Lenses you have run across with great "character"

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by RStarPhoto, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. RStarPhoto

    RStarPhoto FujiXspot Regular

    Dec 4, 2013
    I'm looking for some adapted lenses that have great character when on the fuji. Any suggestions?
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  2. flysurfer

    flysurfer X-Pert

    Feb 1, 2013
    Rico Pfirstinger
    I am quite happy with my Voigtländer M 75mmF12.8, Zeiss 180mmF2.8 MM G C/Y and Helios 44M-4 58mmF2. All quite unique and different in character.
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  3. taz98spin

    taz98spin FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    New York, NY
    +1 for the Voigtländer 75/1.8 lens!

    The Voigtländer 50/1.1 is magical as well!
  4. cherrywood

    cherrywood FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 24, 2013
    The Nikkor 105mm 2.5 Ais has wonderful balanced color and bokay on the fuji XE1. Just something special about this lens, great on film and/or digital.
  5. rbelyell

    rbelyell FujiXspot Regular

    May 14, 2013
    there arent many portrait lenses better than my biotar 75/1.5. considered one of the great all time portraits, it has the creamiest, softest bokeh while retaining a biting sharpness and zeiss pop.
  6. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. FujiXspot Veteran

    Jan 31, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    I don't have an X-Pro or XE, but a like a couple of my really old screw mount lenses on digital bodies (EM-5 in this case). The lenses are a 1946 90mm Elmar, single coated which yields a really lovely result, especially for portraits. It's sharp, but the contrast needs to be upped in post processing, usually by deepening the black to get a good dmax. And the 50mm collapsible Summicron from 1953 is awfully nice, sharper with a better coating, in spite of some cleaning marks to the front element. Famously delicate glass but a wonderful lens. Both do better with a hood, not surprisingly.
  7. taz98spin

    taz98spin FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    New York, NY
    I'm curious on how that lens renders!
    You should start a tread in the Adapted Lens Sample Image Archive!!
  8. rbelyell

    rbelyell FujiXspot Regular

    May 14, 2013
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  9. taz98spin

    taz98spin FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    New York, NY
  10. rbelyell

    rbelyell FujiXspot Regular

    May 14, 2013
    nope, like i said, i get my xp1 monday. ive only shot with the x100. i do think, being apsc with no AA filter, the gxr gives a pretty good idea of how the lens renders, including thr special bokeh. i doubt the xp1 will show a noticeable difference...could be wrong. we,ll see.
  11. taz98spin

    taz98spin FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    New York, NY
    Cool, enjoy your new X-PRO1!
    I love using it and hope you will too!
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  12. Miserere

    Miserere FujiXspot Regular

    Dec 9, 2013
    Boston, MA
    I'd have to say the Pentax 77mm f/1.8 Ltd.

    FA77f1.8_black. FA77f1.8_chrome.

    It not only renders wonderful images, but it's lovely to hold and handle. Given its compact size and metal construction, it will be quite at home with the native Fuji lenses it now lives with. Yes, it has a pull-out hood. And why yes, it's available in black or silver to match your Fuji X body ;)

    I'm dying to try it out on the X-E2, but B&H are being reeeeeally slow to send me the Fotodiox adapter I ordered; I thought it would be quicker to order from them than from e-bay Hong Kong...but no! :D

    Anyone noticed how many of us like lenses in the 75mm range? I really enjoy that focal length on APS-C for portraiture. (That doesn't mean I won't want the upcoming Fuji 56mm f/1.2 :D)
  13. tt-ho

    tt-ho New to FujiXspot

    Mar 18, 2014
    ive a big fan of old zeiss lens and love its "rendering". Doesn't always have the smoothest/creamiest bokeh but that's what I love about them. I currently have the following that I also use on my Canon 6D:
    - c/y planar 50/1.4
    - c/y distagon 25/2.8
    - distagon 35/1.4 (rollei mount with 3-blade aperture)

    Also, Rokkor 58/1.2 has great 'character' as well :)
  14. ean10775

    ean10775 FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 13, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    I don't have examples from a Fuji camera, but two of my favorite adapted lenses for any system I've used are the M42 mount Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50mm f1.4 and the C-mount Fujian 35mm f1.7
  15. adubo

    adubo FujiXspot Rookie

    Dec 3, 2013
    San Jose, Ca / Quezon City, PH
    the tiny tiny tiny industar-69 in LTM mount has this creamy swirly bokeh and still a bit sharp in the center at f2.8.
  16. heliosfan

    heliosfan New to FujiXspot

    Mar 26, 2014
    I would have to say any of the 58 mms from Helios (44M,44M-..., 44-2) - wonderful swirly bokeh! And of course any Pentaxes (Takumar 50/1.4, Smc-a 50/1.7) or Meyer lenses for their sharpness, smooth colour and bokeh

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  17. Bob Brandoff

    Bob Brandoff FujiXspot Regular

    Jan 5, 2014
    I like the Carl Zeiss Jena (M42 mount) 35mm Flektogon, 50mm Pancolar, 135mm Sonnar

    Here's a few B&W I just shot with Flektogon:



  18. cwolffensperger

    cwolffensperger FujiXspot Regular

    Oct 26, 2013
    Chris Wolffensperger
    I really like the Nikkor 105mm 2.5 pre-Ai. Very vivid colors and really sharp. Check out the color: words/no words thread!
  19. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg FujiXspot Veteran

    Dec 30, 2013
    behind an [X°]
    I've got some strange glass in my boxes but if I had to name one special character it'd be the 45mm Contax G Planar. I just love that lens. Sharp and contrasty as it gets with some really surreal bokeh. Definetely not my first choice for portraits. Here's a sample @f4 (note the weird swirls and that X-Ray look):

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  20. Marco Debiasi

    Marco Debiasi New to FujiXspot

    Jun 4, 2013