Small/phenomenal manual legacy prime lens

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Re: Small/phenomenal manual legacy prime lens
In reply to verybiglebowski, Apr 29, 2013

verybiglebowski wrote:

A little secret of mine - if you want small lenses with planty of character, (and quite rare), check Takumars 58mm f/2.4 or Takumar 58 f2.

very sweet lenses indeed

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Re: Small/phenomenal manual legacy prime lens
In reply to mgn2, Apr 29, 2013

mgn2 wrote:

I've further narrowed down my choices as I'm looking for a good trade-off between sharpness, bokeh and low-light performance:

Leica 50mm F/2.0 Summicron-R
Contax-G 45mm f2
Olympus Pen F lenses (38mm f/1.8 and 45mm)
Jupiter-8 50 f2
Jupiter-3 50 f1.5

Without adding any more lens options, which one of these would you pick? Which is the best bang for the buck?

note that the Pen-F's are f1.8/38mm and f1.4/40mm

both are very good and sharp from wide open, the 38mm has a unique bokeh that may enhance some, but disturb on other photos, it's a very likeable lens but for being faster and having a smoother bokeh I usually prefer the 40mm

here my photos taken on NEX5N with the 1.4/40: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuan/sets/72157629315399105/

and the f1.8/38: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuan/sets/72157627988053181/

( btw. I have a copy of each for sale, PM me if interested, better contact me via my flickr )

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Re: Small/phenomenal manual legacy prime lens
In reply to Lightshow, Apr 30, 2013

Lightshow wrote:

mgn2 wrote:

I think the Contax-G 45mm f2 looks like the best option so far. How about this?

http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/pho/3705588042.html

Its an SLR lens(c/y mount), that has a good rep.

The Pen F 38/1.8 is quite sharp with good color, it's main weakness is high contrast light, I like using it in the shade or light overcast days.

The Jupiter 8 & 3 are quite good, as is the Industar 22, the ones with a red P(Pi) have a coating that is or is like Zeiss' T coating from the same era. I've hade good dealings with http://www.ebay.ca/sch/artemstore/m.html

The Industar 69 is a nice fun lens, the borders are soft but the centre is sharp, it's awesome for b&w shots and it's one of a few of the smallest lenses you can mount on NEX, it typically needs a bit of work to get it to focus to infinity.

The Canon RF 35/2 is very good, so is the 50/1.4 & 100/3.5

The Nikkor S.C 50/1.4 in LTM(M39) is real good.

The Contax G 45/2 is loved by many, and is well known to be very sharp.

If I had to pick one of my lenses to keep, it would probably be my Leica Elmarit M 28/2.8

I have a Topcor 50/2 LTM coming, I hope it's as good as my Topcor RE 58/1.8

A lens I got recently, a Helios 103 (53/1.8) is very sharp wide open, the big down side is its mount is Contax RF, meaning the helicoid is in the camera/adapter which can be expensive to buy a new adapter$200+, or you can fluke out and find one that someone removed from a broken camera and mounted it to an E mount adapter like the M39 to NEX adapter, I paid $50 for mine.

A quick test shot of the 103 wide open on my 7, there's not much green or flowers yet to shoot.

The best bang for the buck will prob be the Jupiter 8 & Pen F 38.

So I got myself a Jupiter 8, but don't have an adapter. Which one works for the NEX-6? The lens description says the lens is for rangefinder Fed, Leica LTM, M39. Will this adapter work?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Leica-M39-L39-Lens-to-Sony-E-Mount-Adapter-f-NEX3-NEX5-NEX7-NEX-VG-10-NEX-5N-C3-/310599372440?pt=US_Lens_Adapters_Mounts_Tubes&hash=item48512a4e98

or

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fotga-Adapter-For-Leica-M39-L39-lens-for-Sony-NEX-3-NEX-5-E-Mount-/380452227442?pt=US_Filter_Rings_Holders&hash=item5894b84972

or

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Adjustable-39mm-M39-Lens-to-Sony-NEX-5-NEX-C3-NEX-5N-NEX7-NEX-5R-NEX-6-Adapter-/221201926131?pt=US_Lens_Adapters_Mounts_Tubes&hash=item3380a987f3

Will any of these help with macro or close-up focusing?

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Re: Small/phenomenal manual legacy prime lens
In reply to mgn2, Apr 30, 2013

Fotodiox Contax g adapter is about $70 and works very nicely.

I have many Nikon lenses and several superb Fuji lenses. The Contax G 45 and 90mm are superb on the Nex 6 and by far my favourite lenses. They make ordinary scenes interesting.

Greg.

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