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Fun, fast manual portrait lens for OM-D?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by ryanlogic, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. ryanlogic

    ryanlogic Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 23, 2012
    Antakya, Turkey
    At first I wasn't interested in adapted lenses.. But I've been doing lots of research and evaluating my shooting style, and I've decided that I would like to at least explore the world of adapted lenses.

    I've been fascinated by the 50mm noktor, the 25mm Voigtlander and the upcoming 75mm Olympus portrait lens... But I cant afford any of them right now...

    I want to get that crazy bokeh, and I'd like to be able to have more control over the DOF... Low light capabilities are a plus.

    any tried and true adapted lenses that I should be looking at?

    I don't want to spend a lot of money, because I am saving up for native lenses that I want for more versatile daily applications. But if I could come up with something fun to play around with while walking around parks and chilling that would be cool. It would be nice to develop some manual focus skills, And I really want to solidify my understanding of the relationship between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

    I like things that are well built and solid.. I know that may seem strange to mention, but I can truly appreciate well built and mechanically sound things. I like the feel of smooth focusing all metal manual lenses. I remember playing with my dads old Minolta SLR, and I have a beloved Ricoh rangefinder that my great grandfather gave me that just feels solid, the focus is smooth, and aperture ring has a solid yet smooth clicking action.

    I'm new to photography, but I'm already falling in love with lenses... It's rather nerdy. ::shoots self::

    This GAS stuff you guys mention is no joke.
     
  2. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    You can try a number of 45-55mm manual lenses via adaptor. If you do a search in the forum you can find a lot of photos taken with such lenses and a variety of :43: bodies.

    Just to get you started (it's what I would look at first, so not an objective list):

    • OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.4
    • Contax G 45mm f/2.0
    • Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4
    • Helios 44 55mm f/2.0 (the cheapest but very capable)
     
  3. ryanlogic

    ryanlogic Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 23, 2012
    Antakya, Turkey
    This may be a dumb question, but is the focal length equivalent affected when using an adapted lens? I mean, the 25mm Panasonic is though of as a 50mm equivalent in terms of 4/3 lenses...

    would an adapted 50mm lens effectively become a 100mm equivalent?
     
  4. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    The adapted 50mm-ish f/1.4 lenses (your classic nifty fifty) make great portrait lenses on :43:. Which brand you choose (Canon, Nikon, Konica, Olympus, Pentax, etc.) is almost irrelevant, because they're all pretty good. The quality of the output is going to have more to do with the condition of the particular example than the brand.

    I have a [thread=3092]Konica 57mm[/thread] that performs quite well. Others swear by the old [thread=1516]Takumar 50mm[/thread] (caution: radioactive), the [thread=1520]Olympus 50mm[/thread] or the [thread=3576]Minolta MD 50mm[/thread]. The [thread=3297]Canon 50mm[/thread] is a good performer as well and may be the easiest to find and among the least expensive.

    In short, it's tough to go wrong with any of these f/1.4s, or even with the less expensive and lighter f/1.7s, f/1.8s or even f/2.0s. However, be warned that once you pick up your first adapted lens you may find yourself spending way too much time prowling thrift stores, pawn shops and eBay looking for your next one.
     
  5. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    Yes, that is correct.
     
  6. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Eric
    Yes the FOV equivalent of a 50mm lens will be 100mm. If you appreciate build quality and aren't troubled too much by weight, I would recommend an Asahi Pentax Super-Multicoated-Takumar 50mm f1.4 in M42 mount. They are extremely well built, have a buttery smooth focus ring, and are quite sharp. You should be able to get one for less than $100. Of all my lenses (Canon, OM Zuiko, etc.), the Tak is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of tactile feel and build quality. It has been reported that Pentax was actually selling them at a loss when they made them back in the 70s

    Here is a photo of mine mounted to my E-PL1:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericarthur/5420344390/" title="New Addition by ericarthur, on Flickr"> 5420344390_43c271f9f6_z. "640" height="427" alt="New Addition"></a>
     
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  7. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    Yes.

    I really enjoy using my Minoltas for portraits, but I have a feeling I would get similar results with any other brand. Just pick one and go have fun. Fair Warning: once you get one you will be scouring ebay everyday for the next!

    Minolta MD 50mm f1.4
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vftsai/6894505389/" title="JennaLeigh by Vincent-F-Tsai (Spatulaboy), on Flickr"> 6894505389_cda5f310fc_z. "640" height="478" alt="JennaLeigh"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vftsai/6887477728/" title="Vintage Laura by Vincent-F-Tsai (Spatulaboy), on Flickr"> 6887477728_e7d34c1b27_c. "600" height="800" alt="Vintage Laura"></a>

    Minolta MD Rokkor 45mm f2
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vftsai/7062879765/" title="Jason by Vincent-F-Tsai (Spatulaboy), on Flickr"> 7062879765_390e94a8b4_c. "600" height="800" alt="Jason"></a>

    Minolta MC Rokkor 58mm f1.4
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vftsai/7043803101/" title="All the cool kids are doing it. by Vincent-F-Tsai (Spatulaboy), on Flickr"> 7043803101_14d45df2d3_c. "800" height="600" alt="All the cool kids are doing it."></a>
     
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  8. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Personally my favourite lens would be the 45mm Rokkor because it's just that little bit shorter (90mm instead of 100mm) And another plus it that it snaps to focus easily compared to some others which take some turning to get it right.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/6902107249/" title="P1160634-2 by iconindustries, on Flickr">"1024" height="684" alt="P1160634-2"></a>
     
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  9. ryanlogic

    ryanlogic Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 23, 2012
    Antakya, Turkey
    radioactive?????

    0.o
     
  10. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    Is she trying to take a closeup of her fingertips. :wink:
     
  11. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    Yeah, some old lenses including the Takuamar 50/1.4 contained Thorium, which is a radioactive element. There is much debate as to the potential risk in using these lenses, though I tend to come down on the side that thinks the risk is minimal. You may notice that the radiation can cause of yellowing of the lens over time, which can be remedied by exposing the lens to UV light (e.g. sunlight).

    You can find more discussion about this lens and the radioactivity in [thread=21140]this thread[/thread].
     
  12. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    she's mainly just cuteness:smile:
     
  13. ryanlogic

    ryanlogic Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 23, 2012
    Antakya, Turkey
  14. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    There a nice Takumar on ebay, ending in 22 hours, only up to $54 right now. May be a bargain.

    LINK

    was that wrong of me? that's my lens....:)
     
  15. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    Here are some other threads that might be of interest:
    • [thread=23123]Nifty Fiftys do battle with m4/3 native lenses[/thread]
    • [thread=25347]What's your favorite 50 something.[/thread]
    • [thread=27473]32 Normal Lenses Test - 1977[/thread]
    • [thread=26126]Which lens have better optics, Canon FD, Minolta MD, Olympus OM?[/thread]
     
  16. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    In that case, she's doing great.
     
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  17. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    That's pretty intensely long for a portrait lens mate. You might have to be too far away from your subject that you wont have eye contact with them. If you don't really know the person you are shooting, eye contact is very crucial imho.
     
  18. ryanlogic

    ryanlogic Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 23, 2012
    Antakya, Turkey
    Haha, I'm checking it out now. Do you have any pictures taken with it?
     
  19. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    You really can't go wrong with any of the major brand nifty fifties, but if you appreciate build quality in addition to the lens IQ, the Super-Multi-Coated Takumar is a thing of beauty. It has got a solidness to it that balances fairly well on the PEN bodies, should be great on the OM-D.
     
  20. troll

    troll Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 25, 2012
    That is actually not a joke, be warned!