Monday, June 11, 2012

Kirk Tuck of Visual Science Lab - Olympus Pen F 150mm f4 on G3 - Well, It Works Quite Well, Thank You!

Kirk Tuck's G3 and Oly 150mm f4
Kirk Tuck's Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 and Olympus Pen F 150mm f4
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Kirk Tuck recently wrote about the experience of using a very nice legacy lens on his Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3. This is the 150mm f4 made by Olympus in the 1970s.
(Click Here) to read Kirk's post on Visual Science Lab.
By the way, if you don't read Kirk's blog regularly, you should. Here's the address:
Kirk's contention is that Olympus is following its own footsteps, introducing new Pen lenses for the Micro 4/3 line that represent equivalents to those of the past. The Pen F lenses were made for the original Olympus Pen system, which was a half-frame 35mm format - the same field of view as Micro 4/3.
Kirk also makes the point that without all of today's gadgetry built into the camera, great optics can still produce great results. I agree wholeheartedly. After scanning film for a couple of hours last night, I had a couple of examples that remind me how sweet old glass can be. For example, this is from my Leica Summar 5cm f2 lens from the 1930s:
Stand-Up Bass Taking a Rest, by Reed A. George
Leica IIIC, Leica Summar 5cm f2
The Leica Summar is a very early 35mm rangefinder lens, and is known for "soft" glass, which is easily damaged by cleaning or otherwise. In fact, it took purchasing three different units before I found an undamaged one. But boy, does it have character.
I will admit that while I am still in love with many of my old lenses, including attached to the latest Lumix bodies, I for one cannot wait to try out the new Olympus 75mm f1.8.
Thanks, Kirk, for sharing your thoughts!
Notice: As of today, 6/1/12, this lens is only available for pre-order. It is not in stock.