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Old Mar 7, 2012, 4:36 PM   #1
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Default Using a FourThird ZUIKO Digital 11 - 22mm + MMF-2 adapter on G1 / GF1 and GH2

Hi folks!
Would like to pick your brains a bit, concerning a slight problem I ran into, when attaching my Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL 11 - 22mm f/2,8 - 3,5 (which is a FourThirds lens) with the MMF-2 adapter from Olympus, onto my G1 and GF1 cameras.

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It does'nt work!

Strange really. Because it works fine when I use it on my GH2. Autofocus and all the automatics work just fine, as if I had another Panasonic-lens on. Well, the AF is just a tad slower of cours, but that's to be expected when using a FT-lens on a MFT-camera. I thought it might be the FirmWare in the cameras, so I checked and updated. The result is still the same.

The lens works on the GH2 but not on the G1 and the GF1!

FirmWares GH2: (this camera works well with the lens + adapter)
Body = 1.1 (which is the latest)
Lens = 1.0


FirmWares GF1:
Body = 1.2 (which is the latest)
Lens = 1.1

FirmWares G1:
Body = 1.4 (not the latest, which would be 1.5)
Lens = 1.0


Whenever I attach the lens to either G1 or GF1, the following warning appears on the LCD:


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In other words, the camera (both G1 and GF1) doesn't recognize the lens / adapter, and threats is like any other manual legacy-glass I have. What have I forgotten? What have I overseen? Is there a FirmWare for the adapter, maybe? If there is, I have not found it anywhere.

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Old Mar 8, 2012, 11:27 AM   #2
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There is a lens compatibility chart published by Panasonic. I don't have the link right now but I will look for it. Both the G1 and GF1 are Panasonic's first m4/3 models and if I recall, not all 4/3 lenses were compatible through the adapter. This may very well be the case here. Your lens appears to be a very old 4/3 by the grip design (large rubber blocks). I might be wrong but I think that's what the issue is. Nothing wrong with your G1/GF1.


OK, here it is...as I suspected, this lens is not supported.

http://panasonic.jp/support/global/c...onnect/g1.html
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Old Mar 8, 2012, 5:23 PM   #3
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Hi Tullio!

Yes - I was afraid something like this was the reason. As you, I once had this compatibility chart but could not find it neither. Now that you have refound it for me, it makes sense.

What a pity, I bought this lens recently together with a GH2 and thought I would be able to use it on my GF1 and my beloved G1 (which, under certain conditions, I think gives better IQ than the GH2 ...!) as well. I was not planning to keep the GH2, so I might just as well sell both the lens and the GH2. So much for lens-confusion and not doing ones homework befor buying!

Anyway, thanks for setting the record straight. You are always helpful when it comes to mFT-questions, Tullio!

Best regards!


You know, Tullio - I have a real attachment to my good old G1, and I will never sell it!

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My G1



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Same with me. I still have my G1 and I find it produces better IQ than the G3. I might sell my G3 but not the G1. Luckily I don't have any 4/3 lenses. All my lenses are either m4/3 or old vintage MF. At one point I bought the GH1 because from what I had read it seemed to be a much better camera. I could not find much difference in IQ so I returned it. Sometimes people make claims based on $$$. If it's more expensive it must be better. That's not so.

Nice pics BTW.
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did you set the gf1 to shoot without lens? that's what i do to use legacy lenses on an adapter on my gf1, and they work fine. they won't autofocus, but they do shoot great pics.
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Yes, of course - I have all my m4/3 cameras on "shooth without lens", as I have a few legacy-lenses and 3 different adapter (2 more on order). The 1. picture above (My G1) and below her for instance is shot with my OM-System G-Zuiko Auto-S f/ 1.2 55mm on all manual. A lens with a particular buttery Bokeh.




And, yes - I COULD use the ZD 11-22mm like this and use it manual, but thats not what I bought it for.

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