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Good C-Mount Lenses?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Jen Watson, May 1, 2013.

  1. Jen Watson

    Jen Watson New to TalkEmount

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    Apr 30, 2013
    I love the idea of using C-mount primes, because they're so small and compact. I don't have the camera yet, but I plan on purchasing a NEX-3N for upcoming trips this summer (can't be weighed down by bulky DSLR gear). Any well-liked bang-for-your-buck C-mount lenses, or ones with surprisingly decent optics? Even as toy lenses, you can't beat the price ;).

    Also.. Can you go wrong with C-mount adapters? Will any of the cheapo $10 ebay adapters cause focusing problems? Any adapters confirmed to have infinity focus?
     
  2. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    The problem with most C-Mount lenses is that they are designed for Super 16mm sensors, which are much smaller than the Super 35mm (or APS-C) sensors in NEX cameras. So you'll get a huge amount of vignetting out of any of them. And yeah, they are fun, but I hardly use my Fujian 35mm lens because of the baaad focus ring, so I personally wouldn't recommend C-Mount lenses. Get some old Minolta primes instead, they're much better and not that expensive either.
     
  3. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder TalkEmount Veteran

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    Feb 7, 2012
    Yes, they can go wrong. Out of 3 adapters I only have one that will allow focus to infinity. Unfortunately that's the "fat" one that won't allow many lenses to mount.

    Vignetting will be a big problem. I have a wide selection and don't have any that will cover the full frame. When I used them for M43 some did. On the NEX, they don't. Here's a sample of the best covering lens I've tried.

    http://www.lenshoard.com/images/Fujian 50mm F1.4 C/sample.JPG

    Also, they aren't that small. They are thin but long. A 16mm or the 16-50mm pancake make a smaller package overall.
     
  4. Jen Watson

    Jen Watson New to TalkEmount

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    Apr 30, 2013
    dang, that's some intense vignetting lol. I've heard that almost all 35mm don't produce enough vignetting to warrant cropping, so I'd at least get one of those. I think it's much harder to get a 50mm or 25mm CCTV lens that doesn't require cropping. Some do seem to exist though; I've heard of a few 50mm 1.4's or 1.8's, but I can't find any brand info..

    Even if I did have to crop, I'd love to get one with that interesting 'swirly' bokeh (like this) :). Thanks for the head's up about the adapters!
     
  5. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    C-mount lenses are made for different sensors/films. There are ones for 1" that should work with Nex. Like that one:
    Pentax C22525KP 1" C Mount 25mm f/1.4 Manual Iris C22525KP


    I couldn't find any samples and as APS-C is roughly 1" in length it would need roughly 1.4" image circle to cover the whole sensor.
     
  6. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    That is not traditional vignetting. Their image circle is small so no light at all to the dark part.