Site Sponsors
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Which (mount) MF lenses to get for m43?

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    EU
    Posts
    325
    Post Thanks / Like

    Which (mount) MF lenses to get for m43?

    I bought recently an Olympus E-M5 and have started experimenting with manual lenses on it. I'm a Pentax user and have some Takumars, which work beautifully regarding manual focusing. Some are excellent optically, some not so much. My PK mount lenses are mostly either of the DA series (meaning no aperture ring) or optically sub-par, so they're not optimal.

    So, excluding the M42 and PK mounts, which lens mount lenses (or even individual lenses) would you suggest worth getting?

    In order to make sense, the lenses should be optically good and reasonably priced. Smallish size (shortish flange registration length) would also be a bonus.

    Any suggestions? I suspect not many Leica-M lenses are reasonably priced. And while Leica-R lenses may be cheaper (or are they?), they aren't exactly small.

  2. #2
    Senior Member JBurnett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
    Posts
    530
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    2

    Re: Which (mount) MF lenses to get for m43?

    As you've found with the Takumars, I'm not sure any specific mount has uniformly excellent glass. But you can find good individual lenses in a variety of mounts. It requires some research, though.

    Most Contax G-series glass is reputed to be excellent. But these are expensive, and require a very specialized adapter to focus.

    Olympus OM lenses can be excellent, and they command higher prices because of it. They tend to be among the most compact SLR lenses. The original Olympus Pen lenses are even smaller, but harder to find, and pricier still.

    Old Nikkors are pricey because they are still in demand.

    There are some excellent Canon FD examples, but, like the Nikkors, they are not always very compact or light.

    Konica SLR lenses can be had less expensively, as can most lenses with discontinued mounts.

    Among the Leica M-mounts, you might consider the Minolta Rokkor 40mm f/2, or Voigtlanders. Not cheap by any means.

    There are many c-mount adherents -- you can see lots of examples on this site.

    I have personally tried a variety of older lenses -- M42, Canon FD, Leica M (the Rokkor 40mm), a Konica Macro lens. In the end, though, I use them very little. For me, the IQ and convenience of native micro-4/3 lenses outweighs the fun of adapted lenses.
    Best regards,
    John.
    http://jburnett.ca
    Likes 1 Member(s) liked this post

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    EU
    Posts
    325
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Which (mount) MF lenses to get for m43?

    Quote Originally Posted by JBurnett View Post
    For me, the IQ and convenience of native micro-4/3 lenses outweighs the fun of adapted lenses.
    That may be a wise approach, but in addition to potentially finding optical gems, the feeling of shooting with old lenses is an added bonus. Like for example now on my OM-D is the 50mm f/4 1:1 Macro-Takumar that was made 1966-69 and is actually about my age. Shows much less wear, though.

  4. #4
    Member biomed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    43
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Which (mount) MF lenses to get for m43?

    Quote Originally Posted by JBurnett View Post
    For me, the IQ and convenience of native micro-4/3 lenses outweighs the fun of adapted lenses.

    I agree with this for the most part, but I quite often use my Voigtlander Heliar 75/2.5 and Nokton 50/1.5 with my u4/3 bodies. I only use native u4/3 wide angle lenses. As for what adapter to get....I based my choice on the MF lenses I own.
    Likes 1 Member(s) liked this post

  5. #5
    Super Duper
    Senior Member
    iiiNelson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    3,187
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Which (mount) MF lenses to get for m43?

    I believe SLR magic and Voigtlander makes native MF Micro 4/3 lenses. That saves you a bit of money on adapters.

    All of my manual focus lenses are M mount though but none are really "cheap." Voigtlanders were a great deal a few years ago (not that they aren't still capable.) The prices have silently creeped up though.I bought my Nokton 50/1.5 for about $450 with adapter in 2009. I think they go for close to $850 new now. Same with My 28/2 Ultron... It was in the $450-500 range and now it's $630. For the money I would say the Zeiss 50/2 Planar is hard to beat if you can find a good used one. It would make a great portrait lens on M4/3.
    Sony Visible Light & IR Photographer
    http://www.iiinelsonimages.com
    Likes 2 Member(s) liked this post

  6. #6
    Super Duper
    Senior Member
    Vivek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    13,601
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    21

    Re: Which (mount) MF lenses to get for m43?

    C mount:

    1. Computar-TV 25/1.3
    2. Fujinon TV 25/1.4
    3. Fujinon TV 50/1.4

    Pen F mount:

    40/1.4

    60/1.5

    100/3.5

    38/3.5 Macro

    Aside from that consider getting a Speed Booster (EF mount) so that you can virtually use pretty much any SLR lenses with increased sharpness and speed.
    Likes 1 Member(s) liked this post

  7. #7
    Senior Member Tullio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    Posts
    403
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Which (mount) MF lenses to get for m43?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    C mount:

    1. Computar-TV 25/1.3
    2. Fujinon TV 25/1.4
    3. Fujinon TV 50/1.4

    ...
    I quite like those lenses as well. They are tiny, very sharp and for some reason, they make MF very easy as you can clearly see when the image is on focus. Add to that the fact that they are fast and cheap and you've got winners.

    I also like the Canon FD lenses, particularly the 50mm f1.4 and 28mm f2.8.

    However, IMO nothing beats the native m4/3 lenses.
    Tullio

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •