Which lens to let go in 75, 90, 105

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Hin Man, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Regular

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    I bought way too many lenses and it gets to the point finding myself aggitating to sort out which lens to take out and where I find its hood and adapter.

    It is sickening joyful and painful in the same time -- I am self-punishing on my lens handling problems. I have been doing more casual product for-sale shots on the lens more than actually using the lens. And I manage to have success in selling few items in 2016. But the sicko in me fell again for a new macro lens with Pentax DF-A 100mm f/2.8 Macro WR with weather resistance. The rational part in me try to find less used lens to go in its place

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    Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 macro in Pentax mount is sitting next to the newly arrived Pentax WR 100mm f/2.8

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    The Pentax WR macro lens doesn't have an aperture ring and I have to use PK-A type of adapter for manual guess-estimate step-less aperture control that you see labelled as Kipon Pentax PK/DA to Sony E adapter for Sony mirror-less systems.

    Both lenses are just beautiful to use and play with. The Pentax is tiny for a 100mm and its filter is sweetly sized at 49mm -- tiny except the hood is way too large in comparison

    And if I can't find a new owner for the Tamron, I can go for the lesser used lens with Super-Takumar 105mm f/2.8 in M42 mount

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    The only problem lies in not much interest from users and not much that I can get out of it. The lens is extremely tiny for a 105mm with good speed. Its size is comparable to a Contax G 90mm f/2.8. It is unfortunate that a M42 adapter adds the bulk that make it less attractive. The handling and focusing ring is much preferred in the Takumar as I have the fondest appreciation of Takumar lenses in the use with manual focusing.

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    And it will hurt a lot to let go my Contax prime which I have settled with a good-enough adapter that is small and lightweight.

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    Contax is the smallest 90mm in my gear and with the thinnest adapter and it is tiny sitting next to the Pentax WR macro with Kipon adapter

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    Contax G 90mm f/2.8 sits to the right of Fujinon 75mm f/1.8 in c-mount

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    Why am I struggling instead of enjoying the lenses to the fullest? Any suggestions, ridicule and hard-to-take lessons are welcome.

    Cheers,
    Hin
     
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  2. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
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    Matt
    my advice;
    " all you need is zeiss " ;p
    :2thumbs:

    Ain't that the truth
     
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  3. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
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    David
    I don't know about all the rest, but don't let go of that Contax 90, Hin. You know I'm right. ;)
     
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  4. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 18, 2013
    Yes, loud and clear in keeping the Contax G 90. The Tamron 90 has to go and next followed by Super-Takumar 105mm f/2.8.

    Thanks,
    Hin
     
  5. MAubrey

    MAubrey TalkEmount Top Veteran

    You definitely need that Zeiss.

    But you probably need a macro, too..two...?
     
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  6. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Regular

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    Yes, out of the two macro, the Tamron is the one to go unless I find something not right with my new lens with Pentax 100 macro WR.

    I notice that you jave Contax G 28, 45 and 90, can I ask what adapter you are using them with?

    Thanks,
    Hin
     
  7. Nexnut

    Nexnut TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Metabones - fat, heavy, safe, smooth, fast :2thumbs:

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  8. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Eric
    Hin Man,

    It sounds to me, like you are burdened by a "wealth of riches" some very nice lenses there-- it is too easy to get caught in a cycle of lens buying --> lens testing --> lens comparing --> lens photos --> lens selling --> lens buying. And somewhere actual photography gets lost.

    Ignoring technical considerations (lens size, adapter complexity, brand name panache)
    Which two lenses would you grab for an afternoon of photo-exploration?

    Set those two aside, sell the others. If they don't get you out there, capturing images, you don't need them. :thumbsup:
     
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  9. MAubrey

    MAubrey TalkEmount Top Veteran

    I don't use the 28mm on digital--only on my G1. The lens is absolutely incredible, but sadly smears way too much on any digital body to be useful. But the 45 and 90, I use with the Techart AF adapter.
     
  10. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Regular

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    I don't think I can word it any better. That is the exact picture of where I am where the actual joy of photography is lost in the pursuit of interesting gear. And thanks for the simple solution and keeping what I actually use for photo-exploration. I have my Tamron 90 listed in buy&sell and have lowered the price. It took a few minutes to buy the lens but it takes months if not weeks to find a buyer for the lens.
     
  11. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 18, 2013
    My current decision is to let go the Tamron 90 Macro and Super-Takumar 105mm f/2.8.

    And I try to revisit if I should keep the Fujinon 75mm f/1.8. The blades are beautiful to look through the lens opening. The focusing and aperture rings are reversed with the aperture control away which is closer to front and the MF is near body. You can feel the steps in the aperture ring but it is almost like a step-less ring where you can comfortably place anywhere in between steps.

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    not sure if I use a diopter on this shot

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    Cheers,
    Hin
     
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  12. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Regular

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    From my recollection, the sharpness is quite good for this c-mount lens. I don't have an extra hood as the front is recessed but I do run into strange but good potential of interesting flare in one occasion

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    I like its sharpness and color.

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    And its relative small size and f/1.8 make it a good bargain in my book. I may try to shoot more photos to find my liking between the Contax and Fujinon.

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    Fujinon 75mm f/1.8 with c-mount to Sony E adapter next to Contax G 90mm f/2.8 with Contax G to Sony E adapter

    Characters for Fujinon:
    • Good sharpness
    • Surprising good color
    • Vignette a bit in wide open
    • take sometime to get used to the focusing ring
    • aperture blade opening can have sharp edges but I don't see issues in ringed lights so far
    • can have interesting flare without hood
    • very small and compact for a 75mm f/1.8
    • c-mount is great with thin adapter

    Between the two, the Fujinon is easier to manual focus as I have a difficult time finding a satisfactory MF adapter for the Contax G lens. I have tried TechArt v2, Fotassy, Metabones and now this Kiwi brand adapter. The Metabones wins in terms smoothest MF experience but it is also the most bulky one that I have a hard time finding space on the right hand grip.

    Cheers,
    Hin
     
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  13. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Regular

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    I have placed the Contax and Takumar on Buy&Sell forum. I can't believe that I am letting the Zeiss lens go. It becomes an easy decision when both my water heater and washer broke on the weekend. I am taking out the Fujinon for a spin and I hope I don't need to include it on the to-go list.

    Thank you for all the valuable inputs.

    Hin
     
  14. BrorSvensson

    BrorSvensson TalkEmount Regular

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    the nikkor 105mm f2.5 is a real beauty, gorgeous colours and rendition. Very affordable aswell.
     
  15. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 18, 2013
    Happy and sad status update
    • 1. Tamron 90mm f/2.8 on its way to Serbia :flowers_2:
    • 2. Contax G 90mm f/2.8 with Kiwi adapter and accessories on its way to Bob :dash2:
    • 3. Super-Takumar 105mm f/2.8 currently mounted on my A6000 with Lens Turbo focal reducer for Test Pictures
    I may have a 2nd thought in keeping the Super-Tak and sell the Fujinon 75mm f/1.8 instead. I will take time to shoot pictures to get a feel and rethink the decision between 75 and 105. I have the Pentax WR 100mm f/2.8 that can fill the need for 100mm, but the Super-Takumar has the best MF focus ring that I can't find another lens that is better in MF department. Time to go out and use both to see the picture quality between the two.

    Cheers,
    Hin
     
  16. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount Veteran

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    Bob
    While I do sympathize and hope your pain passes, I am pretty excited for my first taste of Zeiss glass. :sorry:
     
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  17. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

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    David
    Ah, that sucks, Hin. Here's hoping the lenses that remain inspire you.
     
  18. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Regular

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    When I manage to sort out letting both or one of the two to go

    • Super-Takumar 105mm f/2.8 in M42
    • Fujinon 75mm f/1.8 in C

    I will need to attack my gear creep with film cameras and various lenses that are in dust collection state

    Which one of these two will you keep? The Contax 137 MA or the black Spotomatic. I have way too many precious but unused film gear

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    Or it will hurt to compete the thought of picking my red camera or my Spotomatic

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    I am self-punishing over my inactivity with films. But my immediate plan is think of a documentary journey with couple of rolls before I send off some of my film cameras. I plan to use TheDarkRoom for film processing with scanning option to see how film work out for me. I still shoot film on occasion and it is something with a tedious scanning process but there is something in film that keep me sane and happy when I can afford the time. Film is indeed a treasure trough and a great alternative to escape from digital world.


    Cheers,
    Hin
     
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  19. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount Veteran

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    Bob
    If it was purely on looks, I really like that Contax. Tough choices you are making.

    There is something appealing about film and the mostly mechanical nature of the older cameras. I still have my first 35mm camera from the 1980s, a Minolta XG-M, and the 45mm f2 lens I sometimes put on my Sony cameras. I fantasize about using the camera again, but never seem to get around to it. It's not worth much and just collecting dust; I should probably get it out there to someone who would use it.
     
  20. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Regular

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    I have taken the Super-Takumar 105mm f/2.8 out for shooting test pictures, I have felt in love with the smoothest manual focusing on the Super-Tak. It was the best experience that I have ever have over the smooth and precise focusing that the Super-Tak offers. I am reviewing the pictures out of today's visit to China Camp State Park in San Rafael of California. Lots of deer spotted in the harsh of sunlight in mid-afternoon sun. These are by no means good pictures but I was pretty far from the deer with at least 25 feet distance and I crop these two heavily from the original shot and turn black & white to make the tender moments pop in the final cut

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    What do you all think about my decision to keep the Super-Tak for its ultimate MF experience. The above were shot with Sony A6000 + Lens Turbo + Super-Takumar 105mm f/2.8, likely in f/8 to f/11.

    Cheers,
    Hin
     
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