Canon 85mm f1.8

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  • #6604
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    ajroyle
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    A partial switch (at least) to Fujifilm cameras has caused me to review by Canon gear and I will be disposing of a few items over the coming months. First on the list is this 85mm lens. It is in very good condition and has a genuine Canon hood. This is a well respected bit of kit, eclipsed only by the 5-times-more-expensive f1.2.

    It is going on to Ebay before too long but I can let it go to a club member for £200. It will make 220-240 on eBay at least but there are the charges and there is the work.

    #6606
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    Ian McNab
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    Why not get an adapter for it and use it as a portrait lens on the X-T1? People on the forums who’ve done this reckon the results are pretty impressive. (It has the angle of view of a c. 127mm lens on the APS-C sensor.)

    Just I thought. (If I had a spare – and pretty good – 85mm prime, that’s what I’d do.)

    #6615
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    ajroyle
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    Yes, with the advent of “mirrorless” cameras becoming more popular  a lot of attention is being paid to using old lenses, or other-marque lenses on your new Sony 7r or whatever. In fact it is the Sony which has attracted most attention since it is full frame. People have tried every lens you can think of but the level of success varies considerably and the high quality of the lens is no guarantee that it will work well.

    BTW, why is this flexibility possible? It is simply because the sensor is much closer to the back of the lens on a mirrorless camera than a DSLR, so there is enough room to insert an adaptor between the camera and the lens from a DSLR and still have the lens work properly. Of course you lose all the electronic controls for the lens, so you are stuck with manual control.

    #6619
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    Ian McNab
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    Perhaps another reason people are keen to try old and other-marque lenses on the Sony A7r is that there are so few Sony lenses for it! 😉

    And ‘stuck with manual controls’? You mean just like a Leica? 😉

    #6620
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    meg cumming
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    Just thinking I have a Pentax fisheye lens which I’ve used to great effect with B/W infrared film at Whitby. My question is regarding the previous posts is it possible for me to get an adaptor that would suit the Pentax to use upon  my Canon.  I still have my Pentax camera which I still intend to use with remaining stock of film. But would like to try it with my Canon.

    #6621
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    Ian McNab
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    Meg >>> Here are a couple of adapters for Pentax K-mount lenses on Canon DSLR bodies I found on Amazon:

    (a) a plain adapter – you have to focus manually

    (b) an adapter with a chip that confirms autofocus

    If you have M42 lenses rather than K-mount, just search Amazon for <<Pentax M42 lens adapter for Canon DSLR body>> or variants of that.

    (I don’t have a Canon, so I’ve never used these products myself.)

    Here’s a guy doing a video demo of the first adapter

    #6622
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    meg cumming
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    Thanks Ian that was useful. Now just need to find adaptor on Amazon.

    #6623
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    ALSO worth a look on ebay-very cheap from far east and really excellent quality–don”t be put off by cheap prices.—-just had a quick look on ebay–to buy–pentax k–to eos–£7.99   m42—to  eos–£6.90–just type in your needs and it will be there–buy now–not bid. This is all well engineered good stuff.

    #6627
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    ajroyle
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    I had previously bought an adaptor from someone on eBay. This was for a Leica to 4/3 Panasonic. A friend advised it – he had been getting enthusiastic about 4/3rds. It proved perfectly OK but I found the whole business less worthwhile since the angle of view given by the lenses on 4/3rds is that of a lens of twice the focal length on 35mm. In other words my 35mm was equivalent to 70mm. This is quite a difference; wide angle to short telephoto, also use was a bit awkward as you have to fiddle with the menus to get the camera to “shoot without lens”. Quality was definitely better but not so much so as to really be worthwhile, since I had the focal lengths covered anyway with Pany lenses. The adaptor was only £11.

    With the Fujifilm cameras it is easier. Firstly Fujifilm make their own Leica/ Fuji X adaptor and even provide the facility to apply your own bespoke adjustments for your non-Fuji lens automatically(handy if you want to shoot jpegs). The crop factor is better (1.5x, so 35=50mm) and the camera focussing system is better suited for manual focussing. I have only used the adaptor so far for a 15mm lens since my 2 Fuji lenses don’t go so wide (21mm equivalent). It is a Voigtlander lens. Results are a bit mixed. It is reasonably sharp but is giving some slight colouration in some light. If you shoot raw you can, of course, get rid of that.

    All in all, it is a good way of making use of your old lenses and saving some money. Results are not entirely predictable, though; Amateur Photographer tried a 24mm Leica lens on a Sony 7r and the results were very disappointing for such a very expensive lens.

    #7406
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    ajroyle
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    Anyway, does anyone want the 85mm f1.8?

    I shall be putting it on Ebay very soon.

    I want to take advantage of the new Fuji offer on lenses so I’m have a clearout.

    The lens is unmarked and has a genuine Canon lenshood – both the lens and hood are boxed.

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