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28 mm 2.8?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Janne303, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. Janne303

    Janne303 TalkEmount Regular

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    Janne Eriksson
    Im going to buy a 28mm for my A7 but I dont know what to buy. Seen a few talking about Canon fd 28 2.8, ist that good? Whats the alternatives? I want a good sharp 28 2.8. I got adapters for all mounts.
     
  2. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Dec 13, 2013
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    Eric
    Hej Janne!

    I don't have any experience with that Canon lens but I use an Olympus OM 28 f/2.8 on my NEX-6 and I like it a lot.
     
  3. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    Depends what you're looking for. For instance the Nikon 28/2.8 AiS is considered to be a truly great for close to middle distance but less inspiring for landscape. If you're looking for a landscape lens then something like the the Olympus OM 28/2.8 is nice (and really small) although I think the OM 28/3.5 is better. The Minolta MD Rokkor 28/2.8 is really sharp and like the Olympus OM very reasonably priced.
     
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  5. Janne303

    Janne303 TalkEmount Regular

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    Going to use it for Urban Exploration photos and street photos :) And I need it to be sharp.
     
  6. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
  7. Janne303

    Janne303 TalkEmount Regular

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  8. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

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    Dave
  9. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    I read the Canon FDn 28mm f/2.8 is average and uninspiring. I have the older FD S.C. version and found it to be quite good. But had an infiinity focus issue with a Fotga adapter.

    The Nikon Nikkor AiS 28mm f/2.8 on the other hand is considered very sharp. Pricey too. I didn't find their 28mm f/3.5 to be any good.

    The Olympus OM Zuiko 28mm f/3.5 is better than the Nikkor-H 28mm f/3.5 above, and the Minolta MC Rokkor-SG f/3.5. Excellent sharpness edge to edge.

    Minolta W.Rokkor 28mm f/2.8 and its Celtic sibling are also very sharp and contrasty. This is the 7 element, 7 groups version. It's one of my favorite 28mm. The older MC W.Rokkor-SI 28mm f/2.5 is a more complicated formula, and is considered sharper and better bokeh. But it's radioactive, and there is yellowing of the inner elements. Also pricey compared to the f/2.8.

    An excellent but rare 28mm is the Konica Hexanon AR 28mm f/3.5, 7 element 7 groups version. Not the 5/5 version. Very sharp, my best 28.

    A Tamron Adaptall-2 28mm f/2.5 is also very sharp edge to edge. Cooler colors, but found it great for landscapes. Flare prone compared to others.

    Vivitar had a number of winners in f/2 and f/2.8.
    I've tried their Komine-made f/2.8 Close-Focus and their Tokina-made f/2.8 in M42 and T4. I found the Tokina version to do landscapes better than my Komine CF. But I've seen results from a perfect copy of this lens and was in awe how good the images were. Rivals any Leica or Zeiss offering.
    My copy was edge soft.

    Yashica ML 28mm f/2.8. Considered only a step below the Contax-Zeiss 28.

    But the sharpest landscape 28mm I've seen IMHO is Pentax K 28mm f/3.5. It's pretty long with 9 elements IIRC. And hard to come by. See them for over $200 from Japan on ebay.
     
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  10. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

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    Dave
  11. southy

    southy TalkEmount Veteran

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    I've got a Minolta Rokkor MD 28mm f2.8 that is nice. I've tested it against the FE28-70 and it is hands down better in every way to the zoom. This is the only 28mm legacy I've used though so can't judge on how it stacks up against the Olympus, Nikon, Sigma and the like.
     
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  12. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Another vote for the Olympus OM Zuiko 28/3.5, my copy is better than the 30+ Minolta 28mm lenses I have. The Konica Hexanon 28/3.5 in my collection didn't impress me too much, about the same image quality as a good Minolta 28/2.8.
     
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  13. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    I'm not a huge fan of Olympus OM lenses but the OM 28/3.5 (at least my copy) is one of my favorite lenses of any focal length. Despite being a single coated lens it's sharp, has remarkably nice OOF areas for a slowish lens, can focus reasonably close and is incredibly tiny.

    I use it for urban exploring...

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  14. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

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    Kevin
    In fact, I've had the OM 28/2.8, 28/3.5 and the much revered OM 24/2.8 and I the only one I kept was the 28/3.5.
     
  15. WNG

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    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Oh BTW, I just noticed that you're in Sweden.

    If you're interested in a sleeper lens that's very good and quite under-valued, search for a Toyo Optics MC 28mm f/2.8.
    In the USA, it was marketed under their own brand, TOU/Five Star. But in Europe, it was made for many brands and marketed as a Clubman, Promaster, Ensinor, and numerous other names.
    I can verify it's a very nice rendering lens. It's plenty sharp. I tried two copies of the Five Star. I'd compare it in sharpness to the Minolta Rokkor f/2.8. Very similar, no CA, strong contrast, edge/edge sharpness. But with a warmer hue, whereas the Minolta looks a bit cooler, more accurate and vibrant. Blues are stronger in the Minolta.
    Some sample shots I took can be found here...
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/wng555/albums/72157654494777093

    The lens is as cheap as dirt if you shop wisely. But folks are snatching them up. Here's a URL to a thread to help identify one...

    http://forum.mflenses.com/viewtopic.php?p=1446193#1446193
     
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  16. Janne303

    Janne303 TalkEmount Regular

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    Won a Sigma Mini-wide II 28 mm 2.8 macro tonight for $35 so now lets see if its any good later this comeing week.
     
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  17. Janne303

    Janne303 TalkEmount Regular

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    Seems to work just fine...
     

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  18. soeren

    soeren TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Soeren
    How about going native? It's not that expensive.
     
  19. Janne303

    Janne303 TalkEmount Regular

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    With 2 kids at home its expensive hehe. Maybee in the future