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Classic lenses.

I'll borrow an idea from Ian on DPNow and start a thread about classic lenses.

I know there's a few people on here with years of shooting film in their history so what are the lenses you remember most fondly? I'll start off with a few of mine.

EBC Fijinon 600mm f/5.6, a surprisingly good cheap super telephoto.

Vivitar 35mm f/1.9, bright but at the same time it stops down to f/22 and is still sharp.

Olympus 350mm f/2.8, so sharp you can stack tele-convertors behind it to give you a 1000mm f/8 and still get publishable shots.
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Re: Classic lenses.

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I know there's a few people on here with years of shooting film in their history so what are the lenses you remember most fondly?
All of my current Leica R lenses, namely:-

19mm F2.8 V2 ROM
28mm F2.8 V2 ROM
50mm F2 ROM
90mm F2.8 V2 3 cam
180mm F3.4 APO ROM
280mm F4 APO 3 cam
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along with my OM lenses:-

21mm F2
50mm F1.4
85MM F2

The Leica 280mm APO is however my most cherished optic, it is regarded as possibly the finest lens that Leica has ever made be it "R" or "M" . Completely diffraction limited, no aberrations what so ever PERIOD ! That is one hell of a lens and I hope I never have a reason to sell it.

The 21mm OM is also a very nice lens as is the 85mm F2.
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All of my current Leica R lenses, namely:-


The Leica 280mm APO is however my most cherished optic, it is regarded as possibly the finest lens that Leica has ever made be it "R" or "M" . Completely diffraction limited, no aberrations what so ever PERIOD ! That is one hell of a lens and I hope I never have a reason to sell it.

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Well with the new Leica M you will be able to use it to its full potential!
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Re: Classic lenses.

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Well with the new Leica M you will be able to use it to its full potential!
Quite Mike,

However ...... whilst I have in the past spent more than what will be needed to buy a new "M" ( namely Hasselblad H3D II 39mp ) I am no longer prepared to "throw" that amount of my hard earned cash at "any" camera body. I may in time "consider" a Nikon D600 and convert the 280 to "F" mount via a Leitax mount as I will still be able to use it with my OM-D via M4/3 - Nikon F adaptor .... best of both worlds then.

Then again I do love my Oly kit and don't really want another Nikon

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Re: Classic lenses.

One thing I should add about the 35mm Vivitar is its close focus is 7 or 8 inches so it was ideal for my nest box interiors. And as I picked it up used it's probably paid for itself a hundred times over.
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Re: Classic lenses.

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The Leica 280mm APO is however my most cherished optic, it is regarded as possibly the finest lens that Leica has ever made be it "R" or "M" . Completely diffraction limited, no aberrations what so ever PERIOD ! That is one hell of a lens and I hope I never have a reason to sell it.
Well if you do you know where to come!

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Re: Classic lenses.

Best lenses I've ever owned were:

Tamron SP180 f2.5 (limited edition and absolutely superb)
Pentax FA Limited 31 and 77 (amongst the best autofocus primes made by anyone, full stop)

Classic lenses I still enjoy using with m43:

Voigtlander LM fit 75mm Color Heliar and 90mm APO Lanthar
Yashica 50/1.7 ML
Vivitar 55/2.8 1:1 macro and
Tamron 500 SP (sucker for punishment.....)

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Re: Classic lenses.

Well. I guess I'd go with Nikkor 85mm f1.4
Hasselblad 80mm f2.8
Olympus OM 50mm f1.8 (still got it)
Leica. 35mm f1.4
Tokina 35-70mm ATX Pro
Probably in that order.
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Re: Classic lenses.

I've still got my silver nose OM 50mm f/1.8 from the mid 70's although it's far from mint having been submerged in Georgian Bay and dried out in an oven (along with my OM1 and 24mm).
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Re: Classic lenses.

I would say all of my OM fit Zuiko prime lenses, but especially the 35 mm f2.0, 50 mm f1.4, and 24 mm f2.8 (in that order).

Other favourites are my Tamron SP90 f2.5, which is a brilliant portrait and macro lens.

I also have a Vivitar SP1 28 ~ 105 mm zoom, which I believe is very good, although I haven't had the opportunity to use it much, as I nearly always use the prime lenses. Likewise a Tamron SP 70 ~ 210 f3.5 zoom.

I was fortunate enough to find some brand new, never used Mamiya 645 lenses at Ffordes a year or two ago for comparatively modest prices; including a 35 mm f3.5, which is an absolute stunner of a wide-angle, an 80 mm f2.8 'standard' lens, and an 80 mm leaf shutter lens.

I was absolutely thrilled to get these lenses, which I treasure, and love using. Somehow, no matter how good the modern 'digital' cameras and lenses might be, I find them boring compared with these old classics. I don't know why this is.

Maybe it is because I know I could buy a current Zuiko lens or E-System body any time I want (funds allowing), whereas film equipment is in finite supply. However, I think it is more because there is a certain magic about film cameras that I just cannot put my finger on.
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Re: Classic lenses.

I'll ad a few more of mine.

IFED 600mm f/5.6 Nikkor.

Tamron 135mm f2.5, slightly faster with better close focus than the f/2.8 Zuiko.

Zuiko 38mm f/2.8 high magnification macro. I should dig this out and test it more thoroughly on a 4/3 body.
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Re: Classic lenses.

It may have been slow, but I have fond memories of the first wide angle lens I bought for my OM1 back in the very early 80s - the 28mm f3.5 Zuiko. I used it continuously once I had it.
In fact I loved all the Zuikos I have ever had. Classic looks and engineering.
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Re: Classic lenses.

The only classic lenses I have owned are Zuikos

Late 70's while studying and living on a tight budget I had these cheapish lenses
50 1.8 (kit lens came with my OM1, stolen)
28 3.5 (stolen)
135 3.5 (stolen)

Later on above was later replaced OM2n and
50 1.4
24-48
35-70
75-150
300 4.5 (needed cash and sold this one, remaining lenses are still in my posession)
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Re: Classic lenses.

I've still got my OM 300mm f/4.5, I keep thinking I should dig it out as it would make a small, lightweight telephoto on 4/3.

I never kept any of the OM Zuiko zooms as I never found them as good as my primes. I also tried a couple of the better regarded Vivitar and Sigma zooms but didn't keep them either.
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Re: Classic lenses.

Zuiko 35 f2 and 50 f1.2 do it for me. I have had them for years and still use them on my OM bodies.
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