Best manual fast 50mm prime that performs well on e-mount (with adapter)?

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Re: Best manual fast 50mm prime that performs well on e-mount (with adapter)?
In reply to turnstyle, Oct 23, 2013

turnstyle wrote:

It's a huge amount of info to process, perhaps especially for somebody who came to NEX from point-and-shoot rather than from DSLR.

Here's the one thing I'd love a better understanding of -- most people seem to say rangefinder lenses longer than 35mm should "just work" on NEX -- but other folks say (for example) the 50mm Lux doesn't work well (at least not on NEX7).

I had been thinking something like the Lux could possibly be perfect -- I mostly like to capture points of interest within a scene, rather than big scenes, and I like evening social shots. Lux was seeming like something I could enjoy forever.

Is there any way to better understand whether I should abandon the Lux idea?

There is a big transition and a significant learning curve coming from point-and-shoot. IMO, you should start with a more general purpose lens (Nikon, Zeiss Planar, Summicron) rather than a portrait art lens (Zeiss Sonnar 50, Summilux). Get something within your budget and when you have mastered photography with that lens, think of moving to a lens with more specific character. In general, the results on NEX are more predictable if the lens is a DSLR lens. You can look at a review with a Nikon DX (APS-C) camera and expect to get comparable results on a NEX.

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