Need advice on inpensive wide-angle lens

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Peabody, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. Peabody

    Peabody Guest

    I have a Canon XT (crop sensor), and a 50mm 1.8 lens. I've found
    that lens to be wonderful for lots of things, but a bit too long
    for indoor shooting of full bodies or groups in average size rooms,
    and would like to find something like a 28mm, or maybe 24 or 35, to
    use instead, but it needs to be fast like the 50, although probably
    not as fast as 1.8. 2 or 2.5 would probably work.

    The problem is that I have no budget for this, so I'm looking for
    an idea for an older film-camera lens that I could use in manual
    focus mode with an adapter. I already have a Pentax k-mount to EF
    adapter that I use with an old Vivitar long zoom, but adapters are
    relatively cheap, so it wouldn't necessarily have to be a k-mount.

    I would appreciate any suggestions anyone might have as to what
    lens I might look for.
    Peabody, Nov 29, 2010
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    Bruce Guest

    There is a wide selection of 24-35mm f/2.5 and f/2.8 lenses that sell
    on eBay at reasonable prices. Be aware that the shorter the focal
    length, the higher the price.

    Brands/mounts that can be converted to Canon EF mount with an adapter
    that will preserve infinity focus include:

    Pentax M42 screw and K bayonet
    Yashica M42 screw and Contax/Yashica bayonet
    Ricoh bayonet (actually the same as Pentax K)
    Olympus OM
    Nikon F, AI, AIS
    Leica R

    There are also third party lenses that are made in any of the above
    mounts, including Sigma, Pentacon, Carl Zeiss Jena, Tamron Adaptall
    and Vivitar TX. For either of these last two brands, you would need
    to buy an adapter in one of the above listed camera mounts then
    another adaptor to Canon EF.

    In theory, you can buy an Adaptall mount for Canon EF but they are
    difficult to find and very expensive. Some Chinese manufacturers are
    producing much cheaper, basic mounts.
    Bruce, Nov 29, 2010
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