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#21 Sixtyfour

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 06:47 PM

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+1 for the Canon nFD 28/2.8
That lens is very cheap and gives excellent result. 



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Posted 22 July 2015 - 01:03 PM

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.


Konica UC Hexanon 28mm f/1.8 is the best, the only negative is flare control IMO

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 04:54 PM

There are many great 28mm lenses out there in legacy systems. My favorite is going to have to go again to Yashicas ML lens. The ML 28/2.8 is a solid workhorse and like all of Yashicas lenses from this period benefited from everything they learned with their collaboration with Ziess. And of course it is made by Tomioka so there is another plus for it. The out of focus rendering of Tomioka lenses are very pleasing to my eye in a way I cant really describe.

 

For me the strength of a lens is not in results from lens tests or corner to corner sharpness or anything like that. If we are honest with ourselves then we can admit there are very few situations where the stats of a lens comes into play in regards to actual photo creation. Oh sure, if you are a professional photographer shoot paid work for a client then yes you want to make sure you have a lens that will return the performance you need to satisfy the job. But for most enthusiast work I think test results and lens grading and all the stats actually get in the way of photography. Too many people spend way too much time talking about lens performance instead of the much more important thing.....photographer performance. We can chat all day about lens specs and lens group arrangements but how much time do we talk about creativity or inspiration? Heres a better question...who was your favorite vintage photographer, and why?

 

Hmmmm, might have to start that topic going. :)

 

Anyway, here are some examples from my Yashica ML 28/2.8 shot on either an A7 or NEX 7 with CY Speedbooster. Speaking of inspiration, you will notice some of my shots are done in a 'no focus' style. I was shooting like this for a while before I discovered the work of Ralph Eugene Meatyard. He also shot in a 'no focus' style but his was much more gritty then mine. I have since used him for inspiration many times.

 

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 02:49 AM

Somewhat relevant.. I did a comparison of 28mm's a couple of weeks ago. Images from f/2.8 and up for each lens.

 

CY Zeiss 28 2.8 MMJ

Elmarit-R 28 2.8 (v1)

Sony FE 28mm f/2

 

I'm not an optical expert by any means, so I won't make too many claims about better/worse performance. IMO, the Elmarit-R v1 showed slightly better corner performance than the CY Zeiss. Other than the minor color differences, I think the v1 and the Zeiss are about on even footing. I think the Sony lens is great and a quick little AF's lens and it's my primary AF walk-around for wide use. I use the Elmarit-R for my manual 28mm these days, the Zeiss is hanging out on the bookshelf, but honestly I didn't think the differences between the two was that significant. I actually just prefer the more precise MF adjustment and the hood on the Leica.

 

I've only seen images of the Elmarit-R v2, but clearly if anyone is looking for legacy glass in 28mm and money isn't an object, that would be the best option in my opinion.

 

Anyway, images are here, full sizes should be available for all for peeping.

 

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 09:11 PM

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I have to highly recommend the pentax k28 f3.5.

Wonderfully built and a joy to handle. Excellent sharpness to the corners at f8 and f11.

Wonderful 3d rendering and deep rich colours.

This lens stays on my a7r in preference to the zeiss fe 16-35 and 24-70.

It is a lens that is cheap to buy but difficult to find (and will be more sought after by pentaxians given the anouncmemt of their first FF dslr)


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#26 Tim Devine

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 03:11 AM

It's my fave too.  I really like the 28mm focal length to begin with, and I love everything about the SMC Pentax 28mm f/3.5 K (color, sharpness, contrast, etc.)  It sings on the a7R/a7R II.

 

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I have to highly recommend the pentax k28 f3.5.

Wonderfully built and a joy to handle. Excellent sharpness to the corners at f8 and f11.

Wonderful 3d rendering and deep rich colours.

This lens stays on my a7r in preference to the zeiss fe 16-35 and 24-70.

It is a lens that is cheap to buy but difficult to find (and will be more sought after by pentaxians given the anouncmemt of their first FF dslr)


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#27 Colin Surprenant

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 04:17 AM

Hi,

Would love to ear about experience with the m-rokkor 28 2.8 (Minolta CLE)? anyone?

Thanks,
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Posted 09 December 2015 - 07:31 PM

I just saw that addicted2light previously sent some info and shots about the m-rokkor 28 2.8 in http://www.sonyalpha...okkor-28mm-f28/ - looks good!

 

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 09:06 AM

I just saw that addicted2light previously sent some info and shots about the m-rokkor 28 2.8 in http://www.sonyalpha...okkor-28mm-f28/ - looks good!

 

Colin

 

Yes, and I can confirm my previous findings even for the demanding sensor of the A7r.

 

The Minolta M-Rokkor it is still my best 28 so far: even on the A7r no smearing and no color shift whatsoever. It is even sharper than the *fantastic* Contax Zeiss 28-85mm Vario-Sonnar @28mm.

 

The following image has been shot at f/2.8 or f/4 (camera on tripod, 2s release).

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And here you can see the extreme top left corner; looks good to me! (remember, this is @ f/2.8 or f/4)

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 09:31 AM

[...] Would love to ear about experience with the m-rokkor 28 2.8 (Minolta CLE)? anyone? [...]

 

Great lens indeed aside from the white spots issue. It is a tiny lens as well, even slightly smaller than the Elmarit 28/2.8 asph. The latter is sharper though and more contrasty. 



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Posted 24 January 2018 - 05:36 PM

It can be interesting here - one another Minolta 28mm lens comparison



#32 scrane

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Posted 03 February 2018 - 03:13 PM

The 28/2.8 (AIs only) is one of Nikon's best.



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Posted 05 February 2018 - 09:37 PM

[quote name="Tim Devine" post="3121" timestamp="1427057813"]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.
 
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I agree totally.
I choose the Pentax k28 f3.5 over the Sony Fe 16-35 or the Zeiss loxia 21 or 35 every time.
I guess it is the colours and 3D pop that draw me to this lens. There is something that is very “honest” about the images that the k series lenses produce. Blues and greens look “film” blue and green rather than “digital / photoshopped” blue and green


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