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Dec 31, 2012 07:40 |  #1

I've done a forum search, but can't seem to find what I'm looking for.

Can anyone recommend a good manual focus 50mm prime lens for the rebel series? Looking for something fast that has nice bokeh and background blur. Also, how do you know what kind of adapter is needed. Thanks for your help/experience/ and samples you would like to post.:D




  
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Dec 31, 2012 08:01 |  #2

They have all manual focus.

As for conversion - just be sure the camera box says "for Canon mount". You shouldn't have problems with Rebels with that.

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Dec 31, 2012 08:11 |  #3

[QUOTE=osh_sekta;15426​793]They have all manual focus

I think he is looking for a true manual focus lens as in a FD mount and a EF to whatever
adapter.




  
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Dec 31, 2012 08:31 as a reply to  @ Furlan's post |  #4

osh_sekta wrote in post #15426793 (external link)
They have all manual focus

I think he is looking for a true manual focus lens as in a FD mount and a EF to whatever
adapter.

Yes, sorry if that wasn't clear.




  
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Dec 31, 2012 08:59 |  #5

I've had decent results adapting old MC- Rokkor and MD lenses, but it does take a little work. The MD series 50mm f 1.7 and f 2 lenses can usually be purchased for less than $10.

Here is your resource for all things Manual Focus- http://www.mflenses.co​m/ (external link)

There is a ton of info there.

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Dec 31, 2012 09:25 |  #6

Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50/1.8
SMC Takumar 50/1.4
Helios 44-2 (or any other 44) 58/2

All in m42 mount.

My personal favourite 50mm MF lens though, is the Volna 9 50/2.8 macro. Not particularly fast, sure. However, the extra DOF is more forgiving, and its macro, which means its more versatile than the other 50's, and it has a really weird diaphragm which varies between circular, to star-shaped. Or its cheaper, yet quite similar smaller brother, the Industar 61 L/Z (make sure its the m42 mount, not m39)


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Dec 31, 2012 10:18 |  #7

This is a good read on which brands of MF lenses are compatible (with glassless adapters) on EOS cameras: http://www.bobatkins.c​om …faq/manual_focu​s_EOS.html (external link)

Canon FD and FL, Fujica X Mount (bayonet), Konica F, Minolta MD, and Miranda lenses would all need to have an adapter with glass optics in order to maintain infinity focus. This reduces the Image Quality so you are better off with Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, etc which need a simple mount adaptper without optics.


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Dec 31, 2012 10:21 |  #8

I really like the Contax Zeiss lenses. The adapters cost about $20 with a programmable chip. The 50mm f1.7 is amazingly sharp with great bokeh and lots of the signature Zeiss Microcontrast.

There is a Like-new-in-box one on ebay right now for $200 if that is in your budget.


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Dec 31, 2012 10:24 |  #9

dadgummit wrote in post #15427287 (external link)
I really like the Contax Zeiss lenses. The adapters cost about $20 with a programmable chip. The 50mm f1.7 is amazingly sharp with great bokeh and lots of the signature Zeiss Microcontrast.

I second this...just a fantastic lens.


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Dec 31, 2012 10:37 |  #10

msowsun wrote in post #15427276 (external link)
This is a good read on which brands of MF lenses are compatible (with glassless adapters) on EOS cameras: http://www.bobatkins.c​om …faq/manual_focu​s_EOS.html (external link)

Canon FD and FL, Fujica X Mount (bayonet), Konica F, Minolta MD, and Miranda lenses would all need to have an adapter with glass optics in order to maintain infinity focus. This reduces the Image Quality so you are better off with Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, etc which need a simple mount adaptper without optics.

The FL 50mm f/1.2 can be used with an EdMika adapter, which is glassless but requires "some work" to be performed.;)


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Dec 31, 2012 10:54 |  #11

Scatterbrained wrote in post #15427355 (external link)
The FL 50mm f/1.2 can be used with an EdMika adapter, which is glassless but requires "some work" to be performed.;)

You bring up a good point.

Any of those lenses which require glass optics for infinity focus can be adapted to an EOS mount by shortening the mounting distance to match the EOS cameras. The EdMika conversion kits supply you with a new mount that you install yourself.

Edmika Conversion Kits for Canon FD and FL lenses: http://www.ebay.ca …from=&_ipg=&_tr​ksid=p3686 (external link)

There are also various other Professional Shops that will do the work for you.

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Dec 31, 2012 11:00 |  #12

Sirrith wrote in post #15427071 (external link)
Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50/1.8
SMC Takumar 50/1.4
Helios 44-2 (or any other 44) 58/2

All in m42 mount.

I second #2: SMC Takumar 50/1.4 - stellar build and optical quality, reasonable price.

Another to consider that's less expensive but still quite nice is the Olympus Zuiko 50mm f1.8 (look for the version that says 'Made in Japan' on the front, as arguably these are the sharpest)


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Dec 31, 2012 11:14 |  #13

how much are you looking to spend? just cause it's manual focus doesn't mean there aren't some expensive options...

i'd just search on ebay 'm42 50mm'...should give you a bunch of results...i think the takumar mentioned is one of the better cheaper options


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Dec 31, 2012 13:12 |  #14

The SMC takumar has smooth bokeh wide open but sharpness is maybe just average. The Helios on the other hand has very nervous swirly bokeh. One of my personal favorite is the Rokkor 58/1.2, but it isn't cheap. Finally, while it is not manual focus, most older lenses actually cannot match the Sigma 50 for wide open sharpness and ultra smooth bokeh and focus transition.


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Dec 31, 2012 16:32 |  #15
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All of the Yashica (C/Y) mount lenses will work fine with a $12 adapter. Stick to the ML and MC versions, some of them were actually re-branded Carl Zeiss lenses. The YUS and DSB versions are not nearly as good. I'd post some shots, but I use them on FX-3 Super 2000 film bodies.

Tokina also made some good glass in the C/Y mount. Vivitar Series ONE glass with a serial number starting with 37 was re-branded Tokina glass. Ditto the film bodies.


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