the 9-18 is smaller and lighter than the 14-45 that you have now. I think it's a bit smaller and lighter than the Rokinon fisheye.

The link I provided earlier is the correct version for the GF1/GX1.
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