Pondering 20~25mm MF wide choices

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by firemist, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. firemist

    firemist TalkEmount Regular

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    Just picked up the A7R and 28F2 and have older 40/f2 and 90/f4 m-Rokkors. Now considering what to do for wider fov, for less than $500

    My options seems to be (a) 21/f2.8 UWA attachment for the 28mm; (b) Sigma 19mm DN lens with baffle removed, (c) Olympus Zuiko 21mm f3.5, and (d) CV 21mm f4 P Color Skopar.

    I'm thinking based on what I've been able to read on the Web, the Zuiko (later MC version) might be the best option of performance and cost. Comments, or suggestions?
     
  2. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

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    Gary
    What about the Canon FD 20mm? I had it for a short while. It was pretty good IMO. The only reason I got rid of it was I went modern and upgraded to the Zony 16-35Z.
     
  3. firemist

    firemist TalkEmount Regular

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    Yes I had considered the Canon, but it looks a lot larger than the Olympus and not any better, according to some tests I read.

    I might also consider a 24mm focal length.
     
  4. firemist

    firemist TalkEmount Regular

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    OK so I just snagged a Zuiko 24mm f2.8 MC version on Ebay. So now, what adapter? Fotodiox Pro ?
     
  5. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Eric
    I use a Fotasy adapter for my OM glass and it works well.
     
  6. firemist

    firemist TalkEmount Regular

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    Eric, OK thanks I'll check them out.
     
  7. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    With wide angle you might be better off getting a modern lens, rather than looking at legacy options which tend to be overpriced.

    There are a few Samyang/Rokinon/etc manual focus lenses you could look at.
     
  8. pbizarro

    pbizarro TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nikkor 24 f2.8 AIS
     
  9. firemist

    firemist TalkEmount Regular

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  10. firemist

    firemist TalkEmount Regular

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    The Zuiko 24mm I purchased was $275, from Olympus USA (although the lens is shipping from Japan). I think this lens is "new old stock", they wanted $349 for it or "best offer". It's supposedly very good, and takes 49mm filters which is nice. I want to keep my system very small and light; I'm using this 24mm plus 40mm f2 and 90mm f4 m-Rokkor CLE lenses, and a Pentax 135/f3.5 (also 49 filter size). That's pretty much all I intend to use. Maybe at some future time I'll pick up the 16-35/f4 and 55/f1.8 FE lenses, but I need to sell off a lot of Fuji gear first.
     
  11. BrorSvensson

    BrorSvensson TalkEmount Regular

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    +1
    its and amazing lens. Pretty light, compact and ridicously sharp from f4 - f11
     
  12. jai

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    Seems too good to be true! And, it kind of is if you look at the flickr samples. Impressively sharp in the middle but if you care at all about corner sharpness it's a write off. I normally don't, but it's pretty dramatic in this case:

    22847539972_fe197f309b_c. ZL25f1.8 @5.6 by HUDA Tran, on Flickr
     
  13. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
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    Will
    Suffering from flare in the samples. But not too bad considering f/5.6, the extreme corners are smudged though. Possibly due to the larger sony sensor. If it's cheap, may worth a try.