Legacy Lenses - the good... the bad... the ugly?

Started Jan 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
tedolf Forum Pro • Posts: 26,562
Re: Legacy Lenses - the good... the bad... the ugly?

Kevdog wrote:

I don't shoot portraits enough (or... at all really) to justify the 45mm or 75mm. But I'd like to play with a legacy lens in that range.

I've found many on the local craigslist listings.

Any hints for telling the good, the bad and the ugly apart? There are many many varied choices and I'm trying to find the right one.

Also, if the person isn't sure what mount it is for, is there any way to tell?

I found these so far:





If you stick to the major brands, with not too wide an aperture (probably not wider than f/1.7) it would be hard to go wrong as long as the lens is in good shape.

Registration distance varied between makes. Konica I think had the shortest, Nikon the longest so that effects the lenght of the adapter, and the extent to which the lens had to be a retro-focus design. I think that is why the Konica lenses are so popular here-shortest registration distance thus designed more like a ragefindere lens.

That is also something to think about. 40mm is a good portrait lenght on a 4/3 sensor. Rangefinder lenses in that focal lenght (LTM/M39 or M mount) are very compact, and the adapter is only about 9mm long making for an extemely compact package.

If that doesn't matter to you, look for a longish SLR 50mm lens, e.g. 52-57mm and you will get a little more depth compresion in tighter head shots.


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