Hi, I would like some advice as to which lens I might buy as a first for MF. I'm looking at the OM auto s 50mm 1.8 on eBay UK? Would this be any good at all, or should I choose something else?
Thanks in advance!
+1Just about any of the manual focus lenses from the major manufacturers (Konica, Minolta, Olympus OM, Pentax K mount, Pentax Super Takumar, Canon FD, Nikon etc.) will work. The adapters are cheap and you can get great results form any of them. We each have our favorites for a variety of reasons but in all honesty it's tough to go wrong with any of them. I like the sharpness and rendering of Konica Hexanon lenses and the feel and smoothness Super Takumars but I've tried a number of different lens brands and with a few exceptions most have been very good.
I have not seen any pics here from any of the other legacy adapters that consistently disappointed me to the extent where I'd avoid any of the mounts. I went for Canon FD because it was dirt cheap and I haven't been disappointed so far, nor have I felt I've "graduated" out of it yet. I do think of all the other adapted shots I've seen, I like the Konica AR pics, and it has one of the smallest adapters, so that would probably be my next venture if I were to go for more adapted lenses. But yeah, I think anything works, that's the beauty of 50 years of competition in the camera market!
For instance I like to have a close working distance and really rather like that 40-50 focal length so my favorite lens at the moment is my Vivitar 28/2 close focus in Minolta MD mount because that gives me the equivalent of a 42/2 with a minimum focus distance of about 6 inches.
I have one and love it. For a general purpose, small prime lens you can not get much better. The only issue is that you have to stand back a bit when using it.
I just posted this thread wherein I used that lens.
My Konica 40/1.8 is the same in that it is small, sharp and relatively inexpensive. I like the lens a lot but the MFD is a bit long for my tastes. Of course you gotta spend more to get something that improves that significantly. The Pen-F 38/1.8 for instance is, smaller, sharp (even wide open) and has a shorter MFD (about a foot) but you're looking at around $200.