What's your favourite adapted lens mount?

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Re: What's your favourite adapted lens mount?

Pragma wrote:

I'm looking at picking up a new set of lenses for my Fuji X-T1 but Im essentially starting from a clean slate. I have a Canon FD 28mm F/2.8 and 28-85 F/4 left over after selling my Canon camera. I've never found the FD line of lenses to be particularly beautiful but they worked well enough and were plentiful.

I don't mind FD, it's not my favorite mount, nFD is one of my least favourite mount, it's flimsy, wears out, many have a cam with rollers instead of a helicoid, and the rollers are rubber and suffer deterioration. My FD SSC 24/2.8 Was awesome on my NEX-7, the SSC 50/1.4 & 85/1.8 were also nice,(CA is a bit more prominent with the 85 than I'd like) they make a nice ergonomic set, all 3 are roughly the same size.

I had a rather full set of M42 Takumar primea but sold them with the camera as a set - I regret doing it now as they were in mint condition but such is life.

They are nice, well built, well worth getting again, for K mount I like the first generation (SMC K).

Now I'm looking at OM lenses,

These are fairly compact, pick the multicoated versions ( MC or Zuiko without the letter prefix) 21/3.5 and 50/1.4 were well used on my NEX-7.

Nikon F,

Not my most favorite mount, I've yet to successfully service an F mount Nikkor, always seem to get stopped by a stuck screw, I do love the early 58/1.4's rendering.

or the Pentax K.

SMC K 28/3.5 or 28/2, 50/1.4, and 85/1.8 is a nice set.

I have a Nikon F3 with a 200mm F/4 but the lens is in such bad condition I'd never waste my time adapting. I have no time for film and that process but maybe that will change.

Yeah, no interest in film here either.

Anyway just curious what your prefered mount is or what you would focus on purchasing if you could start again.

Cheers!

If I was to go back to 2005 and start again I'd focus on more rangefinder lenses, the size + quality is hard to beat, prices are higher now days since the addition of digital M's, but was worth it for the most part.

Leica R are lovely but a bit on the large size.

Yashica and Contax C/Y are popular options.

Konica are nice performers.

Topcor are definitely a favorite of mine.

Minolta SR are one of my favourites, MCII in particular, sold build and I do love the all metal construction, which explains my collection of Minolta MCII, Konica AR, Takumar, CZJ, Leica R/M/LTM, most of the German brands, Plus a number of others.

Basically in my experience any of the first party lenses have a higher chance of being better than average.

You can see my collection at FM in the link below

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