Monday, November 1, 2010

Give Film Lenses New Digital Life

Lisette Rose Published in DSLR Lenses
The Panasonic Lumix DMW-MA3R (for Leica R lenses), Novoflex MFT-NIK (for Nikon SLR lenses) and Olympus MMF-2 (for Four Thirds System lenses). The Micro Four Thirds System gives a pro the potential to have a very compact backup or a dedicated HD video body. Combined with an adapter, you can make use of your primary system's lenses on that backup or dedicated video body, including favorite older lenses that you may hold in particularly high esteem.
The Panasonic Lumix DMW-MA3R (for Leica R lenses), Novoflex MFT-NIK (for Nikon SLR lenses) and Olympus MMF-2 (for Four Thirds System lenses). The Micro Four Thirds System gives a pro the potential to have a very compact backup or a dedicated HD video body. Combined with an adapter, you can make use of your primary system's lenses on that backup or dedicated video body, including favorite older lenses that you may hold in particularly high esteem.

Adapters And HD Video

Professionals using a DSLR to shoot HD video are likely to be attracted to adapters. Most modern DSLR lenses are the products of the evolution of autofocus and the particular requirements of still shooters. Modern AF lenses weren't designed for smooth and easy manual focusing like the older manual-focus lenses were. Film-era manual-focus lenses, particularly prime lenses, typically have focus rings that are geared in such a way that makes the process of doing precise, manual pull-focusing easy. This makes older lenses ideal for HD video DSLRs. Plus, most DSLRs don't have all of their advanced automatic functions available in video mode, so the loss of features when using an adapter is negligible.

Adapter Sources

Several companies offer lens adapters under various brand names. Here are some of the major players.

Adorama (www.adorama.com) offers a wide range of adapters, including its Flashpoint Tilt Adapter for Nikon Lens to Micro 4/3, which not only allows you to mount Nikon lenses on Micro Four Thirds System cameras, but also allows you to tilt the lens 12° in any direction, thanks to 360° rotation capability.

CameraQuest (www.cameraquest.com) distributes adapters to attach a wide range of lenses to a wide number of SLR and DSLR bodies. The website also includes lots of useful adapter information.

Lensbaby (www.lensbaby.com) just introduced the Micro 4/3rds Composer with Tilt Transformer, which allows you to mount Lensbaby or Nikon optics on Micro Four Thirds System cameras, and provides 12.9° of tilt in any direction.

Novoflex (www.hpmarketingcorp.com) offers a wide range of adapters, including some to fit medium-format lenses to SLR and rangefinder cameras, and to fit popular SLR lenses to Samsung's new NX10 mirrorless camera.

Olympus (www.olympusamerica.com) offers adapters to attach Four Thirds System lenses to Micro Four Thirds System cameras, and old manual-focus Olympus Zuiko OM-system lenses to both Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds System cameras. With Four Thirds System lenses that are compatible with contrast-based autofocusing, AF capability is retained.

Panasonic (www.panasonic.com) offers adapters to mount Four Thirds System and Lecia M- and R-mount lenses on Micro Four Thirds System cameras, while retaining most, if not all, camera features.

Sony (www.sonystyle.com) offers an adapter to mount Sony Alpha-mount DSLR lenses (and legacy Minolta Maxxum lenses) on its new NEX-3 and NEX-5 mirrorless cameras.

Zörk (www.zoerk.com) offers adapters to mount medium-format lenses on 35mm and digital SLR bodies, as well as adapters that provide shift and tilt capability with enlarger lenses on film and digital SLRs.

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