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    Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    Just picked up an NEX-5, and I'm new to the system. I'm getting the two-lens kit (16 & 18-55).

    What I'd like to add now are some fast manual-focus primes, but not sure what lenses work best on the NEX-5 with adapters.

    Are there issues with wide-angle M mount lenses (such as on the mFT systems), where the edges get very soft?

    I'm on a budget, so looking for good "value" picks. Would like some recommendations for the following:

    - wide-angle landscape lens (something wider than the Sony 16mm lens)
    - fast "normal" prime in the 30-50 range (effective 45-75mm range)
    - fast portrait lens in the 50-70mm range (effective 75-100mm range)

    If possible, would like all my "alternative" lenses to be of the same mount, to simplify packing a light kit that shares adapters.

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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    I haven't gotten my NEX--> Adapter yet but I still have a CV 28/2 Ultron and 50/1.5 Nokton that I used on Micro 4/3. There's a thread with image examples from adapted lenses on the NEX. A lot of people seem to like the Contax G series lenses as well as Olympus PEN lenses from faster primes. You should check out that thread too.
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    Mike, while I do not have a NEX (so ignore the rest if you like ), in my obsessive looking at the NEX/SLT with various options, the minolta primes look good. Inexpensive, and seemingly very good performance. Reportedly they have A control with the sony E to A adaptor, and will of course auto-focus with any alpha mount if you decide to go that route in the future.

    Alas, I have not found a suitable wide angle alternative to the 16mm that would be smaller and cheaper than the body!

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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    For your quick viewing pleasure... http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18549
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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    Excellent thread - thanks for the link!
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    No prob. I'm hoping to get an adapter soon myself but priority one is this Leica M9 bug I've managed to fight for 15 months now...
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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    Pen F lenses are good and have better minimum focus distances compared to rangefinder lenses. I use a few Voigtlander M and S mount rangefinder lenses, and the 35/1.4 is my main walk around lens. For a wide, I don't think you're gonna do much better than the Sony 16mm.

    I personally find using the Sony adapter with Sony lenses less desirable, because, like with a DSLR, the adapter keeps the lens at full aperture while focusing, so you don't get real time depth of field preview.

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    I've been thinking about the samyang 14mm. It sure looks better than the sony on paper. Of course it will be quite a bit bigger but I am trying to maintain slt use with my lenses as well. There are a couple of zooms from tokina and sigma that also look good, both dx and fullframe.

    I suspect we may see nex lenses from the aftermarket soon. Depends on whether the market goes big in the advanced am segment or is more restricted to the p&s/kitlens segments.

    I'm really anxiously awaiting the Sigma SD1 though.

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    Pen F lenses are good and have better minimum focus distances compared to rangefinder lenses. I use a few Voigtlander M and S mount rangefinder lenses, and the 35/1.4 is my main walk around lens. For a wide, I don't think you're gonna do much better than the Sony 16mm.

    I personally find using the Sony adapter with Sony lenses less desirable, because, like with a DSLR, the adapter keeps the lens at full aperture while focusing, so you don't get real time depth of field preview.

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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    Pen F lenses are good and have better minimum focus distances compared to rangefinder lenses. I use a few Voigtlander M and S mount rangefinder lenses, and the 35/1.4 is my main walk around lens. For a wide, I don't think you're gonna do much better than the Sony 16mm.

    I personally find using the Sony adapter with Sony lenses less desirable, because, like with a DSLR, the adapter keeps the lens at full aperture while focusing, so you don't get real time depth of field preview.
    I'm not familiar with the Pen F lenses. Any recomendations on good choices within this line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hatam View Post
    I'm not familiar with the Pen F lenses. Any recomendations on good choices within this line?

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    i only have the 42mm f/1.2 and 38mm f/1.8. the 42mm is fantastic (with the issues you'd expect from a 50 year old f/1.2) though quite expensive. i'm undecided about 38mm yet - it has a rather harsh swirly bokeh wide open but is quite contrasty and sharp in the center, haven't taken many stopped down shots with it yet.

    there aren't any pen f lenses wider than 16mm that i know of thought there are 20mm and 25mm lenses that i don't know anything about the performance of. if you are looking for something wider than 16mm the only real option i can think of is the voigltander 12mm f/5.6. it is quite compact and sharp (for a 12mm lens) without any smearing on the NEX though it does have quite severe vignetting. you can see a review of it on the NEX here

    there are two pen f portrait lens, 60/1.5 and 70/2, both are quite expensive and i don't know much about them. for portrait i would probably look at one of the many f/2 or faster rangefinder lenses out there. if you like the sonnar look you could pick up a jupiter-3 cheap or a more expensive nikkor s 50/1.4. another more budget option might be the voigtlander 50/1.5 or any fast ~50mm slr lens if you don't mind the size.

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    OP: You could wait until the E-mount Zeiss lens comes out? It's rumored to be a 35/1.4 (and may have AF, for the occasions where that is useful).

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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    Mike.

    I use the following pen F lenses:

    1. Pancake 38/2.8 (similar lens design as the Sony 16/2.8 but a better performer and smaller). Possibly the smallest decent lens you could get for the NEX.

    2. 38/1.8. Only slightly bigger than the pancake.

    3. 40/1.4. Slightly bigger than the 38/1.8.

    4. 42/1.2. Look for an optically flawless (lens element separation, "haze", common) copy, otherwise you would get fuzzy results.

    5. 65/1.5. Better contrast wide open than the 42/1.2. There is CA wide open in the OOF area but I suspect it outresolves the NEX sensor at f/1.5.

    6. 70/2. Cheaper and more common than the 70/2.

    and up to 250/5 which are outside your FL range. I also have a 25/2.8 and 25/4. The 25/2.8 is decent but does show simple barrel distortion.

    All are excellent even wide open and perform fantastically when stopped down one or at the most two stops. They are all cheaper and more versatile than the corresponding RF lenses.

    Oh, I forgot the 38/3.5 macro. Superb lens!

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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    Mike,
    I know you were redirected to the other thread. I have the Contax G 35 and 45mm. I also have the Sony 50mm f1.4 which I had from my A900. The 35mm is superb and a good focal length for the NEX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtleinsea View Post
    OP: You could wait until the E-mount Zeiss lens comes out? It's rumored to be a 35/1.4 (and may have AF, for the occasions where that is useful).
    I don't think that is correct. It is supposed to be a wide-angle lens, and is likely a 24/2 Zeiss like they have for the A-mount. It couldn't be a 35/1.4 because 35 mm is not a wide-angle lens on E-mount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by e_dawg View Post
    I don't think that is correct. It is supposed to be a wide-angle lens, and is likely a 24/2 Zeiss like they have for the A-mount. It couldn't be a 35/1.4 because 35 mm is not a wide-angle lens on E-mount.
    Let us not forget that someone from Sony did say that the Nex mount was designed with ff in mind.

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    35/2 Planar, Contax G. My favorite adapted lens by far...great color and sharpness, wonderful bokeh, and much closer focusing than the usual RF lenses, to me, a much preferred trade-off to having a focusing scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sebboh View Post
    i only have the 42mm f/1.2 and 38mm f/1.8. the 42mm is fantastic (with the issues you'd expect from a 50 year old f/1.2) though quite expensive. i'm undecided about 38mm yet - it has a rather harsh swirly bokeh wide open but is quite contrasty and sharp in the center, haven't taken many stopped down shots with it yet....
    This is why I haven't jumped on board. I'm not a fan of what I've seen of the 38mm's bokeh, and I don't want to go any longer than that (42mm.)

    domaas, I wouldn't get your hopes up about fullframe and NEX anytime soon. Sony said that they would have to change some elements of the mount design for fullframe, and, and from what I understand is common Japanese fashion, they simply won't deny that they'll do fullframe in the future.

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    I like the 40/2 Sumicron (any variation of it). Here is a pair of my wife's shoes that she recently wore to our daughter's wedding shot with the lens at ISO 400 1/30 sec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    ....they simply won't deny that they'll do fullframe in the future.
    ...Or admit that they have FF plans in the offing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    This is why I haven't jumped on board. I'm not a fan of what I've seen of the 38mm's bokeh, and I don't want to go any longer than that (42mm.)

    The 42/1.2 has the swirliest bokih I know of. 38/1.8 and 40/1.4 are much better in that respect.

    BTW, I have no idea why the 35/2 Planar from Contax is touted as the "best". From what I could see from the MTF charts of Zeiss, it is not the best in the Contax G line up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    The 42/1.2 has the swirliest bokih I know of. 38/1.8 and 40/1.4 are much better in that respect.

    BTW, I have no idea why the 35/2 Planar from Contax is touted as the "best". From what I could see from the MTF charts of Zeiss, it is not the best in the Contax G line up.
    i have to say i find swirls much easier to avoid with the 42mm than with the 38mm. also, i can't really make my copy of the 42mm swirl much at f/2 or smaller. the 38mm also has a harsher bokeh independent of swirls (more contrasty brighter rings on the oof highlights etc)

    most everybody i've heard agrees that the contax g 45mm is a better lens than the 35mm, but 35mm may be a better focal length for NEX.

    some swirly bokeh from the pen f 38mm:


    and some less swirly bokeh from the pen f 42mm in a totally non comparable type of shot:

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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    Sebboh, Your 42/1.2 behaves similar to my samples. More swirl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    The 42/1.2 has the swirliest bokih I know of. 38/1.8 and 40/1.4 are much better in that respect.

    BTW, I have no idea why the 35/2 Planar from Contax is touted as the "best". From what I could see from the MTF charts of Zeiss, it is not the best in the Contax G line up.
    Who are you quoting, Vivek?

    The 35/2 Planar is without a doubt the 'best' 35mm lens made for the Contax G.

    Luckily I don't choose lenses by MTF charts. The Pen F lenses would almost certainly be far from the 'best' if evaluated strictly on those terms. And it would be a shame for people to discount them simply because of a chart...almost all of them are wonderful lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Sebboh, Your 42/1.2 behaves similar to my samples. More swirl.
    if you say so, it's difficult for me to judge given the dof differences - at f/2 the 38mm swirls a lot more and it's hard to find comparable scenes for f/1.2 vs f/1.8 shots. whether it is more or less, the swirls from the 38mm annoy me much more often then the ones from the f/1.2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    35/2 Planar, Contax G. My favorite adapted lens by far...great color and sharpness, wonderful bokeh, and much closer focusing than the usual RF lenses, to me, a much preferred trade-off to having a focusing scale.

    The 35 f/2 balances so nicely on the NEX. It focuses close and it is sharp. I have lots of M lenses, but I don't use them on NEX. I have the Contax G 35, 45 and 90. A set with 35 and 90 is perfect. There is nothing wrong with my 45, it is very sharp, but 35 just does it all for me.
    I did try my Zeiss 25 f/2.8 ZM on NEX. It had a nice look, but has an odd shaped color cast on the edges. The CV 28 f/1.9 also is a candidate, but the form is not as nice as the 35 Zeiss Planar.

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    Monza, I don't agree with Vivek all that often, but when used on the Contax G2 the 35mmF2 was the worst of the series of prime lenses by far imo. I own a Contax G2 with the 21mm (IMO the best of the series) the 28mm, the 35mm, the 45mm, and the 90mm. I used my 35 maybe 5-7 times and the results with color positive film was so bad I didn't even include it in my Contax G2 kit bag. It sits in a storage facility out in the midwest unfortunately because I would of loved to of tried it on my NEX. If you have been around the Contax G line for awhile and visited the various Contax G specific sites you would know I was not alone in my feelings about the 35mm IQ on the Contax G cameras.

    I never owned the 16mm or the 35-70zoom because I did not like the fixed aperture of the 16 nor did I want a zoom. But, IMO the 35 was so far behind the other prime lenses I owned in IQ and it was only 7mm above the 28mm and 10 below the 45mm I saw no reason to carry it because I wouldn't like the results anyway.

    I initially thought it specifically was just a poorly built lens but when I looked further into the problem it appeared to be a common complaint with this lens. Back prior to the adapted digital use the 35mm resale was by far the lowest of the group making it not worth selling it by itself but would carry a better value sold in a kit, that is why I kept it.

    There were those few who thought the 35mm was a good lens and they liked the IQ but we know how people can vary as to what they think good IQ may be. I have seen a few very nice color positive shots from the 35mm on a Contax G2 but far far more that lacked the pop and clarity that was characteristic of other prime lenses in the series.

    Monza you may very well own a great 35mmF2 Contax G lens (as I have stated I have seen a few great shots from a 35mmf2 in Kodachrome) as this is in no way an effort to minimalize or discredit your opinion on this lens. It is just to help inform others of the history this lens had in relationship to the other primes in the series when used on the Contax G line of 35mm film cameras. It seems to have a huge following of those who love the lens when used on a NEX digital cameras (for me I will have to see it for myself once I get out to that storage locker i have in the midwest when I moved from St Louis to the east coast--- sad thing is I could buy a used one for less than the cost of a roundtrip ticket out to there and back )

    My NEX kit has the 28mm(used f8 and higher for landscapes), the 45mm (my goto lens), and the 90mm. I do love the Contax G lenses on my NEX.
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    To each his (or her) own, of course. My tongue-in-cheek comment still stands that the 35/2 is the best 35, bar none, for the Contax G.

    Having owned Contax G cameras since about 1995, I have a lot of experience with the cameras and lenses. The 35/2 has always been described as a 'lesser' lens than others in the line, but I have never honestly seen a side-by-side illustrating this claimed inferiority. Rather, the quotes I've seen are all tied back into the MTFs, and many of the people making the statements (not on this forum, but others) haven't ever used the lens. It may well be that the 35 is not quite the equal of the 45 (both being Planars) but this in no way means the 35 is 'bad.' It doesn't even mean that such differences are even easily visible...if the inferiority was that obvious to you, of course, that is all that matters.

    The rest of the line sets a high standard, and if the 35 is under that standard, it certainly doesn't necessarily mean it is junk, and not even worth the bother of selling.

    I agree 100% with your statement that 'people can vary as to what they think good IQ can be.' Especially when some of these people are just comparing charts...and not actual photographs.

    I choose a lens based on whether I like what it produces, or not...not whether someone else likes it (or not.) I also find lens comparisons to be tedious, so I never bother doing them.

    Certainly the vast majority of G shooters owned the 28 and 45, as the 35 wasn't introduced until later, so it is less common, and perhaps less desired due to the closeness of the focal lengths, as you explain.

    On the Nex, the 28/2.8 becomes an equivalent 42/2.8, which isn't of much use to me compared to a 50/2 equivalent. The 45/2 on the NEX becomes too long...again, for me. So, for me (and Cindy and Terry and a few others I know) the 35/2 is the Contax G lens of choice.

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    I got my Nex 5 with 16 mm and 18-55mm on Saturday. Now I am waiting for A- mount adapter.

    I am curious how my Sigma 24/2.8, Minolta 28/2, 35/2, 50/1.4, 85/1.4 and Zeiss 135/1.8, Sony 70-400 g are usable in Next. In addition Minolta 35-70/4 and original 35-105 mm.

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    I have been using the 35/2 Contax G lens since 1998 and I am very satisfied with its performance. It has a similar if not identical optical formula of the Leica M Summicron 35 IV pre-ASPH. While it is not as perfect as the 45/2 G, it is certainly not a "bad" lens at all. Whatever the deficiency this lens has in full frame, it will certainly become less of an issue on SONY NEX or Panasonic G/GF/GH.

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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    The fact is rather simple. The Zeiss Planars aren't meant to be wide angle lenses. The design then goes to a Distagon or a Biogon.

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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    If the Contax lenses had focus scales on them, I'd probably already own the 35. Is it possible to add them somehow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    If the Contax lenses had focus scales on them, I'd probably already own the 35. Is it possible to add them somehow?
    I used a pencil on my LX3 to mark the various focal lengths. Something like that (or a fine sharpie) may be an easy way. And a good setup to measure distance.

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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    It seems like that would be the case, but the G lenses do have the unusual focusing mechanism. Can anyone confirm that it would work?

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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    My Kipon adapter has a silver focus ring. I see no reason why you couldn't mark distances on the ring if you want to scale focus.
    I just tried focusing on a distant object, marking the ring, focusing near and moving back to the mark. The far object was spot-on in focus. You could use a sharpie or engrave the ring. I would test this out with a pencil and make sure that taking the adapter on and off doesn't change anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    If the Contax lenses had focus scales on them, I'd probably already own the 35. Is it possible to add them somehow?
    http://www.japanexposures.com/lens/

    Much more expensive than a pencil, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    If the Contax lenses had focus scales on them, I'd probably already own the 35. Is it possible to add them somehow?
    I also have thought about doing this, but I decided it wasn't worth the effort as I would never shoot a 50mm via hyperfocal.

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    Cindy that would work if you never changed the lens or always removed the lenses with the focus ring at a fixed location. I use the Kipon notches as a reference point to the word NEX on the adapter for a ball park focus once I have established close focus and infinity focus for the lens that is currently mounted only..... once removed and another lens installed these reference point clearly change.

    Monza..... I truly wish I had my Contax G 35mm at this location because I surely would of tried it and quite honestly may just love it on the NEX as you and the others do; ya never know. Also I have NEVER looked at lens charts .... ever. It is not something I do .... I like you buy or try to determine first hand my likes or dislikes. if I had listened to others there would be quite a few photographic tools I currently love that I would of never bought ... like the NEX in some peoples opinions Or the Contax G2 for that matter which I bought a month after its introduction (which my Leica friends still bad mouth) and I still use it weekly with a great deal of enjoyment using Velvia film.

    Here is one taken today after my other post with the NEX5 and the 28mm Contax G lens on White Clay Creek in PA about 3 minutes before it started raining
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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    >>- wide-angle landscape lens (something wider than the Sony 16mm lens)<<

    You only budget choice will be the Sam Yang (Rokinon). I bought the Rokinon with Nikon mount so I can use it on my D700. I get the Nikon to NEX adapter and it works great.

    >>- fast "normal" prime in the 30-50 range (effective 45-75mm range)<<

    How fast is fast for you? I am using the Canon FD to NEX adapter and a Canon 50 f1.2 FD. Very nice lens but huge for the NEX.

    >>- fast portrait lens in the 50-70mm range (effective 75-100mm range)<<

    You can use either a Nikon 85 f1.4D or Canon FD 85mm if you have the mount.

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    Cindy I just though about it some more and another way that would work is if you owned a Kipon adapter for every lens and mounted lens plus adapter at every lens change.

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    Jim, you obviously have experience with the 35/2 and that's what counts.

    As far as using the 28mm on the NEX, you are aware of the compromises; I find it interesting you are willing to live with these compromises on digital, but on the other hand, you found the 35/2 on film was unacceptable. The 35/2 certainly doesn't have any corner issues or color shifts with either analog or digital. One clear advantage of the Planar design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DE View Post
    Cindy I just though about it some more and another way that would work is if you owned a Kipon adapter for every lens and mounted lens plus adapter at every lens change.
    I was just answering the question. I have no interest in zone focusing the NEX, but you are right. If someone wants to use the NEX for zone focus, they should have a dedicated adapter for the zone focus lens.

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    Monza, With the 28 I do mostly landscapes and usually shoot at the smallest aperture so the issues with the 28 on the NEX are really a non-issue for me in this application. The 45 I use for most applications at all apertures but at a perspective of 67mm there are times I need the 42mm perspective (ideally I would like a prime with a 28mm perspective instead but Zeiss has not come to the pump for this as yet as we all know) the 28 Contax allows me.

    The 35 on the Contax with color positive film no matter what the aperture seemed to lack ( for lack of a better word) the visual depth, clarity, and pop of the other primes in the series. There was IMO just no "work around" these issues.

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    Re: Lens recommendations for NEX-5?

    i'm still trying to round out my lens selection myself for my NEX, so i thought i might hijack this thread to ask a related question. i'm trying to decide on a longish portrait lens ~135mm equiv. the options i'm considering right now are (in order of my current preference): nikkor 8.5cm f/2 PC (s mount or ltm), contax g 90 f/2.8, rokinon 85mm f/1.4, rokkor MD 85mm f/2, zuiko OM 85mm f/2, or older leica m-mount 90mm summicron.

    does anybody have any opinions on these lenses in general or in relation to there use on the NEX specifically? my personal thoughts are that the slr lenses will be a bit awkwardly large, the contax a bit slower than i'd like, and the leica a bit more expensive then i'd like. hence i'm currently leaning towards the nikkor, but haven't seen a lot of samples from it.

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    Sebboh, having owned the 85 Nikkor, the Contax G 90, and various 90/2.8 Tele Elmarits, Elmarits, and 90/2 Summicrons....first, they are all very good to excellent performers. I've always liked how the 85/2 Nikkor draws (it is a Sonnar design like the Contax G, but 50 years older) but it is heavy in chrome and pricey in black; both versions have very long focus throws. The aperture ring turns when focusing. The 90/2 Summicron is also a relative heavyweight. I've heard good things about the 85/2 Zuiko but have never used it so I can't comment on the performance.

    Depending on your budget you may consider the 70/2 Olympus Pen although that would be a 105mm equivalent as opposed to 135mm and prices tend to be higher due to collectors. It's small and light. I was very pleased with the 70mm on micro 4/3.

    My preference would be the Contax G or the 90/2.8 Tele Elmarit (thin) as they are both lightweight and should be a good match for the small NEX body. I would sacrifice f/2 in favor of the smaller f/2.8s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    My Kipon adapter has a silver focus ring. I see no reason why you couldn't mark distances on the ring if you want to scale focus.
    I just tried focusing on a distant object, marking the ring, focusing near and moving back to the mark. The far object was spot-on in focus. You could use a sharpie or engrave the ring. I would test this out with a pencil and make sure that taking the adapter on and off doesn't change anything.
    Well, you convinced me! I just ordered the 35/2, and, when I have some time around here (once everything arrives,) I'll try to post a comparison between the Contax 35, CV 35/1.4 and MS Optical Perar Triplet 35/3.5.

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    Douglas, The Perar 35/3.5 is a triplet derivative and isn't a simple triplet. It is most likely a heliar and is similar to the Olympus pen F 38/2.8 and the Sony 16/2.8 (as well as the Samsung 30/2).

    Sebboh, If you already have a NEX to Pen F adapter, instead of spending more cash (they aren't cheap, AFAIK) on another adapter, consider something from the pen F line. The 70/2 or the 100/3.5 both are good candidates.

    I use several lenses but am in the process of finalizing my own preferences while starting another project. So, I can't give any more specifics at this point.

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    Douglas you must of bought that one on KEH I just checked and it is no longer listed and was there last night.

    You see how all the Contax G lenses have jumped in price since the introduction of the NEX. I found it amusing that the 35mm in EX- condition was cheaper than the 45 and 28 in like condition once again. I guess KEH doesn't read this board Also, did you notice just how few Contax G lenses were listed there anymore? 1-16 (i wish I would of bought that 16 I could of had for $600 a few years back - I could double or triple my money), 2-21's, 1-28, and 1-45. I can remember when that site had 20 lenses at a time listed for Contax G's.

    On Ebay I saw one in the mid 3's (which appears to have dust inside the lens) and two others at 500 and 600 and these were all three used lenses. These two unreasonably higher priced ones were both from Germany: guess they don't know what they are going for over here.

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    You aren't kidding. B&H used to have lots of the 90mm Contax G in 9+ condition for ~$100, the 45s for ~$150. As for the 35, you're definitely helping to keep it in the sleeper category.

    Same thing happened with Pen lenses last year...

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    Monza...... just trying to help the economically challenged (like me )to be able to afford terrific Zeiss quality lenses at imo way below value prices. Honestly, the 21mm (not on the NEX mind you) is the best lens I have ever owned since I started this game in the early 60's. Every shot I take with color positive film and this lens just knocks my socks off on the light table. You can imagine my disappointment in that the Kipon seller on EBAY stated the 21mm would work on his kipon mount and when I tried it ....1mm before the lens would seat there was interference between the rear fins and the inner camera body. Then I saw some pics from someone who did mount 21mm to the NEX and the resulting pics were flat out disgusting in my opinion. Heavy color shift and smearing to the point of being unusable for color work at all or in reality B&W work either. On the Contax G2 the 21 is magical. The 28, 45, and 90 are fantastic and then there is the 35 ....... at good to maybe great

    Of all my 35mm format cameras my Contax G2 with the 21mm is the only one still seeing service for me. I have liked this camera since day one.
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    monza - thanks for the perspective. i think i'm still leaning towards the nikkor, heavy weight and and long focus throw are good things for me. the way i shoot with the NEX i find heavy lenses allow for lower shutter speeds - small size and heavy weight sounds like a good combo. i'm also a fan of the sonnar drawing style so the contax g looks pretty good too, f/2.8 just seems very slow to me. are the contax and leica f/2.8s any shorter than the the nikkor? that is the important physical dimension for me.

    vivek - i would love to get the pen f 70/2 or 60/1.5 at some point but those are both much more expensive than i'm looking to spend now. with the exception of the leicas all the lenses i listed are significantly cheaper even if you include the price of an adapter. the pen f 100/3.5 is too slow and long, plus i already have a nikkor 105/2.5 that i'm quite happy with on NEX (except for the focal length). i will have a difficult time justifying spending more than the cost of a rokinon/samyang 85/1.4 on any of these since that lens will be faster, have equal or better performance in most aspects, and be usable on my dslr as well.

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