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Recommend me an adapted lens

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by randomlogik, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. randomlogik

    randomlogik Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 7, 2011
    I've been using the Canon FD 50mm 1.4, which I love. But I'm ready to get my next adapted lens. Preferably something wider... any recommendations?

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    I'm open to any format.

    (I do have a Sigma 28mm FD, but I can't seem to get any exciting results with it)

    Thankyou in advance, I appreciate your opinion!
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  2. Assuming you're looking the the 20-something mm focal length range:

    If you stay with the Canon mount the FD 28/2.8 is quite common and cheap. Chromatic abberation is it's biggest issue. More expensive and better again is the (wider) 24/2.8, and more expensive again is the (faster) 28/2. Stick with the "new FD" lenses if you can. These are newer (obviously), smaller, lighter, and have better lens coatings than most older breech-lock FD lenses.

    There's a wide variety of other brands as well if you are prepared to buy extra adapters to mount them. I've limited my legacy lenses to the Canon FD and Olympus OM mounts so as not to be tempted to buy every old lens that comes along.
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  3. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    The Pentax M or K 28 3.5 is sharp and cheap at KEH.com.
  4. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    This one? SMC Pentax-K 24/f2.8 - very nice :smile:
  5. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Actually I meant the 28s because they are cheaper but the K 24 is VERY nice as a normal lens. It's faster and just as sharp.
  6. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    haha yeah I know, I meant that one for the OP :wink:
  7. PENpal

    PENpal Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Feb 15, 2011
    I'm very happy with my recent ebay purchase. A Chinon 28 mm f2.8. I got it for $27. Add $15 for the m42 adapter.
  8. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 All-Pro

    Since you already have an FD adapter, you might as well stick with FD lenses. You aren't going to significantly gain anything by switching mounts. As mentioned above, the 24mm in either f/2 or f/2.8 will give you a nice normal lens, if you're willing to invest in it. They also made a 17mm f/4, 20mm f/2.8, 28mm in f/2 and f/2.8, etc.

    I wouldn't hold my breath with the Sigma, they're very hit or miss. Great ideas, but poor quality control and build quality. The more reliable third parties are Tamron's SP line, Vivitar (depending on the manufacturer), Tokina, Kiron, Cosina, Komine, etc.
  9. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Dublin, IE
    I have Tokina RMC 24mm f/2.8 in FD mount and it's very nice.
  10. CCRoo

    CCRoo Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 22, 2011
    You've shot some great photos with that 50mm. You probably had to step back a bit to compose them cause the FOV is so tight.

    In my experience the 28mm is still too tight. This is my thinking right now: the 24mm is a nice "normal" FOV for shooting people, particularly indoors (no stepping back); the 28mm is better outdoors, wide but not too wide.

    Not really sure how I feel about 28mm but the 24mm I just got is a revelation -- so easy to compose. Guess thats why 50MM is "normal" in full frame.
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  11. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I can fully recommend the Tokina 24mm 2.8 in a Minolta mount.
    I just received it in the mail from Germany and took a few photos yesterday with it and I'm really surprised. It performs better and has a more natural focal length (48mm equiv) than the Rokkor 28mm 3.5

    Fully recomened the Tokina! Here's what it looks like on my GF1

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    2 photos taken with it.

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    Lovely Contrast and not too tight bokeh.

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