Old and Manual Focus Lenses

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Choosing a lens

If you have read the previous post you know all you need to start in the old manual focus lenses. So, this is the moment to choose a lens.

If you don’t have any lens in mind, I recommend you to chose a prime lens. They usually offer a great quality and there are lots.

Maybe the most common focal range is the 50mm, and usually are the less expensive lenses, so it will be a great election. Depending on the cost, there I can give you three recommendations:

Helios 44-2 58mm f2: This is a inexpensive lens (around 25 euros on Ebay) but sharp and it has a singular bokeh. You could see lots of pictures on Flickr.

Asahi Pentax Takumar 50mm f1.4: This is a great lens. Very sharp wide open, very good built and with a pleasant bokeh. It costs around 75 euros on Ebay, and there are some versions. The Super-Multi-Coated or SMC are the newest and the better versions. You can visit the lens group on Flickr for more information.

Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f1.7: This is a legendary lens. Extremely sharp wide open, excellent colour reproduction, nice bokeh and excellent build quality are some of its strengths. It is a bit expensive, around 150 euros on Ebay, but is a very good inversion. There are two versions, the AE and MM. The MM version is the newest and some people say that has less problems if you use it on some cameras. You can see lots of photos on Flickr.

Do you know other recommendable lenses? Please, share it!


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This entry was posted on October 14, 2012 by in English, Lenses, Opinion and tagged .
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