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Dec 15, 2015 08:34 |  #1
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What older but still good vintage lenses would you recommend.

I heard people recommending bunch of Contax Zeiss glass, but those can be very expensive, at that price point i would prefer to buy newer glass.


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Dec 15, 2015 23:16 |  #2

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There's a lot of lenses out there, your question is way too vague.


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Dec 18, 2015 10:52 |  #3

I love using vintage glass on my A7 cameras.

Now with the In body stabilization it breaths new life into them. I suggest looking at the Minolta and Ashai Takumar stuff.
Prices are going up on this old glass right now because of the Mirrorless camera tech and new demands for this glass.
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Dec 24, 2015 16:26 |  #4

Pentax Ashai SMC lenses are pretty well regarded and reasonably priced too <$100, I picked up some cheaper Russian glass which is cheaper still to test them out and really like shooting with them!

I've got Zenitar and Helios 50mm's.


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I love using vintage glass on my A7 cameras.

Now with the In body stabilization it breaths new life into them. I suggest looking at the Minolta and Ashai Takumar stuff.
Prices are going up on this old glass right now because of the Mirrorless camera tech and new demands for this glass.
Take a look at my gear list for a idea of what is out there. Let me know if you have questions.

impressive gear list, I'm trying to find some standard zoom and wide angle lenses with nice bokeh, even some "creative" bokeh.
Been going to flea markets but nothing so far...


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Jan 22, 2016 00:46 |  #6

Contax glass expensive? maybe some of the super speeds like the 35 and 85 f1.4, but I honestly think the standard lineup like the 50's, the 28 2.8, 85 2.8 and 135 2.8 are still some of the best value alt glass around. Yes prices are inching up across the board for some of this stuff, but that's because of (finite) supply and (increasing?) demand, but that applies to nearly all good vintage glass.

Just something else to keep in mind: focus ring rotation direction. What I understand (& happy to be advised otherwise) is:

Canon, Minolta, Olympus, Zeiss Contax and Leica R  lenses all focus from infinity to mfd by rotating the focus ring in same direction 
(clockwise) when viewed from behind the camera

Nikon and Pentax lenses like Takuma, focus via rotation in the reverse direction.

Lens Mount rotation direction is also reversed,  and I think third party manufacturers eg Samyang, Sigma, Tamron would be set up with focus rotation as per mount ie Canon or Nikon direction

Not only could / will this slow you down while manual focussing, but depending on how you adapt your lenses, there's also the increased potential of a lens drop while you're changing lenses of differing mount rotation.




  
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Mar 07, 2016 21:48 |  #7

u can't go wrong with any minolta manual lenses,they were built like tanks all metal,i have a ton of minolta from 24mm to 200mm,they are all awesome,the 50mm f1.7 is prob the cheapest sharpest lens available. u can get them for 20$ all day long,i have a 135mm 2.8 thats awesome,the colours are great,also look for konica they are great on the sony,i don't mind the backwards mounts of the nikon stuff,i have a 60mm macro that i like,find some old minolta stuff they are great


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anyone tried Yashica 28-50 3.5?


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Mar 07, 2016 22:51 |  #9

nekrosoft13 wrote in post #17927557 (external link)
anyone tried Yashica 28-50 3.5?

I don't have any Yashica zooms, but I have several Yashica primes and all of them are excellent. I actually prefer my Yashica 50mm's over my C/Y Zeiss 50/1.7.

If you're looking for a good vintage zoom in that range though, the C/Y Zeiss 35-70/3.4 is pretty much legendary, but not "cheap" in the way most think of vintage lenses ($400-600), but it holds it's own even against the best zooms today. Another great and much cheaper option (and one I actually can vouch for) is the Minolta MD 35-70/3.5 Macro. The Minolta design was supposedly later bought by Leica and used as their 35-70/4 for R mount, no idea how true that is, but mine is a very good lens :)


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EverydayGetaway wrote in post #17927607 (external link)
I don't have any Yashica zooms, but I have several Yashica primes and all of them are excellent. I actually prefer my Yashica 50mm's over my C/Y Zeiss 50/1.7.

If you're looking for a good vintage zoom in that range though, the C/Y Zeiss 35-70/3.4 is pretty much legendary, but not "cheap" in the way most think of vintage lenses ($400-600), but it holds it's own even against the best zooms today. Another great and much cheaper option (and one I actually can vouch for) is the Minolta MD 35-70/3.5 Macro. The Minolta design was supposedly later bought by Leica and used as their 35-70/4 for R mount, no idea how true that is, but mine is a very good lens :)

i got a chance to pick up a Yashica 50 1.7 as well. not sure if I should.


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i got a chance to pick up a Yashica 50 1.7 as well. not sure if I should.

Most people say that's their best 50mm (if it's the ML), I have one and I like it quite a bit, but I like the f1.4 and f2 better.

Here's a shot from the ML f1.7 on my a7S;

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The ML version generally goes for about $50. I got mine for $50 with the 50/2 thrown is as a freebee basically, I like the f2 more mostly because it's a pancake lens and it's as sharp wide open as the f1.7 is stopped to f2 if not sharper. The Yashica ML primes are very well built, they're all metal, have very well damped focus rings, firm but not too stiff aperture rings and very nice rendering in my opinion. Their coatings aren't the best out there, but there better than most lenses of their era.

I also have the Yashica 50/1.7 DS-M which is the precursor to the ML line and I like it a lot too, it was actually my first vintage lens :)

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Mar 07, 2016 23:39 |  #12

Minolta glass and Pentax are the only sorta cheap markets but even those are skyrocketing because mirrorless and the recent new pentax full frame.

Flea markets are pure luck, some people find Leicas for $8 and I cant even find a Canon AE for under $40 locally. Heck I see people asking $15+ for broken film point and shoots, its ridiculous .

Also ebay is a gamble since almost everything is sold "as is" these days and the risk of fungus and broken apertures are super common.

Take a look at the for sale section here I always see vintage glass for sale and you dont have to worry about bad suprises. I stopped buying on ebay because of that. Too many lenses listed as good condition and turned out to be junk.


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EverydayGetaway wrote in post #17927624 (external link)
Most people say that's their best 50mm (if it's the ML), I have one and I like it quite a bit, but I like the f1.4 and f2 better.

Here's a shot from the ML f1.7 on my a7S;

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The ML version generally goes for about $50. I got mine for $50 with the 50/2 thrown is as a freebee basically, I like the f2 more mostly because it's a pancake lens and it's as sharp wide open as the f1.7 is stopped to f2 if not sharper. The Yashica ML primes are very well built, they're all metal, have very well damped focus rings, firm but not too stiff aperture rings and very nice rendering in my opinion. Their coatings aren't the best out there, but there better than most lenses of their era.

I also have the Yashica 50/1.7 DS-M which is the precursor to the ML line and I like it a lot too, it was actually my first vintage lens :)

my mistake he got a yashica 50 1.9 for sale, is that any decent?



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trying to decide if I should bother... don't even have an adapter for it, so wouldn't be able to test it.

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Mar 08, 2016 09:14 |  #14

That is the DSB version- an earlier version with single coatings that was the standard kit lens with many camera bodies. The DS-M, MC or ML versions are multi-coated.

It's not bad, but not special either. You can buy one on ebay for $15- $25.




  
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trying to decide if I should bother... don't even have an adapter for it, so wouldn't be able to test it.

It depends on how much he's asking. The 50/1.9 ML should be just as good as my 50/2. The picture you linked is an older version though, not an ML, I'm not sure if they used different optics from the ML versions, but the coatings won't be as good for sure.

How much is the seller looking to get for each lens?


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