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    Question If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    .. what would that be and why?

    (Not that I need another lens but could not help looking at some unusual beasts. )

    The lens could be from any make and for any format but will have to cover the m4/3rds sensor fully.

    Let us just restrict the FL range from 20 to 50mm.

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    Underlined, I see that, but I have to stretch it a little - because I would like to have an Coastal Optics 60mm macro. I have became fund of those CA free images.

    I would of course need a bigger sensor to go with the lens. I guess that when the day come and I have saved up for the 60mm I'll also be able to find a LIVE FF camera. No, I don't exactly need anything of this, but...

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Since I already have a Minolta adapter I would like a Minolta 58/1.2 to use with extension tubes for macros. It would double for no-flash indoor shots.
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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonas View Post
    Underlined, I see that, but I have to stretch it a little - because I would like to have an Coastal Optics 60mm macro. I have became fund of those CA free images.

    I would of course need a bigger sensor to go with the lens. I guess that when the day come and I have saved up for the 60mm I'll also be able to find a LIVE FF camera. No, I don't exactly need anything of this, but...
    Curious because:

    1. There are plenty of cheaper alternatives for this (e.g: Schneider APO Componon/Digitar, etc in 60mm FL).

    2. Not special unless you would make use of it for UV and IR- neither is possible with an off the shelf m4/3rds cam.

    3. Not sure if the QC problems related to "hotspotting" in all wavelength regions are resolved.

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Curious because:

    1. There are plenty of cheaper alternatives for this (e.g: Schneider APO Componon/Digitar, etc in 60mm FL).

    2. Not special unless you would make use of it for UV and IR- neither is possible with an off the shelf m4/3rds cam.

    3. Not sure if the QC problems related to "hotspotting" in all wavelength regions are resolved.
    1: I don't know of all options. But I do know I want a lens not cumbersome to use. I don't mind a normal focusing ring for example, or an easy to mount lens. F-mount seem just fine for Nikon, Canon and 4/3. The Schneider lens also doesn't seem to be optimized for UV-IR-VIS - and I have never seen an image taken with the lens.

    2: Heh. OK, it wasn't special enough - or is my yet unmodified camera not special enough?

    3: Ooops. There is a QC problem with the CO 60mm? The reviews I have seen didn't notice this. On the contrary I read there are no hot spots. Maybe they didn't test "all wavelength regions"? DO you have a source mentioning the problem?

    Vivek, dreams wishes and wants don't have to be realistic, or unmatched by some other option, do they? Maybe I misunderstood your original post.

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    The lens I lust for is the Leica 50 Summilux ASPH in solid titanium. It was only sold with the solid titanium M7 kit. I am waiting for someone to be willing to split up the kit, or go in with me on it and buy the camera.

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    I'm with Brad on this one, though it doesn't have to be titanium. The 50 lux asph would complete my M kit nicely.

    But since you posted this in the 4/3rds forum, and I'm limited to 20-50, I'd say the Canon FD 35/2.8 T/S. I had this lens in Nikon mount and regret selling it. Could be fun on the GF1.

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Quote Originally Posted by wjlapier View Post
    But since you posted this in the 4/3rds forum, and I'm limited to 20-50, I'd say the Canon FD 35/2.8 T/S.

    Yeah, that would be nice.

    Jonas, Search around (nikongear.com).

    You do not need a "special lens" for digital IR or even UV.

    "Reviews" are fun for reading.

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    I have tried Schneider 50mm f2.8 Xenoplan. The ultra high resolution for measurement is just an unbeatable lens I have ever seen. I just want to find its brother 28mm f2.8 for my standard lens shot.

    But rather than lens, I perfer a tilt shift adapter of using nikon mount with aperture control.
    We can then use a 12-24mm f4 Nikkor or Tokina for shooting. It is still quite usable for the coverage.

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    35 Cron with 4/3 mount, no adapter and af.
    I just love dreams......
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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Its kinda difficult to pick one lens within such broad range, so I'll take liberty and split at least in two.

    25mm - Kinoptik 25mm f2
    50mm - Kinoptik 50mm f2 macro

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    [email protected] we dream-on...a 25mm Computar 1.3 with an adapted CNC crafted 16 blade iris assembly... a Switar killer...

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Jonas, Search around (nikongear.com).

    You do not need a "special lens" for digital IR or even UV.

    "Reviews" are fun for reading.
    Thank you for pointing me to the nikongear. I wasn't aware of the problem. I must have taken diglloyd's review to lighthearted.

    Again, however, "need" and "want" is not the same thing.

    As I now have taken the CO 60mm away from my wish list it is empty. I have what I need. What's your own special want to have?

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Hudson nailed it!

    One of these days I will get one done, in the meantime, I shall live with those triangles way in the background.

    I located one of my Pana MD to c-mount adapters and tried the 40/2 pancake. Not bad. There are some interesting Minolta MD and Maxxum special lenses.

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Hudson nailed it!

    There are some interesting Minolta MD and Maxxum special lenses.
    I have 4 Minolta MC lenses & they all provide a blue colour cast to the images that can be rectified in Lightroom. Perhaps the MDs are better??
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    Somehow I dream of getting the Canon 50mm f0.95 seems like a massive piece of glass with great performance.

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    I'm looking forward to the 25/1.1 manual focus (native micro 4/3 mount) that I have heard rumors about.

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Although I'll likely never get it, and really don't need it, one of the Contax G Biogon 21mm f/2.8 lenses would be a delight to work with.

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    I'm looking forward to the 25/1.1 manual focus (native micro 4/3 mount) that I have heard rumors about.

    If you could get me a sample when it shows up, I would love to try it.

    Ron, I just referred to the mount (MD), though the one I mention (45/2) is a Rokkor-X is also not a single coated lens, it seems to me that your mount might have a paint problem.

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Quote Originally Posted by Streetshooter View Post
    35 Cron with 4/3 mount, no adapter and af.
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    What a disaster it will be...which version do you have in mind, Don?

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post

    Ron, I just referred to the mount (MD), though the one I mention (45/2) is a Rokkor-X is also not a single coated lens, it seems to me that your mount might have a paint problem.
    I do not understand what you mean Vivek. My lenses are Minolta Rokkor MC mount on a R J Camera adapter. What paint are you referring to?
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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Ron, Check your adapter to see if there are paint chips exposing any shiny areas and/or if the paint itself is reflecting. It should be ideally dull mat black.

    The tube (ideally) also should be ridged (light baffle) and should not have a smooth machined surface which gets exacerbated when painted over with the wrong paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Ron, Check your adapter to see if there are paint chips exposing any shiny areas and/or if the paint itself is reflecting. It should be ideally dull mat black.

    The tube (ideally) also should be ridged (light baffle) and should not have a smooth machined surface which gets exacerbated when painted over with the wrong paint.
    Thanks for your clarification Vivek.

    The inside of the R J Camera adapter has a smooth black finish the same as the outside surface. It is not corrugated (ridged) like the inside of extension tubes & it is solid black.

    The best white balance is "shade", it gets rid of a lot of the blue colour cast.

    My son has a bunch of Pentax lenses so I plan on getting a Pentax to m4/3 adapter & see how they work on my G1.
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    After a buying frenzy in the beginning I have calmed down considerably, and knowing that the pancake lens is waiting in my mailbox is also very comforting, so I don't have anything really urgent that I am looking at right now. What I would like to try is a really good Zeiss glass, maybe a 58mm because I like that length, or a nice 35mm Summilux.

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    I'd like a tilt adaptor that allowed me to use DoF control for near far objects with a lens like my 50mm at f2

    I miss my TS-E 90 on 35mm film but as I have a 4x5 I can't bitch too much. It is tempting to sell the 4x5 and get a full frame outfit but I doubt it would weigh less and I would not really get the detail I do with the 4x5 in black and white.

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    What a disaster it will be...which version do you have in mind, Don?
    Vivek,
    Prolly a 2 or 3....but there wasn't a bad one in the bunch anyway...

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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    I'm looking forward to the 25/1.1 manual focus (native micro 4/3 mount) that I have heard rumors about.
    That would be awesome. Have you heard rumors of whom it will be coming from?
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    Re: If you would like to have one more "special" manual focus lens..

    Quote Originally Posted by Streetshooter View Post
    Vivek,
    Prolly a 2 or 3....but there wasn't a bad one in the bunch anyway...
    Don, I meant that the AF would make it a disaster. The lenses are super and need a proper (35mm) camera, IMHO.

    Why waste it on an m4/3rds?

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