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24 and 28 adapted lenses

kevistopheles

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Over the past several months I have found myself with two 24/2.8 lenses and a 28/2 close focus. I realize that in the NEX world the 50 is the more used because fast 50's turn into fast portrait lenses and they come cheap (or fairly cheap). 24's tend to come in at around $200 and the 28/2 was about $100. I have for the longest time thought the 24'as held a distinct advantage in IQ over the 28 but looking back at many of my favorite images (taken with these lenses) I find the 28 reigns supreme. My 24's are the Konica Hexanon 24 and the much loved MC Rokkor 24 (aka the Leica R 24/2.8). First off the Hexanon is the sharper lens...without a doubt. It renders better and focuses closer than the Rokkor. The Rokkor is a lot heavier, feels better built, has better bokeh and is color matched to my other Rokkors. If I had to choose between them I'd pick the Rokkor by a whisker. I would say they are both excellent lenses but the fact that the Rokkor is color matched to my Rokkor 50's, 35-70 and 100 is a big plus. That said, a 24/2.8 translates to a 36/2.8 EFL and my Vivitar 28/2 Close Focus is just a bit more desirable a lens to shoot with than either of the 24's. It's not better than either of the 24's in any category other than it's ability to close focus (it'll go to 1:5) but it's 42.2 EFL is very nice to shoot with and I find myself reaching for it instead of either of the 24's. I think because the Vivitar peaks better, gets closer and is a more comfortable EFL it is a much more satisfying lens to use FOR ME.

The Hexanon and the Rokkor are better lenses in every measurable way except for one, pure awesomeness. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the Vivtar.


The Hangover by dixeyk, on Flickr


That Damp Snake by dixeyk, on Flickr


Intent by dixeyk, on Flickr
 

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I have that Vivitar in Minolta mount. Haven't got the adapter yet and have been a bit lazy about getting it since I already have a Nikon 28mm AIS which I like quite a bit. That being said, I'm in the market for a 24mm lens as I loved using a 35mm lens with film back in the day, and 28mm is just too close to my CV 35 which I just can't seem to bring myself to take off the camera. I'll have to add the Konica to my list of lenses to check out, though.
 

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I hope you get a chance to try (test, borrow) a Tamron 24mm 1:2.5 one of these days, dixeyk. It would really be interesting to hear your comparatives between these three 24mms.
 

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Nice photos. I had tried the FD 24/2.8, FDn 28/2 and Vivitar 28/2 (in OM mount, not the close focus version), and the FDn 28/2 was the clear winner. The Vivitar 28/2 I found quite soft and had nothing on the FDn 28/2. I never got to try the FD 24/2 which I'm dying to see some shots of on a NEX! I've since sold all of them while I decide what I want in the "normal" length. Selling the FDn 28/2 was made easy by the fact that it wasn't in great condition, but I'm seriously getting itches to re-buy a minty version and it hasn't been a week. The good thing (from my wallet's perspective) is that I'm traveling from Thursday and buying anything from Ebay now would be pretty dumb.
 

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I love his little tongue sticking out! I wish my dog would sit still for more than a half a second so I could snap a few photos, it's the only time I wish I had a good AF lens.
 
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I've got a NEX-6 for only 4 days now and yesterday I took it for a test drive: walking around downtown in my home town on a gloomy, rainy afternoon. I took with me the Sigma 19/2.8 and the Minolta's MD 28/2, MC 50/1.4 and MD 35-70/3.5. The 28/2 was practically glued to my camera as I like this angle-of-view a lot and it's fully useable at f/2.8 and beyond. Earlier I tested the MD 24/2.8 (not Rokkor, different optical design) and I wasn't impressed, corner sharpness not great. From previous experience with the GH2 I know that the Rokkor 24/2.8 (sold already) has better centre sharpness, but is even worse in the corners than the plain MD 24/2.8. Besides that, I don't like the angle-of-view of a 24mm on the NEX-6, so a 24mm probably won't sit a lot on my camera. Will follow up later today with some pics though they aren't great, can't upload them now from my workplace.
 
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Some pictures from yesterday, all made with the Minolta MD 28/2 on the NEX-6. Apertures between f/2.8 and f/8.

NEX-6    ----       f/1.0    1/400s    ISO 800


Waiting for the mrs. to come back?
NEX-6    ----       f/1.0    1/125s    ISO 800


Dutch parking
NEX-6    ----       f/1.0    1/160s    ISO 800


My son's favourite place to get fries
NEX-6    ----       f/1.0    1/50s    ISO 400


Having fun
NEX-6    ----       f/1.0    1/640s    ISO 800


Too scared to have fun
NEX-6    ----       f/1.0    1/800s    ISO 800


Sled-on-ice. I guess the orange skates can be hired here.
NEX-6    ----       f/1.0    1/800s    ISO 800
 
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Some pictures from yesterday, all made with the Minolta MD 28/2 on the NEX-6. Apertures between f/2.8 and f/8.

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I landed on this old thread sort of by accident, and took a peek at your links while I was here. I just wanted to say those were some excellent images, Ad. The NEX-6 really was a good camera.
 
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I landed on this old thread sort of by accident, and took a peek at your links while I was here. I just wanted to say those were some excellent images, Ad. The NEX-6 really was a good camera.
Thanks, Tony. I couldn't see the post's images myself so I fixed the links. Let's just say it's a good thing that I learned more about post-processing since then :). Indeed, the NEX-6 is a good camera in its own right; still have it because my children borrow it on occasion. My daughter likes it a lot, in her words "it's a super-nice camera". I've always had the feeling that the camera worked against me in the field, didn't like its operation, but the results were excellent. Never looked back after I got the A7.
 

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