Alternative to M.zuiko 75mm f1.8?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by thaiusmle, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. thaiusmle

    thaiusmle Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 18, 2013
    I have been checking the M.zuiko 75mm f1.8. It is excellent lenses, but too expensive for my budget. Do you guys have any adapted lenses as an alternative to this lenses? Budget is less than $200 including adapter.

    Thanks :2thumbs:

  2. sge998

    sge998 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 14, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    How about the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens? It's a little over your budget and huge but it's a fantastic lens on its own right!
  3. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 20, 2012
    Lancashire, UK
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    I have a Tamron SP90mm F2.4 macro from my OM3 days but now with an Adaptall 2 to m4/3 adaptor rather than the A2 to OM mount.

    Bit larger than 75mm but with benefit of macro (even 1:1 with the matching tube) snaps in and out of focus so manual focus not a problem.

    These tend not to be too expensive SH but there are also there are Tokina 90mm macro as well as others.
  4. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 19, 2012
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    +1 for the Rokinon/Samyang 85mm f1.4.
    Another alternative is Zuiko OM 100mm f2.8. Well, the focal length is obviously longer and it is not as fast as the 75, but the size is small, good optics and can be had for less than $200.
  5. phl0wtography

    phl0wtography Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 15, 2011
    I love the output of the Zuiko 85/2. With luck it can be had for a little under 200.
    Also the Zuiko 100/2 is stellar, however quite a bit over your budget.
    Both lenses are quite rare though, therefore not much price range.

    Guilty of being a Zuikoholic!
  6. Andym72

    Andym72 Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 4, 2013
    Reading, UK
    The closest adapted lens would be the Olympus Pen F Zuiko 70mm f/2.0. If you could find it anywhere (they seem to be quite rare). Probably wouldn't find one for less than $200 anyway.

    Otherwise you will be looking at 85mm f/1.8 or f/2 lenses for Film SLRs or Rangefinders, of which there are many, although I suspect only the Soviet Union Rangefinder lenses will be in your price range. The smallest lens + adapter combos are the m39 mount Jupiter 9, the Olympus OM 85mm, the Pentax-M 85mm and the Minolta Rokkor MD 85mm, which are all within a few millimetres of each other.
  7. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
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  8. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Jupiter-9 85mm f2 is a carl zeiss sonnar copy from Russia. A few of them on ebay for less than $200. Try to get a silver m39 from 1960 or earlier.
  9. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    I got the Canon FD 85mm/1.8 for the same reason and I like it a lot.
  10. taz98spin

    taz98spin Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 13, 2011
    I just purchased the Voigtlander 75/1.8!
  11. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'd wait for the upcoming Sigma 60mm 2.8.
  12. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    Most of the camera vendors have excellent legacy 85mm f2 or f1.8 lenses. The OM Zuiko 85 and Nikkor AI 85 are both pretty stunning. Also fairly compact even with the adaptor. Tough to find find good examples under $200 though :-(

    Good luck !
  13. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Another vote for 85mm F1.4, awesome value for the price!
  14. apicius9

    apicius9 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 1, 2010
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    If you are open to the c-mount lenses, there is also a Fujinon 75/1.8 which is supposedly optically better than the Computar/Navitar lenses. I have a 12.5mm and a 25mm from that Fujinon line and they are excellent (although with the usual vignetting of these focal lengths that a 75mm should not have any problems with). Unfortunately, I never got to try the 75mm myself, though, but between price (around $160) and size that would be one of the first ones I would look at - if I didn't have the Oly :)

  15. thaiusmle

    thaiusmle Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 18, 2013
    Nice portrait! Do you have recommendation on which mount to get? :2thumbs: There are several mount available - Canon, Nikon, Sony.
  16. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    It depend on what other manual lens you have with you, for me I just go for the cheapest one on ebay.
  17. nuclearboy

    nuclearboy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2011
    Ellicott City, MD
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    I would get the one that is cheapest assuming they are all the same optics. If you may resell, get one on the most popular format (i.e, probably not the 4/3 edition).

    I purchased the Nikon (w/o the focusing chip) for 229 new on Amazon a while back and I do love that lens when I need a 75.
  18. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    The Tokina 90mm f2.5 is an excellent alternative to the 75. It is one of the sharpest lenses ever made. Is sharp as f2.5, has stunning bokeh and is a true macro as well as a stunning portrait lens. Not always easy to find and costs about $250 used.
  19. thaiusmle

    thaiusmle Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 18, 2013
    Any other suggestion?
  20. CaptZoom

    CaptZoom Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 11, 2013
    Yes. Look up used copies of Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5. You give up some speed, but not quality and gain size advantage. I purchased mine for $225 (in like new, never used condition) about three years ago. They probably cost a bit more, but well worth the money. The lens is a stellar performer on a full frame camera; it should be superb on a cropped sensor.