Light/small/sharp/wide manual legacy prime lens for $50

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
kuuan Veteran Member • Posts: 3,663
Re: Light/small/sharp/wide manual legacy prime lens for $50

wakkaday wrote:

but which is a good lens? not worth getting a small lens which is rubbish

which one has good bokeh sharp pics?

all recommended are very good lenses, if not, why would I recommend them?

ok, you want to have it narrowed down or expounded?:

the Jupiter 8 is smallest, great bokeh, downside it starts @ f2, may not be very sharp wide open and mentioned sample variations, coating most likely not best

the following ( minus Hexanons? ) are very small for SLR lenses, not 'that' much bigger / heavier than the J-8 but their resp. adapters are abt. 1.7 cm longer:

the Pentax M 1.7/50 is sharp even wide open, good bokeh, great handling and build quality, very good coating

S-M-C / SMC Takumar f1.8/55, a bit less sharp wide open than Pentax M, 3D rendering, great bokeh, very good coating, great handling and build quality

Olympus 1.8/50 ( somebody may disagree ) but my copy not very sharp wide open but ok, about same level than Takumar 1.8/55, good bokeh, great handling, good coating only if you get latest version MC or 'made in Japan" ( it says so on it;s front ring

Hexanons I don't have personal experience with but are said to be very good, can't comment on size, adapter a bit shorter than of the above and they might be available the cheapest

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