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M42 Lens options for Panasonic G2

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by RaZZ3R, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. RaZZ3R

    RaZZ3R Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 19, 2011
    Hi, I'm in the process of buying a Panasonic G2 and the only thing holding me back is the posibility of adapted 3rd party lenses and the answor from the bank for a loane. So because it's costing me so much money for the camera that leaves me very little money for anything els but 20-30 year old lens. In my countre even manual lenses are limited in quantity and diversety so the options that I found and that I'm interested are:
    Helios 58mm f 2 - 13$
    Industar 50mm f 3.5 Pancake - 15$
    Revuenon 50mm f 1.8 - 17$
    Raynox 35mm f 2.8 - 17$
    Pentacon 50mm f 1.8 - 17$
    Domiplan 50mm f 2 - 22$
    Fuji 55mm f 2.2 - 25$
    Yashinon 135mm f 2.8 - 25$
    Mepro 135mm f 2.8 - 35$
    Beroflex 135mm f 2.8 - 35$
    Sankor 135mm f 2.8 - 35$
    Beroflex 28mm f 2.8 - 35$
    Revuenin 35mm f 2.8 - 35$
    Albinar 135mm f 2.8 - 35$
    Mir 37mm f 2.8 - 35$
    Luxor 135mm f 2.8 - 37 $
    Marexar 135mm f 2.8 - 37$
    Porst 135mm f 2.8 - 40$
    Hanimex 200mm f 3.3 - 65$
    Weltblick 35mm f 2.8 Macro - 65$
    Helios 135mm f 2.8 - 85$
    Soligor 35-70mm f 2.5-3.5 Macro - 85$
    Takumar 55mm f 1.8 - 110$

    Sorry for the long list, you might find some prices to high compared to ebay but thats not something I can do about it, if it helps the only site where I can buy old lenses are www.ocazii.ro.

    The help I need is to find and choose witch is the best option for portrait, macro and low light shooting (not all of them at once :) ). Sharpness doesnt have to be perfect across the hold frame softness is expected at suck wide open aperture, just at center, bokeh is very important ( I'm obsesed about it), needs to be smooth in quality and strong in effect ( I find th Fuji 50mm f 2.2 very interesting and wierd and nice to experiment with). As you may have obsorved all the lenses are fast and very fast aperture for low light and fast action capture. I may be asking to much but it will pass years untile I can aforde a moder M43 lens so my limited buget of 100-150$ makes the choise very dificult. Sorry for my *far from native-like* english. Any kind of help is greatly apriciated coming from an ex-Pentax K200D with Pentax M 50mm f 1.7 user.
  2. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Well of the ones you listed that I know anything about the Helios 44 (58/2) has terrific bokeh but I don't recall ever seeing one for $13 around here. The Super Takumar 55/2 and 55/1.8 are quite sharp and have excellent bokeh...however they are a LOT cheaper than $110 (the last 55/1.8 I bought was $25 in very nice condition). The Industar 50/3.5 is also dirt cheap but I never liked the lens. It has a ridiculously long throw and I thought the results were good it wasn't as nice as the Super Tak or the Helios.

    I have a G2 so remember that a 50/1.8 is going to be a short telephoto on the G2 (100/1.8). That means WA is harder to come by and can be pricey.
  3. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    alanroseman , one of our mods has a canon 50 1.8 for sale for $19 plus shipping , I believe. Where are you located?
  4. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    - Stick to the 35mm standard lenses--45 to 58mm.
    - for bokeh sake, prefer versions with manual iris, not "automatic preset" for these reduced the number of blades.
    - old heavy-mount Helios 58 good idea
    - Industar 3.5 not a pancake any more once adapted, too slow for portrait bokeh.
    - stick to former Soviet or DDR makes, or Pentax, not Japanese cheapos, which are inferior mechanically.

    I'd open my scope to 39mm Leica screw mount, better balanced when adapted:
    - FED Industar-L 53/2.8
    - Zorki Jupiter-8 50/2.0

    My choice, now there is an affordable if not cheap at £ 120 adapter from Kipon for Contax RF, would be the
    - Kiev Helios-103 53/1.8

    Note the Contax/Nikkor/Kiev 50mm mount has the longest throw of any : 3/4 turn from infinity to 0.9m ! I happen to prefer this for manual focus on m43, rather than Leica cam-coupled lenses:
    1) it's more precise, esp. with magnified view
    2) to go faster, nothing beats a native OlyPan in AF mode
    3) the manual focus-by-wire of these native lenses is a long throw too.
  5. RaZZ3R

    RaZZ3R Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 19, 2011
    I live in Romania so no dedicated ebay or amazon sites except the one i gaved, www.ocazii.ro , isnt the focal lengt betwen 75 and 135mm perfect for portrait? I would love a 35-50mm for a more wide potrait lens to capture more space but the widest i found so far for sale is 35mm at slow f 2.8. Has anyone experince with Soligor 35-70mm f 2.5-3.5 Macro? The fast aperture, Macro 1:27 capability and good tele lenghts makes interesting and versitile lens.
  6. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    Hmm... Ok. The classic portrait lens, yes, is 85 to 135 mm, but on 35mm film, 24x36mm format.
    The m43 cameras have a much smaller image area: 13x17mm. This means it "crops" in the 35mm format lens. The "standard" m43 lens is a 20 to 25 mm.

    In practice, a 50mm lens adapted on a m43 camera gives you the same framing you would get, from the same point of view, as a 100mm lens on a 24x36 camera.

    This is why, in this forum dedicated to m43, we routinely refer to 40 to 60 mm lenses as "portrait lenses" : they give the same perspective as 80 to 120mm would on classic 24x36 cameras.

    PS: the zoom you quoted is not considered as "fast" by the same local standards. Try first the East Germany, Soviet or CZech (Meopta, if you find one) prime lenses around 50mm.
  7. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Surely the Manual Focus DSLR Nikkor 50mm f1.8 or a similar Canon is inexpensive in Romania

    Chinese M43 to Nikon adaptors are quite cheap and with the Nikon very simple in design - the Canon FD mount to M43 is slightly more complicated and less "user friendly"

    Good luck
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