Short break from rumors and reviews of expensive cameras! Here is the list of sub 300 Euro MFT cameras you can find in Europe. Obviously there are many more countries and stores offering MFT cameras for that price but this is just an extract to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great Micro Four Thirds cameras. So here we are, the list has been collected by 43rumors readers:
First we had the Speed Booster (first Leica R to MFT adapter is shipping) then we had the Lens Turbo (coming soon) and now we have a third new adapter offering a 0,72x focal length conversion and 1 stop increase: It’s the Vizelex Light Cannon from Fotodiox Pro (available here at Fotodiox). What I am not sure about is if actually that Vizelex is based on (or has the same) Lens Turbo design or if it’s a completely new lens. These are the full details and the focal length multiplier is the same from the Lens Turbo:
The Vizelex Light Cannon from Fotodiox Pro is an advanced lens mount adapter that not only attaches a Nikon Lens (including G & D type) to a Micro 4/3 (MFT) camera body, but has added light focusing optics which makes the lens wider by a 0.72x factor and increases the maximum aperture of the lens by 1 stop. This effectively allows use of your 35mm lenses on a crop sensor camera and not lose the angle of view normally associated with lens mount adapters (ie, 50mm lens stays roughly a 50mm lens equivalent).
Additionally, this light focusing optic gives a faster than normal aperture, turning a f/2.8 into the equivalent of a f/2.0; perfect for shooting in low light situations, when you need a faster shutter speed, or want a lower ISO sensitivity! The blue dial on the adapter is an aperture adjustment dial which allows the iris to be adjusted on even the Nikon G & D lenses; on older Nikon lenses with a aperture dial on the lens, the blue dial on the adapter can act as a depth of field preview lever allowing you to switch back and forth between wide open and stopped down to a certain f-stop.
As with all Fotodiox Pro series adapters, these adapters have been specially crafted to endure professional use. The leaf spring design in the adapter holds the lens tight to the camera body ensuring there is no play between the camera and the lens. The all metal design and polished surface is designed to guarantee a smooth mounting and long lasting experience. With unique styling, the lens mount adapter maintains a professional appearance. Although the lens will fit physically, automatic diaphragm, auto-focusing, or any other functions will not operate correctly while using this adapter. Because of this “stop-down mode” will need to be used when metering since the lens does not have the ability to have its aperture controlled by the camera body. You can shoot with manual mode or aperture priority mode. Infinity focusing is guaranteed.
Vizelex Light Cannon – Nikon G Lens to Micro 4/3 system
Crop Factor Gain
Yes via Adapter
Material of Construction
Brass with Stainless Steel Finishing
TTL flash metering
The adapter is priced at $159.95.
P.S.: The Leica R to MFT adapter is finally in Stock at Metabones (Click here). You can use some great Leica lenses with it:
ThePhotoSoup: “I just received my copy of the new Olympus 75mm f1.8 in black. I’ve posted a couple of [cell phone] images on my Google+ Panasonic GH3 community here: https://plus.google.com/communities/110723552030778537272 . Also, as I just mentioned in the previous sentence, we have an active community on Google+ dedicated to the Panasonic GH3. Maybe you can let your readers know. ”
Ainga: “I am a street photographer running a photography site called: aingaframes.com. Recently, a collection of photos were uploaded taken by the often forgotten Panasonic GF2. Although the camera is obsolete in comparison to some of today’s best M43 offerings, this little beast is still capable of very high quality images. I think your readers will be delighted to learn the quality and the capabilities of a tiny, inexpensive M43 Panasonic camera. The images from this link are all taken with a GF2 and the 20mm 1.7 pancake lens in the great city of Hong Kong: http://aingaframes.com/blog/2013/5/28/hong-kong-photographic-journal-by-photobomb”
Anonymous: “There aren’t many Steadicam Merlin 2 tests with the GH3, and some people may be wondering how it turns out. Check out my video while really testing it out for the first time! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96sUTUtJL6o I also used the Bower 7.5mm fisheye, but applied the Fisheye Fixer originally created for the GoPro cameras (in Final Cut Pro X). If anyone wants to know how it turns out, the above video is an example of how it lineates the Bower lens curvatures.”
Readers mail: Matthew: “Thought I’d pass along a short I directed for the Toronto 48 Hour Film Project: https://vimeo.com/54608167 Shot on a hacked GH2 with Panasonic & Olympus primes Alexander: “maybe you know that since 2009 there were a few attempts to reverse engineer the distortion and CA correction data saved in the Panasonic and Olympus raw files. Today I have also joined and created a program called M43RawAnalyzer, whose purpose is to extract the raw distortion correction data from Panasonic Raw files (I hope to find the place in the Olympus raw files so that I can support ORFs, too) and writes it into a text file. I am hoping that someone will see some patterns if we have lots of data from different cameras and lenses. Here is the link to the program: http://www.mirrorlessdb.com/knowledgebase/2012/11/30/m43rawanalyzer/“. Amjad: “I’ve just uploaded a video I shot using the OMD. https://vimeo.com/54563139 I shot the same scene with the D600 to compare the video features on both cameras” Nam: “I would like to share a video I made shot entirely on the OM-D with various m43 lenses. All handheld. The OM-D’s strong point isnt video but it does have great IBIS and manual video controls so it gives really good results without the need of sliders or steadicams. https://vimeo.com/54653386” Justin: “I’ve always been a fan of vintage cameras and camera gear from the post war era, my beloved 1957 leica m3 can vouch for me! And so I decided it was time to put my passion to good use using my professional skills as a designer and craftsman. The result is the birth of a new camera gear brand: TAP & DYE.
Its a one man operation and the focus is simple — Camera straps. Durable. Rugged. High Quality handmade straps for the aspiring street photographer or the seasoned veteran photojournalist. They are compatible with all round lug-mount digital DSLR, M43 and film SLR & RF cameras. The premier unit as of right now is the ready to wear LEGACY wrist strap, dyed in Antique Tan color with a modest pricepoint of $38. I am currently working on a fixed length neck/shoulder strap that will be available for pre-order next week for $50 as well.
More information including a complete list of compatible cameras can be found on our online shop: http://tap-dye.myshopify.com
I would love to have my work featured on your blog if possible! I recently just met with Chris Gampat, who had mentioned I should reach out to you as well as he saw it a good fit for the M43/compact mirrorless community.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Justin tap-dye.myshopify.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.justinwaldinger.com” Anonymous: “Just a reminder for Aussies. Buy your Olympus lens before 31st Jan, then take a trip overseas within 30 days and get a massive 30% off.”
Stefan: “Microsoft released an update for the Camera Code Pack for Windows 8 and Windows RT: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2779444 New supported models are: Olympus: OM-D E-M5, PEN E-PL2, PEN E-PL3, PEN E-PM1, XZ-1 Panasonic: Lumix DMC-FZ150, Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix DMC-GF2, Lumix DMC-GF3, Lumix DMC-GH2“
Readers mail: John: “I recently found a way to make the iDC System ZERO friction follow focus work with the GH2 and small prime lenses that I think your audience might appreciate in one of your catch all posts: https://vimeo.com/51918199” Jam: “Long time reader here! I made this video with my Panasonic GF2, which I consider highly underrated for it’s video abilty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nD3rWjOCzI. I shot it using my GF2 and a canon FD 50mm f1.8 legacy lens. I would love if you could give this camera (and my video) some love on your site!” Twills: “I entered a video contest for Misty Mountain Climbing. A link to the video I entered is below. If you want to help me out then please click on the picture at the link below and then “like” the picture on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=488161051214714. Here is the video that I entered: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otxKw48QyJw” Ben: “Just finished up a video on the GH2 with the Voigtlander 25 0.95 and an old Canon FD 50mm 1.2. https://vimeo.com/51004409” Anonymous: “This is not simply rumour but a very serious concern, in the EU it is illegal to price fix, i.e. to set a minimum price or to limit sales to certain region or to enter agreements formal or otherwise that would result in a region paying more for goods. There appears to be at least some evidence the GH3 price is being made artificially high in the UK and that sales at the EU price are being prevented to UK citizens. I have detailed some findings here and will be making a formal complaint to the UK’s Office of Fair Trading on Monday 5th November if Panasonic has not replied. Panasonic have been refusing to reply on questions about the UK’s GH3 price on their Twitter account and at least one large UK dealership has failed to honour its own claim of having an EU price match on the GH3. More details can be found here: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?295430-EU-retailer-leaned-on-by-Panasonic-to-prevent-affordable-UK-GH3-!”
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