Micro 4/3 Mini Roundup: Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 Lens, the E-M5 VS the D800, and a GH2 Hybrid

There have been some developments in the m43 world as of late. The new Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 lens was recently released along with a hands-on video by Seb Farges, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 takes on the Nikon D800 in a new shootout, and Gabriel Verdugo has been toiling to create a GH2 that uses a Polaroid lens:

Voightlander 17.5mm f0.95

Seb Farges had this to say about the new Voigtlander lens:

This lens has very smooth aperture ring, especially when you switch it on the “no clic [sic]" position. The focus ring is quite smooth, like the 25mm. The minimum focus distance is very very short, you can shoot quite in front of the glass !

And here's a beautiful still photo that highlights the lens' color rendition:

The Voightlander 25mm f0.95 has been a lifesaver for me on multiple occasions, but I have definitely found myself wanting something wider with the same f-stop range. And the 17.5mm looks like it delivers the same smooth creamy color rendition and circular bokeh of its 25mm sibling. You can see more reviews of the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 at Filmmaking Etc. (includes short sample videos) and The Phoblographer.

The Nikon D800 VS  the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Here's the camera set-up according to the YouTube description:

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the fantastic M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.8.


The Nikon D800 with the much lusted after Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G.


(the D800 is full frame, and the E-M5 has a 2x crop factor, giving the 45mm lens an 35mm equivalent focal length of 90mm)


Both set to record 1080@30P, using the Standard picture profiles on each, ISO set to 200, shutter & aperture set to full manual mode, and Focus S-AF. And cameras were recording each scene simultaneously, mounted to the same monopod (using a hot-shoe extension bar & appropriate adapters)

To me it looks like the Olympus has better color rendition, contrast, and more crisp details (though this could be due to the difference in lenses used). Each camera has pretty horrible rolling shutter. Highlight roll off was a bit of a toss-up, as the Nikon seemed to do better in some cases, while the Olympus looked better in others.

The GH2 Polaroid Hybrid

Over at DIY Photography, Gabriel Verdugo did some hardware hacking and put an old 80’s Polaroid lens on a GH2, using mostly macro tubes and epoxy putty. Here's an example of the look you can get from this lens:

I’m not sure I’d do this myself, but if you're really into the retro Polaroid look and are feeling adventurous check out his post to get the details on how he did it.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for more m43 news, as the Olympus 75mm f1.8, Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8, and AF-100 1080 60p 28Mbps upgrade are coming out in the near future.

[Flower photo by Van Lam from Filmmaking Etc. GH2 Hybrid photos by Gabriel Verdugo from DIY Photography]


Via: [43 Rumors-Seb Farges Voigtlander 17.5mm Video 43 Rumors-E-M5 VS Nikon D800 & 43 Rumors-Voightlander 17.5mm Review & Micro Four Thirds Blog & 43 Rumors-GH2 Polaroid Hybrid]

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Great post, the video on the Voightlander was beautiful.

I have really been agonising over what camera I should shoot my next short on. It has been between the FS100 and GH2 but I find that the GH2 really gives more bang for buck. I've shot with the 5D and Zeiss CP.2's on my last short and that was nice but I think I've finally swung to the GH2, simply because of it's look that I find really pleasing, the resolution, the quality available from the hacks and the lenses. I shoot long takes, with little editing, with deep depth of field and multiple layers of depth in the compositions to communicate many things at once. The SLR Magic 12mm, Voitglander 25mm and a 50mm something or other.. maybe an FD lens, would be a nice but simple set-up which is more than enough for a drama. Plus the GH2 will be cheaper. The only problem is renting them, pretty hard to find.

June 15, 2012 at 3:22AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


June 15, 2012 at 5:37AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Dana Yurcisin

Nice, Dana!

Larry, I just wrapped a 48HFP in Minneapolis with the GH2, we used the 12mm SLR Magic f1.6 and a Nikkor non-ai 28mm f2.8. After about a year of using this camera, those two lenses along with the Nikkor non ai 50mm f1.8 are my go-tos. $800 camera (or less if you find a deal), $245 in old Nikon lenses, and a $500 hyperprime from Hong Kong, combined with the free hack - you'll be set to go.

I have to admit, though - the idea of getting another m43 mount lens is a little daunting because of future proofing, but that 17.5mm gives me butterflies in my stomach.

June 15, 2012 at 6:36AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Please, not another handheld small camera video without any kind of stabilisation. I just can't watch these anymore. Use a shoulder rig, something, please!

June 18, 2012 at 3:09AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM



June 21, 2012 at 3:25PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Daniel Mimura

Seeing how many comments are about the GH2 and seeing how many articles are tagged GH2 I understand how your web sit is biased.

June 22, 2012 at 2:51AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM