Best Camera for Legacy Glass?

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by chrism_scotland, May 1, 2012.

  1. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland SC Regular

    Apr 22, 2011
    I've been using an Olympus EP2 for a while now and using some Canon FD lenses which I've really enjoyed using but I find the manual focus zooming a pain on the EP2 as there is no dedicated zoom button :(

    I'm just wondering what peoples favourite setup is for manual glass as I'm currently reviewing my kit as its dwindled to just the EP2, VF2, 17mm and a Canon 50 f1.8 and I'm not sure which direction to take!

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  2. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder SC Veteran

    Mar 7, 2012
    A NEX since it has peaking would be best. Once you try peaking, you can never go back.
  3. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    I use the Sony NEX-5 too, not because I think it's the best but because it's what I've got! I enjoy using the Canon FD lenses on it and LOVE that I can pick up new bits for under £20 off ebay rather than paying hundreds of pounds every time I want a new lens to play with. I don't have enough money to do the sort of horse trading I hear other folk talking about so this allows me to have GAS on a budget. So far I have Canon FD 50mm, 28mm, 35-70mm (two of those), 135mm and a Vivitar 70-210mm. I also have Sony's own 16mm and 18-55mm.

    The great thing about legacy glass on NEX is the peaking feature - it highlights the area which is in focus in a colour of your choice, white red or yellow by showing the outlines and sharp edges. Don talks about it's great demonstration of depth of field - as you turn the focus you can see the area of focus coming nearer or further away very clearly. Then once you are in the right ball park, you can use the magnification feature for fine tuning. I usually check at 7x magnification to see that the thing I want is sharp as can be. If I'm picky, pressing the same button makes it 14x. To exit that I just half press the shutter. The peaking is so good that you can get away without the fine tuning once you are used to it, so street etc becomes easier.

    I can't speak for any of the other camera's as so far I have been faithful to my girl. I just wish she had a viewfinder!
  4. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    I use nex-5n with touch screen to zoom and/or peaking for other times to use without magnification. Nex-7 might be better for holding fd lenses but it doesn't have touch screen.

  5. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Another vote for NEX. I can only repeat what Heather said. It can accept almost any kind of lens, there's adapter for all of the mounts out there and especially with M39 glass it can be a compact yet powerful combo.
  6. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland SC Regular

    Apr 22, 2011
    Thanks folks, I might see if I can source a NEX5N to try, I was very close to buying a NEX before but was put off by the lack of native lenses as I'd like to have one or two to go along with the legacy glass.

    That said the larger sensor looks very good although having IBIS in the Pen is a benefit.

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  7. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    My vote goes to the NEX as well. As far as native mount AF lenses are concerned have a look at the Sigma 19 and 30mm primes. The USD 200 priced 30mm outperformed pretty much everything in a recent test, including Leica's USD 4000 50mm asph Summilux. - NEX-7 Lens Imatest Results
  8. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    there is always the option to use legacy glass on the cameras for which it was designed (and I'm not being sarcastic)
  9. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Good point pdh, there was a Canon t50 on ebay yesterday for a fiver which I nearly bought, especially as it had a macro lens attached. Cheap as chips!
  10. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland SC Regular

    Apr 22, 2011
    Cheers folks, I'm actually considering getting rid of my EP2 and getting either a Fuji X10 or X100.
    Would then put my FD lenses to use on my FD film body I picked up as I'd fancied trying film!
  11. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    I am not a big MF/legacy guy, but I am enjoying focus peaking on my K-01 a ton and can now see what all the fuss was about.

    I have also heard that the Nex5N is pretty great, even with the wider legacy stuff.
  12. Perry

    Perry New to SC

    May 10, 2012
    Pentax has the best backward compatibility with legacy lenses. It's pretty simple: you can take any lens ever made for any 35mm Pentax camera, and use it on any Pentax DSLR ever made.
  13. Nex!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    G1 - you can probably buy a body for £100

    most legacy glass on M43 sucks anyway - so don't waste your money - it's just a fad - IMHO of course
  15. Cristian Sorega

    Cristian Sorega SC Regular

    Apr 23, 2011
    For legacy lenses get a GXR with A12 Mount, fantastic image quality due to the lack of AA filter, great handling and controls and an even better peaking implementation than the NEX.

    Get some nice Leica screw,mount lenses and you have a really small and light kit. The Russian Jupiter lenses are good quality and great value.
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  16. Redridge

    Redridge New to SC

    May 16, 2012
    Im totally enjoying my epl3 using Leica glass.. focusing is easy with the telephoto button, non issue with adaptive lens.


    45mm 1.8 Native Lense

    50mm 1.4 Adaptive Lense
  17. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder SC Veteran

    Mar 7, 2012
    The keyword is "Pentax". It is cool that Pentax policy is that any camera they make will be compatible with any lens they've every made. I'm talking SLRs so yes the Q is a disaster for this. But the NEX is a better MF camera because it can work with almost any camera lens ever made from any manufacturer. The few that don't work, you don't want to use. For example, CS mount video lenses.
  18. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran

    Jul 7, 2010
    Is a 1935 Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm F1.5 considered Legacy or Antique?


    At F1.5 on the EP2.

    Same lens on the M9.


    Converted to Leica Thread Mount.
  19. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland SC Regular

    Apr 22, 2011
    Dragging up one of my older threads, now that we seem to have 3 very high end Compact Bodies with the NEX 7, EM-5 and Fuji X Pro-1 how do they stack up for using legacy glass?
  20. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    NEX-7 has peaking. From my point of view that settles it :smile: