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I'm tempted to get a new body and put a screen protector on it right away! What a pain that flaky coating is.
Does anyone have ideas for a cheap but decent (could be and old Russian lens, or?) 25 or 28mm or even a 35mm M or LTM lens? One of my kids shows some interest and is taking a photography course in high school next year. Maybe I'll let him run with the camera all summer with a fixed focal length manual lens so he can learn old school.
Or maybe he should just carry a P&S autofocus and 'focus'...Show more →
I used a Nikkor 28mm f/2.0 AI on the GXR before I got the ZM25. You could get a beater 28/2.8 AIS and adapter to use on the GXR, pretty cheaply. The 0.2m CRC version of the 28/2.8 on a GXR would be awesome. In my experience, a manual focus lens slows me down and makes me focus on composition more than a P&S zoom ever could.
After using the NEX-6 more extensively, I've decided to use the CV15/4.5 on the GXR, "glued on" as they say. I hate trying to correct the magenta shift on the NEX. Stopped down to f/8 or f/11 the performance is pretty similar on the GXR and NEX other than the megapixel difference. I use the CV35/1.2 on an eBay Chinese helicoid adapter for the NEX-6. The build is crap, but it allows for a great degree of creative options compared to using a regular adapter. My helicoid is ever so slightly off axis, so I get uneven sharpness at infinity. I did find another adapter from Fotodiox that is much better made and is pretty much perfectly aligned to the sensor. I use the ZM lenses with this one. So in the end, my 3 slot bag will carry a GXR/15, NEX/35, and an extra ZM lens on adapter.
In all of the testing I did, I found that my ZM 35mm C-Biogon had lost some dampening in the focus helicoid through most of the range, but got tight at infinity and MFD. It was still under warranty, and I sent it into Zeiss. I figured they'd just relube it, but instead they're just sending me a new one. Awesome service, took 1 day for them to decide. But it does make me wonder what they found under the hood.
Regarding the future of Ricoh, I'm not buying another ILC from them if it does not incorporate an EVF and they don't modernize the electronics. But I do miss the seamless combination of toggled predator mode and zoom....