- Feb 8, 2020
- Real Name
Actually, Richard, I was suggesting the M42 version of Helios-44! So the adapter-lens combination does get pretty large.I think there are 3 reasons why people consider vintage glass over new lenses:
1. More Character
3. Can be smaller
The advice you give depends on what you're looking for.
Many of the replies above refer to old SLR lenses. These are big and so are the adapters. If you want small you need to look at old rangefinder lenses, such as the Helios suggested by Eric above.
Even smaller than the Helios with a 28mm FL is the Industar69. Put this on an older Oly EPL or PM and you get a pocketable set up. It needs an LTM/M39 adapter. I suggest you also need an evf as you're going to focus manually.
If you want a shorter FL you can try the Pentax Auto110 18mm. Needs a pentax110 adapter. Only snag is there's no aperture control but if you check out the threads on this site you can see how people get around that.
Hope this helps.
And with an M42 adapter you get access to tons of very often nice, and, also, very often very cheap glass! Lots of very in that sentence...
But, concerning the Auto-110 lenses, if you want SMALL, get the 24 mm! The adapter for this can also be DIY at almost no cost at all!