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Where to start.....

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by mack, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. mack

    mack New to TalkEmount

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    Jul 7, 2013
    Recently purchased a NEX-6 and am intrigued by its focus peaking feature for use with manual focus lenses. However... there are so many choices I have no idea where to start. CameraQuest has all the Voigtlander choices, KEH offers some great choices...but after reading the plethora of forum posts about manual focus lenses.... I'm completely confused. Where should someone start if they wanted to pick up a couple of manual focus lenses?
     
  2. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    First thing is to set a budget. I never did and now I'm buried in lenses.


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  3. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    What sorts of photos do you like to shoot? You may want to start there.
     
  4. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    Oh yeah, what kind of photos?
     
  5. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    Buy anything that looks interesting and try them out. If they don't suit you, sell them to Deadbear.

    He has no budget!
     
  6. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    Spending is coming to an abrupt end. Going to have to sell to buy from now on. My first son will be here in a couple months... Diapers are expensive.


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  7. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    That will change priorities in a heartbeat.
     
  8. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Hard to tell you were to start. Primes, zooms, superzooms, specialities.

    I would start with some basic lenses, somewhere in the 35-65mm range, f2.8 to start.
     
  9. Voiceofid

    Voiceofid TalkEmount Rookie

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    May 30, 2013
    I went on craigslist and started buying old cameras. I bought a set of 3 Minolta lenses with a old camera and a bag for $25 and went from there

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  10. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Personally I would look at older SLR lenses to start with. They are generally cheaper than the Voigtlander lenses. Once you figure out if you really like using manual focus lenses you can start picking up rangefinder lenses if they float your boat.

    And welcome to both the forum and the NEX. :)
     
  11. Jaf-Photo

    Jaf-Photo TalkEmount Veteran

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    Mar 25, 2013
    One tip, which I think is good, is to start with legacy SLR lenses from one of the major manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Konica, Vivitar or Minolta. Many of these lenses were of high quality and were produced in huge bulk to serve as kit lenses. Accordingly, there are still a lot of them on the market, which keeps prices down.

    The easiest thing is probably to pick one brand and then get a basic assortment of primes and zooms from wide to tele. Such a set will probably cost you less than one decent modern DSLR lens of consumer grade. Optical quality is however likely to be better.

    After that you will know if you have what you need or if you want to get some more specialised lenses.
     
  12. mack

    mack New to TalkEmount

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    Jul 7, 2013
    I'm thinking I should start with something in the 28-55mm range, nothing faster than a 1.8, with a budget of ~$500. There are plenty of Voigtlander choices (which one??) or older, legacy SLR choices that would work given these parameters.
     
  13. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    Best to go with a minolta rokkor 1.7 50mm and an md adapter.

    That will cost you a total of about 35/40 bucks.

    Great practice lens... MD mount lenses are easy to find and have a wide variety of focal lengths.

    You can get at least a 28mm, 50mm and a 135mm for under 100.00
     
  14. Jaf-Photo

    Jaf-Photo TalkEmount Veteran

    484
    Mar 25, 2013
    Yeah, can't go wrong with Deadbears advice.
     
  15. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
    SE MI
    Look on Craigslist. Get an adapter first so that you could try a lens once you find it. I went with Minolta MD but any major system should be great. MD and FD lenses tend to be a bit cheaper than OM Zuiko or M42 because they can't be used on Canon DSLRs. I paid $110 for all of my legacy lenses, and I much prefer them to e-mount glass.
     
  16. mack

    mack New to TalkEmount

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    Jul 7, 2013
    Thanks.... greatly appreciated. The hunt for a rokkor begins.

    Any advice on Voigtlander?
     
  17. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    SLR or rangefinder? I've never used a Voigtlander SLR lens. For CV rangefinder lenses bring money. They work well. Generally pretty slow & the minimum focus distance sucks compared to SLR lenses. But they are small & the image quality is good.

    You can get fast CV rangefinder lenses. Bring even more money. ;)
     
  18. mack

    mack New to TalkEmount

    5
    Jul 7, 2013
    Rangefinder.... and thinking somewhere in the $500 area (which would be quite a bit more affordable than the new Zeiss Touit).
     
  19. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    The CV15/4.5 is $499 new ($599 M mount). The CV12/5.6 is $799 new ($899 for M mount), can be had used within your budget. As an alternative to the Touit 32 you could use the CV35/2.5 for $409 new. The CV 35/1.4 Nokton is $629 new, should be available used within your budget.
     
  20. mack

    mack New to TalkEmount

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    Jul 7, 2013
    Thanks! The early reports are that the autofocus on the Touit is just OK... and I prefer to manual focus anyway... so it seems the Voigtlander is a better fit for me. You also gain the advantage of being able to use a Voigtlander on another system... possibly Fuji if they add focus peaking.