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Hi all

As a total newcomer to olympus and MFT.

If I attach a Panasonic MFT lens to my Olympus om-d e-m1 mkii , what if any functionality do i lose from camera or lens.

Hope this is not a silly question

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Re: panasonic lenses

Hello. If you have a Panasonic lens with stability built into the lens it will not work in combination with the IBIS of Olympus Cameras. It will be a choice of one or the other.

This is quite a good place to start looking https://www.apotelyt.com/photo-lens/mft-compatibility

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Re: panasonic lenses

The Panasonic Lumix and Panasonic Leica lenses generally work well, and functions like manual focusing using the ring work well (even though nowadays this is generally implemented as "focus by wire" - i.e. the focus ring movements are electronically communicated from lens to camera, and then camera instructs lens how to focus). The MF clutch on my 15mm works too.

Some less basic functions, such as in-lens stabilization (as stated above) and also I think aperture control via a traditional ring on the lens (when provided) are comp[romised or not effective when a Pana lens is on an Oly body. The latter seems to me like an extra rather than a must-have on a lens.
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Re: panasonic lenses

Not strictly a loss of function, but I believe Pany zoom rings turn in the opposite direction to Oly zoom lenses, and some people find this irritating.


P.S. Maybe somebody should mention the Pany 100-400 problems?
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Re: panasonic lenses

Some of the Panasonic lenses have aperture rings - these don't work on Olympus bodies.
I have one Panasonic lens on my E-M10ii - the 25mm f1.7 and it's brilliant.
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Re: panasonic lenses

Am I right in thinking that Panasonic use a different type of AF system to Olympus
Not sure if true of the implications that might have mixing makes.
As an aside I use an Olympus 12-40 on Panasonic bodies and no complaints with the AF speed, in fact seems faster than it did on my E-M1

Also some Olympus lenses have a function button on the lens. This is designed to work with Olympus bodies. Saying that my GX9 does have a limited function button list in the menu and it does work
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Re: panasonic lenses

I use the Panasonic 100-400 and the 35-100/2.8 and both work well, as did the 100-300 when I had that.
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Re: panasonic lenses

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Am I right in thinking that Panasonic use a different type of AF system to Olympus
Not sure if true of the implications that might have mixing makes.
As an aside I use an Olympus 12-40 on Panasonic bodies and no complaints with the AF speed, in fact seems faster than it did on my E-M1

Also some Olympus lenses have a function button on the lens. This is designed to work with Olympus bodies. Saying that my GX9 does have a limited function button list in the menu and it does work
The main difference is that the E-M1 and E-M1 Mark II use phase-detect AF and contrast detect while all Panasonic bodies use only contrast detect. Panasonic does use some tricks to enhance its AF performance to claw back some of the advantages that phase-detect offers. I'm not sure if Panasonic lenses that can take advantage of this will work quite as well on an Olympus body (or indeed other Panasonic bodies).

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Not strictly a loss of function, but I believe Pany zoom rings turn in the opposite direction to Oly zoom lenses, and some people find this irritating.


P.S. Maybe somebody should mention the Pany 100-400 problems?
The ring direction is, I think, a nod to Leica.

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Re: panasonic lenses

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Not strictly a loss of function, but I believe Pany zoom rings turn in the opposite direction to Oly zoom lenses, and some people find this irritating.


P.S. Maybe somebody should mention the Pany 100-400 problems?
What problems are you refering to?
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What problems are you refering to?
Shaving off metal slivers from the lens mount I believe this comment alludes to
Think it was a faulty batch of lenses that the tolerances were a bit out on.
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P.S. Maybe somebody should mention the Pany 100-400 problems?

I use the 100-400 on my E-M1 Mk.ii with no problems other than that, as noted previously, one cannot use Pro-capture L mode.
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Ditto to Mikes opinion...………..

A good lens...……...
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