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Adapted lens (24 mm-28mm) & 50mm please advice

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by sani, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. sani

    sani New to Mu-43

    Mar 27, 2012
    Need your advice please :confused: 
    looking for a lens with nice character not gust sharp.

    looking for the first 24-28 mm adapted lens
    what do you recomend between -any other choice?

    nikon 28 2.8 ais - dose it worth the $$$ ?
    yasica 28 2.8 ML
    Nikon 24 2.8 N.C

    I already got the nikon 50 1.4 looking for another 50 mm lens
    with different contrast and rendering

    what do you recomend between -any other choice ?
    Konica 50 1.4
    konica 50 1.7
    Yashica 50 1.4
    yashica 50 1.9

    Thank You
  2. RSilva

    RSilva Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 24, 2011
    I would not spend to much time (and money) finding a good vintage wide lens, since wide lens from that era are not as good or fast as modern wide lens and a good vintage wide lens will cost the same or more as a new lens. From the lens I have I would advice the Takumar 3.5/24 for it´s superb colors and good sharpness. The takumar 28/3.5 is much cheaper and very very sharp too but the colors from the 24 are outstanding!
    For a 50mm with a different look try the Russian uncoated lenses like the helios 40 or the pentacon 1.8/50, jupiter etc.
  3. Qwerty

    Qwerty Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 15, 2012
    Try the Olympus OM 28mm f3.5, superb performer, very cheap and a cult classic.
  4. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    I can only comment on what I have, or have tried, or have read about extensively.

    1) 24mm: I have and love the Sigma Super-Wide II, 24mm f/2.8. It's big, of course, since it's a WA designed for 35mm, but it's quite sharp and doubles as a semi-macro lens. Really one of my favorite legacy lenses. The only other 24mm I've tried was the hugely well-regarded Oly OM 24mm f/2.8, which was OK but not as good as the Sigma (my copy at least). The Oly's smaller though.

    2) 50mm. I've tried a bunch of them from Canon (FD and FL), Konica, Helios, Industar, Minolta, Pentax, and Zeiss. The only one I still have is the 50mm Yashica ML 50mm f/2. I've read it's better than the other 50mm Yashicas (f/1.7 and f/1.9). Mine is razor sharp, even at f/2, and just a dream to work with. Renders beautifully. IMO f/2 is plenty fast enough for portraits, which is what I usually use this lens with. Truth be told, I don't use it nearly enough these days since I got the native m43 Oly 45mm, but I just can't sell it--partly because I got it so cheaply.

    EDIT: For a lens with very different rendering, check out the Helios 44 (58mm f/2). Here are some threads on the lens:
  5. zettapixel

    zettapixel Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 12, 2010
    I got one, and I think it's one of the lenses that do, as you put it, have a nice character. It's sharp and have a very nice (imho) bokeh, although different from portrait lenses. it focuses really close so I use it as a wide close-up lens, there a couple of samples here.
    However, if I didn't own it already I would probably be content with 20/1.7....
    Legacy wide angle are not that wide and not that fast. BTW, not sure what $$$ is, I got mine for ~$110 about 4 years ago.

    Is it that bad? There are so many 50-ish/1.4 I doubt you can get an objective review of all, and 45/1.8 quickly makes them obsolete once again. I got Konica 57/1.4, but one of the main reasons was that I wanted something a bit longer than 50. Oh, well, my $0.02.

  6. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    The Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.4 is a fantastic, wonderfully sharp lens. However, for "different rendering and character" I don't know if it would suit you, as the reason I like this lens is for its more modern, neutral rendering. If you want something with richness, warmth, and character try the Zuiko 50mm f/1.4...
  7. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    +1. And the SMC 28/3.5 also.
  8. rparmar

    rparmar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
  9. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    I second that. For a normalish prime it works well. Remember you are only using the sweet center of these old 35mm legacy lenses. The 28 makes a 56mm EFL on 4/3 cameras. I just order the PL 25mm f1.4, so probably won't be using my 28 as much, but I'll hang onto it -- because it's fun.
  10. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 All-Pro

    I'd say to get a 24mm instead of a 28mm, but it can get exponentially more expensive. I like my Nikon 24mm. If the Yashica ML lenses are as good as my ML 50mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/2.8, don't hesitate to buy one!

    As for another 50mm lens, if you already have the Nikon f/1.4m, don't waste your money on another one. Put that money towards photo editing software since you can easily change rendering with the click of a mouse, or as mentioned sell it and just get the Olympus 45mm f/1.8.
  11. applemint

    applemint Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 24, 2012
    +1 I have the same lens and agree with the above. I also got the 1.9 out of curiosity but it only arrived today so I have not yet had a chance to try it out.

    Anyway, these Yashicas are very cheap - both of mine were under £15 each. They are [Contax /Yashica] CY mount so you will need a Contax/Yashica C/Y to micro four thirds adapter - under £10 on ebay.

    Very underrated lenses, here is a good review of the ML 50mm f2.0 :

    Flickr: Discussing Lens Review: Yashica ML 50/2 in EOS Cameras and Manual Lenses

    Here are a couple of reviews of the 1.9:

    Warning first link contains nudity (I guess I have to put that in case you are reading this at work or something): :smile:
    Women and Dreams: Mini Lens Tests MCMLXVVI: Yashica ML 50mm f/1.9

    Flickr: Discussing Lens Review: Yashica ML 50/1.9 in EOS Cameras and Manual Lenses

    The "Yashica sounds like a sneeze" comment made me smile. :biggrin:
  12. Declan97

    Declan97 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 3, 2012
    Padang, Indonesia
    Sigma 24/2.8 mk II
    Zuiko om 50/1.4 or 1.8

    Sent from my GT-I9100 using E-3
  13. paperoga

    paperoga New to Mu-43

    Jan 27, 2012
    If I you haven't them already, I would buy olny cheap legacy lenses (like the OM 50mm 1.8) and lenses difficult to find (macro lens...) :rolleyes: 

    Consider also that -i.e.- the new Sigma 19 and 30 f2.8 have a very good pricing (max 200$), have AF and are lighter and smaller then most lenses with adapter...
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  14. Justified_Sinner

    Justified_Sinner Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 11, 2010
    Scotland, UK
    Dauvit Alexander
    For a bit of interest and lots of character, I recommend the remarkable Minolta MC W-Rokkor SI 28mm f2.5, which is not only super-sharp wide open but has a radioactive element which decays to give a warm yellowish tone to everything (so long as you turn off Auto WB). Not all these lenses were radioactive, but the MC version with the metal focusing ring certainly is.

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    I bought mine very cheaply (under £25, I am sure) from a second-hand camera shop.
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  15. Harmonica

    Harmonica Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 15, 2012

    Agree. At least Vivitar Close Focus 28mm f2 (serie number starts: 28....made by Komine)...is simply a wonderfull mf lens. Great to use as well. But I'm not gonna use mine either with OM-D E-5, as I'm planning to buy native Pana-Leica 25mm. Of course...I could also adapt Pentax FA* 24mm f2...I guess many has not done that.
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