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Cheap but good lenses!!!

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by chefkenny, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. chefkenny

    chefkenny Mu-43 Regular

    61
    Mar 10, 2010
    Florida
    Got a chance today to make some quick shots on Hexanon 40/1.8 and Vivitar 28/2.5. Both lenses won't cost you much ( a lunch maybe ) but they are pretty Damn good. All pictures no PP only reduced size for upload. :smile:

    Both lenses are very sharp even wide open. First 8 pictures with Vivitar 28/2.5,this lens can focus very close. Last 2 picutres with 40/1.8.
     

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  2. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    i want the hex 40 , and have for a while
     
  3. chefkenny

    chefkenny Mu-43 Regular

    61
    Mar 10, 2010
    Florida
    Yea, I like the Hex 40 alot but just found out the Viv 28 not bad at all. Nothing fancy but sharp even at 2.5 and it can focus as close as 6" I think ( not the close focusing version but still got the nice minimum focus distance ). Still waiting for my Contax 90,should be here on Friday.
     
  4. Bokeh Diem

    Bokeh Diem Mu-43 Top Veteran

    655
    Mar 14, 2010
    Toronto
    There are a couple of nice looking examples on eBay right now.

    Regards,

    Bokeh Diem
     
  5. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    wow the 28 can really close focus
     
  6. grum

    grum Mu-43 Regular

    104
    Apr 2, 2010
    I'm gonna have to get me one of those 40mm hexanons.

    Can I add the Helios 44/2 58mm f2 to the list. Cost me £20 and amazingly sharp.

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  7. oldnikkor

    oldnikkor Mu-43 Regular

    86
    Mar 28, 2010
    Washington DC suburbs
    Can attest to the fact that the Helios 44/2 58mm f2 is a wonderful and very cheap lens. Not always the best build quality but the glass is superb. Mine cost 10 dollars.

    Jim
     
  8. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

    410
    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    I have the Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f1.8 and i love it to bitz! I also have the Helios 44/2 and love that also. Brilliant for B&W shots.

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  9. oldnikkor

    oldnikkor Mu-43 Regular

    86
    Mar 28, 2010
    Washington DC suburbs
    Helios-44-2

     
  10. arcueid

    arcueid Mu-43 Regular

    32
    Apr 16, 2010
    hi, this is a little newbie question:
    what kind of mounts do you use for the helios 44/2 and the konica 40mmand the vitatar?
     
  11. grum

    grum Mu-43 Regular

    104
    Apr 2, 2010
    M42 mount for the Helios, Konica AR adapter for the Hexanon, not sure about the vivitar.

    The adapters are pretty cheap on ebay - take a while to shop from china/hong kong but I've not had any problems.
     
  12. chefkenny

    chefkenny Mu-43 Regular

    61
    Mar 10, 2010
    Florida
    The Vivitar is MD mount,if you don't want to carry too many adapters you can take a look of Sigma 28 f2.8 mini-wide-macro ( I have the Konica mount same as the Hexanon AR ). I just picked one up for $29 like new condition from reputable dealer with original hood and leather case. I made a few test shoots and seems like it is as good as the vivitar, it can do 1:4.5 macro and focus really close too.
    For the Helios 44-2 you have to be careful, I have 3 copies of them and all of them got oil blades. 2 of them just show up oil on the blades after 2-3 months use but they almost cost you nothing so no biggies.
     
  13. arcueid

    arcueid Mu-43 Regular

    32
    Apr 16, 2010
    thank you for your answer grum. was certainly helpful!

    also, nikkor 24mm f/2.8 looks like a good and cheap lens too.
     
  14. e.besana

    e.besana Mu-43 Regular

    59
    Apr 16, 2010
    Tarrytown, NY
    Hi all. Has anyone used the Hex 40/1.8 for indoor (family gatherings) shooting? I'm looking for a fast lens to use indoors on holidays and get togethers. I'm working without a flash on my E-P2. Would 40mm (effective 80mm) be to tight/close up for this type of shooting? I'm a newbie so any and all advice is appreciatied. Fast, sharp, and relatively inexpensive is what I'm after. Thanks -eb
     
  15. next61

    next61 Mu-43 Regular

    37
    Apr 22, 2010

    I might be wrong, but a 40 mm lens has a "field of view" of an 80 mm, NOT becoming an 80 mm.
     
  16. arcueid

    arcueid Mu-43 Regular

    32
    Apr 16, 2010
    yes, 80mm will be too tight for indoors, unless you are doing portraiture.
     
  17. grum

    grum Mu-43 Regular

    104
    Apr 2, 2010
    Couple of indoor shots taken with the Hexanon 40mm 1.8 - it is a bit close for many applications but still pretty handy imo

    P1100996.

    P1100981.

    P1100980.

    Good companion to the 20mm pancake
     
  18. e.besana

    e.besana Mu-43 Regular

    59
    Apr 16, 2010
    Tarrytown, NY
    Hi all, thanks for the info and sample shots. I just bought a Vivitar 28mm f2.0 from ebay. Seller wasnt sure what type of mount it has. I may post some images of the back of the lens with measurements in the near future. Hopefully an experienced eye can tell me what type of adapter I need to get.
     
  19. e.besana

    e.besana Mu-43 Regular

    59
    Apr 16, 2010
    Tarrytown, NY
    I got my Vivitar 28mm f/2.0 today and everything appears to be in good working order. I have stupid question though...Its got "K/AR" etched near the back of the lens so can I assume I need to use Konica AR to MFT adapter?
     
  20. chefkenny

    chefkenny Mu-43 Regular

    61
    Mar 10, 2010
    Florida
    Yes, I believed it should be Hexanon AR to m43.