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    Small 50mm f1.8?

    Hi fellas, any advice on a small 50mm f1.9 (or faster) to use with a micro four thirds system? When I had a Nikon D40 I shot with a pancake Nikon 50mm f1.8 that was pretty sweet...but with all the adapters for micro four thirds these days I'm sure there are smaller and faster lenses out there to go with such a petite thing as the E-P1 . The truth is I'd like something not too expensive (ah, these cheap amateur types and their crazy demands).

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    Re: Small 50mm f1.8?

    Maybe a Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5. M39 lens mount. Plenty on e-bay. I have one for a possible Micro 4/3 purchase. About 135g in weight so pretty light. I also have an OM zuiko 50mm 1.8 (made in Japan) version that I use on my 350D with fantastic results for portraits. Weighs in at about 185g I think.

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    Re: Small 50mm f1.8?

    When you say "small," do you mean small in diameter, small in length, or what?

    A lot of the C-mount lenses are very compact in diameter, but just as long as a 35mm-camera lens of equivalent focal length. So what type of smallness you want makes a difference.

    Incidentally, a lens that I've used a lot on my G1 with excellent results is the 50mm Voigtlander f/1.5 Nokton in Leica screw mount. (I've got mine in an M-adapter that I use with an M-to-4/3 adapter, but you could just get a screwmount-to-4/3 adapter and skip a step.) It isn't exactly cheap -- although "cheap" is a relative term too -- but it's more compact than the average SLR lens thanks to its smaller diameter, which makes it handier on a 4/3 camera.

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    Re: Small 50mm f1.8?

    If you can find it the Canon TV C mount 50/1.8 lens is small and very sharp. I think I paid $50 for mine. Nikkor HC 50/2 in LTM is another small lense and can be found for around $200.

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    Re: Small 50mm f1.8?

    <ponders>

    I wonder what my nikon 50mm enlarging lens would be like?

    </ponders>

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    Re: Small 50mm f1.8?

    Quote Originally Posted by pellicle View Post
    <ponders>

    I wonder what my nikon 50mm enlarging lens would be like?

    </ponders>

    If it is the last version, it would be swell. The APO-Componon 40/2.8 is even better- if you can put them in appropriate focus mounts to be useful!

    As I have mentioned before, I like the Fujinon-TV 50/1.4 (after slight modification).

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    Re: Small 50mm f1.8?

    Hello

    Why not try the Canon 50mm 1.8 LTM which is small and very good, and
    not too expensive.
    Also the Canon 50mm 1.4 LTM is a fantastic lens, although a bit bigger, but still
    much smaller than an SLR type lens.

    -jK

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    Re: Small 50mm f1.8?

    The Olympus OM 50/1.8 is cheap (and may be the cheapest) and works great on the G1. Carl Zeiss planar 50/1.7 can sometimes be found not to expensive.
    Or a 40mm /1.8 Hexanon is very small and not expensive and the Hexanon50/1.7 is a possibility too.
    There is so much to choose.

    Michiel

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    Re: Small 50mm f1.8?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
    The Olympus OM 50/1.8 is cheap (and may be the cheapest) and works great on the G1. Carl Zeiss planar 50/1.7 can sometimes be found not to expensive.
    Or a 40mm /1.8 Hexanon is very small and not expensive and the Hexanon50/1.7 is a possibility too.
    There is so much to choose.

    Michiel
    The two Konica lenses are excellent and now that there is a direct Konica AR to m4/3 adapter available you don't have to hack the lens mount.

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    Re: Small 50mm f1.8?

    Just for reference

    here are some of the lenses mentioned

    at the back is my shiny new and very petite OM 50/1.4

    at the front from left to right we have

    Nikkor E 50/1.8
    OM 50/1.8
    Contax/Zeiss 50/1.7
    Leica Summicron R 50/2

    all lovely lenses - total cost of ownership - less than 400 euros

    taken with Nikkor 35/2 on Oly 510

    cheers
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    Last edited by kevinparis; 13th November 2009 at 10:34.

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    Re: Small 50mm f1.8?

    just realised that i missed out 2 other 50's in my collection - nikkor 50/1.4 and a Takumar 1.4..... both nice lenses but definately bigger.

    I would follow the OM route - the 28 and 35's are just as small as are the 24 and 21's

    Oly know how to make small glass .... they just need to apply some of their old know how to getting primes for the micro fourthirds

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    Re: Small 50mm f1.8?

    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    The two Konica lenses are excellent and now that there is a direct Konica AR to m4/3 adapter available you don't have to hack the lens mount.
    Just ordered the adapter! I am so glad I don't have to fool around with screwdrivers and spacers anymore. 7 Konica lenses waiting to be used
    They can be bought very cheap.
    Michiel

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