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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Lens confusion


I'm kind of confused on what lenses can and can't be mounted on MicroFourThirds cameras. I am going to get a MFT camera and am doing lots of reseach before sinking my $$$ into a system. Can any MFT lens be mounted on any MFT camera? For instance...can the Panaleica DG 25 lens, which is a MFT lens, be mounted on a Sony NEX camera? Can someone please give me some insight?? I am totally

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Nov 15, 2012 at 08:19 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Lens confusion


I think the confusion here is about what MFT is. Micro four thirds is a mount and a sensor size, in which family the NEX cameras does not belong. So no, MFT lenses won't fit NEX cameras, but you could fit almost any lens on an MFT camera, with an adapter.


Nov 15, 2012 at 08:22 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Lens confusion


Is the NEX just a mirrorless camera then?


Nov 15, 2012 at 08:25 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Lens confusion


I guess the B&H website has me confused. Sony NEX camera bodies are listed as mirrorless cameras and the Panasonic Lecia DG 25 lens is listed in the mirrorless camera lenses. Why are they not compatible since they are "mirrorless". I'm sorry...I'm new to the mirrorless market.

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Nov 15, 2012 at 08:31 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Lens confusion


25, not 12

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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Lens confusion


NEX is Sony's mirrorless system. It uses the Sony E mount. Panasonic and Olympus are the two manufacturers that make micro 4/3 cameras. All micro 4/3 lenses can be used on all micro 4/3 cameras, regardless of brand.

Mirrorless is a type of camera, much like DSLR or Compact. There are multiple mirrorless systems and mounts just like there are multiple DSLR systems and mounts. All micro 4/3 stuff will specifically say Micro 4/3 somewhere in the specs, usually in the Mount description.



Nov 15, 2012 at 08:31 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Lens confusion


Thanks Jman13.


Nov 15, 2012 at 08:35 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Lens confusion


To add some more clarification...the following are companies that make Mirrorless System Cameras (sometimes called MILC for Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera...sometimes called CSC for Compact System Camera.....there's more acronyms too like EVIL or DSLM...noone has settled on a specific acronym for these cameras, but they're not DSLRs because they don't have the mirror that the Reflex portion of DSLR refers to).

Panasonic: Micro 4/3
Olympus: Micro 4/3
Sony: E-Mount (NEX)
Canon: EM Mount (EOS M)
Nikon: 1 (or CX format)
Fuji: X Mount
Pentax: Q mount
Samsung: NX

These companies also make lenses for their mirrorless cams, but third parties also make lenses for these cameras, though mostly for Micro 4/3 and Sony NEX (E-mount)

Sigma makes them for both m4/3 and NEX, Zeiss makes them for NEX. Voigtlander, Schneider, Samyang, and a few smaller companies also make them for Micro 4/3. Tamron makes them for NEX and may eventually do some m4/3 lenses. Leica designs lenses that are then produced by Panasonic and carry the Leica name...for micro 4/3, of course.

I haven't seen third party lenses for the other mounts yet, but I'm sure they'll come as they gain popularity. Right now, Micro 4/3 and NEX are the big ones in the mirrorless segment.



Nov 15, 2012 at 08:40 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Lens confusion


Also to note when selecting a system lens for 4/3 is that Olympus uses In Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) while Panasonic depends on lens based correction. So if you buy an Olympus camera any and every lens you choose can be stabilized but if you chose a Panasonic brand camera then only panasonic brand lenses will be stabilized.

This is important to some people. It's starting to become a little important to me - maybe - as I'm starting (maybe) to dislike carrying around a tripod with me everywhere I go if I think I might be shooting low light with low ISO settings.

Plus the newer OM-D camera has a really amazing stabilization system - unlike any other camera!



Nov 15, 2012 at 11:57 PM





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