Vintage And Modern Non-C/EF Fast Wide Lenses Worth An Adaption To Canon EF - Canon EOS Technoclopedia

Fast Wide Lenses (20-35mm F≤2.5) 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
Admiral G.M.C. 28mm F2.5 Automatik-Weitwinkel     M42       22     40                
Angenieux 35mm F2.5 R1     M42                         1977 - 1982    
Arsenal 35mm F2.0 MC (Auto) MIR-24H [MIR-24N]     N/F   66   22     24 58         rec. 1987 - 1996* *means I only have records about lenses from that period  
Asahi Opt. Co. 28mm F2.0 SMC -M     P/K 124€                            
Asahi Opt. Co. 28mm F2.0 SMC -A     P/K                              
Asahi Opt. Co. 35mm F2.0 Super (Auto) Takumar (I)     M42       16       67         1963/66 again two slightly different series  
Asahi Opt. Co. 35mm F2.0 Super (Auto) Takumar (II)     M42       16       49         1967    
Asahi Opt. Co. 35mm F2.0 S.-M.-C. (Auto) Takumar     M42 81€     16       49         1971    
Asahi Opt. Co. 35mm F2.0 SMC -M (Auto)     P/K 150€     22     30 49              
Asahi Opt. Co. 35mm F2.0 SMC -A     P/K 158€                            
Carl Zeiss 21mm F2.8 Distagon T*     C/Y                       C-W1   if "Made in Japan", it's manufactured by Kyocera; listing this one and the 25mm Distagon as only exceptions to the F<2.8 rule for their otherwise exceptional performance 16-9.net: 1.) vs. Canon EF 17-40mm F4.0L, 2.) vs. Canon EF 24mm F1.4L and some test results (also compared to EF 16-35mm etc.)
Carl Zeiss 25mm F2.8 Distagon T* ZS/ZF/ZK     M42 | N/F | P/K   80.2   22     17 58 65 66 480 bayonet Cosina 2006 older Zeiss version available (completely black design, no lens hood bayonet) Photozone (tested with a Nikon)
Carl Zeiss 28mm F2.0 Distagon T*/HFT     C/Y | R/B 420€ |     22     24             if "Made in Japan", it's manufactured by Kyocera  
Carl Zeiss 28mm F2.0 Distagon T* ZF/ZK     N/F | P/K   74   22     24 58 65 94 530   Cosina 2007    
Carl Zeiss 35mm F2.0 Distagon T* ZS/ZF/ZK     M42 | N/F | P/K   63   22     30 58 65 73 530   Cosina 2006   Photozone (tested with a Nikon)
Carl Zeiss 35mm F1.4 Distagon w/out MM     C/Y 350€                         if "Made in Japan", it's manufactured by Kyocera  
Carl Zeiss 35mm F1.4 Distagon w/ MM     C/Y 470€                         if "Made in Japan", it's manufactured by Kyocera  
Carl Zeiss Jena 35mm F2.4 MC Auto Flektogon     M42 100€   1:2.2 22     20 49           sometimes available as "electric MC Flektogon" version (adds an electric contact providing full-aperture metering with later Praktica bodies)  
Fuji Photo 35mm F1.9 EBC Fujinon     M42                              
Lomo 20mm F2.5 MIR-47K     P/K   94   22     30           1987    
Kiron 24mm F2.0 MC [IF] Snapshots of Kiron 24mm F2.0 MC C/Y | N/Ai | O/OM | P/K 50€ | - 65€ - 83 1:8.7 16 6 polygonal 30 55 65 47.5 288   Kino Precision 1980 - 1986 internal focus; also available for C/FD, F/X, K/AR, M/SR Modern Photography 03/1981
Kiron 28mm F2.0 MC [IF]   C/Y | N/Ai | O/OM | P/K 25€ | 40€ | 31€ | 74 1:1.75 16     30 55 65.5 46.5 284   Kino Precision 1980 - 1986 internal focus; also available for C/FD, F/X, K/AR, M/SR; this lens is often reported to have problems with the lasting quality of its aperture blades Modern Photography 03/1981: actually not so sharp until F8 is reached, corners are very soft; Amateur Photographer 12/1992
KMZ 20mm F2.5 MIR-47M     M42 | P/K   94   16     22 R30 84 63 410   1980 - 1982   center/edge resolution of 60/17 l/mm (primary source unknown)
KMZ 35mm F2.0 MIR-24M   M42   66   16     30 58 64 62 370   1976    
KMZ 35mm F2.0 MC MIR-24M (Auto)     M42   66   16     30 58 65 61 350   1980 - 1985 manual available at USSRPhoto.com center/edge resolution of 50/22 l/mm (primary source unknown)
KMZ 35mm F1.4 MC MIR-46MA/-K     M42 | P/K   64   16     30 58 67 80 | 74 450   1980   center/edge resolution of 50/20 l/mm (primary source unknown)
Komura 35mm F2.5 Uni Auto     M42 71€     22     50 55     320   1968 - 1984* *source: usedprice.com; exact front ring imprint is W-Komura, Sankyo Kohki Japan  
Leitz Wetzlar 35mm F2.0 Summicron R     L/R 160€ 63.4   16       55 66 54 530        
Nikon 35mm F2.0 Nikkor     N/AiS 100€     22     30 52       HN-3      
Nikon 35mm F1.4 Nikkor     N/AiS 380€ 62         30 52       HN-3      
Olympus 21mm F2.0 Auto Zuiko     O/OM       16     20 55 58.4 43.2 252     feat. a full focus throw of 90°; also exists as F3.5 version (neither fast nor cheap (app. 200,-)) 16-9.net: vs. Zeiss 2.8/21, Canon EF 2.8/16-35L, EF 4/17-40L etc.; Modern Photography (tested 20.15mm F1.91, ...)
Olympus 28mm F2.0 Auto Zuiko     O/OM                              
Panagor 24mm F2.5 PMC Auto Wide-Angle     C/Y | M42 45€     22     30 55              
Panagor 28mm F2.5 Auto Wide Angle (Ø62)     N 150$     22     30 62              
Panagor 28mm F2.5 Auto Wide Angle (Ø67)     O/OM       22     30 67   80   yes*   *Wide Angle Hood for 67mm; also available for K/AR  
Panagor 28mm F2.5 PMC Auto Wide Angle (Ø67)     M42 | P/K 20€ |     22     30 67   80       also available for K/AR  
Panagor 28mm F2.0 PMC     P/K 30€             55              
Panagor 35mm F2.0 Auto Wide-Angle     M42 24€     16     30 58     265     also available for M/SR  
Porst 24mm F2.5 Extrem-WW MC Auto I Snapshots of Porst 24mm F2.5 Extrem-WW MC Auto I   M42       16     30 58             some testing comparison by Jens Roesner
Porst 35mm F1.8 Auto     M42               58             some testing comparison by Jens Roesner
Soligor 24mm F2.5 YS                               1978 - 1981    
Soligor 24mm F2.5 MC Wide-Auto     M42 | N/Ai | P/K 30€ | 27€ | 35€     16     30 55         1979 also available for C/FD & M/SR  
Soligor 28mm F2.5 YS                               1976 - 1981    
Soligor 28mm F2.5 PMC Auto Wide Angle     N/Ai | O/OM 9€ (US) |             67         1979    
Soligor 28mm F2.0 C/D (Auto)     N/? | O/OM | P/?       16     24 58 63.5 59 306   Tokina 1975 feat. a full focus throw of 270° Modern Photography (tested 28.8mm f/n.a., ...)
Soligor 35mm F2.0 C/D     N/F             30                
Spiratone 24mm F2.5 Plura-Coat By Mitake (Auto)     M42       16     30                
Tokina 28mm F2.0 RMC     M42               58              
Vivitar 24mm F2.0 MC Auto Wide-Angle (SN 22..., Ø55)     C/Y | N/Ai | O/OM | P/K | 61€ | | 84 1:9 16     31 55 64 46 264   Kino Precision 1976 - appr. 1978 sometimes labeled RL Edition (was a marketing gag, no difference except 7 years warranty given instead of 5); also available for C/FD, M/SR  
Vivitar 24mm F2.0 MC Wide Angle (SN 22..., Ø55)     C/Y | N/Ai | O/OM | P/K | 61€ | | 84 1:9 16     31 55 64 46 264   Kino Precision appr. 1980 - 1982 sometimes labeled RL Edition (was a marketing gag, no difference except 7 years warranty given instead of 5); also available for C/FD, M/SR  
Vivitar 24mm F2.0 MC Wide Angle (SN 28..., Ø52)     N/Ai 127€ (US)     16       52         Komine appr. 1984 - 1986 also available for C/FD, M/SR  
Vivitar 28mm F2.5 YS                               1970 - 1983 listed by Monaghan as well as usedprice.com as T2 mount version  
Vivitar 28mm F2.5 Auto Wide-Angle TX (SN 37..., Ø58)     M42 | N/F | P/K 25€ | 15€ (US) |     16     25 58         Tokina appr. 1975 - 1977 also available for C/FD  
Vivitar 28mm F2.5 Wide-Angle   M42   75   22     30 62 63 40 170   Kino Precision appr. 1982 preset but otherwise identical to the version below  
Vivitar 28mm F2.5 Auto Wide-Angle (SN 22..., Ø62)   M42 | N/F | O/OM 30€ | | 20€ (US) 75   22     30 62 63 40 170   Kino Precision appr. 1978 - 1984 also available for C/FD, K/AR, M/SR; sometimes labeled Auto Vivitar Wide-Angle (1978 - 1983), but more often just Auto Wide-Angle (1981 - 1984)  
Vivitar 28mm F2.5 Auto Wide-Angle (SN 22..., Ø67) Snapshots of Vivitar 28mm F2.5 Auto Wide-Angle   M42 | N | O/OM | P/K 5€ | 30€ | |     22     30 67         Kino Precision appr. 1984 - 1988 also available for C/FD and M/SR I either had a very bad copy or this lens is shit in general, at least my own one never reached "sharp" even at the center
Vivitar 28mm F2.0 Auto Wide-Angle   M42 | N | O/OM | P/K 78€ (US) | | 55€ (US) | 65€ (US) 75 1:7.8 16     30 55 64 45 250   Kino Precision 1978 - appr. 1981 rotating front element; also available for C/FD, M/SR  
Vivitar 28mm F2.0 MC Wide Angle     N/Ai | P/K 150€ | 54€     16     30 55         Kino Precision appr. 1978 also available for C/FD, K/AR  
Vivitar 28mm F2.0 MC Close Focus Wide Angle     M42 | N/AiS | P/K | 65€ (UK) | 30€ (CA) 75 1:5 16     23 49     260   Komine 1983 - 1984 also available for C/FD, K/AR Theatre of Noise Review
Vivitar 28mm F1.9 VMC Auto Wide Angle Series 1     M42 | N/F | O/OM | P/K 120€ (US) | 90€ (US) | | 75 1:7.5 16 8 polygonal 30 58 66 61 340   Tokina 1975 - 1978 internal + front lens focus (straight helicoid?)with floating elements; also available for C/FD, M/SR Modern Photography (tested 29.18mm F1.93, ...); Theatre of Noise Review
Vivitar 35mm F2.5 Auto Wide-Angle TX     M42 17,50€     16     27 58 64 54 252 + 40*   Tokina appr. 1976 - 1977 *TX mount adapter  
Vivitar 35mm F1.9 Auto Wide-Angle     M42 | N 22€ |     22     30 55   69.9 340   Komine appr. 1973 - 1980 manufactured by ; also available for C/FD, K/AR, M/SR, Mamiya Sekor & Nikkormat  
VOMZ 20mm F2.5 MC MIR 47M /-K /-H [MIR-47N]     M42 | N | P/K   94   22     30 R27 82 65 450   post soviet actually (2010) not listed in VOMZ catalog, but by LZOS  
Weltblick 24mm F2.5 Auto     M42 29€     16       62              
Weltblick 35mm F1.8 Auto     M42 65€     16     50 58              
WEP 28mm F2.5 Auto Weiton     M42       22       62              

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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). 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.) Soligor series shorties: The C/D series was the top end line with some very good lenses. C/D stands for Computer Designed. The S/M designation seems to be a marketing gimmick like Vivitar's RL or SMS editions. S/M stands for Special Model/Sondermodell.
5.) A note on Vivitar serial numbers for lenses manufactured between 1970 and 1990 according to Stephen Gandy, complemented with information given by KironKid and Boggy at Kiron-Klub:
  They (most often) consist of 8 digits, whereof ...
  • 1st two digits tell the manufacturer:
    6: Olympus, 9: Cosina, 13: Schneider Optik, 19: Sigma, 22: Kino Precision, 25: Ozone Optical, 28: Komine, 32: Makinon, 33: Asanuma, 37: Tokina, 42: Bauer, 44: Perkin Elmer, 47: Chinon, 51: Tokyo Trading, 56: Kyoe Schoji, 61: Samyang, 75: Hoya Optical, 77: Kobori, 81: Polar
    - still missing in this list are #0 and #41
  • 3rd digit tells the year (so 5 either means 1975 or 1985 ... you need to know the production period to be sure)
  • 4th and 5th digit tell the production week

See the processing log. Additions and corrections are welcome.