Favorite SMALL adapted lenses

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by tkbslc, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    What are your favorite adapted lenses that remain small when adapted. As in small enough to maybe be mistaken for a native m4/3 lens. In my experience, even small SLR lenses tend to be comically large when adapted to m4/3 bodies due to the diameter and thick adapters. So I'm interesting in hearing what compact gems people have found.
  2. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    The Pentax Auto 110 lenses are tiny, there's a couple threads here about them; one is
    2 of the lenses in the first pic are Auto 110.

    Problem is they need an adapter with aperture blades, unless you're happy with f2.8 all the time.
    The adapters are thin though.

    Here's an adapter without aperture blades:

    You can usually find an Auto 110 camera with all 4 lenses (18mm, 24mm, 50mm, 70mm, all f2.8) for about $100.

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  3. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    I would recommend the Konica 40mm f/1.8 pancake as a good place to start. Konica has the shortest register of any of the SLR mounts, and the pancake form factor of the lens helps as well. This is definitely the smallest, budget-friendly adapted SLR (i.e. non-rangefinder) lens option I've found.
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  4. tonyturley

    tonyturley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2014
    Pen F 38/1.8 and Pen F 20/3.5. They work equally well on my E-M5 and NEX-6, and make for a small, light package on either, as both the m43 and NEX adapters are thin and the lenses are tiny. The character of both of these lenses is exceptional, in my opinion. Although the 20mm typically is listed for usurious prices on the Web, I found one for < $90 USD because it had fungus. I carefully disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled it, and it is one fine little lens.
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  5. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    I'm not sure what counts as small, but my Takumar 50mm/1.4 is really nicely balanced on both my GX1 and GX7, and is a lot of fun to shoot with. I imagine the myriad 50mm/1.8 lenses would be even a little bit smaller and lighter.
  6. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    I thought my takumar 50mm was way too big and front heavy.
  7. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    I very much enjoy the Takumar 50 1.4 on my E-M10. It is a little heavy on the adapter, but I think overall it balances well. I have a Nikon 50 1.8 that is very compact. Although, I will probably sell it soon. It is a nice enough lens, but I think I prefer the Nikon 50 f2 that I have. The 1.8 has a pretty touchy focus ring.
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  8. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
  9. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    +1 Its better balanced on my G6, but it felt awkward to use both on an E-PL1 as well as a Fuji X-E1

    My favorite small adapted lens is the Fujian 35mm f1.7 c-mount.
  10. listers_nz

    listers_nz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 22, 2013
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    The Nikon Series E lenses are pretty small even when adapted. The 50mm which is basically pancake size, and the 100mm is very small for a 100mm lens, even more so if you compare it to a 135mm.
  11. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Of what I have, the lightest and most compact are the Konica 40mm f1.8, which has a short adapter, and while it isn't truly "pancake" by any means, it is a short lens. Also a Pentax Super-Takkumar 35mm f3.5 that I recently acquired. It's an m42 mount lens, and the adapter is longer and heavier than the Konica mount one, but the lens is very small and together it's a bit of a long but compact package.
  12. klee

    klee Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 20, 2013
    Houston, TX
    this thread is terrible without pictures. leave some pictures!
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  13. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 10, 2010
    Kiillarney, OzTrailEYa

    my fav small adapted lenses are the 110 Pentax lenses. I have 2 which I like. the 50mm and the 70mm (both f2.8)

    so for scale here is the 50 the 24 (which I'm not sooo fond of, but still like) and a OM 50mm for scale

    The same 110 lenses on my G1

    then the 50 on my G1

    They work well (*but with my eyesight I prefer the EVF to work with) on the GF or other compact m43 cameras (such as the EPL series)


    even the 50 isn't big


    and gives good results too:

    lastly the 70mm


    the 70mm does OK ... here is a handheld shot from a recent family get together



    kids don't sit still much, so I was happy to get this in low light, and yes the white balance is scruffy because of the type of fluro lighting (and me using ambient only)
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  14. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
  15. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 10, 2010
    Kiillarney, OzTrailEYa
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  16. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    C-mount lenses become another option. The longer focal lengths like 25/1.4 or 35mm/1.7 have minimal vignetting are tiny, and can be had for about $30-50 including adapter. Wide open or even slightly stopped down, don't expect sharp corners (or really, anything except the center).
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  17. EdH

    EdH Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 14, 2014
    Devon, UK
    When you've only got an E-PM1 it really helps if your lenses aren't too big.

    Rangefinder M39/LTM lenses can be very small and the M39 to M4/3 adapter is only about 1cm deep. I have a couple of Russian rangefinder lenses, the Jupiter 8 (50mm f2) and Industar-50 (50mm f3.5) and both are sharp and very affordable. On the wish list is the Jupiter-3 (50mm f1.5) which is a similar size to the Jupiter-8 but much more expensive. I'd also like an M39 LTM mount Jupiter-9 (85mm f2). The M42-mount Jupiter-9 seems more common but I prefer the slimmer M39 adapter.

    I've also got the Pen F 38mm f1.8 which just looks like it just belongs on my E-PM1. It's perhaps my favourite adapted lens.

    Here's a photo of them with an M4/3 lens to help show the size. From left: the familiar Olympus 45mm, Jupiter-8 (with adapter), Industar-50 and Olympus Pen F 38mm f1.8 (with adapter)...

    16475637640_0fef03bf84_b. P2279097 by Ed Herridge, on Flickr

    and one of the Jupiter-8 on my E-PM1 (previously posted elsewhere):

    15912593036_ba556866db_b. EPM1 with Jupiter 8 by Ed Herridge, on Flickr
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  18. BobJ

    BobJ New to Mu-43

    Mar 7, 2011
    Try the Minolta MD 45 mm 2.0... makes a nice small kit addition to the Lumix 20 mm 1.7. Before the adapter its about the same size as the 20 mm. Photos that show the size are here.
  19. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    Industar 28/2.8. Needs a bit of a mod to fit but I own one and will mod it for my GM1

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  20. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    At the moment probably my Pen F Zuiko 25mm f4 (a tad shorter than the f1.8 38mm & f1.4 40mm you usually see) although the OM 55mm f3.5 Macro is also pretty compact.

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