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Crocus 50's Shotout

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Roger, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. Roger

    Roger Mu-43 Regular

    170
    Jul 2, 2011
    Western PA
    I've been shooting Crocus's for the last 7 days. Today I set up a little tripod and shot with 6 different lenses, plus the kit lens. All the shots were within a couple minutes of each other and the tripod was not moved. The G2 was set on Program and the all the legacy lenses were set at f11. No post processing was done on any of them except to resize them. All the legacy lens shots were focused using the LCD screen. Where the focusing is off, blame it on my eyes. After I started to put stuff away I remembered I hadn't shot one with the kit 14-42 lens, so I took one without using the tripod. The following is a list of the lenses used.
    Helios 44-2 (year 78)
    Helios 44-2 (year 79)
    Helios 44M
    Minolta MC Rokkor 50 f1.7
    Minolta MD Rokkor 50 f 3.5 Macro
    Minolta MD Rokkor 45 f2
    Lumix 14-42

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  2. harrysue

    harrysue Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 12, 2011
    Aside from the comparing, which of the older lenses do you like using the best?

    Is the 14-42 that much warmer than the other lenses?

    I'd say they all work well for a web sized photo and stopping down is the great lens equalizer. Some users might feel F11 is in the diffraction limited range on micro 43, but often a greater DOF is more useful than maximizing resolution.
     
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  3. Neon

    Neon Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 12, 2012
    North Wales,UK.
    Hello I,m new so please bear with me. Am I correct in thinking the Helios can be picked up for next to nothing ? Am I also right in it seems to give good results ? Is it simply a matter of using an adapter to use these lens or is it more complex ?
    Thanks for any info.
     
  4. Roger

    Roger Mu-43 Regular

    170
    Jul 2, 2011
    Western PA
     
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  5. Roger

    Roger Mu-43 Regular

    170
    Jul 2, 2011
    Western PA
    Correct. The most I spent on any of the three I bought (EBay) was less than $30.00 (US) including shipping. All three came with Zenit cameras. It seems that lens with a camera may be cheaper than a lens alone. Both my 44-2's had oil on the leaf mechanisms, but it doesn't affect the image result. As an aside, I've shot film through two of the Zenits and they do a nice job.

    Mostly I shot pretty wide open with them which gives one tight focus point and a lot of bokeh. I really like the results. On the Crocus shots, I wanted more in focus so I went to f11.

    If you enjoy manual focus, buy one. They're great.
     
  6. Neon

    Neon Mu-43 Regular

    132
    Mar 12, 2012
    North Wales,UK.
    Thanks very much for the info.
     
  7. ryansinibaldi

    ryansinibaldi Mu-43 Regular

    161
    Mar 9, 2012
    Roger,

    What did you think about the Minolta 50mm f1.7? Any idea how it compares to other fast 50's or the f1.4 version?

    Thanks.
     
  8. Roger

    Roger Mu-43 Regular

    170
    Jul 2, 2011
    Western PA

    I really like the 50 f1.7. I responded to Harrysue about probably liking the 45mm best, but in my opinion the 50 gives the best results. I had one of these in the 70's for my SRT 101. They 're a great lens and easy to get on Ebay with or without a camera body.

    I never owned or used anything faster, so I can't compare. Personally, I don't currently need anything faster, so I'm satisfied.