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Favourite Adapted Lens?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by chrism_scotland, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
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  2. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
    Can't say it's my "favorite" adapted lens, but my most welcomed surprise so far is the OM 135mm f/3.5 ; I never fancied it much on the OM-1, because as a tele lens it was a bit too short, a bit too long as a portrait lens, 3.5 was too slow in many cases and the closest focusing distance (1.5 meter) was too far away. Never completely here nor totally there.

    But on the e-p1, it becomes a true tele (270mm equiv.) with a reasonable aperture for the range, it's light, and the IBIS takes a lot of hand shake away.

    And it's really, really sharp (and mind you, mine is a low serial # silver nosed version).
    My brother (cue in CSI:Miami end theme), straight out of camera JPG (If memory serves, this was taken either wide open or @5.6 from ~3 m away) :
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/rEUjyqvHc3GrLM5vWhww8A?feat=embedwebsite">https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-KETbafyyfbI/TlpljZA2IQI/AAAAAAAADDk/rtCq1mpMWWk/s800/_V014958.JPG" height="800" width="600" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">De <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/103998957370310666248/Bretagne2011Public?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">bretagne 2011 - public</a></td></tr></table>

    About 1:2 crop, some color boosting :
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  3. avidone

    avidone Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 24, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    parallel universe

    I have just started playing around, so I do not know that it would be my favourite as such, but I had to post this one from my Helios 44M (at f5.6) simply because it reminds me so much of the first one here. I guess ivy sticking out from walls are a natural subject for trying out DOF

    vines by Asher Berry, on Flickr
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  4. In the standard focal lengths I would have normally have said it would be either my Canon new FD 24/2.8 or 28/2 for sharpness and Vivitar 24/2.8 for it's smoothness, but when I have a quick look back I realise the humble Canon new FD 28/2.8 was just as good as it's aforementioned brethren albeit more prone to CA.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5189165639/" title="OEP1-PA300043-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Brisbane - Urban by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr"> 5189165639_3f2a6e2e35_z. "640" height="640" alt="OEP1-PA300043-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Brisbane - Urban"></a>

    In my other favoured focal length of 50mm it's a toss-up between the Canon new FD 50/1.4...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5921524585/" title="OEP1-P7102956-P2R Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr"> 5921524585_03d402c09f_z. "427" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7102956-P2R Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    ...and the OM Zuiko 50/1.4 Silvernose

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/6055204451/" title="OEP1-P8113177-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Brisbane - Urban by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr"> 6055204451_6fb693de18_z. "640" height="480" alt="OEP1-P8113177-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Brisbane - Urban"></a>
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  5. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    LP, lovely pictures! Was their a lot of PP in that last one? The contrast is amazing.
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  6. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    My favorite I would have to say is my Jupiter-3 (KMZ 50mm f/1.5), the Russian copy of the Carl Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f/1.5. I like it best because of the feel and the quality of the images, which none of my lenses old and new seem able to reproduce.

    The lens itself (taken with a Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD):

    The samples:
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  7. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    My Micro-Nikkor:




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  8. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    My Zeiss Planar T* 85/1.4 - stunning for portraits and shallow depth of focus work.

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  9. David Tait

    David Tait Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 29, 2011
    Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95

    On the Olympus E-P2 I love the quality and feel of the Voigtlander 25mm f0.95. The pictures are not bad either.

    Attached Files:

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  10. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    That's difficult. Judged by the number of keepers it'd have to be this one, a Minolta MD Macro 100mm 1:4. I use it all the time to photograph my ever-growing collection of Minolta lenses. It's very sharp, even wide-open. I sold my Micro-Nikkor 105/4 within a week after I got this one. My other favourites are the <a href="http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/15547081_zwrS97" target="_blank">MD Rokkor 50/1.4</a> and <a href="http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/17849151_v3s889" target="_blank">MD 100/2.5</a> lenses.

    <a href="http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/17850408_HdMP2t" target="_blank"><img alt="MD Macro 100/4" border="1" src="http://www.smugmug.com/photos/i-xttRbmb/1/L/i-xttRbmb-L.jpg[/IMG]</a>

    And here's a typical example. I like the perspective of this long lens.

    <img alt="MC W.Rokkor-SG 28/3.5" border="1" src="http://www.smugmug.com/photos/i-dxg9Rf8/1/L/i-dxg9Rf8-L.jpg[/IMG]
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  11. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 26, 2011
    Shasta Cascade

    2 questions.

    How do you keep the lens so clean and what kind of lighting are you using to take those lens pictures?


  12. dpj

    dpj Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 20, 2011
    My fave at the moment would be my FD 50mm f1.8. I like it as a carry round lens, it is nicely weighted and not too oversized. It is great for video and photo and gives a nice IQ. The biggest bonus is the cost, £3.24 including postage from an ebay seller.
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  13. Thanks Mellow. The answer to your question is yes and no. Mostly it is just from using a Silver Efex preset, so the PP work was minimal in terms of my time, but the preset is doing all it's work behind the scenes. At the end of the day though it can only reveal detail that the lens recorded. Not bad for an old lens like this one.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5892950601/" title="C500D-IMG_3409-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 - Camera Porn by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr"> 5892950601_a8ab3d0f1d_z. "640" height="480" alt="C500D-IMG_3409-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 - Camera Porn"></a>
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  14. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    ...this one :smile:


    which does this...




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  15. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    My current favourite would have to be the 45mm Rokkor f2

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/6092736004/" title="Rokkor 45mm F2 by iconindustries, on Flickr"> View attachment 174443 "640" height="425" alt="Rokkor 45mm F2"></a>

    which does stuff like....

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/6092233887/" title="Locked by iconindustries, on Flickr"> View attachment 174444 "640" height="481" alt="Locked"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/6016680563/" title="Installing K2 clutch pack in ZF transmission by iconindustries, on Flickr"> View attachment 174445 "640" height="480" alt="Installing K2 clutch pack in ZF transmission"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/6001613412/" title="Ready for another flower by iconindustries, on Flickr"> 6001613412_fc249ddbba_z. "640" height="362" alt="Ready for another flower"></a>​
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  16. Great shots, Nick & Brady.
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  17. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    You have an adapted version, not in Micro Four-Thirds? :confused: 
  18. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks Penguin, really appreciated. If Alan never sent me the Rokkor I definitely wouldn't have discovered the amazing new world of legacy lenses.

    a FD 50mm and 35mm Rokkor in the mail.
  19. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Photographing lenses

    Hi, I don't want to hijack this thread, so I started a new one here answering your questions.
  20. Alf

    Alf Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 23, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    I love Hexanons - so much that I have the tiny 40 and two different 50, the sharpest 1,7 and the fast, beautifully soft 1,4 which is this week's favorite.

    Enjoy di alfrjw, su Flickr
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