Best adapted lenses less than 50mm?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by rich9cinti, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. rich9cinti

    rich9cinti Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 23, 2013
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I have a Fujinon 55mm f1.8 nothing special M42 lens. It is a fun one to play with but I find the focal length just too long. Seems there is a lot of excellent 50mm or longer adapted lenses out there. Not at all looking for adapted lenses but from time to time, I'll run into one for sale and really don't know much about older lenses.

    What are your fav adapted lenses that are LESS that 50mm??? Post pics of lenses and/or images taken with them :biggrin:
  2. Tosh

    Tosh Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 23, 2012
    I have a Nikkor-O 35/2 that's been glued to my 1960's Nikon F for decades.
    I finally decided to give it a try on my E-M5.
    I took some shots of a new friend I made while gardening this morning.

    E-M5, Nikkor-O 35/2, 1/125 @ 2.8, MFD

    Here's an up close portrait.

    E-M5, Nikkor-O 35/2, 1/640 @ 2, MFD, cropped.
    Both shots handheld, turtle and camera. :wink:

    I tried to make him/her pretty, but it just wasn't happening. And it looks like I didn't choose his/her good side. :redface:
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  3. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Kinda partial to the Konica 28mm f3.5. Picture is nothing special, but shows the resolution is nice even on an older PM1.


    Also like the Nikon 28mm f3.5 H.C


  4. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    The eye looks especially striking on that turtle.

  5. nsd20463

    nsd20463 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 30, 2011
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I sometimes enjoy the Industar-69 28mm f/2.8. It is tiny but it isn't pretty to look at. It isn't sharp. Focusing is like unscrewing a screw because that is precisely what is going on. But for me it works out to be a lot of fun despite all that. It was the kit lens for a half-frame Russian camera.

  6. nsd20463

    nsd20463 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 30, 2011
    Santa Cruz, CA
    My best under-50mm adapted lens is my 196x Olympus Pen F 38mm f/1.8. It's sharp, fast enough to use indoors, and has oval, swirly bokeh. Like most lenses of that era it is single coated, and so works best with a hood, but I've used it without and just added back some contrast in post easily (unlike the Pen FT 70/2 and 100/3.5, which really do need a hood outdoors).




    If I had the 40mm f/1.4 or 42mm f/1.2 I might like those the best, but I don't have either so I don't know.
  7. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    When I saw the hillside growing some sort of veggies I thought, that looks like somewhere around Watsonville - and then I noticed you're from Santa Cruz - so now I'm almost sure it's somewhere around Watsonville.
  8. burdickjp

    burdickjp Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2013
    I love my Vivitar 28mm f/2.5 pyramid preset. My only complaint is that it is rather large. It's also for sale.
  9. nsd20463

    nsd20463 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 30, 2011
    Santa Cruz, CA
    You are correct. It is the strawberry fields off on San Andreas Rd on the inland side. IIRC I was here google map when I took this one.


    PS the strawberries are delicious right now
  10. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    The Canon FD 24mm f/2.0 and 35mm f/2.0 are both lovely. Since moving to µ4/3, the 24 has become my most-used lens (where the FD 50/1.4 used to be prior to µ4/3). Tons of character, sharp, great colour, outstanding "feel" on the OM-D.
  11. Gurin

    Gurin Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 5, 2012
    I like the Pen F 25 2.8.
  12. OMD4ME

    OMD4ME Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 27, 2013
    Any suggestions on adapters? Im looking to use my FD stock on my OMD.

    Thanks in advance!
  13. Droogie

    Droogie Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 23, 2013
    Washington State
    Get the Rainbow Imaging adapters. They are very inexpensive but very sturdy and well made. I tend to stay away from the expensive ($45 and up) adapters. It is just a machined metal tube.
  14. OpenCS

    OpenCS Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    Sigma 24mm f/2.8 is lovely, and cheap, and has 1:4 macro as well



  15. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    This is my usual recommendation. Flawless operation with perfect fit every time.

    A significantly cheaper option that I've started using is this one by Pixco. The fit is just as good as the above one, but I have less experience with it to say if there's any variation in different samples. For $12, I'd certainly recommend giving it a whirl.
  16. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Yashinon 45mm F1.7, but you might need to do a bit of grinding, filing, glueing ...



  17. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 19, 2012
    Vivitar 28mm Close Focus (Komine version)

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