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Adapted lenses and the X-T1

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by tonyturley, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    I've always enjoyed using adapted lenses. I've used them with cameras from Sony, Olympus, Pentax, and even the Fuji X-E1 with great success. My keeper rate with the X-T1 has left me a bit jaded. Take the two photos below. Focus Peaking showed them to be in focus; obviously they're not, especially #1. Now I grant that it could be camera shake, as this was a longer lens in lower light. But I don't have any trouble getting clear, sharp images with my film cameras. I'm a bit vexed over this one. I kept a few manual lenses when I got rid of a bunch of stuff about a year ago; perhaps I need to dump the rest, if I'm to stay with the X-T1.

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    X-T1    ---    17mm    f/1.0    1/30s    ISO 200

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    X-T1    ---    17mm    f/1.0    1/10s    ISO 200
     
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  2. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    Just picked up my mint condition XF 60mm f/2.4 Macro from the Post Office this morning. Resolving power to my eyes is better than the Pentax-M 50mm/1.4 I was using, and that's a decent adapted lens. The sample images I've captured today have been excellent. I think my days of using adapted glass on the X-T1 are mostly over. The XF 18mm f2 and the 60mm f/2.4 top any adapted lenses I've tried in a similar focal length, and the XF lenses are smaller and lighter. Win-win.
     
  3. Andy Garcia

    Andy Garcia Regular

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    Jan 15, 2016
    Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    Andy Whiteman
    I'd keep your adaptive lenses unless you really need the cash. They are fun to use as you know. I've had mixed results - the three I love the best and produce pretty fine results are a 35mm F2.8 Ai Nikon, a 105mm F2.5 Ai Nikon and a 50mm F1.7 Konica Hexanon. Right now I am not in a position to fork out loads of money on Fuji glass - the three lenses above cost me max $150. I do find Focus Peaking a tad unreliable though on my Xe2. Fuji glass is excellent and when I can afford it I will pick up a used 50-230mm.....would love an 18-140mm but it will have to wait. Thanks for raising the issue. Good luck whatever you do.
     
  4. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    Thanks Andy. My new-ish XF 60mm/2.4 has gotten a lot of use over the past few days, and it really is an excellent lens. I may eventually pick up a used 50-230mm as well, but like you, it will have to wait.
     
  5. rayvonn

    rayvonn All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2015
    In my experience, the best adapted lenses appear to be the Voigtlanders, not so much for their optical quality (though that is excellent) but the smooth and instant focusing rings which makes MF a very satisfying experience. I stand to be corrected though. Are there any other adapted lenses that have the same quality of MF ring? I ask as this is an essential element of using these lenses.
     
  6. Andy Garcia

    Andy Garcia Regular

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    Jan 15, 2016
    Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    Andy Whiteman
    No correction here as I've never used a Voigtlander lens but my Nikon Ai 35mm f2.8 in particular is sweet to focus as are the 105mm Ai and the 24mm D - the 35mm is brilliant with my XE2 fantastic image quality it just works. The 105 is a close 2nd both really sharp. Just sharing my experience. Pura Vida.
     
  7. rayvonn

    rayvonn All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2015
  8. Andy Garcia

    Andy Garcia Regular

    51
    Jan 15, 2016
    Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    Andy Whiteman
    Hi here's mine. If you have Nikon as well it will need to be Ai'd or will damage lens mount. Not sure if you use it with a Nikon - Fuji adapter. If you need a contact who will Ai a lens for you I have a great guy in the US.Here's a photo of mine. I think the one in the link is essentially the same just a more modern vintage - you can check on Ken Rockwell's site or on the web to clarify. Mine was a non Ai version which I had Ai'd. If you need a contact who will Ai a lens for you I have a great guy in the US. IMG_0157.JPG
     
  9. Andy Garcia

    Andy Garcia Regular

    51
    Jan 15, 2016
    Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    Andy Whiteman
    Hi here's the Ken Rockwell link Nikon 105mm f/2.5 Review and I see the lens on ebay is Ai'd. These lenses are truly excellent. I made the mistake of selling one when I moved to digital. I missed it so much I bought another!
     
  10. rayvonn

    rayvonn All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2015
    @Andy Garcia@Andy Garcia Yes, I have the 135mm Ai f2.8 which is great on a Nikon or X-T1 body, but your 105 is older. I love being able to utilise all the Nikon lenses going back 50 years, they're still great.
     
  11. Andy Garcia

    Andy Garcia Regular

    51
    Jan 15, 2016
    Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    Andy Whiteman
    Yes I agree - not just for the IQ but for the feel of metal, craftsman made lenses, that don't cost a fortune. Pura Vida
     
  12. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    While I wait for my 18-55 to arrive, I dusted off my old Jena Flektogon 35mm f2.4 and stuck it on the X-T1. If there's good light outside, I am drawn to take photos, even if the subject matter isn't all that interesting:

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    X-T1    ---    35mm    f/1.0    1/400s    ISO 200

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    X-T1    ---    35mm    f/1.0    1/400s    ISO 200
     
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  13. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    Looks crisp.
     
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  14. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    A few more from a walk in the woods yesterday. Several inches of snow on the ground over a large part of the forest, while 30 minutes away back home, we have not even a trace.

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    X-T1    ---    35mm    f/1.0    1/250s    ISO 200

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    X-T1    ---    35mm    f/1.0    1/250s    ISO 200

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    X-T1    ---    35mm    f/1.0    1/500s    ISO 200

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    X-T1    ---    35mm    f/1.0    1/1000s    ISO 200
     
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  15. Andy Garcia

    Andy Garcia Regular

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    Jan 15, 2016
    Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    Andy Whiteman
    Nice shots - lovely lens. Great colour and clarity. Thanks for sharing them.
     
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