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    Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    This thread was Barts idea. It was such a good one that I've stolen it from him!

    Usung leica R glass on m4/3 seems to be very rewarding. There's lots of it about, and some of it is quite sensibly priced.
    I'm double posting some shots I took yesterday with the 60mm e55 f2.8 macro elmarit.










    Over to you Bart! And everyone else

    All the best
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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    Looks like one more adapter may be in order .

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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

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    Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    Looks like one more adapter may be in order .

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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    I caved... I had a lonely unused R adapter from a 180 that I had sold...so I wanted to make the adapter happy again and a 60 macro arrived on Friday. However, I'm away with only the Fuji for the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    This thread was Barts idea. It was such a good one that I've stolen it from him!

    Usung leica R glass on m4/3 seems to be very rewarding. There's lots of it about, and some of it is quite sensibly priced.
    I'm double posting some shots I took yesterday with the 60mm e55 f2.8 macro elmarit.

    Over to you Bart! And everyone else

    All the best
    Well let's keep to it that I lend you the idea, after all it was your thread !
    Anyhow, I'm happy you picked it up
    Am I eager to see how the one without the grip holds its ground against the one with the free grip !


    Here are some from my first outing with the 70-180/2.8







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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    Bart these look great. Detail looks superb. What else do you have in your R stash?

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    In full the APO-VARIO-ELMARIT-R 1:2.8/70-180 (1.87 kg).



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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Well let's keep to it that I lend you the idea, after all it was your thread !
    Anyhow, I'm happy you picked it up
    Am I eager to see how the one without the grip holds its ground against the one with the free grip !


    Here are some from my first outing with the 70-180/2.8
    HI Bart
    These are fantastic - excellent - RedDot have one of these lenses . . . but at Ģ2600 I'm going to give it a miss!

    As for the free grip - I'm surprised to say that I'm using it - mostly just the first part, but it works really well.

    I was taking surfing shots today with the 100-300 (I'll put some on the other thread later). The grip really helps.

    Terry - good luck with yours

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    Quote Originally Posted by kweide View Post
    Have one and will attach my beloved Summicron 90 to my new OM-D. Letīs see what happens
    Can't wait to see the results . . . I want that lens (keep an eye on your cabinet!)
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    Bart these look great. Detail looks superb. What else do you have in your R stash?
    Hello Terry,
    actually not much and I dearly hope to keep it that way !
    Along with 70-180/2.8, there is the 28-90/2.8-4.5, the lovely macro 100/2.8 and the weird 70-210/4.0.
    Not much on the wide site, though.
    Hopefully not in vain I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this year's Photokina.
    Leica should fulfill their promise one day, right ?

    Kind regards.
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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    Here's three more with the macro elmarit 60 (I'm in Cornwall right now, and it's the only R lens I have with me).

    These two are of Osmunda regales (the royal fern) in a clay pit near the house here:





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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    Beautiful, Jono and Bart!

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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Hello Terry,
    actually not much and I dearly hope to keep it that way !
    Along with 70-180/2.8, there is the 28-90/2.8-4.5, the lovely macro 100/2.8 and the weird 70-210/4.0.
    Not much on the wide site, though.
    Hopefully not in vain I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this year's Photokina.
    Leica should fulfill their promise one day, right ?

    Kind regards.
    HI Bart
    I'm not doing any wide R lenses either - clearly they aren't worth it on m4/3 where there are plenty of reasonable wide lenses - anyway, you need ultra wide R lenses to be any use on m4/3 - even the famous 19mm would only be a boring 38mm.
    It's the telephotos that seem much more interesting. I've got the weird 70-210 f3 as well, but I haven't got around to changing the mount back from alpha yet (must do it!).

    all the best

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    HI Bart
    I'm not doing any wide R lenses either - clearly they aren't worth it on m4/3 where there are plenty of reasonable wide lenses - anyway, you need ultra wide R lenses to be any use on m4/3 - even the famous 19mm would only be a boring 38mm.
    It's the telephotos that seem much more interesting. I've got the weird 70-210 f3 as well, but I haven't got around to changing the mount back from alpha yet (must do it!).

    all the best
    Well, the 70-210 weirdo is certainly much more manageable than the 70-180/2.8 behemoth.

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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    Went out early this morning, but with little luck getting good shots.
    Perhaps my eyesight is slowly letting me down or I've to get used to the 70-180 with 2x t/c.





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    This bird is all wet by dew.

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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Went out early this morning, but with little luck getting good shots.
    Perhaps my eyesight is slowly letting me down or I've to get used to the 70-180 with 2x t/c.





    All the best.
    Bah - these are fantastic Bart - I love them.

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    More luck I had with this family of oystercatchers. Quick as water the chicks were more than a match for my focusing skills







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    Bah - these are fantastic Bart - I love them.
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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    I'm keeping to static subjects - well, mostly!
    Here are a few from a cloudy walk today:

















    All with the 60 elmarit on the OMD. What Fun!

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    Hi there Jono,

    I think cloudy days are ideal for excellent photo opportunities.
    We have had a week long just boring blue skies. Really, I love my skies cloudy !

    But getting OT: what an amazing lens this little 60 macro is.
    Fine colours, breathtaking detail and tack sharp.

    In this series I like the ones with Emma and Caspar, the bright purple thistles and the lovely Bluebells and fern close-ups.

    All the very best.
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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    Hi Bart
    Thank you! Cloudy days are good for macros, that's fot sure. More ferns today, but no time to post

    The 60 elmarit is a thing of beauty and wonder indeed.
    Work tomorrow, then back home to Suffolk.

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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    Arrrrgh.....when I got back after the long weekend and excitedly went to put my 60 macro on the OMD pooooof my adapter had vanished. I know I saw it in the past couple of weeks. New one from Rainbow shipped yesterday. Hopefully by the weekend I will have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Arrrrgh.....when I got back after the long weekend and excitedly went to put my 60 macro on the OMD pooooof my adapter had vanished. I know I saw it in the past couple of weeks. New one from Rainbow shipped yesterday. Hopefully by the weekend I will have it.

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    A little 'birding' with the 70-180.



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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    I'm keeping to static subjects - well, mostly!
    Here are a few from a cloudy walk today:

    Reminds me of our 'photo' walks Keep up!

    Thanks Jono, I take it you sold your ZD 50mm f2 along the way somewhere?

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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Mosley View Post
    Reminds me of our 'photo' walks Keep up!

    Thanks Jono, I take it you sold your ZD 50mm f2 along the way somewhere?

    Brian
    yes indeed! Emma just carries on regardless, which is good, but she does tend to get into the scene!

    ZD 50 long since gone I'm afraid, but the Leica 60 isn't so much bigger, and the manual focus is probably easier to control.

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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    Here are a few snaps from the 180 f2.8 APO taken with the OMD on a rainy walk this morning.

    Being able to dial in the IBIS for the lens is a real winner - what is a real winner, is that if you half press the shutter the IBIS cuts in and stabilises the view in the viewfinder (really effectively). Then you can manual focus with some accuracy and fully press the shutter.
    I know the Olympus doesn't have focus peaking, but with these very sharp lenses you get a kind of shimmer on the in focus areas (perhaps an increase in contrast?).

    Whatever, focusing is really easy, and I was getting a good hit rate - even with moving subjects (the image of Emma with the dog was at quite a distance, and it didn't last more than a second!).
















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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    You are right, Jono, the possibility to stabilize the image in the view finder is as effective as the focus peaking, in particular with the long lenses.

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    Very nice shots everyone, unfortunately my F to m4/3 adapter does not work on the OMD so I could not use my F converted R lenses.
    But now I have found that I can manage with a F to LTM + LTM to M + M to m4/3, which I have. I will try.
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    Re: Fun with Leica R glass on m4/3

    What better place for a first run with a new camera, a lens or combination of the two than visiting the zoo ?
    Some portraits of the locals.









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