Small/phenomenal manual legacy prime lens

Started Apr 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
kuuan Veteran Member • Posts: 3,625
Re: Small/phenomenal manual legacy prime lens

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:

and the f1.8/38:

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

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photos mostly taken with manual lenses on Sony NEX5N, Pentax K-x and *istDs:

 kuuan's gear list:kuuan's gear list
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 Pentax *ist DS Ricoh GXR Mount A12 Sony Alpha NEX-5N +1 more
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