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Old 02-02-2016   #1
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28mm Legacy Glass on Fuji X-E1 or X-E2

I'm looking for a decent 28mm legacy lens to use on my X-E1 body. While I enjoy the X-E1 very much I am not necessarily 100% committed to Fuji long term. I've read both good and bad about the Contax G 28mm Biogon on the Fuji. Any thoughts?
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I'm currently using a X-E1 body with the following 28's, some lens I no longer use though.

1. Contax G28. Edge performance suffers quite a bit. Used with metabone adapter. Least liked as I sold the adapter already.
2. CV28 3.5 Great performer I find on the X-E1. The only con (for some people) would be the speed. Amazing contrast. Good edge even on the X-E1.
3. CV28 1.9 Usually use this lens wide open cuz of speed. Edges a little soft, not as much as the G28 I find.
4. Ricoh GR28 ltm. I love using this lens on the X-E1. Already good wide open @ 2.8. Balances well on the X-E1 body.
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kentchung,

Thanks for the follow up. Too bad about the Biogon. The Ricoh is a great lens but not in my budget. The CV 28mm F3.5 LTM sounds interesting but the lens was discontinued in 2007. Don't see many around. The only current M mount CV 28mm listed on the Cameraquest website is the Ultron 28 F2.

I suppose I could try my Contax 28mm F2.8 Distagon SLR lens but it's fairly large and will not balance all that well on the X-E1.
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Old 02-02-2016   #4
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The contax would be quite big. If you're okay with SLR lens then I do suggest finding a copy of the Nikkor 28mm 2.8 AI-s. I use this lens on the X-E1 with a metabone speed booster. Size and handling are great. Usually they are nicely priced.
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Try the SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5 in m42. You will be very surprised.
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You'd probably be better off with an SLR lens—I second the Takumar suggestion. I've also been really digging the Pentax K 30mm f/2.8 on film lately, and want to try adapting it to a Fuji body...
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Another relatively cheap solution would be a Konica AR 28/3.5. Very sharp and good colour rendition.
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the super takamur 28/3.5 is great . I wish the 30/2.8 hadn't been mentioned as I'm gassing for it and the budget says no right now
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Another relatively cheap solution would be a Konica AR 28/3.5. Very sharp and good colour rendition.
I have this lens but the first AR -> FX adapter I bought didn't work so well, returned it.

I have been using my OM 28/2.8 and I like the results. But the flange distance is such that the adapter is nearly as long as the lens, so it's not as compact as I would like.

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Another relatively cheap solution would be a Konica AR 28/3.5. Very sharp and good colour rendition.
I used the Konica AR 28/3.5 on my X-Pro1… fantastic combination. Lens is small, light weight, and produces truly superb image quality. The AR 40/1.8 is also great.
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I used the Konica AR 28/3.5 on my X-Pro1… fantastic combination. Lens is small, light weight, and produces truly superb image quality. The AR 40/1.8 is also great.
I have both of those lenses. The adapter I had caused the aperture ring to bind, so I couldn't adjust it.
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Zuikos, Nikkor, Hexanons ... all great lenses.

My fav is the (not that "vintage") Voigtländer Ultron 2/28.
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Over in another thread I just wondered about sacrificing one of my Olympus 35SPs and having the lens adapted to FX mount ... I also have a spare XA. Not that either are 28mm ... I got carried away.
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SLR lens,
Nikkor AiS 28/2.8 is very good lens but slightly bulky for XE-1, I bought mine $100.

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Leica Sumicron 28/2 is nice lens for X but costly
CV 28/2 is good alternative, small size, sharp

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I have tried the following 28mm legacy lenses on my Fuji X bodies:

A. Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 pre-AI (use in reverse position on bellows for close-ups and macros)

B. Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T* ZF 2 (replaced slower 28mm f/2.8 AIS Nikkor)

C. Vivitar 28mm f/2.5 screw mount lens (replaced broken 28mm f/3.5 Fujinon)

D. Nikkor 28mm f/4 perspective control (use for panoramic and architectural photos)

E. Asahi 28mm f/3.5 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar


The f/2 Zeiss is my personal favorite.

The Vivitar delivers the best performance for the lowest price.

The Nikkor perspective control lens with its shift feature works best with a Nikon/Fuji adapter with a tilt feature.


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