Wanted: 28mm to 40mm Prime Adapted Lens Recommendations

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by zpierce, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
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    In the prime category, I currently own the 20mm f1.7 Panny lens, and a 50mm Minolta Rokkor f1.4. I'm very happy with both of them but I find myself often wanting something in between. Often times I find the 20 too wide and the 50 too long. Also, I'm just itching to get a new lens to play with :)

    I've been scouring ebay, but it's so hard to know what's good and what's not so I thought I'd throw it out to the forum for recommendations. I'm not super picky, I'd just like something that is decent.

    Criteria is that it has to be a prime somewhere in the 28-40mm range, ideally 35mm, right in between my other lenses, F2.8 or faster, preferably inexpensive / easily acquired. I'd love to get something in the $50 ebay range. I'm not interested in spending more than $100 on this need right now though. Any format is fine, I don't like swapping adapters so I'm happy to pick up a new adapter.

    Bonus points if you have one that meets these requirements to sell me! :)

  2. labcoatguy

    labcoatguy Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2011
    Cambridge, MA, US
    Have I got the lens for you! I'm selling an f2.8 35mm lens with a nice bonus feature: two aperture rings that let you switch rapidly between wide open and a preset aperture. It's a T-mount lens with an Exakta adapter included. It ends tomorrow in the early afternoon.
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  3. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    It might be difficult to snag a 35/2 for around $50, but you'll easily get a 35/2.8 for that price in most of the major SLR brands.
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  4. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I'd say the Olympus 28/2.8 can easily be found under $100 and I have seen them around $60 at times. A Vivitar 28/2.8 close focus could be fun (pick your mount). I have seen Konica 24/2.8 at right around $100 and the Canon FD 28/2.8 should easily come in under $50.

    Any of those would fit the bill.
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  5. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Currently waiting on an OM Zuiko 35/2.8 to arrive. I may yet be disappointed but being a Zuiko of that era I doubt it.
  6. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

  7. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
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    I'd say go for Minolta Rokkor-HH 35/1.8 but it's almost impossible to get it for $100 let alone $50. I can also recommend Vivitar Series 1 28/1.9 - it can be had quite cheaply in Minolta MD or Canon FD mounts.
  8. iliakoltsov

    iliakoltsov Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 7, 2010
    BBAR 28 2.5 Tamron adaptall great lens :D hated it on aps-c now i fell in love with it on a G1 sharp , nice bokeh. The most important it is cheap.
  9. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    How about the Hexanon 40mm f1.8? Great lens: usually about $50 on ebay...very compact lens, too.
  10. yoshizuki

    yoshizuki New to Mu-43

    Feb 15, 2011
    looking for the same lenses. Thanks for this thread.
  11. Beomagi

    Beomagi New to Mu-43

    May 17, 2010
    A few lenses and how much I paid

    28mm F2 Vivitar FD - not bad at f2, good at f2.8, great at f4 - I like it. $60

    35mm F1.7 Fujian Cmount - hate it. it's not very sharp and put together by monkeys. The aperture blades aren't aligned properly so it's rectangular when stopping down and goes from circle->hexagon->rectangle->slit->nada.

    35mm F1.9 Vivitar series 1 Konica - dislike it. Built well, but soft. $50

    38mm F1.8 PEN - <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 ! $67, keep checking ebay and keh for deals

    40mm F1.8 Konica Hexanon - sharp, but bad flare. Needs a hood - or i use a step-down to 37mm AND a 37mm rubber hood. - $30 for lens and ~$10 in adapters and hood. (probably your best choice).

    It's not easy to always find lenses when you want them. I'd suggest you make a list and scour ebay/keh or other stores you know where you can buy old lenses.

    Old PEN lenses do show up and I love the sharpness and detail build and size of my 38mm.
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  12. Wlodek

    Wlodek Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 19, 2011
    BC, Canada
    Pen F 38mm f/1.8 F-Zuiko. My favorite; compact, sharp, quality construction.
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