Dear Micro Four Thirds, Should We Try Again?

On paper, Micro Four Thirds (M43, or MFT) seems a wonderful fit for me.  The flexibility of interchangeable lenses (including, with an adapter, my beloved M42 lenses), in a more compact body, and with a larger and better performing sensor than a digital compact, these cameras seem to offer the ideal sweet spot between my… Continue reading Dear Micro Four Thirds, Should We Try Again?

Using Vintage Lenses On Digital Bodies – A Compromise Too Far?

For the last five years I've been experimenting with vintage manual lenses on modern digital cameras. This came about originally from using the lenses on the 35mm film cameras they were intended for, and delighting in their beautiful build quality, smoothness in use, and the fantastic photographs they could produce. Then, in the spring of… Continue reading Using Vintage Lenses On Digital Bodies – A Compromise Too Far?

The 7Artisans Hybrid Lens That’s (Almost) Got Me Keen On Micro Four Thirds Again

Back in April, I started out with the aim of using my Panasonic Lumix GF1 for the month. But after an unfortunate accident with my sole native Micro Four Thirds (M43) lens rendered it unusable, I was left with my M42 lenses plus adapter. The novelty soon wore off. In short, whilst the results are… Continue reading The 7Artisans Hybrid Lens That’s (Almost) Got Me Keen On Micro Four Thirds Again

One Month, One Camera – April 2019 (III) – Last Dance Of The Lumix?

This month in my One Month, One Camera (OMOC) project, I chose the Panasonic Lumix GF1, a Micro Four Thirds (M43) body. I had at my disposal one native lens, a Lumix 12-32mm (24-64mm in 35mm terms) and my last four vintage manual focus M42 lenses, using an adapter. Unfortunately I dropped the Lumix lens… Continue reading One Month, One Camera – April 2019 (III) – Last Dance Of The Lumix?

One Month, One Camera – April 2019 (II) – Lumix GF1 + Helios 44-2

My chosen camera for April is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 I've had around 18 months and want to get to know better. Initially I bought just the body plus an M42 adapter, so I could use my favourite vintage lenses.  One of these is a battered old Helios 44-2 58mm f/2, an early bargain of… Continue reading One Month, One Camera – April 2019 (II) – Lumix GF1 + Helios 44-2