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Re: Adapters + legacy lenses on the EOS M: any advice?
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2014, 05:21:14 AM »
I want a lens for natural light portraits and good bokeh to use with EOS-M. I just want it for fun and won't invest high $$$ on it. I guess a fast tele between 85mm to 200mm can be a good candidate. What is your best practical suggestion? Should I look to old FD models or classic Nikors or others?
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Re: Adapters + legacy lenses on the EOS M: any advice?
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2014, 05:21:14 AM »

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Re: Adapters + legacy lenses on the EOS M: any advice?
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2014, 03:18:56 PM »
I want a lens for natural light portraits and good bokeh to use with EOS-M. I just want it for fun and won't invest high $$$ on it. I guess a fast tele between 85mm to 200mm can be a good candidate. What is your best practical suggestion? Should I look to old FD models or classic Nikors or others?
If you want good bokeh, look for lens that have at least 10 aperture blades. The more blades,  the better it will be. This is give you an almost round opening on the aperture. The bokeh will be excellent.
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Re: Adapters + legacy lenses on the EOS M: any advice?
« Reply #17 on: October 19, 2014, 05:46:30 PM »
A Konica Hexanon 135mm f/2.5 is simply a remarkable lens on an EOS M (with the Konica Hexanon- EOS M adapter, of course). 

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« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2014, 06:20:44 AM »
Thanks.
It seems 135/f2.5 runs between $100-$300. I could not find any info about the number of blades but as you said it seems the best Konika offered at this range. Konika 135/f3.5 is much cheaper for half of weight.

How is Pentacon 135 f2.8? I know nothing about the brand and this product but they say it has 15 aperture blades.
That can be found cheaper than Konika 135 f2.5.
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« Reply #19 on: October 20, 2014, 12:57:16 PM »
I have had immense fun playing with old lenses on the EOS M choosing a single each month to enjoy/test.  So far for wider angles, I have not found any old lenses reasonably priced (for me < $100) that will beat the 22mm Ef-m.  However, at the longer end, the Vivitar/Tokina (Bokina) http://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/vivitar-series-1-90mm-2-5-macro.html has proven the best for me by far.  Most on ebay seem to trade in the $100-$200 range.

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« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2014, 01:04:25 PM »
Thanks.
It seems 135/f2.5 runs between $100-$300. I could not find any info about the number of blades but as you said it seems the best Konika offered at this range. Konika 135/f3.5 is much cheaper for half of weight.

How is Pentacon 135 f2.8? I know nothing about the brand and this product but they say it has 15 aperture blades.
That can be found cheaper than Konika 135 f2.5.
You can do a Google search on just about anything.

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« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2014, 02:52:52 AM »
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Re: Adapters + legacy lenses on the EOS M: any advice?
« Reply #22 on: October 22, 2014, 01:41:19 AM »
Thanks.
It seems 135/f2.5 runs between $100-$300. I could not find any info about the number of blades but as you said it seems the best Konika offered at this range. Konika 135/f3.5 is much cheaper for half of weight.

How is Pentacon 135 f2.8? I know nothing about the brand and this product but they say it has 15 aperture blades.
That can be found cheaper than Konika 135 f2.5.

The Hexanon 135/2.5 has 6 blades. The thing I like about it compared to the 135/3.5 (I have both) is the brighter image in the viewfinder for focusing, and the better IQ. It is also a really pretty lens, if you're into such things!  :))

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« Reply #23 on: October 22, 2014, 09:31:10 AM »
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The Hexanon 135/2.5 has 6 blades. The thing I like about it compared to the 135/3.5 (I have both) is the brighter image in the viewfinder for focusing, and the better IQ. It is also a really pretty lens, if you're into such things!  :))

Thanks I  noticed the demand for it according to its price tag. I've also read old Konika lenses are more clear compared to legacy Nikons and Canons of the similar range/type. I also learned their Hexanon 85mm F1.8 is a rear and pricey find.
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Re: Adapters + legacy lenses on the EOS M: any advice?
« Reply #24 on: October 22, 2014, 11:50:57 AM »
You might look into a Zeiss 45mm f/2.8 Tessar pancake lens.  I have to use it with the mirror lockup on my 5D3 as the mirror hits it when focused to infinity, but I'm very impressed with the results when I do use it.  The SMC Takumar 35mm f/3.5 is another fabulous lens that can be had for a song and produces wonderful images, and it's very small.  At the longer end, an SMC Takumar 135mm f/2.5 is another great lens, and yet still small enough to not look silly with the EOS-M. 

keh.com is an excellent place to buy these lenses from.  They have a well respected rating system and a wide selection to choose from.  I'd trust them much more than something similar on ebay, and it's usually cheaper too. 

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« Reply #25 on: October 22, 2014, 01:51:23 PM »
Which lens is better: KONICA 135MM F/3.2 HEXANON AR or PENTAX 135MM F/2.5 SMC TAKUMAR M42.
Better, as in sharper for micro shots attached to the EOS-M with some extension tube and an adapter?

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Which lens is better: KONICA 135MM F/3.2 HEXANON AR or PENTAX 135MM F/2.5 SMC TAKUMAR M42.
Better, as in sharper for micro shots attached to the EOS-M with some extension tube and an adapter?

I can't answer that question directly (I have the Konica Hexanon 135 3.2 and 135 2.8s from Olympus and Vivitar ($28!), along with the Canon 135mm L) but allow me to suggest another for you to consider as well, the highly regarded Vivitar 135mm 2.8 close-focusing - it's bigger than the standard Vivitar 135mm 2.8 (though not as big as the Konica-Hexanon) but allows you to focus much closer than any of the others and, depending on what you want to do with it, this may make extension tubes etc. unnecessary (on the other hand, if mine's typical, it's probably not as good at capturing detail on distant subjects as the others I have).  To find out more, this may be a good place to start (it's where I first learned about it, I think):

http://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/vivitar-135mm-f-2-8-1-2-close-focusing.html

I should perhaps warn you, if you're interested, that this lens seldom shows up on ebay (I've never seen it at KEH/Adorama/B&H) and when it does, as often as not it's not this lens at all but the regular Vivitar 135mm 2.8 misidentified (whether the sellers are clueless or devious I can't say) - but it's easy enough to figure out. All you have to do is look at the photo the seller provides of the front of the lens - it will have "close focusing" (among other things) written on it.  (Despite the evident scarcity of the real thing, it's still not expensive - I don't think I paid more than $120 for mine, which seems to be in good condition and even came with its original case.)

All that said, you might find the ergonomics of the bigger 135mm MF lenses a tad awkward (to say the least) on an EOS M - they're all metal and even the smaller ones are heavy for their size compared to most modern lenses (I use mine on mirrorless Sonys).

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