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#201 Interceptor121

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 08:53 AM

According the CMC page with the 14-42PZ frame widtg 24mm in 4K that becomes 20mm and working distance 49mm

 

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (42mm) 17 mm 98 mm 307 mm 24 mm 0.7 : 1

49 mm

 

One thing that I am a bit worried about with such a strong lens is the working range. So 49mm is the minimum distance with the camera focussed at the closest but what is the distance with the camera focussed at infinity? If this is equivalent to a +15 diopter the range is 49 to 63mm which is really small

So there could be many situations where you go out with this lens and you are not able to get anything in focus.


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Posted 21 February 2015 - 09:30 PM

...If this is equivalent to a +15 diopter the range is 49 to 63mm which is really small...


That wouldn't surprise me at all. You don't get that much magnification without some compromise. Users of that lens might be advised to take a weaker diopter as well.

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 12:39 AM

To be honest unless you go to specific destinations there are generally not many subjects of that size. The CMC main purpose seems to address new compacts with short focal length I don't think this lens adds much to a 4:3 video shooter

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 02:46 AM

Just ordered the CMC, might not be too much for video, but for stills with the 14-42 I think it will be good?


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Posted 22 February 2015 - 03:31 AM

Just ordered the CMC, might not be too much for video, but for stills with the 14-42 I think it will be good?

 

For stills I think the 60mm is the way to go if you want to shoot small stuff 17.3x13 mm seems pretty good.

Obviously if you don't have that lens a close up lens like this is pretty good.

I have tested the 14-42PZ for stills and with a +10 the frame width is 3cm so at 3:2 aspect ratio this is 3x2 cm with the Inon UCL-100. With the CMC you are at 2.4x1.6 cm better have some pygmy sea horse or bobtail squids or skeleton shrimps to shoot

I got the 30 extension for the Olympus 60mm but until I go again to Lembeh or Philippines am not going to buy the lens for Red Sea or other mediterranean.

 

One interesting option for stills is the fisheye converter for the PZ14-42 that gives 120 degrees diagonal good for things that you can't get too close to and less expensive than the 7-14mm plus port, I will post some examples when i can

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 03:45 AM

Done, much more fiddly than I first thought.

Will post up the .STL file for others to use.

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