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    seakayaker, I'm glad you've had success with your adapters.

    Overall, I really like the design of the Metabones adapter, with the wide focus ring. For a while, I was hoping I could somehow adjust my copy, but the reality is I don't have the tools to fix it. I'd still like to have one, if I could get one that works as well as you describe.

    Like mooch, I've uploaded a video clip explaining the problem that I encountered. If someone else on this thread gets a chance to look at it, I'd appreciate your feedback. Is this a problem you've encountered? Or do you see some error in my attachment process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arpoador View Post
    seakayaker, I'm glad you've had success with your adapters.

    Overall, I really like the design of the Metabones adapter, with the wide focus ring. For a while, I was hoping I could somehow adjust my copy, but the reality is I don't have the tools to fix it. I'd still like to have one, if I could get one that works as well as you describe.

    Like mooch, I've uploaded a video clip explaining the problem that I encountered. If someone else on this thread gets a chance to look at it, I'd appreciate your feedback. Is this a problem you've encountered? Or do you see some error in my attachment process?
    I watched your video twice and you were experiencing the exact same symptoms when I could not keep the lens attached to the adaptor.

    During the video I did not see you attempt to focus the lens. Was the screw properly seated in the slot and were you able to move (focus) the lens?

    It did take me several attempts to attach both the 45/2 and 90/2.8 before they seated in the adaptor and I could focus smoothly.

    As a FYI, I bought my two adaptors on separate dates. The first was ordered on August 2nd and the second on August 18th. It would be interesting to know if lasjashk could confirm if the adaptors in question all came from the same manufacturing lot or different lots.

    I wish I could be of help and provide you with a answer but I am at a loss. Best I can do is send along a good thought and hope that you can resolve the issue with the adaptor.

    As you already know the Contax G lenses are wonderful!

    . . . . . and they fit well on my GF1.

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    Arpoador, thanks for posting the video of mounting the Metabones adapter. It really made me appreciate how easy I've had it with the third version of the Kippon adapter. I have switched my two Contax G lens on and off the adapter numerous times without any difficulty or delay. I never paid attention to the aperture indicator alignment when the lens was unmounted. After watching your video I checked and both lenses are normally out of aperture indicator alignment when not mounted but go into proper alignment when they are mounted onto the Kippon adapter or the original Contax-G camera body.

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    I just got my replacement metabones adapter this morning. This time the lens was a breeze to fit. The mount easily rotated far enough into the correct lock position with only a small amount of force neccessary. There is a night and day difference between my first and second copies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mooch View Post
    I just got my replacement metabones adapter this morning. This time the lens was a breeze to fit. The mount easily rotated far enough into the correct lock position with only a small amount of force neccessary. There is a night and day difference between my first and second copies.
    That's good! thank's mooch!

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    Gary, I sent you an email. Ocean I will drop you a PM later tonight.


    Monza, sent you a PM, waiting for reply, can you let me know how to contact you.

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    Hi guys

    Iv'e just registered

    I have a 45/2 that I would like to use on my EP-1/G1

    Which adapter - I have read through the thread - it seems to be a Kippon or Metabones, and probably the latter

    I'm in France - so I am sure that the friendly French customs will charge me duty

    Is EBay the best route to buy a Metabones

    Sorry if I am asking a question that has already been asked a number of times

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillN View Post
    Hi guys

    Iv'e just registered

    I have a 45/2 that I would like to use on my EP-1/G1

    Which adapter - I have read through the thread - it seems to be a Kippon or Metabones, and probably the latter

    I'm in France - so I am sure that the friendly French customs will charge me duty

    Is EBay the best route to buy a Metabones

    Sorry if I am asking a question that has already been asked a number of times

    Thanks

    You may just want to deal directly with lasjashk on this thread since he sells metabones adaptors. He was offering a small discount to members of four/thirds forum community when ordering. Send him a PM and he will let you know how to order. Easy to deal with and I received my adaptor within 5 days from Hong Kong.

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    Thanks Dan

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    Mooch wrote:
    Quote Originally Posted by mooch View Post
    I just got my replacement metabones adapter this morning. This time the lens was a breeze to fit. The mount easily rotated far enough into the correct lock position with only a small amount of force neccessary. There is a night and day difference between my first and second copies.
    And Lasjas replied:
    Quote Originally Posted by lasjashk View Post
    That's good! thank's mooch!
    Lasjas sent me a PM (on mu-43) telling me to return mine for a refund. I am planning to send it back on Tuesday, after the holiday. I would prefer, though, to get a replacement like Mooch did. I did shell out for the (more expensive) Kipon ring adapter, and that works well enough that I now realize the lens is fine. On the other hand, the focus ring is much thinner and smoother than that of the Metabones, so I would much rather have a replacement instead of a refund.

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    Monza
    I have sent you several emails regarding the Contax G to MFT adapter. Have you received them as well as the parcel I sent Aug 05?
    [email protected]

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    I didn't come to this thread for a long time,very suprised why some people still don't feel tired when they try to explain again and again ,to cover their shortcoming of their defective product.

    I still suggest you to buy KIPON,no return ,even somebody look me as their promoter, feel upset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skywalker View Post
    I didn't come to this thread for a long time,very suprised why some people still don't feel tired when they try to explain again and again ,to cover their shortcoming of their defective product.

    I still suggest you to buy KIPON,no return ,even somebody look me as their promoter, feel upset.

    . . . . . you are a promoter, you have posted 29 times on this forum, all of your posts promote Kipon adaptors.

    To be honest you are the primary reason I would not try a Kipon . . . . .

    . . . . . try being a member instead of an on-line one-man spam machine.

    By the way, the Monza adaptor and Metabones adaptors work just fine, for me anyway . . . . .


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    Quote Originally Posted by seakayaker View Post
    . . . . . you are a promoter, you have posted 29 times on this forum, all of your posts promote Kipon adaptors.

    To be honest you are the primary reason I would not try a Kipon . . . . .

    . . . . . try being a member instead of an on-line one-man spam machine.

    By the way, the Monza adaptor and Metabones adaptors work just fine, for me anyway . . . . .


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    Quote Originally Posted by skywalker View Post
    You are a idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arpoador View Post

    Lasjas sent me a PM (on mu-43) telling me to return mine for a refund. I am planning to send it back on Tuesday, after the holiday. I would prefer, though, to get a replacement like Mooch did. I did shell out for the (more expensive) Kipon ring adapter, and that works well enough that I now realize the lens is fine. On the other hand, the focus ring is much thinner and smoother than that of the Metabones, so I would much rather have a replacement instead of a refund.
    Hi,

    I'm not sure to understand what you mean : on one side you write that the third generation and more expensive Kipon adapter is thinner and smoother than the Metabones, but one the other side you say that you'd rather get a Metabones ?

    So are you happy with the Kipon adapter ? or would you rather prefer a Metabones (I thought that you had problems with it ?).

    I ask because my second generation Kipon adapter is somewhat rough at times and on the 90mm it is not always easy to focus with and I'd like to try a ring adapter on it. The Metabones from the spec is heavier, so I'd prefer to have the lighter Kipon if it is really an improvement over the second generation.

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    Hi Anna -

    I've never used the 2nd gen Kipon, so I can't comment on that one.

    I got to play with the Metabones a bit before sending it out for replacement, and the focusing with it was very even and ergonomically comfortable. Not as good as a regular focusing ring on an SLR legacy lens, but "smooth" feeling enough to make it very comfortable to use. As I stated above, my "only" beef with that adapter is that I got a defective copy, and the lens did not go far enough into the adapter to reach the lock tab. Thus I only took pix while holding the camera over my bed, so that there would be no damage when the lens fell off! I'm hoping that this was a one-off quality control problem, and that Lasjas will send me a replacement that actually works.

    As for the Kipon, I guess "smooth" was the wrong word. I was referring to the surface texture, rather than the operation flow, so maybe what I meant was "frictionless", or "slippery". I did not intend that to seem like a positive attribute. Basically, unless my hand is completely clean and dry, it's hard to grip and turn the very thin polished ring, with gentle indentations that seem purely ornamental. It's definitely lighter than the Metabones, so if that's your priority, you should take a look at it. I just find that using it makes my hands hurt, since I have to grip the ring so hard. I actually tried wrapping a rubber band around it, but could not get it to stay on (slippery, like I said).

    That's why I prefer the -design- of the Metabones. It has a rough, well knurled surface, so gripping it is easy and focusing is comfortable.


    Quote Originally Posted by Annna T View Post
    Hi,

    I'm not sure to understand what you mean : on one side you write that the third generation and more expensive Kipon adapter is thinner and smoother than the Metabones, but one the other side you say that you'd rather get a Metabones ?

    So are you happy with the Kipon adapter ? or would you rather prefer a Metabones (I thought that you had problems with it ?).

    I ask because my second generation Kipon adapter is somewhat rough at times and on the 90mm it is not always easy to focus with and I'd like to try a ring adapter on it. The Metabones from the spec is heavier, so I'd prefer to have the lighter Kipon if it is really an improvement over the second generation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annna T View Post
    Hi,

    I'm not sure to understand what you mean : on one side you write that the third generation and more expensive Kipon adapter is thinner and smoother than the Metabones, but one the other side you say that you'd rather get a Metabones ?

    So are you happy with the Kipon adapter ? or would you rather prefer a Metabones (I thought that you had problems with it ?).

    I ask because my second generation Kipon adapter is somewhat rough at times and on the 90mm it is not always easy to focus with and I'd like to try a ring adapter on it. The Metabones from the spec is heavier, so I'd prefer to have the lighter Kipon if it is really an improvement over the second generation.

    Annna, I can not speak to how the Kipon adaptor works since I have never used it.

    I do have first hand experience with both the Monza and Metabones adaptors.

    I have samples of photos I have taken with the GF1 and adaptor with the 45/2 here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2667261...th/4903160158/

    I have samples of photos taken with the GF1 and adaptor with the 90/2.8 here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2667261...7624067056496/

    Photos posted dated August 12th and after for both lenses were shot with the GF1 with Metabones adaptor.

    As a user of the Metabones adaptor it does allow me to reach the focus point with the two lenses quickly, certainly quicker then with the Monza adaptor. It is not as good as a native focus ring on a manual lens but does work very well.

    I have no affiliation with either sellor of the two adaptors I have used. The Monza adaptor works, my experience was that it just required more patience to reach focus. The Metabones adaptor was an improvement on the Monza adaptor with the wheel focus ring, easy to grip and to turn. I do not find the weight to be an issue at all.

    Good luck with the adaptor you choose, please let us know about your choice and your experience!

    The Contax G lenses are sweet and I think we would all love something that was a 100% guarantee that the adaptor we choose would allow us to get the maximun benefit from the lens we use.

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    The Metabones adapter is great!

    My replacement Metabones adapter arrived today (just four days after he received the original? wow!).

    I was originally a bit concerned because Lasjas said that adapter I returned worked fine on his 90mm, and because in several weeks I completely failed to make it work on my 45mm.

    The replacement adapter works beautifully! :-)

    It went on smoothly the very first time I tried, and fits like a glove. In fact, it was so easy that at first I thought I hadn't rotated the lens all the way. I actually had to check to see that the lock tab & slot matched, then I locked it and the lens stayed on.

    Now that I have a copy that works, I realize that the Metabones adapter is much better than the Kipon. First it has a wider grip region, that is much easier to turn and control. Makes focusing much better than on the slippery Kipon ring.

    In addition, the Kipon lock release lever is designed to be in exactly the wrong spot. It blocks access to the lens release button on the Lumix G2, making it harder to take the lens (and adapter assembly) off of the camera.

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    I have sent a PM

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    One thing I found with my large ring adapter from Lensworkshop was that over time it got smoother to focus. I really prefer the large ring to focus over the small dials. It feels more natural.

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    Received my Metabones Contax MFT adapter last week. It was a mater of out of the box onto my 45 f2, locked and onto the GF1..that fast! I was expecting some fiddling as described on other posts, so I double checked to make sure it was secure and it was. Focusing is smooth...I'm impressed!
    I had returned the Monza adapter not because of any problems as it is a very well made unit, but because I found it awkward to focus with my large hands, especially in the vertical position and I still prefer AF and OIS. I will likely sell this set up and go for the PanaLieca 45 f2.8 in the end.
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    received my metabones quite pleased as I can use my 45mm f2
    came quickly and a good guy to deal with


    comments

    1). easy to fit with good instructions - a couple of mins max

    2). Focus ring is fine - focuses OK

    3). The lens focuses, (i.e. does not focus), beyond infinity - (is it me?)

    4). I cannot use my G1 on my tripod/Arca Swiss head and it fouls the attachment plate - i.e. it touches the attachment plate and when I tighten it up it locks the adapter in place so that I cannot turn the focus ring

    It's a big lump of metal

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillN View Post
    received my metabones quite pleased as I can use my 45mm f2
    came quickly and a good guy to deal with


    comments

    1). easy to fit with good instructions - a couple of mins max

    2). Focus ring is fine - focuses OK

    3). The lens focuses, (i.e. does not focus), beyond infinity - (is it me?)

    4). I cannot use my G1 on my tripod/Arca Swiss head and it fouls the attachment plate - i.e. it touches the attachment plate and when I tighten it up it locks the adapter in place so that I cannot turn the focus ring

    It's a big lump of metal

    Thanks
    That's a very interesting comment about the tripod situation. I can't imagine buying the Metabones adapter without being able to use it on a tripod. Has anybody else had this problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by treyvollmer View Post
    That's a very interesting comment about the tripod situation. I can't imagine buying the Metabones adapter without being able to use it on a tripod. Has anybody else had this problem?
    No, but it was close. You can see an image of the Metabone adapter on a G1 and a third party Manfrotto quick release plate earlier in this thread, here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonas View Post
    No, but it was close. You can see an image of the Metabone adapter on a G1 and a third party Manfrotto quick release plate earlier in this thread, here.
    Wow! Close call there. I'm shooting with a GH1 - I assume it will work just as well???

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    Quote Originally Posted by treyvollmer View Post
    Wow! Close call there. I'm shooting with a GH1 - I assume it will work just as well???
    I guess it is safe to assume these cameras have the distance measured from the optical axis to the camera bottom plate.

    But, there are many different quick release plates. Check with the system you use if there isn't a plate not protruding outside the camera bottom.

    (The Manfrotto type plate in my image is the one I used with my earlier camera. It is turned the way it is to make it possible to open the battery door. This far I haven't run into any problems having it turned those 90 degrees so I just have it that way.)

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    Thank you, Jonas.

    Monza, I have PM'd you

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    Does anybody think having both the 35 and 45mm (contax g) is overkill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by treyvollmer View Post
    Does anybody think having both the 35 and 45mm (contax g) is overkill?

    Trey
    I did and sold the 35mm. Owning also a 50mm Planar and a Summicron, I sometimes think I should have kept the 35mm instead but I love that lens, I think it is the sharpest one I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treyvollmer View Post
    Does anybody think having both the 35 and 45mm (contax g) is overkill?

    Trey
    If you have both already and use them i do not think it is overkill.

    I have the Contax G 45/2 & 90/2.8 and have no plans to add the 35 . . . . .

    . . . . . I do however have a Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f2.8 and Leitz GmbH Wetzlar ~ Summaron 3.5cm f3.5 . . . . .


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    If I'm just doing walk around shooting the 35 or 28 are my preferred focal lengths. The 45, although very sharp, is a bit too long for most of my shooting needs so it (and the 90) often stay in the bag at home. Your needs/prefs may differ and you should think about what focal lengths best suit your situation.
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    Hello Monza,

    I have sent you an Email and a PM, Could you please contact me?

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    Thanks for the feedback on the 35 and the 45 everybody. I own both, but have not used either at this point as I'm have not decided on which adapter to buy. I'd say the metabones is the leader at this point based off reading this entire thread.

    p.s. All my work will be video on the GH1 and little to no stills

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    Quote Originally Posted by treyvollmer View Post
    (...) I'd say the metabones is the leader at this point based off reading this entire thread.

    p.s. All my work will be video on the GH1 and little to no stills

    Trey
    I don't see how you can make a video with an adapter not having a "focusing ring". With a GH1 the Metabone should be the better option; the Kipon focusing ring is close to the camera body and the flash house protrudes and can be a hinder.
    But... check out Trey's question above and make sure you get some clearance between the adapter and your tripod.

    OK, I know, I have too much time on hand, you are probably aware of all this.

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    If anyone is interested I am selling my 35mm and 45mm Zeiss Contax G lenses here in the classifieds.

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    I have Robert's adapter coming along with a Biogon 28mm. Are there there any clear instructions on cutting off the baffle extension so I can use on my GF-1. Dremel cutoff wheel and mill file maybe?

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    That should work, I'd also set up a vacuum to get all the dust and bits...and very carefully cover the rear element!

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    Thanks Robert. Cut off how much?

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    I don't have pictures but here's how I did it with the Metabones adapter. 5mm from the tip of the leg was good clearance with the Metabones adapter. I think it should be the same clearance even using other adapters as well.

    You can check the instructions of how I cut mine here:

    http://www.componentgeek.com/archives/1301

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    Good stuff. Thank you.

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    Without having the lens in front of me, I'd shave the guards so they are at or below the level of the rear element...don't think it takes much...

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    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    Without having the lens in front of me, I'd shave the guards so they are at or below the level of the rear element...don't think it takes much...

    . . . . . just an FYI, I clicked on your link to precision camera and it did not connect.


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    Hmm...seems to work here...

    BTW Dan, I mailed your parts!

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    Re: Contax G to MFT adapter - anyone?

    As the new line of m4/3 cameras crop up for the holidays, there may be some interested in using the Contax G 28mm lens. Here's a quick visual demo on how that's done.

    http://vimeo.com/16445170

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmoe View Post
    As the new line of m4/3 cameras crop up for the holidays, there may be some interested in using the Contax G 28mm lens. Here's a quick visual demo on how that's done.

    http://vimeo.com/16445170

    Thanks Gary for putting together the video, nicely done!

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    Re: Contax G to MFT adapter - anyone?

    I may have missed this in the thread but it seems no one discusses the "cheaper" adapters that can be had for ca. $45. Can anyone who has tried one or more of these discuss their experiences. I love my Contax G1 and G2 and lenses and would enjoy using them again but am not convinced how much I'd use them so I wanted to test what quality I can get on the Panny GF1 and how much I"m likely to use them. The 2x focal length factor is one of the other problems I question along with the IQ. If this has been discussed in another thread, I'd appreciate being directed there.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Contax G to MFT adapter - anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vulture View Post
    I may have missed this in the thread but it seems no one discusses the "cheaper" adapters that can be had for ca. $45. Can anyone who has tried one or more of these discuss their experiences. I love my Contax G1 and G2 and lenses and would enjoy using them again but am not convinced how much I'd use them so I wanted to test what quality I can get on the Panny GF1 and how much I"m likely to use them. The 2x focal length factor is one of the other problems I question along with the IQ. If this has been discussed in another thread, I'd appreciate being directed there.
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    Good luck with a cheap adaptors, the small wheel models had many users comment throughout the thread about the difficulty of reaching focus.

    I have used both the Metabones and the Monza adaptors with the Contax G Carl Zeiss Planar T* 45/2 and Sonnar T* 90/2.8.

    You can view pictures taken with the GF1 using both of these adaptors at:

    For the 45/2: http://www.flickr.com/photos/2667261...7623906021841/

    For the 90/2.8: http://www.flickr.com/photos/2667261...7624067056496/

    Both of these lenses are wonderful and a great combo with the GF1.

    Good luck with your decision.


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    Re: Contax G to MFT adapter - anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by seakayaker View Post
    Good luck with a cheap adaptors, the small wheel models had many users comment throughout the thread about the difficulty of reaching focus.

    I have used both the Metabones and the Monza adaptors with the Contax G Carl Zeiss Planar T* 45/2 and Sonnar T* 90/2.8.

    You can view pictures taken with the GF1 using both of these adaptors at:

    For the 45/2: http://www.flickr.com/photos/2667261...7623906021841/

    For the 90/2.8: http://www.flickr.com/photos/2667261...7624067056496/

    Both of these lenses are wonderful and a great combo with the GF1.

    Good luck with your decision.


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    I have a Kipon (smaller wheel version) and recently picked up a Metabones. The Metabones is easier to use, but I've used the Kipon for several months and it works fine. I haven't listed it here, but since i only have one Contax G lens I have been considering selling the Kipon.

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    Re: Contax G to MFT adapter - anyone?

    For those interested, I own both the Metabones and Kipon (with the ring around the perimeter of the adapter) Contax G adapters for NEX, and, unfortunately, the Metabones doesn't allow enough finger room on the grip side, and is a little too heavy for my taste, so I prefer the Kipon, despite the slightly smoother action of the Metabones. To improve the handling of my Kipon, I took some self-adhesive leatherette for my Hasselblads that I found and put it on the adpater ring's smooth sections. http://www.cameraleather.com/colors/VH_black.htm

    It works pretty well.

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