sharp lens 100mm recommendations ?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by ohcam, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. ohcam

    ohcam New to Mu-43

    Feb 27, 2014
    I am looking for super sharp lens roundabout 100mm - c-mount would be handy.

    For tabletop and product photos mainly.

    What should I look for ?
  2. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    55mm Micro Nikkor=110mm FF.
  3. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    100mm equivalent (i.e. 50mm) or actual 100mm focal length?

    I honestly doubt you'd find something fantastic in c-mount. There are dozens of great 50 and 100mm lenses for SLR mounts that easily adapt, though.

    Really, for product photography, you'll likely be using good lighting and a tripod and small apertures, so I'd say something like a 45-150 is as good as anything unless you need near macro focusing.
  4. ohcam

    ohcam New to Mu-43

    Feb 27, 2014
    I do have quite few good lenses - but am looking for the supersharp ones.
    The S-Planar is my favorite so far. You know some lenses are extremly sharp so the object kind of pops out.

    I just wondered if there is something in the c-mount area in this quality.
  5. IvanK

    IvanK Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 18, 2015
    Whats your budget $$$?
  6. ohcam

    ohcam New to Mu-43

    Feb 27, 2014
    I never let the budget stop me as every lens shows up sooner or later for a good price.
  7. Gary5

    Gary5 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 15, 2014
    Nikon 100mm/2.8 series E gets a lot of good reviews. I've never tried it, but every review I've seen said it had excellent sharpness and overall IQ. I often see them for $75.

    In c-mount, the only longer lens I've tried is the Navitar 75mm/1.4, which is something of a cult lens. It's super sharp in the center and has some swirly bokeh. Great lens for portraits, but I don't know anything about product photography, so maybe not so great for that. I've seen them for $75-150. It's also sold with Ernitec, Tarcus, Computar and no-name branding, but is also often confused with Cosmicar and Pentax 75mm c-mounts, which are not the same lens.
  8. IvanK

    IvanK Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 18, 2015
    If you don't mind the MF, my answer is Carl Zeiss ZF.2 Makro Planar 100 f/2 (Nikon mount, with aperture control). No compromisses, uber sharp wide open, beautiful bokeh, amazing rendering, full 1:2 macro mode, modern optical design, with fancy, expensive optical elements used, build to last forever. Check it, you will not be disappointed.
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  9. ohcam

    ohcam New to Mu-43

    Feb 27, 2014
    Carl Zeiss ZF.2 Makro Planar 100 f/2

    Definitly an interesting beast. And it is fast to f-2 is cool für a macro.

    Looks like it does make those popping images.

    But the bad thing is it so bulky on a tiny m4/3 camera.
    I do have weird setups which are a lot easier to handle with a small camera + small lens.
  10. DigitalD

    DigitalD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2014
    Carl Zeiss is a fantastic MF lens. For a few less buckaroos you could also grab a Canon FD 100mm f2 or f2.8. Both are very sharp however not the same close focus distance as the Zeiss (I believe, might have to look it up). I have the f2.8. Its very very sharp.

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  11. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
  12. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    A Leica m-mount Summicron 90/2 is pretty compact and has a nice rendering. The Minolta made Rokkor 90/4 in m-mount is is pretty compact and sharp.

  13. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    If you are not opposed to Tamron in Nikon mount, I know that the Tamron 90/2.8 Macro is super sharp. I've used it a few times on my Oly EM1. Get the one with the aperture ring and an adapter - good to go.
  14. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    There's a new Samyang/Rokinon 100mm f2.8 macro lens on the way soon for $549 USD. If it's as sharp, flare resistant and contrasty as the 7.5mm fisheye or some of their other lenses, it will be a perfect macro lens.
  15. ohcam

    ohcam New to Mu-43

    Feb 27, 2014
    Thanks a lot- these are some good ideas.
    I will have to google these.
  16. walter_j

    walter_j Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Sep 10, 2013
    Hagwilget, B.C., Canada
    Check out the Nikkor 105mm
    f1.8 or f2.5. I have the F2.5 and am impressed with sharpness.

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  17. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    The Vivitar Series 1 90mm f/2.5 Macro is probably the sharpest lens I've ever used, does it edge-to-edge, and boasts some of the most legendary bokeh in the world of photography.
  18. arch stanton

    arch stanton Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
    Surprised at the lack of love for Olympus - I have an old OM 100mm/2.8 that's a great lens. Replaced with a new Panny 35-100/2.8 that's better, but for the price/focal length it's a great small, light lens.