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View Poll Results: Which of these lenses would be of interest for hire?
Olympus m.Zuiko 300mm f/4 Pro 14 42.42%
Olympus m.Zuiko 7-14 f/2.8 Pro 10 30.30%
Olympus m.Zuiko 8mm f/1.8 Pro Fisheye 8 24.24%
Panasonic Leica 8-18mm f/2.8 2 6.06%
Panasonic Leica 100-400mm f/4-6.3 7 21.21%
Panasonic Leica 10-25mm f/1.7 5 15.15%
Panasonic Leica 200mm f/2.8 5 15.15%
Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.2 Pro 7 21.21%
Olympus m.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 Pro 4 12.12%
Panasonic Leica 12mm f1/.4 7 21.21%
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Which of these would be of interest?

POLL (see above)

I'm trying to gauge which lenses, in particular, to stock for Micro Four Thirds photographers to hire.

As previously discussed, the purpose for this service would be to affordably provide selected lens models for longer term pre-purchase evaluation than afforded by other try-before-you-buy services and to provide use of lenses that could not be justified as an outright purchase.

I've included a number of lens models in the poll but if there are any others you are interested, please post details!

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Re: Which of these would be of interest?

Hi Ian
I'm not sure the 2nd sentence makes sense. Or am I just being the usual daft?
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Hi Ian
I'm not sure the 2nd sentence makes sense and I don't see a poll. Or am I just being the usual daft?
Hi Duncan!

You were quick off the mark and I did make a small change - can you reload the page?

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Re: Which of these would be of interest?

I already have all (more than all!) the lenses I'm likely to need but might try the 150-400 when it appears.
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Re: Which of these would be of interest?

The lenses that might attract me would be the 12-100mm and the 12-200mm.

Though I have those lengths covered with my present stock......
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Re: Which of these would be of interest?

I think the interest shown, so far, for the Panny 100-400 should tell Olympus to hurry up and give us their version of this lens as shown in their last lens map, (and no, I don't mean the 150-400Pro).
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Re: Which of these would be of interest?

Interesting comment about the Panny 100-400. If you do get one to hire out Ian be very very careful it is a lens that fits the Olympus bayonet fitting without shedding any metal shards I tried two brand new ones that did that so it's not a lens that I'd risk my camera with again even though I'd love to have that focal length range.
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Interesting comment about the Panny 100-400. If you do get one to hire out Ian be very very careful it is a lens that fits the Olympus bayonet fitting without shedding any metal shards I tried two brand new ones that did that so it's not a lens that I'd risk my camera with again even though I'd love to have that focal length range.
I remember that. Has there been any reference elsewhere to similar effect? I have noticed some differences between Olympus and Panasonic lenses in terms of mount 'snugness'. But Panasonic lenses in my experience tend to be more loose.

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I remember that. Has there been any reference elsewhere to similar effect? I have noticed some differences between Olympus and Panasonic lenses in terms of mount 'snugness'. But Panasonic lenses in my experience tend to be more loose.

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How come Oly lenses seem to fit perfectly on Panny cams, yet Panny lenses seem to have little problems when fitted to Oly cams?

They are supposed to be exactly the same mount and specifications. Are Panny doing something different ..... or is it Oly?

Just questions which come to mind given what Ian just said and the reported problems with the Panny 100-400 fit when on Oly cams.

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Re: Which of these would be of interest?

it's been said before, but my Pany 100-400 fits just fine, mind its pre-loved so any shards have long since gone if there were any......and it's a great lens...
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Re: Which of these would be of interest?

There are lots of lucky people where the fit is fine but there is also a lot of detail on the web from people who like me have had problems. My biggest issue was that l could accept early lens IQ issues that then get fixed but my issues were exactly the same but recently. That tells me the issue was never really fixed and is probably intermittent. So as one who's been twice bitten I'm not about to risk my EM1 mk2 again as a quality control gauge for Panasonic. For me this all happened at the NEC Photo Show so Olympus was on hand to clean up my camera for free twice! (excellent service). On the other hand when I spoke to staff at the Panasonic stand they were completely dissinterested as were the staff at the retailer I got my lenses from who didn't seem bothered they might have a bad batch of lenses! So my advice is proceed with care and in this case then a second hand lens might be a better bet.
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OMG how could you miss the 42.5mm Panasonic nocticron... the only thing stopping me from buying one... is that I don't have enough money and had to choose either that or the 100-400 zoom lens!
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BTW I wish there were an adapter sony e-mount to MFT as their 70-350mm zoom is about half the weight of Panasonic 100-400mm! I may be buying one of those for my Sony QX1 and I gonna do a last man standing duel between them soon on my own wb log. http://angelica.x10host.com/wordpress/
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Re: Which of these would be of interest?

Some speculation that it was the O ring on the 100-400 that made a very tight fit,i have had 3 100-400 and the only problem i have had on the mounting is with the current one,it has to be pushed hard against the camera when mounting.
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OMG how could you miss the 42.5mm Panasonic nocticron... the only thing stopping me from buying one... is that I don't have enough money and had to choose either that or the 100-400 zoom lens!
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...on_42_5mm.html
I do have one myself but it's a relatively old lens and I can only post a maximum of 10 poll items

It's possibly my favourite lens - especially for portraits, though I tend to use the 12-40 Pro the most.

Nocticrons are now 'reasonably' cheap if you look around - at least here in the UK!

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