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Lovin' the manual focus life

kevistopheles

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I bought my C3 as digital back for my manual focus lenses and it has not disappointed. It is spectacular and I am finding that more often than not I grab for it instead of my m43 gear despite having some very nice native m43 lenses (P14/2.5, P20/1.7 and O45/1.8). OF the adapted lenses i have I have found my absolute favorites are my Konica Hexanon 24/2.8 and 40/1.8. I have some Super Takumars (50/1.4 and 28/3.5) as well and while I quite like the images they produce and the wonderful tactile feel of the lens they operate in reverse direction to all my other lenses so that takes some getting used to. I have a Helios 44M that I need to put through it's paces and have been thinking about picking up a Canon FD 50/1.4 or a PEN F 40/1.4 but have been resisting the temptation.

Right now I think the Konica 24/2.8 is my most used on the NEX. It's big enough to give me a comfortable hand hold since the C3 I have is REALLY small and gives me a nice 36mm FOV. I think I could probably just use that lens all the time and be happy. Konica made a really nice 35/2.8 (well in fact almost everyone made a nice 35/2.8) that would give me a good "normal" lens at a 52mm FOV. I also have a Konica 40/1.8 but I am finding the 60mm FOV just a bit long fir a "normal". For portait length I was thinking the Helios 44M 54/2 would do nicely giving me an 81mm FOV. I am planning to stick with the Konicas as they really seem to be a great match with the NEX. I'd also LLOVE to get my hands on a Konica 85/1.8 but that's not likely to happen anytime soon.

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Konica 24/2.8

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Konica 24/2.8

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Konica 40/1.8
 

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It is amazing the world that opens up when you open yourself up to manual focus.

I have a 70-150 mm that I love when I know the shots are going to need it, a 28-70 mm that hardly sees action, a 45 mm for moderate range and coming in the mail a wide angle 28 mm.

The scooter/helmet shot is quite good. The fence background adds a lot to the image.
 

kevistopheles

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It is amazing the world that opens up when you open yourself up to manual focus.

I have a 70-150 mm that I love when I know the shots are going to need it, a 28-70 mm that hardly sees action, a 45 mm for moderate range and coming in the mail a wide angle 28 mm.

The NEX makes using MF lenses a real pleasure. Right now I have a little stable of Konicas I've collected over the years (24/2.8, 40/1.8, 50/1.4 and 50/1.7) I also have some Super Takumars but they operate in the reverse direction of the Konicas so I tend to use them sparingly. About the best handling lenses I have ever used MF wise (of lenses I can afford) are the Olympus lenses with the aperture ring on the front. I prefer the way the Konicas render an image however.

The Konicas are keepers..! Very nice..

I agree wholeheartedly. I think they are a real bargain in MF lenses.
 

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