Gonna buy a A7 - legacy suggestions?

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by weirdo, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. weirdo

    weirdo TalkEmount Rookie

    Oct 7, 2014
    Hi all,
    I'm about to buy me an A7 and I think I will start out with three lenses (problaby legacy lenses): one "generall" focal lenght for street and such, one for portraits and one for landscapes. Do you guys have any suggestions?
  2. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 22, 2012
    I have a big thing for Canon FD and you can get a great lineup just from them. The 24/2.8 for landscapes, 35/2 or 50/1.4 for general stuff, and then 85/1.8 for portraits.

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  3. ilovehatephotography

    ilovehatephotography TalkEmount Regular

    May 30, 2014
    Los Angeles, CA
    I like my setup but I'm biased :) Check out my signature below.

    Landscapes - Canon FD 20mm f/2.8 or 24mm f/2.8 (don't go with rangefinder lenses for wide angle stuff. Problems in the corners)

    Street/General - Leica 35mm f/2.8 or 50mm f/2, or a 24-70 f2.8 zoom from Sigma or Tamron

    Portrait - Leica 50mm f/2 or 90mm f/2 or f/2.8
  4. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 4, 2013
    I think if you are going to get an A7, you should really be aiming for a very high standard of legacy lens.

    I really am very fond of my Minolta Rokkor MD 85mm F2 for portraits. Love that lens, beautiful Bokeh, lovely to hold, buttery smooth focus. Some examples (not on an A7, but on a 5R with speed booster for similar FOV):

    14261134022_f4651545ea_c.jpg DSC01988 by Jai Sbr, on Flickr

    14177550865_9660b2c3ee_c.jpg DSC01933 by Jai Sbr, on Flickr

    15248331717_16e36ccc5b_c.jpg DSC03422.jpg by Jai Sbr, on Flickr

    I also really like the 35mm MD Rokkor F2.8 as a walk around lens. I have the 49mm version of both, nice and compact.
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  5. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 4, 2013
    But also don't forget to check out legacy A mount glass, AF Minolta stuff seems like it is even cheaper than at least the better Rokkors these days.
  6. weirdo

    weirdo TalkEmount Rookie

    Oct 7, 2014
    Thanksevery1. I have a Canon EF adapter, so I may get an lens or two from canons EF series. Thinking about 17-40 for landscape and maybe the 50 1.8 for generall purpose. Will those perform on A7? Also, I may look in to all of you guys suggestions.
  7. bobbywise

    bobbywise TalkEmount Regular

    Nov 6, 2013
    Nantes, France
    Robert Wisbey
    Oh boy, there are so many legacy options that are all great. I have a whole bunch of minolta and OM lenses. They are good, but still make the ensemble big with the adaptor. Leica m lenses on the other hand have a really small adaptor. If you like the Leica rendering, why not go for the 40mm/F2 summicron and the 90mm/F2.8 tele-emirit. They are both good, small lenses that don't cost a fortune:)
  8. ggibson

    ggibson TalkEmount Regular

    Sep 1, 2011
    I've really enjoyed the Pentax/m42 lenses I've used on my A7. You can get a 55mm f1.8 for less than $50. I've also picked up the 17mm f4 fisheye (which is tiny and awesome), and a 135mm f2.5. Great manual focus on all of them. I actually like using the Pentax 55mm more than a Leica 40/2 I also have access to (the Leica is actually a bit TOO small for easy manual focus).
  9. MAubrey

    MAubrey TalkEmount Top Veteran

    What's your budget?
  10. GabrielPhoto

    GabrielPhoto TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    Count me as another Canon fan ! I sold all my legacy and e mount lenses to get only canon fd ones.
    Check what the FD 35mm can do on your camera
    Amazingly sharp!
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  11. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    Canon FD is probably cheapest mount with quality lenses, Minolta zooms 35-70mm & 70-210mm are very cheap for quality zooms and there are some good & cheap fixed focal lengths too. Nikon&Pentax are slightly more expensive. Olympus is nice but not so cheap these days.

    My next legacy lens will probably be Zeiss Contax 28mm/2.8 (Zeiss Contax 28mm/2.8, 35mm/2.8, 50mm/1.7 and 135mm/2.8 are not overly expensive [I have a 135mm/2.8 that is a lemon and it is anyways heavy]).

    I have Nikon ED 180mm/2.8 and Nikon ED 300mm/4.5 that are very nice too.

    No experience with FF with these, unfortunately.
  12. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 4, 2013
    The Canon FD adapter is a bit more involved than a Minolta MD one though, something about little levers to be able to set aperture. Am I right?
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  13. izTheViz

    izTheViz TalkEmount Top Veteran

    May 10, 2013
    Yannis Marigo
    True but works fine anyway. +1 for Canon FD.
  14. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    That open/close ring is really annoying. I have ruined several photos by shooting wide open. That ring operates the aperture.
  15. weirdo

    weirdo TalkEmount Rookie

    Oct 7, 2014
    Great suggestions every1! Seems like canon FD is a favorite among the forumers. Will check them out for sure! Currently I have ordered the 17-40 ef lens and an adapter. Looks great for landscape which I love to do. Looking for a walk-around lens, is there a decent one fo FD? Otherwise I may go with the Canon EF 1.4 or 1.8. Is there a good macro-lens for FD?
  16. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

    May 5, 2014
    Im a big zuiko fan but unfortunately the Olympus prices aren't nice and cheap :/
  17. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    There are lots of Canon FD Macro lenses and they are relatively cheap. 50mm/3.5 is something like under 100 € and 100mm/4 slightly more. No experience with them.
  18. GabrielPhoto

    GabrielPhoto TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    Honestly I say this is blown way out of proportion. It is very simple and I can mount them super easily so is not like this complicated process... Maybe I should make a video to show how easy it is.
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  19. Dan Euritt

    Dan Euritt TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 11, 2014
    here is how it's mounted, just make sure that the arm moves when the adapter ring turns

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  20. NightBird

    NightBird TalkEmount Regular

    Jun 13, 2014
    I have about 30 legacy lenses so far for my A7r, mostly Canon FD and FDn, Pentax M42 and Minolta. I've used a friends Zeiss and Leica glass as well. My favorite two so far are the Canon FDn 24mm f2.8 which is fantastic, and most surprisingly, my Pentax 55mm f1.8 has just blown me away. Great colour and contrast and stunning sharpness. I prefer the results (Not necessarily focal length) of the Pentax 55mm f1.8 over my Zeiss 35mm f2.8. Even wide open the Pentax really performs. The 58mm f1.4 Minolta is also very nice, not so much wide open. In longer lenses, I have a Canon FD 100mm f2.8 and a Vivitar 135mm f2.8 (Komine made). The Canon has a little more colour and contrast, while my Vivitar is sharper, and I really like the colour and contrast for portraits. I'm still on the hunt for an 85mm!
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