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starting out with MF lenses on gf1

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by vsvs, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. vsvs

    vsvs New to Mu-43

    Mar 22, 2011
    there seems to be alot of nice glass that can be mounted on 4/3s, im currently using just the 20mm so im not too familiar...will i need to get the EVF? and do the lenses work in A or S priority mode?
    id like to pair it with a portraiture-length lens under 500$ with a large aperture for night shots...from what i read most of the 50mm 1.4s are about the same. the hexanon 57mm 1.2 looks promising too; is it worth it to pay more? just wondering how you guys came to choose among all the brands?
  2. Don't be paying more than $100 for a 50/1.4 from an older manual-focus SLR system.
  3. travisennis

    travisennis Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 27, 2010
    I don't know. I would say that is true for a 50/1.8, but a really nice condition 50/1.4 is going to run you more than $100. How much more than $100 depends on what brand of lens you decide you want. Canon and Minolta seem to be the cheapest. Olympus, Nikon and Pentax might cost you $200 dollars or more. Zeiss and Leica will generally be at least $400 and perhaps significantly more. Of course better deals can be found, but that seems to me to be the going rate of many of these lenses.

    I would say don't pay more than $100 for a used MF lens unless you really know that's what you want.
  4. In the major Japanese SLR brands I try to look at spending no more than $35 for a 50/1.8 and around $80 max for a 50/1.4. Olympus OMs are the ones I would be prepared to spend the most money on. You can't always get them at those prices in good condition but every so often you can get lucky.

    I'm quoting prices in Australian dollars here (basically equal to $US currently) and inclduing shipping.
  5. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Pricing is also dependent on the condition of the lens and whether a lens hood is included, original packaging, etc. I would pay $100 or slightly more for a Canon FDn 50mm f/1.4 in like-new condition, with hood, factory lens caps, and original packaging. Take away the hood, the original lens caps, packaging, add a few scuffs and such and the price comes down.
  6. It depends on which model FDn. For a PERFECT 50/1.4, 24/2.8, 28/2, 35/2, 85/1.8, then yes, $100 is justified. By the same token it is possible to find a perfect 50/1.8 for $10 + shipping occasionally. If I found (and didn't already have), say a 50/1.4 with a little bit of paint loss and no vinyl case for $50 I would buy it immediately. I am more than happy to have a perfectly usable lens for that price instead of a perfect lens.
  7. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Nic... yes, you're right, it totally depends on which FD lens we're talking about! I edited my response above to refer specifically to the lens I meant to apply my comments to.
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  8. I'm with you, Don. Love my Canon nFDs too!
  9. ronbot

    ronbot Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 27, 2010
    I paid $100 and some change for a 85/1.8 FD with caps and hood in awesome condition. I think it is the most I've spent on a vintage lens, but they're always around $100 on ebay.

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    FD 85/1.4 on E-PL2

    Also, don't ignore Vivitar and other brands that are also available in FD mount.

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    28/2, 90/2.8, 28-105/2.8-3.8, 70-210/4.5-5.6

    As for a 50/1.4, I got one from Minolta for about $50; could've been cheaper but I was looking for the 'newer' and smaller (49mm filter) editions.

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  10. agoglanian

    agoglanian Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 23, 2010
    Laguna Niguel, CA
    Abram Goglanian
    I've been acquiring a number of Canon FD lenses lately. I too was very keen on finding a 50 f/1.4. I did ultimately find one and it was in really good usable shape, but definitely not mint. Still cost me $100 though as shopping on forums led me nowhere and the eBay ones were starting to fetch ridiculous prices ($150+)

    All-in-all I'm happy with it. But my real favorite was the 35 f/2 in primo shape w/ caps and the hood for $100 ;)  Love that lens!
  11. brutto

    brutto Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    I'm mostly using the Canon FDn 50mm f1.4 on my E-P1 and liking it very much - it is very good condition and cost me just £50 (US$80) - but I'm tempted to try the Contax 50mm f1.7 which will cost a lot more. Has anybody tried both of these lenses? What do you think?
  12. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    brutto... I have the 50/1.4 Canon FDn and the Zeiss Contax Planar T* 50/1.4 and find that when pixel peeping, there is a slightly discernible difference in sharpness between the two. The Zeiss is just ever so slightly sharper. but honestly, the difference is so negligible that I find myself using the Canon FDn x50/1.4 much more often than the Zeiss just because it's a little lighter. As for differences in bokeh, I haven't really compared them for that.
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  13. brutto

    brutto Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    Thank you Don. That is so helpful. The f/1.4 Contax is a lot more expensive than the f/1.7. And I like the Canon bokeh anyway.

    I think I'll stick with Canon and invest the saving in a Canon FD 35mm or 28mm and a Novoflex adaptor as I find the Chinese one I have a tad wibbly-wobbly.

    Best regards... Paul
  14. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Paul... you're welcome... it is more economical and efficient to have one adapter for a common line of lenses. But on the other hand, if finances allow, enjoying different brands of lenses is great as well. Either approach can be satisfying indeed. There are so many great Canon FD lenses that one really doesn't NEED to mix in other brands, unless desired for different visual renditions.
  15. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 9, 2010
    The Canon FD f/1.4 is a really sweet lens. I just sold mine as I'm standardizing on a single mount (Leica M, though I do also have screw-mount lenses, I also have adapters for those).

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    IMG_0293 by Deirdre Saoirse Moen, on Flickr

    Clockwise from top:
    GF1 w/20mm
    Voigtlander 28mm Ultron f/1.9 in the back (screw mount)
    Leica 135mm Hektor f/4.5 (screw mount from the 50s)
    Leica 35mm Summicron f/2 (old M version dating from the late 50s)
    Voigtlander 15mm Heliar f/4.5 II (M mount)
    Voigtlander 40mm Nokton f/1.4 (M mount)
    and, finally, The Beast:
    Voigtlander 50mm Nokton f/1.1 (M mount)
  16. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    I just looked at KEH. They had a Pentax 50 1.7 for $45. Their Bargain grade lenses are actually quite good.
  17. jimr.pdx

    jimr.pdx Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    near Longview ~1hr from PDX
    Jim R
    I'm quite happy with my two Rikenon 50mm lenses (PK mount), I have both an f/2 and f/1.7. I believe I paid $15 and $35 respectively! They're light and compact - even better, they use 52mm filters like my Lumix lenses, so I don't need any step rings like some old 50s need. Their one shortcoming is that they only click on full aperture settings, e.g. no click-in setting between f/4 and f/5.6.
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