If you use a manual focus lens (like a Leica M) on the G1, does the focus confirm light work?
I'm sorry I don't have a definitive answer for you.
If you activate the 10x focus multiplier in your menus, I would think the actual focus through the viewfinder would give you a good idea of whether the focus is right. That's what I use with the regular lens. Even in low light I've found it easy to manually focus. With the tele I turn off the 10x feature since it also amplifies vibration and makes it tough to focus. Since the viewfinder brightens in dim light I've found it easier to focus the G1 in low light than it is to focus many SLRs I've owned.
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Thanks. My impression or worry was that the 10X feature was triggered by the lens (I think it is) and that meant that only Lumix G or maybe 4/3 lenses in general were needed for that. I take it that you are using the Lumix G lens or lenses?
Yes, I use the two currently available Lumix lenses exclusively with my G1.
Except for a few Leitz lenses with small footprints I don't see the point in using the micro 4/3 to 4/3 adapter and the necessary dedicated manufacturer adapter with the G1. Most of my Pentax lenses would be too big and throw off the balance and form factor of the G1 if I used them on it.
I'm tempted by the dedicated G1 new wide angle fixed focal length Lumix coming in the late spring, but at its current list price I will probably not rush out to buy it . The other longer zoom lens doens't interest me due to its larger size and weight.
For me much of the appeal of the G1 is that I can grab the camera with the basic zoom and do nearly everything I need with that rig alone.
The Pentax 40mm pancake would be very interesting on the Lumix.
Ps I hate the way these forums work. More trouble than all the others I visit put together! At this moment it is telling me that the name I am using belongs to a registered user. No kidding- its me. Have to juke it by putting 1 after my name. Asolute Multimedia is owned by a computer guy. Would think they would pick better software. Rant over.
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That cleared it up! Thanks gadgetman. Forums all better now! Still, its weird how things will download way over to the side and then jump in proper alignment at the last moment.
Yes I've thought about using that, or my 21mm/3.4 or 77/1.8, but since the 4/3 format effectively doubles the focal length over 35mm, that turns the 40 into an 80mm portrait lens. The 77 becomes a medium tele and the 21 becomes a slightly wide normal 42mm.
My favorite focal lengths for 35 have always been 35mm (as a normal) and 28mm as my moderate WA.
The problem with all these great 35mm lenses is that at best you end up with normals or tele focal lengths.
I want 28 mm and 21mm aspect ratios. This shortcoming is the reason I didn't rush out to buy a Leice M-8 - limited WA options.
Understand liking wideangles. When using the M4 Leica I mostly use the 35 or 90 lens. Just seems right. To me (I have two 4/3 Olympus dslr, and Pana Lx2 that does 4/3 aspect) even equivalent focal length lenses aren't like they were on 35 film. The 4/3 format is closer to square than 3:2. It throws me off a little. Same as shooting the Pentax 6x7.
Love extremes. Carry Pentax 10-17 fisheye and Pentax 400mm. Sometimes 800 or 1250. Other times the Limiteds come into play. Lusting after the new pentax 15 Limited. That would be perfect for the Lumix. You know you are going to own it!