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Good vintage taking lens ideas between 58mm-85mm


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Delved into this for a bit and built a nice set of bloomy organic taking lenses. My picks so far. 

Zeiss Biotar 58mm f2 (black m42 version)

- sharp, beautiful bokeh, not too clinical. 

Kiev 8b 65mm f3.5 for Salyut 88

- such a hard focal length to find but sometimes it’s perfect. Slow, and so so bokeh, but a nice flat focal length 

Meyer Optik Primoplan 75mm f1.9

- essentially the softer, longer cousin of the biotar. Lots of blades, gorgeous bokeh, and a great anamorphic focal length. I got the black reissue used on BH for $1000

 

and the classic Jupiter 9 for the 85mm. Love the softness. 

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On 5/23/2018 at 6:22 PM, Bioskop.Inc said:

Anyone thought of using Mamiya 645 lenses?

(was trying to embed a really nice video, but poster has restricted it - check it out, it certainly has opened my eyes to a set of lenses)

vimeo.com/264306448

Wow!  GREAT idea!  I will now have to find my Mamiya 645 85/1.9 N lens.

I also have the wonderful Mirex EOS/ Mamiya 645 tilt/shift adapter.

This combo with my Metabones 0.67 XL Speedbooster should be interesting.

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Okay, found my Mamiya stuffz.

The lens is labeled Mamiya-Sekor C 80/1.9 N, not 85mm, as I remembered wrong...

I also see I have two copies of the great Minolta 85/1.7, the older all metal PG version, and a newer Rokkor X version.

And... wait for it, my ol' Conurus EOS converted Contax 85 N !  Autofocus!

Let the Frankenstein rigged builds begin!

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On 5/29/2018 at 7:30 PM, buggz said:

Okay, found my Mamiya stuffz.

The lens is labeled Mamiya-Sekor C 80/1.9 N, not 85mm, as I remembered wrong...

I also see I have two copies of the great Minolta 85/1.7, the older all metal PG version, and a newer Rokkor X version.

And... wait for it, my ol' Conurus EOS converted Contax 85 N !  Autofocus!

Let the Frankenstein rigged builds begin!

Post some footage once you're done experimenting - I'd love to see some more stuff done with these lenses, as they look really promising.

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I have a voitlander 75mm f/1.8 that works very well with an anamorphic, specifically Kowa C-35. On full frame Sony A7 series there was no vignetting.

The one big catch is this lens was meant for rangefinder cameras I believe, so slapping it on a foal reducer on a crop sensor effectively turns it into a macro lens, and quite unusable. Haven't yet tried on Canon, or any other body yet. All I know is it needs to get pretty close to the sensor. Great photo lens nonetheless.

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8 hours ago, heart0less said:

@brianmcall, if I may suggest something - both ISCO and Schneider Cinelux 75/2 seem to be much better choice than LOMO.

Take a look here:

And if you're interested, I have a spare ISCO 75/2 for sale.

Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm specifically looking for a lens with character. When you say ISCO and Cinelux seem to be "better", well that is very subjective. I'm not looking for modern sharpness and I'm certainly not looking for a projector lens with a fixed aperture.

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Sure, no problem. 

5 minutes ago, brianmcall said:

I'm certainly not looking for a projector lens with a fixed aperture.

Sorry, I thought for a moment that you were referring to Lomo 35KP lenses, which are projector lenses.

Haven't heard of OKC series before, my bad. 

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