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Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Superstriker#8, Oct 30, 2013.
What are the best low cost 85-135mm lenses out their? no specific mount.
And smallish if at all possible
Did you mean 85-135 mm in 35 mm equivalent? And did you mean prime or zoom? For prime the O45 f/1.8 is a small, fast, native 90 mm AF equivalent. Otherwise, one of the many legacy fast nifty fifties will turn into a decent MF 100 mm equivalent when adapted.
I meant an 85-135mm (170-270 equivalent) legacy prime, sorry for not being clear, I already have a panny 45-150, and want something faster in that range but don't have the budget for the Oly 75.
I have a Nikkor-H 85mm f1.8, didn't used it seriously yet but from the tests I performed at home it looks like a great perfomer on my E-P5.
Minolta Rokkor 135mm can be had for $20. Very good performer IMO.
Russian Jupiter 135mm f4 leica thread mount... Ok now the prices are going to climb up!
It's Sharp! Has 12 round blades. it's maybe half the weight of the lightest SLR 135mm lens. Has the shortest adapter needed for MFT and one of the cheapest (L39 to MFT)
It's smallish, it's great lens, and it's still cheap, well not for long...
The Rokinon 85mm f1.4 can be purchased in the Pentax mount for $249, brand new. I just bought one and I'm very impressed with build quality and IQ.
I got this lens in Nikon mount, in mint used condition (mine was branded Bell & Howell, but it's the same lens). I paid just under $200 2nd hand all inclusive. I agree, it's a very good lens optically - however, I suspect that the build quality is superficially quite good, but the underlying construction is pretty cheap. Nonetheless, as a manual focus lens, it's inherently better built than most modern AF lenses. Still, given the overall optics, it's a great value.
In terms of other legacy focal lengths, supply (huge) and demand (pretty low) has rendered the 135mm focal length the home of the best legacy lens values within the OP's stated range - as name brand ones are quite easy to find for under $50 for 135mm f2.8 lenses, or under $35 for 135mm f3.5 lenses (such as the aforementioned Minolta Rokkor). If you go longer, 200mm f3.5 or f4 legacy lenses are also commonly found at prices in the $40-50 range.
The Soviet era Tair-11A 135mm is a great lens also. 20 aperture blades! I bought one recently for $25.
I was thinking about that too, is it too big to use on m4/3?
The olympus OM 85 f2 is amazing, and tiny. No bigger than the olympus OM 50 1.4.
Can anyone give me some 50mm suggestions? I can't justify a 45 f1.8 as I'm going to get the 60 macro, and will want something faster in that range.
The Nikon 85mm f2 AIS lens is also quite small, and probably costs less in the aftermarket than the OM 85mm f2.
Both are perhaps 1/2 the bulk and weight of the Rokinon/Samyang et. al 85mm f1.4. But f1.4 is really nice to have, and was the specific reason I bought that lens.
The canon fd 100mm f2 is an amazing lens. Very sharp at f2, super sharp from f2.8 to f11 with no distortion, little CA, and it is small and has super build. But it is about $200 and hard to find. Bokeh is unreal.
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My recommendation is that they are pretty much all quite good, and within max. aperture class, roughly equally so. I recommend folks not obsess over getting one brand or another, but be opportunistic and get one that's easily available to you at a good price, in good condition, or fits on an adapter you might already have handy. Sample variation and variation due to how the lens was treated by prior owners for any one of these lenses is probably as great or greater than brand to brand or model to model within a brand variation.
I'd say any of the good brands in the f1.7 to 1.2 max aperture class, if the lens is in good shape, is worth ~$25~40. In the f1.4 class, depending upon brand and condition, is worth ~$50-80. None of them (other than a Zeiss or Leica, which sell for MUCH more, is worth chasing outside of these price ranges, compared to others that are easily found within these price ranges.
I'd say that the Konica AR-mount lenses might be the cheapest relative to quality, as I picked up a 50mm f1.8 for a $11 including shipping, and a Pentax 55mm f1.8 SMC Takumar for $20 attached to a working Spotmatic body, and that's not all that unusual.
+1 I would agree with that... it's an amazing lens. You won't find a good copy for $200 though; think more in the $350-400 range.
The Nikon 75-150E F3.5 and Nikon 100 2.8E are both excellent performers, fairly petite, and usually pretty affordable.
Opinions on canon fl 200 f3.5 vs Pentax tacumar 200 f4
An how good is the Konica 57 1.4 (57, what?!)
Best 135: canon 3.5, Nikon 3.5, Pentax 3.5, Olympus 3.5 or Nikon 2.8? Regardless of price.
And add olympus 200 f4 to the 200 battle