Cheap but good lenses!!!

chefkenny

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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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chefkenny

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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.
 

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There are a couple of nice looking examples on eBay right now.

Regards,

Bokeh Diem
 

grum

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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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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
 

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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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arcueid

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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?
 

grum

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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.
 

chefkenny

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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.
 

arcueid

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thank you for your answer grum. was certainly helpful!

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

e.besana

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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
 

next61

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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

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

grum

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

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Good companion to the 20mm pancake
 

e.besana

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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.
 

e.besana

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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?
 

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