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Mitchell Derr
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p.1 #1 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


Alt glass!

Suggestions for a sub $100 portrait lens and a sub $200 portrait lens. Manual or auto focus.

35mm-85mm. 1.8 or better.

Thank in advance.

Mitch




Aug 06, 2012 at 11:02 PM
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p.1 #2 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


Canon FDn 50/1.4 is readily available for less than $100, and is very difficult to beat in that range. For something a little longer, the FDn 85/1.8 or Nikon 85/1.8 non-AI are good, and below $200.


Aug 06, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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p.1 #3 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


jupiter 3?
contax 50/1.7?

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Aug 06, 2012 at 11:07 PM
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p.1 #4 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


Thanks for the info. The 1.4 sounds like a good deal. I appreciate the response.


Aug 06, 2012 at 11:08 PM
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p.1 #5 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


Never heard of the Jupiter 3 but I am not surprised. I did some googling and it had some very good reviews. Thanks.


Aug 06, 2012 at 11:10 PM
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p.1 #6 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


The 50/1.8 Sony with OSS is worth keeping on your radar, too. The combination of a fairly large aperture and stabilization really opens up some possibilities. I use it a LOT, and it's quite good.


Aug 06, 2012 at 11:15 PM
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p.1 #7 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


Thanks Smiert. I have heard some good thing about the 50mm 1.8 OSS as well. Just a tad out of my range, but will keep it on my list.


Aug 06, 2012 at 11:18 PM
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p.1 #8 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


sub $100 portrait lens(35-50mm) and a sub $200 portrait lens(50-85mm)? Your price requirements are a bit tough to meet.
Jupiter 8or3 & 9

Pen F 35/1.8

Super-Tak 50/1.4 & 105/2.8

Canon FD SSC 50/1.4 & 85/1.8



Aug 06, 2012 at 11:18 PM
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p.1 #9 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


This is a tangent -- but if you go down the Pen F path, the 100/3.5 is really fantastic. Its drawbacks are that it's slow and has a long minimum focus distance (the latter can now be addressed with an NEX extension tube). Fairly mild contrast, but very high sharpness -- it draws like a vintage Leica Summicron. Very pretty lens, tiny, and available for around $100.


Aug 06, 2012 at 11:38 PM
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p.1 #10 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


I appreciate the information. Thank you. I will look into the 100/ 3.5 as well.

What about a Jupiter 9??



Aug 06, 2012 at 11:40 PM
 

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p.1 #11 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


I must defer to the Sovietologists on that one.

;- )



Aug 06, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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p.1 #12 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


Rokkor MC 50 1.4.


Aug 07, 2012 at 12:07 AM
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p.1 #13 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


For portrait, I've also been looking for the best lens on the NEX7. From what I've read, the Canon FD 85L and Leica Summicron 90 2.0 are a few of the best. However, another option that I'm going to go for is the Rokinon (Samyang/Bower) 85mm F/1.4. It's very heavy and abit awkward on the NEX* but is only around 250 used and compares with the 85L. Check sample pics for more info.

Also, Here is what I've tried so far on the NEX*

- Zeiss Contax G 45/90. Best bang for the buck on the NEX. The G 90 is perhaps the best lens I've used on any camera.

- Zeiss Contax G 28. Works well on the 5N but not on the 7 (color shift). I also tested this against the Sigma 30 and preferred the 30. Sold.

- Zeiss Jena Prakticar 35/2.4. I bought this used for close to nothing at a small shop in the Europe and I think I got a bad copy. Was very soft wide open and was lacking in contrast. Sold.

- Sigma 30. It's sharp, has great contrast wide open and has been rated very highly in reviews. I decided to sell my Contax G 28 (that was very good) after trying this. Absolute steal at $200 and it's auto!

- Helios 44-2. Not bad for a $40 lens. Infact, it's great for a $40 lens... especially with the interesting bokeh.

- Canon FD 24. At $250+ used it's not all that cheap and I wasn't very impressed. Sold.

- CV15. It was nice having a 15mm lens in such a small form factor on a trip I took recently. Unfortunately, I wasn't really wow'd by the IQ. This was especially the case after going with the amazing Zeiss 18 ZM. Sold.

- Jupiter-8. It's russian and it's cheap. I'd also stay away as it's nothing special.

- Rokkor 58 1.2. Forum favorite but I just never saw the magic after trying 3 copies. Wide open at 1.2, it lacks contrast and just doesn't do it for me. It's also heavy and emits radiation on older versions.. yay. Sold.

- Zeiss 35/2 ZM. Very nice colors and contrast even at 2.0 but pales in comparison to the superior Contax G 45 which costs 1/3 the price. Sold.

- Zeiss 18 ZM. Magical on the 5N but color casts on the 7. I'm pretty bummed this is the case because I'm forced to sell it. It's on the f/s area of the forum now.


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Aug 07, 2012 at 12:08 AM
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p.1 #14 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


The J9 is fairly sharp and has nice bokeh possibly the best deal for an 85.
I was actually impressed with my SMC Super-Tak 105/2.8 so if you are willing to this long, it's worth a look.



Aug 07, 2012 at 12:23 AM
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p.1 #15 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


Thanks alwang and rioni and lightshow. i appreciate all the info. I keep doing searches on all the suggestions so this really helps.

Appreciation is enormous.



Aug 07, 2012 at 12:26 AM
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p.1 #16 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


The OM 50/1.8 "Made In Japan" is nice and sharp.
Helios 44-2/ and it's siblings are real good value.



Aug 07, 2012 at 12:35 AM
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p.1 #17 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


alwang wrote:
Rokkor MC 50 1.4.


+1000

this is the best bang for buck lens imo.



Aug 07, 2012 at 12:44 AM
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p.1 #18 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


How do you guys feel about the Minolta MC ROKKOR-X PG 50mm f/1.4?


Aug 07, 2012 at 01:12 AM
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p.1 #19 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


Mitchell Derr wrote:
How do you guys feel about the Minolta MC ROKKOR-X PG 50mm f/1.4?


that's the one I'm talkin about



Aug 07, 2012 at 01:29 AM
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p.1 #20 · Nex 7 on the way and I need....


Nice. Thanks. Just picked one up.


Aug 07, 2012 at 01:30 AM
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