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    Recommend me manual focus glass

    That I absolutely must have to adapt to a Canon EOS system, since it meters all lenses in all modes.

    inb4 Nikkor glass, I already have quite a bit

    inb4 Leica

    I mean old m42 stuff, obscure stuff that wasn't made by Canon or Nikon
    5x7 Eastman-Kodak kit / B&L 135mm Zeiss Tessar + Compur Deckel
    4x5 Graphic View / Schneider 180 5.6 Symmar in a Synchro Compur
    RB67 Pro S /50 4.5 / 90 3.8 / 180 4.5 / WLF / prism finder / polaback
    Random 35mm stuff

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    The Mir-1b is nice, its a 37/2.8 m42 mount. Quite small too. I used it a lot wide open when i still had it and I am happy with the results.

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    Look at C/Y mount Zeiss for Contax/Yashica.
    Can be pricey but some nice stuff out there.

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    From what I've heard, EOS bodies *don't* meter accurately with adapted lenses...

    But since I'm (sigh!) considerting such a solution myself (current lack of alternatives), it might help if you said which kind of lenses you were interested in.

    You mention Leica: Leica R or M? If R, which focal lenghts are you missing? (Pretty much the same goes for Nikon).

    There are many good *obscure* lenses out there, but what do you need?
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

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    Meh, kind of open to anything, looking for a fast telephoto and a good wide.

    I have been running Nikon pre-AI glass from my Nikkormat system for a year in conjunction with my L glass and I have loved the results. With most Nikon glass it seems to overexpose a 1/2 to 1 full stop, my 50 1.4 Nikkor-S sometimes will go a full 2 stops but I love the background rendering.

    I have been using an EOS 5D digital with a full-frame 24x36mm sensor and it's spot on most of the time but on my Elan 7e and EOS 650 it seems to be off by a considerable amount, I use the 5D as a very expensive light meter and copy the settings on the Elan 7e / EOS 650 and the prints seem to be pretty close in exposure.

    Fast portrait glass, ultra-wides, those are always on the list of want. I love my Nikkor-P 105 f2.5 and Quanataray 135 f2.8 but have considered going back even older.

    Not looking for Leica glass unless it is cheap (and most R-glass is Minolta anyway) I'm not paying 500-1000 dollars for something that doesn't have autofocus or image stabilization and doesn't natively work on my EOS system.
    5x7 Eastman-Kodak kit / B&L 135mm Zeiss Tessar + Compur Deckel
    4x5 Graphic View / Schneider 180 5.6 Symmar in a Synchro Compur
    RB67 Pro S /50 4.5 / 90 3.8 / 180 4.5 / WLF / prism finder / polaback
    Random 35mm stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by j-dogg View Post
    Fast portrait glass, ultra-wides, those are always on the list of want. I love my Nikkor-P 105 f2.5 and Quanataray 135 f2.8 but have considered going back even older.

    Not looking for Leica glass unless it is cheap (and most R-glass is Minolta anyway) I'm not paying 500-1000 dollars for something that doesn't have autofocus or image stabilization and doesn't natively work on my EOS system.
    Actually, most R glass *isn't* Minolta (maybe 4 1970's vintage lenses were).

    Anyway, the 90mm Summicron is very similar to the (newer) Nikkor 105 2.5, just does everything one stop sooner (f/2.0) and isn't that expensive.

    The Leica 180mm Apo-Telyt can sometime be found at bargain prices and is compact and excellent.
    The Nikkor AI(S) 200mm is also compact and very good.

    Good ultrawides: Zeiss 18mm, Leica 19mm (second version), Vivitar/Tokina 17mm (sample variation permitting), Zeiss Jena 20mm, Mamiya 21mm.
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

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    Jupiter 9.

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    MF tele lenses I quiet like Schacht Travenar 2.8/85 mm (a Tessar Clone); Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 2.8/120mm Exakta or M42 mount, Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 4/135 (not fast but beautiful) Exakta or M42, Hugo Meyer Trioplan 2.8/100 (Triplet good portrait lens) Exakta or M42. I admit I have a soft spot for GDR lenses and older obscure german glass, they are not the sharpest lenses but they can give you a distinctive look.
    MF Normal lenses I can recommend: Nikon pre AI 2/50mm; Carl Zeiss Biotar 2/58mm M42 or Exakta; Pentax Super Takumar 1.4/50; Industar 50 3.5/50 M42
    WA lenses: Zeiss Jena Flektogon 4/20mm; 2.8/24mm; 2.8/35mm all M42 or Exakta mount.

    Dominik

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    WA lenses: Zeiss Jena Flektogon 4/20mm; 2.8/24mm; 2.8/35mm all M42 or Exakta mount.

    Dominik
    Generally agree with your list (I'll add a Schacht Travenar 90mm 2.8 which is nearly identical to the excellent Rollei-Zeiss 85mm), but I've never heard of a Zeiss Jena 24mm!??!

    There was an ISCO 24mm, a Zeiss Jena 25mm 4.0 (also very good) and a Carl Zeiss 25mm 2.8 (C/Y and Rollei - variable in quality).
    Any more info?
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

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    Sorry of course you're right 4/25mm Flektogon, there is a 2.8/24 Flektogon which I have for the Eclair Camflex (Motion Picture Camera) good lens, but I am not sure if it covers the 36x24mm Format

    Dominik

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