24/28mm sharpies

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by pdh, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. pdh

    pdh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 6, 2010
    One of those hopeless questions that will produce so many different answers ... but I'll ask anyway ... if you were going to buy a 24mm or 28mm legacy lens, and the criteria for selection were razor-sharpness, lots of contrast-y-ness, and speed (lets not be to too demanding -- f/1.4 or f/1.8 would be great, but f/2 or f/2.8 is likely to be good enough by far) , what might be on the shortlist ?

    (oh, and I realise the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 is only a little shorter than what's being asked about, plus I'm deliberately not including a budget)
     
  2. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    Nikkor 24mm F2.8.
     
  3. tam

    tam Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 12, 2010
    The 4/3 PanLeica 25mm f1.4 ?

    Think it might even AF with the adapter.

    Ah wait, legacy, technically it's not mu43... ;-)
     
  4. G1 User

    G1 User Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 20, 2010
    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.9 ASPH in LTM mount. :biggrin::2thumbs:
     
  5. pdh

    pdh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 6, 2010
    well, I used "legacy" when I might have said "legacy or any other lens" ... I was expecting (assumptions, though, are dangerous things) that the most contrasty utlrasharpy lens wouldn't be native or even a close cousin
     
  6. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    plus one for the pananleica 25/1.4... just got one today... havent shot it on micro 4/3... just my regular 4/3... but it is outstanding... noting compares... but it aint cheap


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    Self#21 by kevinparis, on Flickr


    more shots here

    Panaleica 25/1.4 - a set on Flickr


    probably means I have a OM 24/2 for sale soon.....maybe not as it is still nice on my canon 5D :)

    K
     
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  7. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    28 1.9 Ultron but now they changed it to something else.
    The Ultron rivals the Leica 28mm.
     
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  8. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    Konica Hexanon 28/1.8. Sharper than my Nikkor 28/2. But the latter was only $100.
     
  9. pdh

    pdh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 6, 2010
    wow ... i just googled the Hexanon and found one on eBay for nearly £500 ... and it looked like it had been hit with a hammer on the filter thread ...

    @Streetshooter -- "the" Leica 28mm?
     
  10. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    pdh,
    Yessir... I have both and the Leica has a slight edge on contrast but on sharpness, they're about equals.... and price wise...well, nuff said!
     
  11. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    Apr 11, 2009
    I need to get a Konica adapter for that 28/1.8. Mine is mint. I do not know why it goes for so much- seems crazy. Makes the Nikkor look like a bargain, and it uses a floating element for close-range-correction (CRC). The Konica is a big lens, uses 55mm filters.

    Well- Konica adapter should be here next week. I think that does it for adapters for me. Leica M, Nikon F, Pentax 42mm screwmount, Canon FL/FD, and Olympus OM Mount. And I can use the Contax RF and S-Mount adapter with the M-Mount to u4/3. No Kodak Retina adapter.
     
  12. pdh

    pdh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 6, 2010
    oops ... in trying to be "clever" I've just been unclear ... what I should have said is "I see a number of different Leica 28mm lenses are available, which particular one are you referring to?" ...

    Apologies
     
  13. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    pdh,
    I have one from the 80's, pre Asph and a newer Asph.
    I prefer the Pre Asph as it has slightly less contrast but records very smooth.
    The 28 1.9 is about the same as that lens.
    I don't use either digitally as I prefer Dedicated lenses in this format.
    AF baby, I'm spoiled and tis a pretty thing it is.
     
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  14. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    My Leica Elmarit 28mm F2.8 V3- Add it to the list of Sharp, but expensive- at least compared to the Nikkor 28/2.
     
  15. pdh

    pdh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 6, 2010
    No-one seems to have mentioned any of the Contax G lenses ?
    Are they in with a shout?
     
  16. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 9, 2010
    It does AFS but not AFC.
     
  17. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    I did a comparison between the "hard to find" Konica 28/1.8 and the Nikkor-NC 28/2, much easier to find and much less expensive. The Nikkor was sharper and had less flare used wide-open than did the Konica. At F4, both evened up.

    The Nikkor 28/2 can be found at reasonable prices, close focus to under 1ft.
     
  18. chasm

    chasm Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 2, 2010
    My Minolta MD 24mm f2.8 is about the only lens I haven't yet tried on my GF1 (too close to the 20mm f1.7) but it always gave gorgeous results on 35mm film.
     
  19. chalkdust

    chalkdust Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

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    Dec 29, 2009
    McKinney, Texas
    Zeiss Biogon 25mm f2.8 spends a great deal of time on the front of my G1.