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Best MF lens for Portraits on a crop sensor camera??

 
mike_foyle
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Dec 18, 2012 10:07 |  #16

saintz wrote in post #15381068external link
Pentax Takumar 50 f1.4 or Rokinon 85 1.4. You could also look at the Nikon 50 1.4 or Olympus 50 1.4. If you use an FD lens for portrait, I would use a no-glass adapter for best quality (and no need to focus to infinity with a portrait lens).

Thanks, yeah I've ordered a non-glass adapter for this reason :)

Thanks for all the suggestions chaps... The Rokinon 85mm 1.4 seems to come highly recommended so I'll look out for one of those! :)

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Dec 18, 2012 10:59 |  #17

I would go with a Nikon 50 f1.2 or 55 f1.2 instead of the Rokkor 58 f1.2, mostly because it is much easier to mount (although the Nikons are probably not as sharp). However, shooting with a Nikon 50 f1.2 and a Rokinon 85 f1.4, I found the bokeh was equally good on the Rokinon. The extra focal length makes up for the smaller aperture. I would consider the Rokinon 85 over any of the manual 5X f1.2 lenses, especially at half the price. I ended up selling my Nikon 50 f1.2 and kept the Rokinon 85. I have a Takumar 50 f1.4 that I really like, too.


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Dec 18, 2012 11:14 |  #18

Here's an example of the 50mm f/1.4 Super Multi-Coated Takumar, shot wide open. It has very nice bokeh and is still very sharp. They can be had for under $100 on ebay. An adapter is easy to pick up, too.

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Dec 18, 2012 12:44 as a reply to gibbit1's post |  #19

I don't find my 50mm f/1.4 Super Multi-Coated Takumar sharp enough wide open and tend to use it most in the f2-2.8 range for portraits. A wonderful lens though, no doubt.


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Dec 19, 2012 09:50 |  #20

For this application I'm currently using two lenses. The Pentax Asahi Super-Tak 135mm f3.5 and the Olympus Zuiko 135mm f2.8. Both have different properties which is why I have kept two 135mm MF lenses. The Tak has fantastic bokeh but it needs brighter light for capture than the Zuiko which has much richer colors. Both have their place in my arsenal of lenses and I would recommond either.




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Dec 19, 2012 09:56 |  #21

I can recommend the Olympus OM 50 f/1.4 (which is good stopped down a bit) and the OM 100mm f/2.8, which is excellent. Both will give you nice portraits and are easy to adapt to EOS without requiring glass in the adapter.

For a little more money, I really recommend the Rokinon 85mm that many people have brought up already. I just got this lens again and loving it.

Don't forget a nice precision focusing screen to go with any faster MF lenses.




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Dec 19, 2012 10:20 as a reply to Cesium's post |  #22

Russian MIR24-35mm f2.0 with the Canon 60D

Test Shot indoors using ambient window light only along with a Reflector.

F2.0, ISO1250, SS 1/60, No Flash

Lens can be found for no more then $150 on E-Bay. I was testing out various MF glass from Leica, Zeiss, etc. in this lower FL range for overall quality characteristics and settled on this bang for your buck Russian lens and still own it and use it. It produced excellent bokeh & sharpness both indoors and outside with the Leica being its only equal during the comparison testing.

Some extra captures with this lens: http://www.top35mm.com​/lenses-5-p-227.html (external link)

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Dec 19, 2012 10:22 |  #23

There are 85mm f/2.0 M42 lenses that have been made in the Soviet Union with the tools removed from East Germany after WW2.

I have one of those, quite excellent and cost about $170 or so. Very small, too.


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Dec 19, 2012 11:49 |  #24

Silverfox how is that lens compared to the mir 1b 37mm that's the only example I ever seen you post with that lens


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Dec 19, 2012 11:54 |  #25

Silverfox1 wrote in post #15385371 (external link)
Russian MIR24-35mm f2.0 with the Canon 60D

Test Shot indoors using ambient window light only along with a Reflector.

F2.0, ISO1250, SS 1/60, No Flash

Lens can be found for no more then $150 on E-Bay. I was testing out various MF glass from Leica, Zeiss, etc. in this lower FL range for overall quality characteristics and settled on this bang for your buck Russian lens and still own it and use it. It produced excellent bokeh & sharpness both indoors and outside with the Leica being its only equal during the comparison testing.

Some extra captures with this lens: http://www.top35mm.com​/lenses-5-p-227.html (external link)

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Regards, Ron ;)

Very impressed with that image! Great shot... Can't seem to find any of them on ebay though?


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Dec 19, 2012 12:09 |  #26

@mike go to top 35mm.com they got all the Russian goodies just look for m42 mount and you should be good


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Dec 20, 2012 09:32 as a reply to pkilla's post |  #27

pkilla wrote in post #15385723external link
Silverfox how is that lens compared to the mir 1b 37mm that's the only example I ever seen you post with that lens

Sorry i am not familiar with the 1b 37mm. I have used the lens for captures of the grandkids in low light and also some landscape shots and it does indeed produce results as nice as the Sigma 17-50 OS HSM set at 35mm/f4.0. I probably post the mannequin shot since it resides in a folder that holds the other 35mm FL lenses i was testing at the time.
Here is another example with the lens:

http://photography-on-the.net ...p=12030349&postcoun​t=1847

mike_foyle wrote in post #15385740external link
Very impressed with that image! Great shot... Can't seem to find any of them on ebay though?

You will need to purchase a Nikon to Canon adapter:

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Regards, Ron ;)


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