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24/25mm adapted lens favorite

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by snkenai, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    After years of chasing lenses of many styles and lengths, I find that I just like the "nifty-fifty" equiv of the "old days" for my daily carry about. Yes there are times when a 24-28 would be handy. But I don't like zooms or carrying around another lens or worse a bag!

    I have the vivitar 24mm in om mount. It is a strong lens with good optics, but it is very heavy.

    What is your favorite in this focal length (24/25mm).
  2. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I like my standard lens either shorter than 24/25mm or a little longer. The Panny 20mm was a dream come true and I use adapted 28mm lenses, mainly a Minolta MD 28/2. On 35mm I never got along with 50mm, probably because I started with a 55mm, an Asahi Pentax SMC Takumar 55/1.8 with which I did almost everything.
  3. These two right here;

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5243297171/" title="IMG_5943 Canon nFD 24mm f2.8 by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr">
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    Canon new FD 24mm f2.8

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5282448137/" title="IMG_5981 Vivitar OM 24mm f2.8 by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr">
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    Vivitar 24mm f2.8 (OM mount)

    I'm guessing that your Vivitar might be a different version because this one isn't very heavy at all.
  4. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Just ordered a Canon FD 24mm f2.8 myself, looking forward to getting it, be interested to see how it compares to my 50mm
  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    I use a Sigma 24mm f2.8 macro. It's a bit heavy, but I like having the macro available.
  6. compositor20

    compositor20 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 21, 2010
    im selling a vivitar 24mm f2.0 kiron version MC lens in the buy or sale thread

    its a contrasty lens... doesnt have many aberrations like coma and spherical at f2.8 although it is not as sharp as lumix 20mm at any aperture even at f4.5 or f5.6 but at those apertures its sharp (from 3.5 or 4 its kit lens sharp but with more saturated colors/better contrast, but worse flare resistance when pointed at sunlight)

    at f2 for video its great and for stills acceptable at f2.8
  7. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    which 24/25

  8. This one has a 52mm filter thread so it still may be different version. Out of the two I showed above I find the Canon to be a touch sharper but the Vivitar gives slightly smoother out-of-focus areas.
  9. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Without a doubt my OM24/2.8. Its not the cheapest 24 around but the IQ is terrific. It's also quite compact.
  10. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    I've got a Sigma Superwide-II 24mm f/2.8 that I just can't seem to get rid of. Every time I get set to sell off some gear I take some pictures with the candidates and I end up keeping the 24mm. It's a bit heavy, clunky, not very fast . . . . but produces really beautiful images.

    And it's cheaper than the Zuiko 24mm (the one I still covet, though it's outside of my budget).

    EDIT: it might be the same one as RevBob's, but it's described as "close focus" not macro. Not sure if there are several versions of the 24mm.
  11. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    How about some of the c-mounts? The Computar 25mm f1.4 is a very nice lens! Smallest by far of all those listed - very fast, too. There are trade-offs, of course. Some vignetting below f5.6, softer below f2.8. But, again, amazingly small.

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  12. the.growler

    the.growler Mu-43 Regular


    Is your Computar 25mm a 1.3 or a 1.4? I have a couple of the 1.4s that have me stumped on machining/mounting. I'm just wondering if the 1.3 (if that's what you have) is less of a challenge to mount. Thanks!
  13. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    Anyone compared OLY 24mm against others for IQ. It is one I really want, but wonder about actual IQ. Sad thing is, I owned one about 25 years ago and in a moment of stupidity I sold it for $40.00! Went with new Nikon 8008 and 85mm f1.8. was never satisfied with it. owned it 3 times! Finally after 20 years gave it to a friend. (wish I'd kept the lens. Could use it on m4/3).
  14. I gave up on looking for an OM24/2.8 due to the price, and to be honest the only OM lens that I have so far preferred to the equivalent Canon new FD is the 50/1.8. Based purely on performance I find OM lenses to be overpriced. Their value seems to be driven more by rarity and collectability.
  15. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    It's the f1.3. You have to file down the edge of the base for most adapters. Careful work with a triangle file - takes about 30 mins. Let me know if you need more detail.

    Sorry, I'm not familiar with the f1.4.
  16. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    They are definitely a bit pricier than FD stuff which is very good stuff. It can be found for a reasonable price but because Canon is so huge and has sold a lot of gear it's no surprise that FD gear is such a bargain. That said I don't find FD that much cheaper. Take something like a Canon FD 50/1.4 vs an OM50/1.4. You are looking at around $85 for the Canon and $100 for the OM. that's not too outrageous.
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