My love affair with the Lensbaby began almost 10 years ago. The small size and creativity that it offered me immediately made street and portrait photography more spontaneous and fun. When I moved to a Micro Four Thirds system and found that Lensbaby didn’t make a native mount, I was worried I’d never be able to use it again. Luckily, the Fotasy Canon EOS EF Lens to M43 Adapter (only $13!) solved my problem and let me use my old Canon Lensbaby on my new Micro Four Thirds body.
The Foteasy Canon to M43 adapter is a solid little piece of metal that works as designed. You attach a lens to it by lining up the red dots and giving it a firm twist until it “snaps” into place with a spring loaded locking pin.
Once this pin is in place, the connection between the lens and adapter is solid. When you connect the adapter to the camera body it’s solid as well, with no play at all.
One thing to remember is that this adapter will not give you any electronic connection to the camera. So, no auto focus. If you’re using a Lensbaby though, this shouldn’t be a problem.
How does the size stack up to other lenses in the Micro Four Thirds system?
Because the Lensbaby is so small, I thought that it wouldn’t be too big of a deal using it with my Olympus OM-D E-M5. You can see here how even with the adapter, the Lensbaby is smaller than the Olympus 12-40mm and just a little larger than the Olympus 45mm prime.
For me, the Lensbaby is the only remaining Canon lens I have, so the adapter will just stay on there all the time for when I need to grab the lens.
How well does it work with the OM-D?
In short, it works great! To use it, I put the camera in Aperture Priority mode and use exposure compensation if I need the scene a little brighter or darker. One thing to remember, and this is important, is to make sure you’ve set your diopter setting set correctly. If you don’t, you’ll wind up with blurry shots (and not the good kind of blur!).
Here are a few sample shots I took on a quick walk around town —
Do I use the Lensbaby every day? No. But I will tell you that when I do use it, it ignites a creative spark. You stop worrying about tack sharp pictures and instead care more about capturing the moment you see. It can turn a seemingly boring street photo into something really artistic.
If you’re interested in using a Lensbaby on your micro four thirds camera, use this link to grab the Fotasy adapter, and then let me know about your experience in the comments!