Exceptional Vintage And Modern Non-C/EF Standard And Short Tele Lenses Worth An Adaption To Canon EF - Canon EOS Technoclopedia

Standard & Tele Lenses (exceptional ones only) Mounts1 eBay Price Angle Of View2 Max. Magnif. Aperture:
Min. | Blades | Form
Min. Dist. (cm) Filter (mm) Diameter (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) Lens Hood Produced Comments Tests3
Asahi Opt. Co. 50mm f/1.4 (Auto) Super Takumar (I) M42   46   16       49         1964    
Asahi Opt. Co. 50mm f/1.4 (Auto) Super-Takumar (II) M42   46   16 6     49         1965 radioactive optics; has a white dot between f/1.4 and f/2.8 (f/2.0 position) The Normal Lens Shootout2: Super-Takumar & S.-M.-C. Takumar
Asahi Opt. Co. 50mm f/1.4 S.-M.-C. Takumar (Auto) M42 40€ 46   16 8     49         1971   The Normal Lens Shootout2: Super-Takumar & S.-M.-C. Takumar
Asahi Opt. Co. 50mm f/1.4 SMC Takumar (Auto) M42 54€ 46   16       49         1972   The Normal Lens Shootout2: SMC Takumar & SMC -FA Takumar
Asahi Opt. Co. 50mm f/1.4 SMC -M P/K 52€ 46   22         63 41 235     SMC -A version sells for 130€ see a shallow comparison with a Canon EF 50mm 1.8 II here, some more testing here
Carl Zeiss Jena 180mm f/2.8 Sonnar 1Q M42 | P6       22 17*   150 77     1469** screw-in appr. 1962 - 63 (?) *or 18, both information given by 2 different Ebay sellers; **incl. hood; HUGE tripod collar  
Carl Zeiss Jena 180mm f/2.8 Sonnar (Auto) P6       32 7 polygonal 170 86/95* 98.4 133.3   screw-in appr. 1967 - 1968 *has 2 accessory threads; tripod collar; 2 different zebra style versions: one with 2 zebra rings, another one with 3  
Carl Zeiss Jena 180mm f/2.8 Sonnar MC (Auto) M42 | P6       32 7 polygonal 170 86 90 122 1100 screw-in   superb bokeh and sharpness - see tests; tripod collar; at least 2 versions: one with all white front imprint and one with red MC front imprint (last version), other versions see above and below Rick Denney's Bokeh Battle (Sonnar vs. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L)
Carl Zeiss 55mm f/1.2 Planar T* "Planar 100 Jahre" C/Y   43   16     60 77 80 60 ~500     100 Years Anniversary Lens Edition feat. floating element; collector's item with over the top pricing (>10k $)  
Carl Zeiss 85mm f/1.2 Planar T* C/Y   29   16     100 77 80 72.5 874     60 Years Anniversary Lens Edition available; feat. floating element  
Carl Zeiss 180mm f/2.8 Sonnar T* C/Y       22     140 72     815 retractable 1975 also older versions available for Exakta bayonet  
Carl Zeiss 200mm f/2.8 Sonnar MC (Auto) M42     1:8 22 7 polygonal 215 77 91 142 1060 screw-in (60g)   also available as electric version  
Carl Zeiss 300mm f/2.8 Tele-Apotessar C/Y   8.2   22     350 holder 120 244 2730     internal focusing  
Century Precision Optics 300mm f/3.2 Tele-Athenar II [TS-3032] T                         1978 also available for C mount  
Century Precision Optics 385mm f/4.5 Tele-Athenar II [TS-8345] T                         1977    
Voigtländer MF 58mm f/1.4 Nokton SL II N/F | P/K   40 1:5.8 16 9 polygonal 45 58 64.4 48 320 LH-58 Cosina 2010 there were some rumors about a Canon EF version to be released at a later date, which did not yet come true PhotoZone tested on EOS 5D Mark II

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General Notes:
1.) I try to keep this list 'reasonable'. It is therefore limited to lenses, that can be adopted to Canon EF by means of still making sense. That excludes most zoom lenses, lenses without aperture ring, most middle and big format lenses because of their lower resolution and lenses that have to be corrected by using glass elements in the mount adapter pieces (Canon FD and Minolta for example). These glass elements are often either low quality or the adapter itself is very pricey. You can use the cheap ones without their glass elements, but this will result in less working distance and loss of infinity focus. Since working distance is already very limited with macro lenses and loss of infinity not really makes sense for wide or tele lenses, this method is not considered a real option, when buying a lens for normal usage.
2.) Limited EOS compatibility: Useless to say, all lenses in this list are limited in their EOS compatibility. There will be no AF nor In-Focus-Indication and there will be no time priority nor full auto mode due to missing electronic coupling between lens and body. Auto apertures are not available (while this feature will still be very useful for manual focusing).
Also, I don't make a distinction between fully manual and preset aperture mechanisms, they are just referred to as manual diaphragms.
3.) Asahi production periods: M42 preset Takumars 1957-1962, Auto-Takumars 1958-1962, Super-Takumars 1962-1971, Super-Multi-Coated (S.-M.-C.) Takumars early period and SMC Takumars later period of 1971-1976 (source: Frank Mechelhoff)
Pentax vintage mount versions: M42: 1957-?, SMC-M: 1975 -?, SMC-A: 1983 - ?
4.) There is a huge range of super fast f/1.0 to f/1.2 standard lenses with focal lengths from 50mm to 58mm available. Most of them are to be considered trash, namely the Leitz and Canon f/1.0s (collectors trash) and a big bunch of f/1.2s (namely Porst, Revuenon, Tomioka Chinon and all the major brands).
To tell it shortly: If you are not damned to use f/1.2 better stick to the f/1.4 lens line for better overall performance. If you are damned to use f/1.2 best stick to the Nikons, to the Yashica ML or the Olympus lenses (all selling at around 300€). For the f/1.4 range the Asahi 50mm is considered at least one of the best by most people. Sources:
  • Color Foto standard lens test from 1980: Asahi 50mm f/1.2 SMC, Canon FD 55mm f/1.2 SSC/SSC AL, Konica AR 57mm f/1.2 Hexagon, Leitz 50mm f/1.0 Noctilux, Minolta MD 50mm f/1.2, Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor, Nikon 58mm f/1.2 Noct-Nikkor, Olympus 55mm f/1.2 G-Zuiko Auto-S and Yashica ML 55mm f/1.2
    They only published a kind of scoring result, no MTF or contrast data. The Canons and the Minolta were best ones. Too bad you can't adapt them reasonably.
  • Erwin Puts about super fast/fast high-end standard lenses and their limitations: Canon FD 50mm f/1.2L, Canon FD 55mm f/1.2 Asph., Canon FD 50mm f/1.4, Leitz 50mm f/1.0 Noctilux-M, Leitz 50mm f/1.2 Noctilux, Leitz 50mm f/1.4 Asph. Summilux-M, Leitz 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M I + II, Leitz 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-R I + II, Nikon 58mm f/1.2 Noct-Nikkor, Nikon 50mm f/1.4, Voigtländer 50mm f/1.5 Nokton, Zeiss 55mm f/1.2 Planar and Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar (MTF data)
  • If you happen to know about any tests or comparisons including Porsts and alikes or the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.2 USM please tell me!!
5.) Sean Carpenter published The Normal Lens Shootout, a highly detailed PBase user review for fast f/1.4 to f/2.0 standard lenses (mostly made by Asahi) with focal lengths from 50mm to 58mm (additionally includes the Nippon Kogaku 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor). The following lenses are included:
  • Asahi 50mm f/1.2 SMC -A (1), Asahi 50mm f/1.4 Super-Takumar (13), Asahi 50mm f/1.4 S.-M.-C. Takumar (4), Asahi 50mm f/1.4 SMC Takumar (2), Asahi 50mm f/1.4 SMC -FA (3), Asahi 50mm f/1.7 SMC -M (12), Asahi 50mm f/1.7 SMC -F (8), Asahi 50mm f/2.0 SMC -M (14), Asahi 55mm f/1.8 Auto-Takumar (15), Asahi 55mm f/1.8 S.-M.-C. Takumar (11), Asahi 55mm f/2.0 SMC Takumar (9), Fuji 55mm f/1.8 Fujinon (6), KMZ 58mm f/2.0 Helios 44M-4 (16), Nikon 50mm f/1.4 Auto Nikkor-S (10), Nippon Kogaku 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor (5), Sears 55mm f/1.4 Auto (7)
  • If you happen to know about any tests or comparisons including Porsts and alikes or the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.2 USM please let me know!!

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