Micro Four-thirds – New 20mm Lens and Fotodiox adapter.
Guest Post by Mark Toal
Last week Panasonic announced a new version of their popular 20mm f/1.7 lens appropriately called the Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II. The main reason that I mention this is that the 20mm is the most popular lens for Micro Four-thirds cameras. The sharpness of this lens combined with the fast f/1.7 aperture and compact size make it a great lens for street photography. The new version mainly adds a metallic finish and is actually lighter than the previous lens.
In other lens news: The most interesting new Micro Four-thirds product that I’ve seen in a while is the Fotodiox Light Cannon. This is a Nikon G & D lens to MFT lens adapter that doesn’t increase the focal length of the lens. Yes, I know that these adapters don’t actually increase a lens’s focal length but it’s the easiest way for me to describe it.
Most MFT lens adapters double the focal length of the lens; a 50mm full frame (35mm equivalent) lens becomes a 100mm lens with no loss in aperture. These adapters are made for almost every lens you can think of. Now Fotodiox has introduced an adapter that effectively keeps the focal length the same, but increases the maximum aperture by one stop! A 50mm Nikon f/2.8 lens in effect now becomes a 50mm f/2.0 lens.
There is also a similar adapter from Metabones that work in a similar manner to the Fotodiox Light Canon but with Leica R mount lenses. I’ve ordered the Fotodiox adapter and it should be here by the time you read this. Look for some photos made with the Fotodiox Light Canon in next Monday’s post.
Mark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his web site at www.marktoalphotography.com. Mark can be contacted at email@example.com