how many $$$ have legacy lenses saved for you? and aren't they fun?

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how many $$$ have legacy lenses saved for you? and aren't they fun?
Jan 27, 2013

I recently acquired a konica hexanon 40mm f 1.8 and a tamron 90mm f 2.5 macro - combined price (including adapters, filters, etc) of about $300 USD.  Considering that the closest m43 analogues, the oly 45mm 1.8 and the oly 75mm 1.8 would take me for about $1300 new, I'm pretty pleased with the results.  Mind you, nothing artistically great with these shots (nor any of mine) - pics posted just to show the technical merits of the lenses, which I think are great considering the cost savings.  About 5 minutes worth of post processing on each:

konica 40mm 1.8



tamron 90mm 2.5

and, for good measure, I spent years trying to catch this guy, and finally did this summer, with a canon fd 135mm f 2.8 and a super albinar 2x teleconverter - total cost of $100ish USD, much less than the $500 I'd need to spend on the panny 100-300 or the $900 for the oly 75-300:



canon fd 135mm f 2.8, super albinar 2x teleconverter

So, all told, I've saved at least $1400 thanks to my GH-1 and G-5's ease of use with adapted legacy glass, and have really enjoyed the challenge of manual focusing as well (again, I'm no pro).  There's no way I could afford to build a native lens lineup that covers all those focal lengths and at the speeds of the legacy lenses I have - this to me is one of the joys of the m43 system!

So, how many $$$ have you saved by using legacy glass, and please post pics too!

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Don't know if they saved me from anything :)
In reply to mgibbs, Jan 27, 2013

When I first got my E-P1, there were not many lenses, but I adapted my old OM lenses for it, so in that case, it cost me the money for a new system
Anyway, the 2 legacy lenses I have found that I use and take with me, is my 50mm f1.4 and my 100mm f2.8, they are both light and compact(ish) I am considering buying one of the new adapters for the 50mm and then getting the 45mm f1.8 Olympus lens... Even more money spent

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In reply to MadsR, Jan 27, 2013

That's another angle as well - legacy glass certainly can help fill in the holes in the system - I use my sigma 400mm APO for that very purpose....

and are you referring the the new metabones adapters?  if so, sounds nice to get wider, faster glass, but too rich for my blood.....

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In reply to mgibbs, Jan 27, 2013

Yes, it is the new metabones adapter I talk about. I have not seen prices yet, considering the price difference between getting one of those and a 35mm f1.2 lens... You can easily pick up a 50mm f1.4 on ebay...

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In reply to mgibbs, Jan 27, 2013

If I'm disingenuous, I'd say 1000 pounds, a 1:1 macro lens, a short fast tele, and a 100-300 zoom. However, this 1k pounds will eventually be spent as working with MF legacy lenses is anything but fun.

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I do not think that buying legacy lenses saves money. I think it is waist of money. Except of Sigma 2.8/90 MACRO, I do not use the rest of my collection (8 more lenses)

By my estimates, I've lost approx. $600 on legacy lenses and adapters

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In reply to s_grins, Jan 27, 2013

well, i suppose wasting money depends on whether you would eventually, say, use the $100 spent on a legacy lens towards eventuall purchasing an equivalent native lens.  for me, this is hardly money wasted, as i cannot afford a full m43 lens lineup - i shoot kids, critters, and sports strictly for fun and for family snaps, and my skills hardly demand the best equipment.  so for me, legacy $$ spent is most definitely not wasted, but YMMV....

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tt321 wrote:

If I'm disingenuous, I'd say 1000 pounds, a 1:1 macro lens, a short fast tele, and a 100-300 zoom. However, this 1k pounds will eventually be spent as working with MF legacy lenses is anything but fun.

if i were "working" with MF lenses i would agree.  but i am only playing around, and i chiefly use them once i have used my native lenses (often with flash, as they are slower (14mm 2.5, 14-140mm 4.0-5.8) to get the shots i "need", and then i break out the legacy glass to have some fun with a MF challenge.  and then, there are events, such as dance recitals and plays, where the slowness of my 14-140 won't do, in which case the legacy glass is a lifesaver, as again, for my uses, i can't justify spending thousands to shoot 2 recitals and 2 school plays a year.

so far, i'm the only legacy glass fan!  any of my fellow travellers out there?

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In reply to s_grins, Jan 27, 2013

hmmm.....any you're looking to part with?  i thought i was all set for now, but a 200mm f 2.8 would be nice!  one man's trash can truly be another's treasure.....

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In reply to mgibbs, Jan 27, 2013

When I bought my OMD I imagined I'd have a use for my fairly extensive collection of Nikkors on it. And if I was in the habit of shooting still-life off a tripod this might well be the case. But I'm not. On reflection, probably not even then. There are a large number of excellent native af MFT lenses available, of which I have a few.

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99% of the time i use manual lenses on my E-M5. i have over 100 manual lenses so far so any money saved on AF lenses was spent on more manual lenses and then some more money and more...

here you can see samples from my manual lenses:

http://forum.mflenses.com/wolverinex-testing-my-lenses-series-link-list-t39524.html

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SeeRoy wrote:

When I bought my OMD I imagined I'd have a use for my fairly extensive collection of Nikkors on it. And if I was in the habit of shooting still-life off a tripod this might well be the case. But I'm not. On reflection, probably not even then. There are a large number of excellent native af MFT lenses available, of which I have a few.

Roy

manual lenses can be used for much more than shooting still-life with tripod, especially with E-M5's IBIS. if people before invention of AF could manage to shoot action with manual lenses, why not now? you just have to put in some time and effort to get yourself efficient enough with manual lenses

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s_grins wrote:

I do not think that buying legacy lenses saves money. I think it is waist of money. Except of Sigma 2.8/90 MACRO, I do not use the rest of my collection (8 more lenses)

By my estimates, I've lost approx. $600 on legacy lenses and adapters

you haven't lost any money, because you can easily sell those legacy lenses without a loss

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Legacy glass is useful.
In reply to mgibbs, Jan 27, 2013

When I bought into mFT I did this, because of the possibility to adapt my old AIS Nikkors.
But soon it became clear that MF with the Panasonic G1 is difficult and takes a lot of time, with the G2 it is faster (only 1 button to press).

I used the Micro Nikkor 3,5/55mm quite often for macro photography and it is extremley sharp and renders the colors without the yellowish tinge of the Panasonic lenses. So the macro lens is very useful for static objects.

The Nikkor 2,5/105mm is nice for theater and general indoor photos.

When on holidays this summer, the Panasonic 14-45 remained on the other camera, so I used my NIkkor 3,5/20mm as standard FL and it was surpisingly ok. For holiday pictures you have enough time to focus manually. However after 2 weeks I picked up a 1,7/20mm, which is sharper and faster.

Still, quite often I think of getting a body for my MF lenses, but it would have to have focus peaking or an OVF. The obvious choices are NEX 6, D7000 or D600.

Peter.

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Domagoj Batinic wrote:

you just have to put in some time and effort to get yourself efficient enough with manual lenses

amen!  and doing so can add an element of fun, challenge, and accomplishment once you get a few keepers shooting MF...i have enjoyed getting better at it.

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In reply to Domagoj Batinic, Jan 27, 2013

wow!  thats a lot!

liked your pics of the soligor 200 2.8, a focal length/speed combo i am interested in.  do you find using a mono or tripod necessary in certain conditions, or do you use it strictly handheld?

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In reply to eques, Jan 27, 2013

i'd love to see focus peaking on a m43 body.  still, i've found that the quality of the G-5's EVF and magnification feature to be sufficient to produce accurately focused shots (provided I'm quick enough to utilize them!)

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mgibbs wrote:

wow! thats a lot!

liked your pics of the soligor 200 2.8, a focal length/speed combo i am interested in. do you find using a mono or tripod necessary in certain conditions, or do you use it strictly handheld?

i rarely use tripod or monopod, all my shots are handheld

only lens i really need monopod is maginon 100-500mm because it's long and heavy

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In reply to mgibbs, Jan 27, 2013

Had legacy lensadapters since 2004. My eyesight and the fact that DSLR's don't have focussing aids (split image rangefinders), made me sell off all my legacy glass.

Im currently very pleased with the performance of the current MFT lenses. No going back to legacy glass.

The only exception is my Bronica RF645. Great rangefinder. On the lookout for a GSW690.

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Excellent flower photos! - Peter.

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