Compact 50mm?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Fil, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Fil

    Fil New to FujiXspot

    May 16, 2013
    Hi all,

    I'm after a compact setup for my xe1, using an old fast 50mm lens.
    Budget is limited, not looking to go over $100 for the lens.

    What lens and filter combination would give me the compact package I'm after?

  2. Luke

    Luke FujiXspot Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 31, 2013
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    It's not compact...maybe the size of the Fuji lenses, but the Pentax Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 is one of my faves. Very slightly glowy shot wide open (but still sharp enough), and it gets deadly sharp when you stop down....also some lovely colors and solid contrast.

    Usually if it's a good lens AND fast AND/OR compact, it's going to be more than $100
  3. CaptZoom

    CaptZoom FujiXspot Regular

    Mar 22, 2013
    I don't own an XE1, so I dunno if my recommendations will play nice with it (but they do play nice with mirrorless FF cameras):
    Jupiter 3 or Jupiter 8 both are 50mm, both are Russian copies of German design, one is f/1.5 and the other is f/2. Using the EVF, therefore LiveView will negate any focus shift issues. Though these lenses aren't clinically sharp (and you're not expecting that at your price point any way), but they they yield appealing results. You ought to be able to get each for well under $100.

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  4. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2013
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    40mm Summicron (or the Minolta equivalent) the sensor loves this lens, and vice-versa.

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  5. carlb

    carlb FujiXspot Veteran

    Feb 6, 2013
    twin cities, minnesota
    Legacy Canon 50mm f1.4 FD, with adapter. Very inexpensive for a superb chunk of glass. Very smooth, very 'analog' feel to the lens. Can none the less be sharpened up nicely by f-stop-down, or wide open with masked sharpening in post.

    I highly recommend for the APS-C X-Trans sensor, they are a superb team together. Very compact, as well.

    periwinkle, yellow, green, and 50mm @ f1.4 by cbmn, on Flickr
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  6. AlbertInFrance

    AlbertInFrance FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 11, 2013
    Morbihan, France
    50mm Nikkor f:1.8 goes for well under 100 beer tokens, even allowing for buying an adapter. It's much smaller than my equivalent Takumar.

    nikon nikkor 50mm 1.8 | eBay

    If you want really compact you need to look at Leica 42mm screw mount lenses. Probably harder to find.
  7. taz98spin

    taz98spin FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    New York, NY
    Olympus OM 50/1.8 is pretty small!
  8. capodave

    capodave FujiXspot Veteran

    Jan 31, 2013
    Mission Viejo CA
    Dave Kavlich
    50mm Nikkor f:1.8 goes for well under 100 beer tokens, even allowing for buying an adapter. It's much smaller than my equivalent Takumar.

    I have this lens and have been meaning to get an adapter. Thanks for the recommendation.

    What adapter did you get?
  9. AlbertInFrance

    AlbertInFrance FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 11, 2013
    Morbihan, France
    It's a no-name (probably Rainbowimaging) from Amazon. I use it for a number of lenses ranging from 24mm to 300mm. Spot on for depth (perfect infinity focus) and positive front and rear mounts, but maybe that was luck -- my Pentax adaptor from the same source is rubbish.

    I find I use my adapted Nikon glass as much as my two Fujinons, although given the money I'd just buy a complete set of XF lenses.
  10. Fil

    Fil New to FujiXspot

    May 16, 2013
    Finally got a bargain on a minolta mc 50/1.4, on its way to me now.

    Need to get an adapternow..
    Had a look at rainbow imaging and fotodiox and all the stuff on ebay, prob all the same?

    Are there better/worse adapters out there?

  11. Miserere

    Miserere FujiXspot Regular

    Dec 9, 2013
    Boston, MA
    It's amusing to see the recommendations, as I assume everyone is rooting for their previous (or maybe current) DSLR brand. Allow me to do the same! :D

    I know you've already purchased one, but this might be useful to others: Look for Pentax-M lenses such as the 50mm f/2 (tiny!):


    ...or the 50mm f/1.7 if you want a bit more speed (and it's the same size as the f/2!):


    You could buy BOTH for under $100, so just spring for the f/1.7.

    For maximum speed, the 50mm f/1.4 is only just a bit taller and heavier, and still under $100:


    Pentax lenses have an advantage for us Fuji users: The focus ring turns in the same direction as the Fuji lenses. Some might not care, but having used manual focus lenses for some years I find that I don't want to have to stop and think which way I need to turn the ring in order to move the focus plane in the direction I want it to go, so I try to always acquire manual focus lenses that turn in the same direction. Nikon lenses also fulfil this requirement. Brands that focus in the opposite direction are Canon, Olympus, Minolta and Leica.
  12. Ambler

    Ambler FujiXspot Regular

    Nov 13, 2013
    Cumbria, UK
    My nikon 50mm 1.4 Ai works well with my £10 adapter.
  13. ean10775

    ean10775 FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 13, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    Short of a rangefinder lens, to my knowledge the smallest 50mm is the OM Zuiko 50mm f1.8. I have the f1.4 and even that is pretty compact.

    The 50mm f1.8 can typically be found for less than $40 so it's well within your price range. I believe it's got 49mm filter threads.

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  14. Bob Brandoff

    Bob Brandoff FujiXspot Regular

    Jan 5, 2014
    Just what I was gonna say.. Oly 50 1.4 & 1.8 are great with APS-C sensors... virtually any adapter works well.
  15. mguffin

    mguffin FujiXspot Regular

    Apr 10, 2013
    New Jersey
    I've got a MD Rokkor-X 45mm f/2 Pancake... smaller than the 50... 30 bucks...
  16. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg FujiXspot Veteran

    Dec 30, 2013
    behind an [X°]
    I second the Zuikos. My copies - f1.4 as well as f1.8 are pretty comatose or 'dreamy' and soft wide open but I love the way they render once stopped down to f4 and beyond. My favorite of the Oly bunch is the latest production run of the f1.8 - see 'made in Japan' on the front ring. You can't go wrong with any of the Nikons either, the cheaper E-Series f1.8 is optically as good as the AiS and pretty compact. I used to shoot those more back in my film days though. Another really great fifty I own is the Konica Hexanon f1.7, I paid 5€ for my copy. I have some more in a box somewhere but my favorite 50mm is the Contax 45mm-f2 Planar for the Contax G series. Not a real 50 but incredibly sharp even wide open with great microcontrast and beautiful colors, a killer lens on my picky NEX-7. Not exactly cheap and over your planned budget but worth every single cent. Regarding adpters I had some bad luck with some el cheapos from China including a 'Fotga', I'd rather order them from a place with a decent return policy.