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Old June 11th, 2007, 02:42 AM   #1
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Most Important Characteristics for an Adapter Lens?

I've been reading a lot of lens reviews but don't know how to value their characteristics for adapter use.

Here are some distinct lens qualities:

Vignetting.
Chromatic Aberration.
Sharpness.
Barrel distortion.

The Zeiss Planar T 50mm 1.4, for example, is exceedingly sharp but has more than average CA. So is this lens a good choice for an adapter, IDK?

Any thoughts on which lens characteristics are most important for adapter use would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:58 AM   #2
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I've heard they're fantastic... but haven't seen much. IMO, they're too expensive for adapter use. If I was going to drop some money on 35mm lenses that still breathe, I'd want some tricked out lenses like those from RP Lens - smooth aperture ring and focus gear built-in.
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Old June 12th, 2007, 09:29 PM   #3
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I've heard they're fantastic... but haven't seen much. IMO, they're too expensive for adapter use...
That's my thinking too. I feel like the limitations of HD, sensors, adapters, etc. cummulatively wipeout any difference between a very good lens and a fantastic lens. That's not experience speaking, rather just a summary of everything I've read so far.
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