Micro Four Thirds Lenses & Adapters for Panasonic & Olympus OM-D Cameras: Quick Review

by Staff March 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

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  1. Tony, I would ♡ to see an in-depth comparison between Olympus 12-40/2.8 vs Sigma 18-35/1.8 on Canon DSLR. I owned Canon 17-55/2.8 and I think Olympus is the sharper of the two.

  2. Hello. Just thought I would weigh in on Tony's comment about the Olympus 12-40. I have the 12-40 and a Panasonic G85.
    I also have a Canon 6D + 24-105L.

    My Olympus 12-40 is WAY sharper in the center and into the corners at all comparable focal lengths compared to my 24-105L. And even when I stop the 24-105L down to f/5.6 to match the Olympus, the 12-40 is still sharper (the 24-105L catches up a little bit, but not enough to quite match the 12-40).

    I have sold my 6D and am in the process of selling the 24-105L, I am all in with the M4/3 system.

  3. Hello. I have the G7 so I have the same 2.3x crop factor in 4k video than the GH4. I've done some tests and I clearly see the difference between the 2x and the 2.3x crop factor in term of FOV. But I don't see any difference at all with the aperture. My image is not darker in 2.3x (4K) than in 2x (1080). What's the explanation ? Thanks.

  4. I have both the Olympus 25mm and the Oly 12-40, the 12-40 across the vast majority of the range is just as sharp I have no idea what you're saying. The only areas it fails is that at certain points the edges aren't perfect, who cares.

    You must have had a bunk lens or something.

  5. if you have troubles focusing on the eye(s) just use the eye detection feature, select your preferred eye to focus on and forget about it – it works better than about anything a DSLR is capable of…

  6. You can pick up a Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 mark I nowadays for about $600–a difference of $400 from the time this video was published–which is nearly at the same price point as the 14-140. Still a cautious recommendation?

  7. Just wanted to say that this was the most informative, clear and in-depth coverage of this subject that I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and experience, and doing such a well presented video in a totally humble and to the point fashion made it a pleasure to watch. You have an office full of new subscribers here– thanks again!

  8. Hello, I recently got as a present a rokinon 35mm lens with the Micro 4/3 mount, the problem is that I have a canon 80D with EF mount… Is there any way to fit this new lens with my canon?… I cant find any adapter that converts M4/3 lenses to EF cameras.

  9. Hey there! Quick question. When shooting on mft camera, is there a noticeable difference in outcome using native lenses vs ef lenses? Or would one outshine the other in any sort of way? Thanks in advance

  10. I got Olympus M10 Mark II with a couple of Olympus lenses + Lumix 20mm f/1.7 lens (very sharp pictures). Do I need to deactivate the stabilization on any of these lenses when using a tripod (no idea how to do it)? I understand that I don’t need to do anything with stabilization using Lumix lenses on the Mark II.
    I also want to buy Lumix 35-100mm f/2.8 which you did not review – is that a good choice for my M10 Mark II?

  11. You're probably not gonna respond to this but i'll try it anyway..

    Your tutorials are so great! Helped me a lot with my new olympus em5 mark ii!

    I got a following question and I hope you can find the time to answer it..

    I like to do astrophotography, and I currently have a 12-50 kitlens. But I wanna go brighter, and wider. But my budget is not that huge like a 8mm 1.8 pro..

    So:

    7,5 mm samyang fisheye 3.5f
    12 mm samyang 2.0f
    12 mm olympus 2.0f

    Which should I get to get as wide as possible on a mft and as crisp as possible?!

    Next weekend I'm picking up a Panasonic 45-175 zoom. Or do you have a better budget option?

    Again, hope you find the time to answer my question..

    Looking forward to the next video!

    Greatings from Holland.

  12. Great video, but unfortunately it already needs to be updated.  New Olympus E-M1II and Panasonic GH-5 obsolete some of the comments re. action shooting, autofocus ability, etc.  Plus newer m4/3 lenses are sharper than ever, e.g. Oly 25mm, f1.2 and 300 mm, f4.  The new m4/3 stuff isn't cheap, but it is significantly better than prior generations.

  13. I wonder if your example of the M.Zuiko 12-40 f/2.8 Pro (24-80mm full-frame equivalent on m43) is not somehow flawed. I own this lens and find it to be tack sharp even wide open. Given that I also own a number of Canon lenses, I do have other glass to compare it to. Take for example Canon's EF 17-40 F/4.0 L (27.2-64mm full-frame equivalent on APS-C). There is nothing particularly wrong with that lens, but the Olympus is much better in almost every way, in my opinion. In fact, I would say that the M.Zuiko 12-40 is at least as sharp, or sharper, than any of my Canon lenses, with the possible exception of the EF 400mm f/5.6L, which is a gorgeously crisp, though dated and heavy, telephoto. I would say the same for the M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro – a superb performer in terms of sharpness, contrast and detail in my experience. I don't mean to sound like I'm picking on Canon here, because that company produces very solid and reliable cameras and lenses, I just happen to think that the Olympus Pro series lenses are really very very good optics.

  14. Hi Tony

    Thanks for this awesome review I am learning so much from your content and I really appreciate it, I brought my camera (gx8) with a 14-42mm/f3.5-5.6 as that's what package I could afford and being my 1st ever camera I didn't really know what I was doing. I brought it to vlog but now having it for 5months I have switch to photography which I am really enjoying but now learning more I want to buy a new lens, I am considering all the ones you have suggested an can't wait till I can purchase the 75mm/f1.8 I think that one will be my favorite but I was hoping if you could review and compare it against the Volgtlander Nokton 42.5/f0.95 I think you would enjoy this review!
    Kind Regards

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