Originally Posted by Dragoon
Hey everyone, it's been a while since I stopped by OCN (shame on me
), but I need some help from you guys regarding a couple of things.
I was looking for a good and cheap film SLR, I've seen some photos taken with film and I was amazed at the difference to digital and... I always wanted to try out shooting film. I searched for a few Canon cameras (Good side is that I could use EF lenses) and the Olympus OM series, specially OM-1 and OM-2.
Second, what do you think about the Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4
M42 mount lens? I've searched around the interwebs and I see alot of good reviews about this glass. And I can say this mount is quite popular... And for the price it has, I think it would be a good purchase.
Can it compete with newer 50mm f/1.4 lenses? Bang for buck wise, because I doubt a €60~€100 lens could outright outperform a €350 EF-S 50mm f/1.4, unless I'm mistaken...
I haven't looked at any reviews for the lens either, but a lot of old film lenses could easily outperform a modern digital lens. The Takumar is cheap because it lacks any and all electronic components, such as USM and the CPU connection, which is what makes the Canon 50/1.4 more expensive. Plus, the Takumar isn't one of the "legendary" old brands like Zeiss, whose manual lenses are often very expensive.
As you probably know, you'll need an EF to M42 adapter, and you will only be able to manual focus, and your images shot with the lens will not record EXIF info.
I've wanted a Contax prime (made by Zeiss) for a while myself. They made a 45mm f/2.8 pancake prime which goes for about $400 or so, but they are hard to find.
In other news, I'm seriously considering selling my 7D, 10-22, 60 f/2.8, and 17-55 f/2.8 and getting a 5D MKII with a 24-70 f/2.8L. I'm probably crazy to do so (selling a body and three lenses just to get another body and one lens), but I've only ever used crop cameras and want to experience FF for change.