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Which legacy lenses?

nshah

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I'm about to make the plunge, and although the sony lenses are controversial many of you seem to know which legacy lenses are a dream to use. I'd appreciate any suggestions or links! I'd especially like to know about primes.
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C/v 35/1.4 mc

I don't have it, but after weeks of comparisons the Voigtlander 35/1.4 MC seems to be great. It costs about 500 + Adapter, but it's small, looks great and delivers good image quality at a focal lenght of about 52 mm eq.
 

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I'm into all kinds of photography, but I'd mainly use a NEX for Street or Decisive Moment. I've never dealt with a manual focus lens, but I'm up for the challenge. I had to sell most of my equipment recently (Canon) to try and pay off student loans and move for a new job. It's time for a new approach I think.
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I have only used zoom lenses with my Canon Rebel, but prefer the 17-35 range even on standard zoom.
 

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You just used zoom lenses? I personally think primes are so much more inspiring. I won't buy more zoom lenses apart from the kit one since I used my first prime. I really like some of the pictures on your website, so I'm curious to see what you shoot with primes. :)

Have fun!
 

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CV 12mm, 35mm and Contax Zeiss 90mm

Voigtlander 12mm 5.6 or Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 for wide, Voigtlander 35mm 1.4 for normal, and Voigtlander 75 2.5/Jupiter 9 85mm f/2.0/Contax Zeiss 90mm 2.8 for portraits can give you 18-22mm, 52.5mm and 112.5-135mm equals with minimal size.

I'm about to make the plunge, and although the sony lenses are controversial many of you seem to know which legacy lenses are a dream to use. I'd appreciate any suggestions or links! I'd especially like to know about primes.
Thanks.
 

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I'm into all kinds of photography, but I'd mainly use a NEX for Street or Decisive Moment. I've never dealt with a manual focus lens, but I'm up for the challenge. I had to sell most of my equipment recently (Canon) to try and pay off student loans and move for a new job. It's time for a new approach I think.
Photography by Nirav Shah
I have only used zoom lenses with my Canon Rebel, but prefer the 17-35 range even on standard zoom.

You have some very nice images on your site. If you want to stay in the 17-35 range then the Voigtlander wide-angles that both serhan and I mentioned are good choices. It is hard to fine small, wide angle manual lenses that don't break the bank. The Voigtlanders aren't cheap, but they seem to work very well on the NEX outside of some color-shift issues that can be corrected in post-processing. A little less wide and you can get the Voigtlander 21mm. There are many 35mm rangefinder lenses as well made by Voigtlander, Zeiss and Leica.

If you are interested in something a bit cheaper then there are plenty of older, manual-focus SLR lenses available. The Canon FD mount has both a 24mm 2.5 and 35mm 2.0 that are quite good and won't break the bank. However, it is hard to find a wide-angle solution with SLR lenses though as most are expensive and quite large.
 

nshah

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Thanks for all the tips!
Is there a good site with reviews on some of these lenses so I can decide which compromises to make (CA, vignetting, cost, resolution, etc.)?
I'll have to start looking more carefully!
 

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See my previous post:
https://www.talkemount.com/f12/fast-wide-adapted-rf-lens-reviews-258/

Also a few other sites:
Sony Alpha Lens Tests (APS-C)
Guest post: Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.4 MC lens review by Xavier Lhospice | Leica News & Rumors
Photoethnography.com - Classic Cameras
Long pancake/small lens on micro4/3 - FM Forums

You can find more if you google the lens that you want.

Thanks for all the tips!
Is there a good site with reviews on some of these lenses so I can decide which compromises to make (CA, vignetting, cost, resolution, etc.)?
I'll have to start looking more carefully!
 

nexnex

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i have just recently bought a 28mm f1.9 CV ultron and saving up for a 15mm heliar..for the nex5n..but it boils down to choice though and what focal length TS are comfortable with.
 

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