Which adapted lens?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by WT21, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. WT21

    WT21 TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    I have been trying to sell my Sony FF gear because I'm not using it much, and I need the money. Sold everything except the a7, whose price maybe has dropped more than I expected.

    I might be tempted to keep it and adapt a cheap 50mm to it.

    Which cheap 50mm would folks recommend that is great either wide open, or maybe one stop down. I had an FD adapter, so I could go that route, but while I like FD-n IQ, I never get along with the focus ring. Still, that's one consideration.

    Anyone else have a 50 they whole-heartedly recommend?

    I'd rally love an OM 50/2 macro, but I'm not sure $450 qualifies as cheap, lol
     
  2. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Also, just "food for thought"...if you're thinking of a single FDn lens, unless you'll be doing a lot of low light shooting without flash and really need that extra stop...Canon's FDn 28-85/4.0 Macro and/or 35-105/3.5 Macro lenses have lots of flexibility, get a lot of use on my NEX7 bodies.
    As an example, this taken late afternoon before dark with the 35-105/3.5:

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  3. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
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  4. Mus Aziz

    Mus Aziz TalkEmount All-Pro

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    Mus
    Minolta MC Rokkor 50/1.4 with cheap extension tubes
    Damsel.
     
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  5. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    You know it tough to find a bad fast 50.
     
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  6. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    My sentiments exactly.
     
  7. eno789

    eno789 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2012
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    Brian
    I second the recommendation of Nikkor 50mm ƒ/2. Since they are very inexpensive to get, I ended up having 4 versions of them.
    • Nikkor-S Auto 5cm ƒ/2, 7/5 MFD 60cm
    • Nikkor-H Auto 50mm ƒ/2, 6/4 MFD 60cm
    • Nikkor-H.C Auto 50mm ƒ/2, 6/4 MFD 60cm
    • Nikkor AI 50mm ƒ/2, 6/4 MFD 45cm
    The last three have the same optical design, but different lens body or coating. This is a lens I feel pretty sharp wide open.

    On my Nikon DSLR, I usually use the AI version because other versions would require AI conversion.

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    On A7, my favorite is the H.C, on a helicoid adapter, it can still reach infinity, but have the convenience of macro range.
    I've added some samples to the show case thread. More in this flickr album

    I like my Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm ƒ/2 even more, as I've seen it surprised me with 3D spacious look, for example

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    but it's also 10+ times more expensive. The H.C plus helicoid adapter gets very close.

    Other favorite inexpensive 50mm of mine:
    • SMC Pentax-A 50mm ƒ/2.8 Macro
    • SMC Pentax-A 50mm ƒ/1.7
    • Micro-Nikkor AI-S 55mm ƒ/2.8
    • RE-Auto-Topcor 5.8cm ƒ/1.8
     
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  8. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Hard to fault the Canon FDn 50mm f/1.4. Especially when you already have the adapter. I've been impressed by the FDn line in general.

    Suggestions for other favorite nifty-fifties:
    1. Minolta MD Rokkor-X (MD-I) 50mm f/1.4
    2. Olympus OM Zuiko MC 50mm f/1.4
    3. Nikon Nikkor-SC 50mm f/1.4
    slower:
    4. Olympus OM Zuiko MC 50mm f/1.8
    5. Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f/1.7
    6. Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55mm f/1.8
    7. Yashica Yashinon (DX/DS/DSM/ML) 50mm f/1.7
    8. Fuji Film Fujinon 55mm f/1.8 (classic/non-EBC/EBC)
     
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  9. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Agree on the FD50/1.4...sharp as a tack...have a couple that I bought back in film days of the 80's with A1 bodies...and while I don't use them much, have never quite been able to let go of them :)
     
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  10. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

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    Kevin
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  11. mnhoj

    mnhoj TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 19, 2013
    Some great mentions above.

    Just picked up a Rokkor MD 45mm F2.
    Cheap, small and surprisingly good performance.

    At F2.
    The little OM 28 3.5 is pretty nice too. ( :
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  12. Kirkp

    Kirkp TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 2, 2014
    The Minolta Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 is a nice little lens. I bought this one new in 1979. Part of the reason I went mirrorless was because I missed using this lens. This is one of the first few photos I took with it, wide open on a NEX-6.

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  13. grillec

    grillec TalkEmount Regular

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    Mar 19, 2015
    There are no really bad 50mm lenses made by the big manufacturers. It is more difficult to find an older fast lens who shows no glowing with open aperture or have good contrast with backlight photos.
    With regards to this I would propose this short list (there are a lot of more) -

    The Canon FDn 50/1.4 was named already and I would add
    Minolta MC 55mm/1.7 (it's not a fifty and it is older but very good in the combination IQ/price/haptics)
    Zeiss Planar 50mm/1.7 c/y
    and perhaps a Pentax M 50mm/1.4 (this is on the way to me, so it is not tested by myself - but what I have found it seems to be very good and it is cheap)
     
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  14. DigiChromeEd

    DigiChromeEd New to TalkEmount

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    Jun 29, 2016
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    Edgar
    Another cheap but superb 50 is the M42 mount Petri CC 1.8. A bit glowey wide open but from one stop down is tack sharp and the bokeh is nice and smooth.
     
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  15. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 17, 2015
    Not a fifty either but still has some good qualities, IMO, is the Minolta 58 1.4.
     
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  16. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

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    Will
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  17. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Love that little lens
     
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  18. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

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    Dave
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  19. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 17, 2015
    Minolta 58 1.4 @f1.4 SOOC jpeg, Nex-7 DSC06366.JPG
     
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  20. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

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    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
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    NEX 7 (and Fuji X-P1) with Hexanon 50/1.4.

    It has a really nice dreamy feel to the images. They're sharp but the rendering is very pleasing as well.
     
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