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#1 Klaus

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 11:27 AM

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#2 you2

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 01:12 PM

Doesn't seem to be anything new; vaguely I thought they were going to announce an update on 30th of Aug (or maybe that is some other companies ...)



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 01:45 PM

They seem to go for a 9mm f/1.8 Pro pancake as well.

THAT would be something. 

I never understood why ultra-wide pancakes are so seldom. Only Voigtlander has one.


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#4 Gregeff

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:46 PM

Hmm shame it's going to be f/1.8 and $900 for the 9mm.

 

So they have:

 

9mm f/8 at $100

9mm f/1.8 at $900

 

If only they would make something in the middle; 9mm f/4 for <$400 that was of good optical quality and super compact....



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 09:39 AM

Well see. Honestly I still have doubts regarding the f/1.8.

Other reports mentioned f/2.8. 

However, a "Pro" lens is not going to be cheap in any case.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:33 AM

Woohooo! I've been waiting for such an UWA forever.

A bit too late though, I just switched to Fuji.. ;-)

 

I don't think f/1.8 would make much sense. There is no DOF control anyway given the sensor size.

I'd rather it to be f/2.8 and much smaller.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 12:46 PM

I do think f1.8 for 9mm makes sense for a MFT lens. Usually the sweet spot of a lens is reached after stopping down about 2 stops from the maximum aperture. If the maximum aperture is f1.8 then the sweet spot would be around f2.8-f4, just corresponding to f5.6-f8 for a FF lens. If the maximum aperture is f2.8 then the sweet spot would be around f5.6-f8 but then diffraction already comes in for MFT.

 

In fact I think all primes for MFT should start the aperture from at least f2.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 02:01 PM

I do think f1.8 for 9mm makes sense for a MFT lens. Usually the sweet spot of a lens is reached after stopping down about 2 stops from the maximum aperture. If the maximum aperture is f1.8 then the sweet spot would be around f2.8-f4, just corresponding to f5.6-f8 for a FF lens. If the maximum aperture is f2.8 then the sweet spot would be around f5.6-f8 but then diffraction already comes in for MFT.

 

In fact I think all primes for MFT should start the aperture from at least f2.

 

Not necessarily. Some MFT lenses like the 12-40 don't really improve by stopping down (pretty much the same from f/2.8 to f/5.6 at all focal lengths).

If well designed, a 9mm f/2.8 could very well be at its best wide-open.


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 01:00 PM

I do think f1.8 for 9mm makes sense for a MFT lens. Usually the sweet spot of a lens is reached after stopping down about 2 stops from the maximum aperture. If the maximum aperture is f1.8 then the sweet spot would be around f2.8-f4, just corresponding to f5.6-f8 for a FF lens. If the maximum aperture is f2.8 then the sweet spot would be around f5.6-f8 but then diffraction already comes in for MFT.

 

In fact I think all primes for MFT should start the aperture from at least f2.

There is no reason to assume an f2.8 lens on MFT would be not sharp at f2.8. No basis for that claim. A bit too simplistic an argument, I fear. 



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 02:08 PM

Need vignetting not be cosnidered when we talk about "sweet spot" of a lens?

 

Yes an f2.8 lens can be very sharp at f2.8 from center to corner if the lens is well designed. But more often this is not the case.

 

In addition an f1.8 9mm lens would be great for low light  indoor photography (at least in situation when you need such a wide lens indoor).



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 02:34 PM

I don't think f/1.8 would make much sense. There is no DOF control anyway given the sensor size.

 

You forgot that DOF also depends on focus distance. If you focus at a  20cm distance with a 9mm MFT lens with f1.8 the DOF is only 2.5cm.



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Posted 17 January 2015 - 07:33 PM

The 300 f4 will be an amazing lens and with the 1.4 converter all a wildlife photographer could dream about. I am already going to try the 40-150 2.8 on a safari and it works wonderfully with the same converter. 

Apart from that, the 75 1.8 is an outstanding lens that I wish you all will have an opportunity to try!

Go shoot!


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 11:27 AM

MFT is doing really strong, so many primes and 7-14 f2.8 UWA is prolly amazing too. Maybe panny and oly could upgrade their 12-40 f2.8 and 13-35 f2.8 /correct some flaws? :D



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Posted 21 May 2016 - 06:47 PM

The funny ting si that actual users of these lenses are very pleased with them.

 

As to faster lenses: i would heartily recommend the Metabones speed adapters, used with, e.g., Canon L-primes on MFT-bodies.

Absolutely amazing! :)

 

Kind regards, Wim






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