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#1 gr1

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 01:05 AM

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What are your favorite legacy lens options in 28mm?

 

I've tried two on my A7:

 

Minolta M-Rokkor 28 F2.8 - Tiny, and very sharp, but almost all lenses have 'white dots' which can spread onto the front element and cause glare/haze/splotches when shooting in bright sunlight at small apertures.

 

Voigtlander Ultron 28 F2 - Small and fast, but suffers from corner smearing when focusing far away at wide apertures.



#2 kaherdin

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 08:34 PM

I used a SMC Pentax-A 28mm F2 on my A7s:

 

https://www.flickr.c...57649067749287/

 

Sharpness, contrastand colors are very good!

But I sold this lens anyway,

because for me this focal length is neither fish nor fowl on FF.



#3 marshall

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Posted 27 November 2014 - 04:53 AM

I use the Contax (Zeiss) C/Y 28mm 2.8



#4 Cheatah

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Posted 01 December 2014 - 09:18 AM

The C/Y Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/28mm has an excellent reputation!



#5 Golem

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 02:39 AM

The 2.8 and 2.0 Nikkors for me.

Only 4mm off-topic ... the 24:2.8

is my current go-to. 

  

Now that I've gone 4mm astray,

I sometimes use an old Maxxum

24:2.8, which I really dig cuz it's

still an AF and it's internal focus,

so I can stick a heavy fisheye on

the front without stressing the

lens's focusing unit. 


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#6 Cheatah

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 09:11 AM

I am using successfully an C/Y Distagon 2/28mm and an 28-85mm Vario-Sonnar on my A7! The 28-85mm is a kind of large and heavy on the Sony A7, but it performs excellent, and this is what counts for me!



#7 altanico

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 07:50 PM

i use the voigt 28/2 

i love it!



#8 Philber

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 06:50 PM

I owned successively

- Olympus 28mm f:3.5. A nice lens for very little money. Not only does it have better-than-decent sharpness and very good colours, but its small size and low weight are a bonus. But it is slow for a 28mm prime.

- Olympus 28mm f:2.0. A very nice lens. Not exactly blisteringly sharp wide open, but fine at f:2.8. Lovely colours, good detail. Low weight and small size a plus. Price is still quite low indeed.

- Leica Elmarit R 28mm vII. Its reputation makes it one of the very best 28mm primes ever made, if not outright the best. Performance bears this out. Simply awesome. So sharp you can shave with it, colours and detail are incredible. Also very easy to focus, and still manageable size-and-weight-wise. Price is seriously high, though, in inverted relationship to availability, as it isn o longer made.


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#9 Ola Warringer

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 09:26 PM

I use Canon 24mm S.S.C .. Think it's totally awesome :>


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#10 Jon Li

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 06:37 AM

Mine is a Nikkor 28mm f2.8 , sharp @ wide open n very sharp @ f4 , I hv a Kiron 28mm f2 for low light shoot , it's another sharp lens .
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Posted 22 January 2015 - 07:15 PM

Like Philber, I use a Leica R 28mm f2.8 Elmarit V2 lens.  It is an outstanding performer and extremely sharp with excellent color, detail, and color.  It is the best performing Leica M or Leica R 28mm available for the A7r (I use this model),

 

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#12 Tim Devine

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 08:56 PM

Of the ones that I've tried (Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS, Nikon Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-s, Contax Zeiss Distagon 28mm f/2.8 C/Y, Canon FDn 28mm f/2.8...), my favorite is the SMC Pentax 28mm f/3.5 (original K, non M version.)  It's a slow lens, but I shoot landscapes, so my interest is more stopped down performance (although it does quite well at larger apertures.)  I'd love to have the Leica R 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit V2 lens that Rich and a couple others mention, as well as the new FE 28mm f/2.  But there is something about the Pentax that makes me think I'd keep it no matter what.  It gives such a bang for the buck, it's amazing.

 

Here's a f/11 shot with the a7R.

 

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Full size

 

-Tim


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#13 mopswerk

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 09:59 PM

I am in for the Voigtlander SL II pancake lenses with Nikon Mount (i.e. it has a mechanical aperture ring instead of the electronic one for Canon EF mount), alongside with a Nikon-EF mount adapter. Doesn't make the combo look pancakey any more, bit you don't have the trouble with smearing issue as with the Voigtlanders for Leica M mount. For 28, there's the Voigtlander 28mm F2.8 (which will want you to look out for the other SLII: 20mm F3.5, 40mm F2, 58mm F1.4, 90mm F3.5 ;))



#14 VLReviews

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 07:25 PM

 
 

As a Minolta fanboy, I've used and can report on the following:

 

Kiron 28 mm f/2.0 MC

A little soft wide open with low contrast due to longitudinal CAs ("haze"). Sharpness and contrast pick up at f/4, but never reach the performance of the Minolta MD 28 mm. Very strong lateral CAs (red/cyan borders on contrasty edges).

 

Minolta MD 28 mm f/2.8 (MD-III)

Surprisingly sharp and contrasty already wide open without the typical longitudinal CAs common to vintage lenses. Extremely sharp from f/5.6 on with great contrast. Some lateral CAs.

 

Minolta MC W.Rokkor-SI 28 mm f/2.5 (MC-II)

Didn't test this one in detail, because the slight radioactivity pushed me to sell it again. There's thorium oxide in one of the lens elements, which is not dangerous if you don't sit on the lens all day. But the idea didn't feel comfortable, so I sold it.

However, this lens has excellent optics. From what I remember, contrast and sharpness wide open were practically on par with the MD 28 mm f/2.8 (!). Can't say anything about CAs, though. Stopped down, this lens is exceptionally good. The glass had a visible yellow color cast. I'll probably get one again for a short test :)

 

http://vintagelensreviews.com/

 

Reviews of vintage Minolta SR mount lenses and more


#15 jsoucy

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 01:34 AM

Here some Canon fd 28mm f2.8 I shoot

 

the first one is at f2.8 and the second one I don't remember

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 03:37 AM

Im using an adapted nikon ais 28/3.5 and its sharp enough and not bad for a fairly cheap lens, as an observation i have noticed that the metabones adapter i just received gives slightly sharper results than using the much cheaper fotga adapter.


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#17 Cheatah

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 07:54 AM

Of the ones that I've tried (Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS, Nikon Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-s, Contax Zeiss Distagon 28mm f/2.8 C/Y, Canon FDn 28mm f/2.8...), my favorite is the SMC Pentax 28mm f/3.5 (original K, non M version.)  It's a slow lens, but I shoot landscapes, so my interest is more stopped down performance (although it does quite well at larger apertures.)  I'd love to have the Leica R 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit V2 lens that Rich and a couple others mention, as well as the new FE 28mm f/2.  But there is something about the Pentax that makes me think I'd keep it no matter what.  It gives such a bang for the buck, it's amazing.

 

Here's a f/11 shot with the a7R.

 

p936006155-5.jpg

 

Full size

 

-Tim

 

 

Nice image!  

 

With  f/11, I guess, even an cheap glass performs quiet well!



#18 dixeyk

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 07:21 PM

Of the various 28's I've used propbblay the Vivitar 28/2 close focus. It's reasonably sharp even wide open, I love the fact I can get close becasue it gives me a great deal of flexibility. It can flare but it's never been a real issue. It's defintely one of my most often used lenses because on APS-C it's a comfortable 42mm EFL.

 

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That Damp Snake by kevin dixey, on Flickr

 

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Two Inch Fangs!
by kevin dixey, on Flickr

 

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Intent by kevin dixey, on Flickr

 

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Dissolution by kevin dixey, on Flickr

 

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Urban Libations by kevin dixey, on Flickr



#19 MikeTison

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 08:07 PM

Canon nFD 28mm 2.8 

 

High contrast

 

center  corner

f/2.8   B+      B

f/4     A-      B

f/5.6   A-      B

f/8     A       A-

f/11    A-      B+

f/16    B+      B

f/22    B       B



#20 foto-fanatic

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 09:22 AM

Nikon ai 28 3.5, its my favourite because its the only one i have, those snake photos give me the right royal willies, uggh, great shots though.


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