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    A list of lenses that have been tested on the NEX--good and bad!

    Ok, I admit that I've gotten completely confused about the comments on "other" lenses used on the NEX.

    I would like this thread to be a list of lenses that have been tried. If you have been able to draw conclusions, let us know. Include pertinent info such as quality of infinity focus, center and edge sharpness, ease of use, comments on adapters, or other info as you deem important.

    Please post your conclusions, pro or con.
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    I need to know if CV15 and CV21s are recommended.

    Can the images be fixed in post?

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    I know they are not popular lenses around here but if someone has the Zeiss ZM 50 Sonnar 1.5 and the ZM 85 Sonnar I'd appreciate image samples.
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    I know that all of the A-mount lenses I own, work superbly with the NEX (manual focus only, till date). The only downside is due to the fact that the adapter is around an inch thick, since these are dSLR lenses, which makes even a small lens like the Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro look big.

    As soon as my Metabones (M-mount) adapter gets here, I plan to visit a few local camera stores and try out the M-mount lenses, and download the images to check out how they perform.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin View Post
    I know they are not popular lenses around here but if someone has the Zeiss ZM 50 Sonnar 1.5 and the ZM 85 Sonnar I'd appreciate image samples.
    i don't think there should be any problem with either of those lenses as neither of them has any problem on 4/3, the problems only seem to pop up on lenses 35mm or wider.

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    I tried Leica SE 18, Lux 24, ZM 35 and Lux 50 on NEX 5.
    All of them are very nice.
    No problem at all
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    I have tried Carl Zeiss Contax G 35 f/2, 45 f/2, 90 f/2.8. All work great.

    I also tried Zeiss 25 f/2.8. There is some magenta on the sides in many of the photos. It can be removed in post, but that is a PITA.

    Leica 75 f/1.4 is heavy on the NEX, but works as expected (very nice).

    Leica 90 Elmar f/4 is good. Used with OUFRO (16469Y) macro adapter, it makes a nice, small/light psuedo-macro solution for hand holding.

    Minolta MD 100 f/3.5 macro is a good performer (with tube, too), but very big and heavy. MD adapter (RJ) has a tripod mount, so size and weight are not an issue when mounted on the tripod.

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    I have used the Leica/Minolta Rokkor 40/2 and it works well at every test I have tried. Very sharp on the NEX and much better than it performed on the m4/3s that I tried.
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    Re: A list of lenses that have been tested on the NEX--good and bad!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    I have tried Carl Zeiss Contax G 35 f/2, 45 f/2, 90 f/2.8. All work great.

    I also tried Zeiss 25 f/2.8. There is some magenta on the sides in many of the photos. It can be removed in post, but that is a PITA.

    Leica 75 f/1.4 is heavy on the NEX, but works as expected (very nice).

    Leica 90 Elmar f/4 is good. Used with OUFRO (16469Y) macro adapter, it makes a nice, small/light psuedo-macro solution for hand holding.

    Minolta MD 100 f/3.5 macro is a good performer (with tube, too), but very big and heavy. MD adapter (RJ) has a tripod mount, so size and weight are not an issue when mounted on the tripod.
    Cindy, have you tried any Pen-F lenses on the NEX?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon Delacour View Post
    Cindy, have you tried any Pen-F lenses on the NEX?
    Jonathon, I only had my Pen-F adapter for a day or two and then I sent it to Monza so that he could test his lenses. In the time that I had it, I found that my 20 vignetted, but not bad. My 38 f/1.8, 50-70 zoom and 150 f/4 are all OK. Sebboh has my 42 f/1.2 now, and his photos look very good. I'll test my 20mm some more when I get my adapter back this week. I'll report back.

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    So far I have tried a Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Leica M mount, Canon FD 50mm f1.2, Canon FD 24mm f2.8, Contax G 45 f2, Nikkor 35mm f1.4, Tamron 17mm f3.5 SP adaptall 2. They all worked fine. I just can't get the focusing down as well as my Pany G1. The EVF on the G1 is definitely a lot better than the LCD screen on the Sony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    Sebboh has my 42 f/1.2 now, and his photos look very good.
    the pen f 42mm f/1.2 seems to perform quite well on the NEX. there is some vignetting wide open but no more than is usual for an f/1.2 lens on FF (for my shooting i usually end up adding vignetting rather than reducing it). sharpness is surprisingly good even wide open. bokeh can be swirly and there is a bit of barrel distortion, but those are just part of the lenses character - nothing to do with the NEX sensor in particular.

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    Re: A list of lenses that have been tested on the NEX--good and bad!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    Jonathon, I only had my Pen-F adapter for a day or two and then I sent it to Monza so that he could test his lenses. In the time that I had it, I found that my 20 vignetted, but not bad. My 38 f/1.8, 50-70 zoom and 150 f/4 are all OK. Sebboh has my 42 f/1.2 now, and his photos look very good. I'll test my 20mm some more when I get my adapter back this week. I'll report back.
    Quote Originally Posted by sebboh View Post
    the pen f 42mm f/1.2 seems to perform quite well on the NEX. there is some vignetting wide open but no more than is usual for an f/1.2 lens on FF (for my shooting i usually end up adding vignetting rather than reducing it). sharpness is surprisingly good even wide open. bokeh can be swirly and there is a bit of barrel distortion, but those are just part of the lenses character - nothing to do with the NEX sensor in particular.
    Many thanks! I'll be interested to learn more about how the 20mm performs. I'd mainly want to use the 38/3.5 Macro, 40/1.4, 42/1.2, and 60/1.5 lenses and, from what you've already reported, it seems as though those focal lengths will be OK.

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    Anyone able to mount and try the Contax G 28?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepdiver View Post
    I tried Leica SE 18, Lux 24, ZM 35 and Lux 50 on NEX 5.
    All of them are very nice.
    No problem at all
    *EDITED*
    LUX 50/1.4 ASPH is having a problem at Infinity.!!
    very soft at infinty




    move the focus ring to the left a bit :
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    Quote Originally Posted by deepdiver View Post
    *EDITED*
    LUX 50/1.4 ASPH is having a problem at Infinity.!!
    very soft at infinty




    move the focus ring to the left a bit :
    Andre,
    I think that the problem that you are having is probably with your adapter and not your lens. You can't just use the lenses infinity mark and assume that that is infinity. You have to focus till you hit infinity.
    The adapter can be shimmed so that infinity mark is really infinity, or you can just use it like it is and know that the scale is not correct and you will have to actually focus and not rely on the scale.

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    Re: A list of lenses that have been tested on the NEX--good and bad!

    I have tested my Leica 35 f/2 ASPH and my CV 28 f/1.9 on my NEX5 and both work to my satisfaction.

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    Hi all... long time lurker, first time poster here! But this talk of adapted lenses on the NEX has drawn me out

    I've tested my CV 28mm F2 Ultron on an RJ adapter, manually focused to actual infinity, at f2-16. I've only checked the magnified corner views on the LCD, but so far I haven't seen any smearing. When I download the raw files I'll check them again in Bibble and try to post crops here.

    I'm pretty excited about the Ultron because it becomes a 42mm F2, which is a perfect normal lens for me. I've shot 40mm for a long time and F2 is fast enough for me; I go up to 3200 ISO on the NEX-5 without hesitation. Actual infinity seems to be at the left edge of the "infinity" symbol on the lens. My M-Hex 50mm F2 also works great, though I noticed a bit of CA wide open.

    Adapted lenses gives me a nice kit with the 16mm pancake: 24-42 for two lens, add a 75 if I feel like it. And the whole thing is smaller and lighter than my RF kit

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    Bruin-
    Welcome to the non-lurking world! Great to get your input on the Ultron!

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    Re: A list of lenses that have been tested on the NEX--good and bad!

    Hi Bruin and Welcome
    hi Terry - I hope you're having a grand time.

    I've been playing with:

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    35 f1.4 asph lux (new version)
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    75 f2 asph cron
    135 f1.8 Zeiss (A mount)
    they all seem fine - even wide open

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruin View Post
    Adapted lenses gives me a nice kit with the 16mm pancake: 24-42 for two lens, add a 75 if I feel like it. And the whole thing is smaller and lighter than my RF kit
    This is exactly the boat I'm in. A 24mm, ~50mm and a tele (around 75mm or so) is really all that I need for most things. Welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi Bruin and Welcome
    hi Terry - I hope you're having a grand time.

    I've been playing with:

    Leica:
    16-18-21 tri-elmar
    35 f1.4 asph lux (new version)
    50 f1.4 asph lux
    75 f2 asph cron
    135 f1.8 Zeiss (A mount)
    they all seem fine - even wide open
    Wow, you mean you have the NEW 35 1.4 ASPH? You are living it up over there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    Wow, you mean you have the NEW 35 1.4 ASPH? You are living it up over there!
    Well yes I do . . . but I never did have the old version (if that makes it any better?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    Wow, you mean you have the NEW 35 1.4 ASPH? You are living it up over there!
    I gave one look at the price of the LUXs (f/1.4), especially the newer ASPH versions and with even the used ones being well in the stratosphere.... then I looked at the CRONs (f/2s) and found the ASPH versions to be and finally found a used Ver.4 (Pre-ASPH) which was a lot more palatable.

    The only question left is about the performance on the NEX. The others have seemingly only tested with the 35 CRON ASPH, which is a bit larger than my upcoming pre-ASPH CRON and so the performance with the pre-ASPH CRON is still up in the air.

    The saving grace is that the CRON I am getting comes with a box and all accessories and is German built, which seems to hold its value better than the Canadian ones. So push comes to shove, and if the performance is not upto snuff, I will just sell it and go with the other proven alternatives.
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    I tested the Pen-F 20 f/3.5 and the 38 f/1.8. They both vignette wide open, but look good at other apertures with a tiny vignette tweak in LR3. The vignette wide open is an easy correction, too.

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    Roweraay, that Summicron is a great lens, and I doubt you'll regret getting the real deal. I nearly pulled the trigger on one of those, especially since I often use a Summicron 50 R on the A900, but I really wanted the f1.4. I have a pretty good feeling that your Summicron will be fine at the edges. In fact, our lenses aren't all that different in design, outside of the extra element in my CV 35 1.4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roweraay View Post
    I gave one look at the price of the LUXs (f/1.4), especially the newer ASPH versions and with even the used ones being well in the stratosphere.... then I looked at the CRONs (f/2s) and found the ASPH versions to be and finally found a used Ver.4 (Pre-ASPH) which was a lot more palatable.
    Ah yes - the difference is that I bought it to go on my M9, and so the NEX is just a sideline.

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    Schneider Cine Macro Tele Xenar 75mm F2.8
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    Here I used F2.8 at closed focus 1:2


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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Ah yes - the difference is that I bought it to go on my M9, and so the NEX is just a sideline.
    Agreed. And now I am tempted to get a used M, so that I could mount the new 35/2 on it, just to see what all the fuss about the RF is about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    In fact, our lenses aren't all that different in design, outside of the extra element in my CV 35 1.4.
    Yeah, it does look almost the same....maybe the extra element is an additional correction for something, to take it to f/1.4. I am hopeful it will work out just fine - we'll see.

    Did you get your Metabones adapter yet ? Mine is on the way but has not got to me yet. My new 35/2 will get to me next Tuesday.
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    I haven't received the adapter yet. I hope it arrives before the camera does, or that'll drive me nuts! I can't wait to see shots from that Summicron. It should be wonderful, and it'll probably make me regret I went with the cheapie Nokton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    I haven't received the adapter yet. I hope it arrives before the camera does, or that'll drive me nuts! I can't wait to see shots from that Summicron. It should be wonderful, and it'll probably make me regret I went with the cheapie Nokton.
    To be quite honest, I would not have minded having an addition $1K in my pocket for other things (by opting for the CV 35 over the Cron)....especially since it has now been proven that the CV 35 is a good performer on the NEX with no smearing etc. I am a guy who want to get things done as in-expensively as possible, as long as there are no imaging compromises.

    But if the Cron is truly a good performer, then I will be a happy camper, regardless.

    I will be sure to post pictures with it, when I get it. If it does not perform well, then off it goes.
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    I just got my A-mount to E-mount adapter today...and still no camera! It looks like I'm going to have some fun with my m42 lenses on NEX. I have this cool little Schneider C-Curtagon 35mm 2.8 that probably isn't that much bigger than the ZM 35/2, and that's including the LEA-1 adapter! I'm also anxious to try my SMC Takumar 5/1.4, Leica Summicron R 50, and Zeiss Jena 135/3.5. I already know how they'll perform, since they are SLR lenses and I have an A700 lying around, but I'm anxious to get a sense of the handling. Actually I'm just hoping I'm okay with the size, because I'm not dying to buy more M lenses.

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    My tests will be:

    40/2.8 Rollei Sonnar (LTM) --- this is a super tiny lens, should be a nice match for the size of the NEX.

    50/1.5 Zeiss Opton Sonnar (vintage Contax RF) --- probably my favorite lens, will require multiple adapters

    100/2.8 Leica R APO Macro --- need to find a Leica R adapter with a tripod mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    .. because I'm not dying to buy more M lenses.
    Agreed. But I think as long as you stay away from brand-new ones, and if you are willing to consider non-Leica alternatives, you get some top-notch ones pretty in-expensively. The advantage of the RF lenses is the size...the SLR lenses simply don't compare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roweraay View Post
    Agreed. But I think as long as you stay away from brand-new ones, and if you are willing to consider non-Leica alternatives, you get some top-notch ones pretty in-expensively. The advantage of the RF lenses is the size...the SLR lenses simply don't compare.
    Yeah, I have to ignore the stares from that little ZM 50 1.5 on B&H. Actually, once I have to bring more than one lens with me, I'm not sure that I'm THAT concerned with size. I don't mind the size of my Summicron R 50 for a tele lens from the looks of things, but we'll see.

    I really hope this doesn't all unravel into me wanting an M9 again. I nearly sold all of my Alpha gear for one last winter!

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    Re: A list of lenses that have been tested on the NEX--good and bad!

    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    Yeah, I have to ignore the stares from that little ZM 50 1.5 on B&H.
    That's a lovely lens - tricky on an M9 because of the focus shift, but of course that won't matter on the NEX
    Dreamy at f1.5 - razor sharp by f4 . . . . what else could one want? (actually, what one might want is one's son not to have gone off with it to use on their Pen!)


    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    I really hope this doesn't all unravel into me wanting an M9 again. I nearly sold all of my Alpha gear for one last winter!
    A900 and M9 go very nicely together, but I agree, not a one or other situation.

    It seems to me Douglas that you are in a dangerous place here - I hope you're partner is keen on photo expenditure

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    Yeah, I have to ignore the stares from that little ZM 50 1.5 on B&H. Actually, once I have to bring more than one lens with me, I'm not sure that I'm THAT concerned with size. I don't mind the size of my Summicron R 50 for a tele lens from the looks of things, but we'll see.

    I really hope this doesn't all unravel into me wanting an M9 again. I nearly sold all of my Alpha gear for one last winter!
    They told me that once you have a Leica there is no going back. I sold it and regret every second. But alas the M9 is beyond my funds.
    So a word from the wise - don't go there - I still wake up from dreams where I've been searching for my camera http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif

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    ha ha ha - that should be a frowning face not a link to it ...

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    Re: A list of lenses that have been tested on the NEX--good and bad!

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    I tested the Pen-F 20 f/3.5 and the 38 f/1.8. They both vignette wide open, but look good at other apertures with a tiny vignette tweak in LR3. The vignette wide open is an easy correction, too.
    Thanks, Cindy. This is most useful as I'm still trying to decide whether or not to join the NEX team. Although there's strong interest amongst forum members in using M-mount lenses on the NEX cameras, the 0.7 meter minimum focusing distance is a deal-breaker for me -- I gave up trying to use M lenses on m4/3 for that reason. The Pen F lenses offer an alternative but now I'm thinking that I might be better off using a small, fast 28mm SLR lens on the NEX...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon Delacour View Post
    ...but now I'm thinking that I might be better off using a small, fast 28mm SLR lens on the NEX...
    But be aware that an SLR lens adapter adds a whole inch+ to the combo, which means even a small SLR lens looks large on the NEX, when stuck ahead of this thick adapter. The RF adapters are obviously very slim and when coupled with small lenses, don't look too lop-sided when outfitted on the NEX.

    On the other hand, since every dSLR lens ever made can work with products like the NEX, there are some very cheap f/1.2 lenses from the old Canon FD mount or Minolta MD mount etc that will work with the NEX, via adapters. And these will absolutely not have any of the issues that RF lenses have, like corner smearing etc.
    A900 with a few lenses, flashes etc.

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    aleksanderpolo, Yes I tried and use the Contax G 28mm F2.8 lens on the NEX 5. At infinity wide open it does show smearing which as the aperture gets smaller it disappears. At 5.6 it is almost gone. I have found that I can use the Aperture 3 brushes with sharpening at even F 2.8 and you really have to be really looking for smearing to even know its there with a full leafy tree on all corners.

    I like the 42mm effective perspective it offers me so I am using it outside in the sun at 5.6 or more on the f stop with no noticeable issues detected by those who have view them in print at 8x10 or on a big screen desktop. I think sometime we are way more critical and demanding than those who view our work. Guess that is a good thing at times. I am using 28, 45, and 90mm Contax G lenses daily and enjoying the heck out of the experience. I have the 35mm f2 somewhere but haven't found it as of yet due to the fact I hated it compared to my other lenses on my Contax G2 so I didn't even carry it in the bag. Wish I could use my 21mm as IMO that is the best 21mm lens I have ever used or seen and buy far my preferred lens on my Contax G2. I just keep the 21mm on the G2 now with the finder on top as a second shoulder camera with Velvia loaded in it for those 21mm scenics we so often have around the ocean.

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    Thanks Jim. And the 21 doesn't work?

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    Re: A list of lenses that have been tested on the NEX--good and bad!

    Quote Originally Posted by roweraay View Post
    But be aware that an SLR lens adapter adds a whole inch+ to the combo, which means even a small SLR lens looks large on the NEX, when stuck ahead of this thick adapter. The RF adapters are obviously very slim and when coupled with small lenses, don't look too lop-sided when outfitted on the NEX.

    On the other hand, since every dSLR lens ever made can work with products like the NEX, there are some very cheap f/1.2 lenses from the old Canon FD mount or Minolta MD mount etc that will work with the NEX, via adapters. And these will absolutely not have any of the issues that RF lenses have, like corner smearing etc.
    You're absolutely correct. However, the thinner adapter isn't enough of a benefit (to me) to compensate for the minimum focusing distance of most M-mount lenses. I'd love to put a CV 28/1.9 on the NEX-5 but that 0.7 meter MFD drives me batty (and, in any case, the RF smearing problem seems to kick in at around 28mm).

    If I want a small NEX-5/lens combo, I can use one of my Pen F lenses, since the Pen F adapter is about the same thickness as the M-mount adapter. Unfortunately there's no 28mm Pen F lens and 28mm on a 1.5x crop sensor yields my favorite (42mm EFoV) focal length (I see that Jim likes the 42mm perspective too).

    So I'm thinking that a late MD Rokkor 28/2 (with the 49mm filter thread) might do the trick, since it's smaller and lighter than the earlier (55mm filter) MD Rokkor 28/2. I already have a Vivitar Close Focus 28/2 which is an excellent lens given its low price, but the Rokkor should be a bit better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon Delacour View Post
    So I'm thinking that a late MD Rokkor 28/2 (with the 49mm filter thread) might do the trick, since it's smaller and lighter than the earlier (55mm filter) MD Rokkor 28/2. I already have a Vivitar Close Focus 28/2 which is an excellent lens given its low price, but the Rokkor should be a bit better.
    i also have the vivitar close focus 28/2 and just got the adapter for it yesterday. it looks pretty good even wide open (except for the loCA), but i have to admit i like the overall rendering of my rokkor lenses better. i had the same thought and was about to order the mint rokkor 28/2 on keh, but somebody beat me to it. it wasn't you was it?

    anyway here is a shot with the vivitar on my NEX at f/2:

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    Re: A list of lenses that have been tested on the NEX--good and bad!

    Sebboh, what a marvelous picture! Was the camera on a tripod?

    Actually, it was me who ordered the Rokkor 28/2 from KEH . I'd already looked on eBay but there were only (55mm filter) MD I/II versions for sale (I already have one of these). So I was amazed that KEH had the 49mm MD III version at such a reasonable price. Even so, you can never be sure with KEH that the item you've ordered is actually still available. I won't feel as though the order has gone through until they tell me the lens has shipped.

    If all the stars align and I finally get the NEX-5, the Rokkor 28/2, and the adapter, I'll post some results. But I think I'll be struggling to match the quality you're already achieving with the Vivitar CF 28/2.

    Quote Originally Posted by sebboh View Post
    i also have the vivitar close focus 28/2 and just got the adapter for it yesterday. it looks pretty good even wide open (except for the loCA), but i have to admit i like the overall rendering of my rokkor lenses better. i had the same thought and was about to order the mint rokkor 28/2 on keh, but somebody beat me to it. it wasn't you was it?

    anyway here is a shot with the vivitar on my NEX at f/2:

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    Sebboh, what a marvelous picture! Was the camera on a tripod?

    Actually, it was me who ordered the Rokkor 28/2 from KEH . I'd already looked on eBay but there were only (55mm filter) MD I/II versions for sale (I already have one of these). So I was amazed that KEH had the 49mm MD III version at such a reasonable price. Even so, you can never be sure with KEH that the item you've ordered is actually still available. I won't feel as though the order has gone through until they tell me the lens has shipped.

    If all the stars align and I finally get the NEX-5, the Rokkor 28/2, and the adapter, I'll post some results. But I think I'll be struggling to match the quality you're already achieving with the Vivitar CF 28/2.
    thanks, no tripod - i had just got the MC/MD adapter and ran out on my lunch break to test it with the MD mount lenses i had with me. i just handheld the shots with the lens at mfd and fired a burst (whenever i do this it seems the first is always the keeper as my focus drifs through the burst). as it happens, when i switched lenses to my rokkor MD 24mm f/2.8 another bumble be landed on that exact same flower and i was able to get a very similar shot of with it for comparison:


    focal length and max aperture issues aside the two lenses have rather different drawing styles (and i'm sure the MD 28/2 will be closer to the other rokkor than the vivitar). wide open my rokkor is sharper (but a stop slower) and has greater contrast. stopped down they are both extremely sharp. the vivitar has an extremely smooth bokeh that to my eye flattens the look of the images. this can be very nice for portraits and very busy backgrounds, but overall i like the slightly less smooth rokkor style bokeh that seems to keep some of the images depth intact. i'm always amazed how consistant all of my MD lenses have been in their drawing style (the MCs i've used seem a bit different).

    anyway, enough of my rambling. good luck with the MD 28/2, i'm quite jealous. i was stalling trying to decide which lenses i could sell to buy it myself (getting the NEX and Cindy's 42mm has maxed out my camera spending for a bit). post some shots when you get it. and if for some reason you want to sell it or the MC version let me know.

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    Re: A list of lenses that have been tested on the NEX--good and bad!

    Quote Originally Posted by roweraay View Post
    ...Did you get your Metabones adapter yet ? Mine is on the way but has not got to me yet. My new 35/2 will get to me next Tuesday.
    I received my Metabones adapter today. The CV 35 1.4 snaps into it very snuggly, and I'd say I'm as happy as I could be with it...considering I don't have the actual camera yet. Nice build, looks great and fair price. I hope it nails infinity. Camera arrives Monday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sebboh View Post
    thanks, no tripod - i had just got the MC/MD adapter and ran out on my lunch break to test it with the MD mount lenses i had with me. i just handheld the shots with the lens at mfd and fired a burst (whenever i do this it seems the first is always the keeper as my focus drifs through the burst). as it happens, when i switched lenses to my rokkor MD 24mm f/2.8 another bumble be landed on that exact same flower and i was able to get a very similar shot of with it for comparison:


    focal length and max aperture issues aside the two lenses have rather different drawing styles (and i'm sure the MD 28/2 will be closer to the other rokkor than the vivitar). wide open my rokkor is sharper (but a stop slower) and has greater contrast. stopped down they are both extremely sharp. the vivitar has an extremely smooth bokeh that to my eye flattens the look of the images. this can be very nice for portraits and very busy backgrounds, but overall i like the slightly less smooth rokkor style bokeh that seems to keep some of the images depth intact. i'm always amazed how consistant all of my MD lenses have been in their drawing style (the MCs i've used seem a bit different).

    anyway, enough of my rambling. good luck with the MD 28/2, i'm quite jealous. i was stalling trying to decide which lenses i could sell to buy it myself (getting the NEX and Cindy's 42mm has maxed out my camera spending for a bit). post some shots when you get it. and if for some reason you want to sell it or the MC version let me know.
    Good to see people trying the old Rokkor 28/2 on theNEX.
    I have both 49mm and 55mm filter size versions and was planning on trying them out on a Nex when I buy one.I really like the lens on my 1ds3.
    Sharp wide open and great value since I got each copy for $200.
    58/1.2 and 28/2 are my favorite Rokkors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayne_s View Post
    Good to see people trying the old Rokkor 28/2 on theNEX.
    I have both 49mm and 55mm filter size versions and was planning on trying them out on a Nex when I buy one.I really like the lens on my 1ds3.
    Sharp wide open and great value since I got each copy for $200.
    58/1.2 and 28/2 are my favorite Rokkors.
    have you done any comparison between the two (55mm and 49mm filter thread) to see if there are any differences in performance?

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