^^^ Yashinon is also underrated in my opinion. It's not a digital-mountable lens, but I love my Lynx 14E, it's fast and sharp at f/2 and usable at f/1.4 with a heavy body and mechanical leaf shutter. It's the best party and low-light camera for under $1500. (it costs $90).
Also, Fujinon M42 glass. Fuji did and does a terrible job of marketing their products. Look at their large format lenses, they marketed a single and a multi coated product under the same name and the only difference is that one is marked on the inside and one is marked on the outside of the lens (despite different coverage). They left poor Kerry Thalmann to puzzle out what they did. Their terrible job announcing the reorganization of their film line makes more sense in that respect. They have always sucked at marketing their products.
That said, the products are GREAT. Fujinon LF lenses are completely in line with Zeiss, Schneider, Nikkor, and any other manufacturer you care to name. I'd bet their 35mm lenses are too, and they're CHEAP. You may have to clip some aperture pins to make infinity focus, but it'll be a $40 lens so who cares?
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