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Leica Noctilux 50mm f/1 on Panasonic Lumix G1

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Leica Noctilux lens attached to Panasonic Lumix G1

Leica Noctilux lens attached to Panasonic Lumix G1

Last week while I was in Osaka I spent some time looking for the Rayqual Leica-M to M4/3 adaptor so that I could use my M-mount lenses on the G1.  It turned out to be somewhat of a difficult task as every shop I checked in Osaka and every Japanes website were out of the adaptor.  One website offered to put me on a waiting list and that perhaps in a week or so they could send one to me.

Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 lens on G1

Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 lens on G1

Well, those answers didn’t satisfy me so I had a friend contact Rayqual directly.  Guess what?  We ordered the adaptor directly from them and the next day it arrived at the hotel.  It came with instructions for use only in Japanese but I was about to figure it out.  One interesting thing about using M-mount lenses on the G1, is that you can opt to focus using the G1’s magnified focus display.  I didn’t find it necessary with wide angle lenses but with the Noctilux, it did come in handy.

With the adaptor, you have to use manual focus.  And the G1’s image stabilization does not work.  For those of you wedded to modern technology, it will take some time adjust to these differences.

G1 with Noctilux used to shoot this photo

G1 with Noctilux used to shoot this photo

In the coming weeks, I intend to use the G1 and the Leica lenses everywhere and take as many photos as possible.  I am expecting the G1 to perform admirably although I don’t expect it to outperform the M8.  If it did, then Leica would be in trouble.

Shot with G1 with Noctilux lens

Shot with G1 with Noctilux lens

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Written by leolaksi

February 7, 2009 at 6:32 am

Posted in Photography, Tech

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  1. Hello Leolaksi

    I am also hunting for the Rayqual micro 4/3rd adaptor – would appreciate if you can share Rayqual’s Japan contacts

    Many thanks in advance

    Joseph Low

    March 25, 2009 at 5:35 pm

  2. Hi Joseph.

    I bought mine directly from Rayqual in Japan. They don’t normally sell retail but they relented to my request. I recommend you check out http://www.japanexposures.com/shop/product_info.php?products_id=252. Japanese Exposures is a Tokyo-based web-retailer who can supply the adaptor. They also list this adaptor on ebay for a little bit more money. Good luck. Leo

    leolaksi

    March 25, 2009 at 6:08 pm


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