@heckflosse Interesting. I don’t end up using the 24 very often to be honest. I also own a Nikkor 35mm f2.8 and I absolutely fell in love with the focal length feel. It just gives a lovely and ideal perspective with little distortion, unless one gets ridiculously close. Oh and to mention you can get really close with it too and it still focuses. I totally recommend it!
What you said about the 50 sounds amazing! I have the Nikon 50 f1.8, and it’s alright. Unfortunately nothing more than just alright. It’s neat for portraits because if the lack of distortion, and the bokeh at 1.8 if you can deal with the softness, but I end up backing up a few extra feet and going for the contrastier filmy feel of the Nikon 105 f2 micro. Knowing that theafghan girl (picture below) photo was taken with it makes me feel like I’m more likely to produce something useful with it (and every now and then it happens).
I have several old manual lenses: OM Zuiko 50/3.5 Macro, 135/2.8, 50/1.8; CZJ Pancolar 50/1.8, Nikkor Ai 200/4, Helios 44-2 58/2 (silver, with cyrillic letters). I also had (among other manual lenses) a CZJ Flektogon 35/2.4 and a Nikkor Ai-s 24/2.8 (they were excellent lenses, but I sold them since the focal length does not make sense on my new camera).
Today, I use the 50/3.5 Macro the most often, and the 135/2.8 - excellent lenses on MFT.
You can see many photos with these lenses on my Flickr photo stream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hulk72/
Though recently, I mainly used the ultrawide lens. I do not always edit the exif with exiftool in order to insert the manual lenses name - so you need to guess the lens.
So I have plenty of experience with manual lenses. I can highly recommend them, especially the Zuikos and the Nikkors and the CZJs.
I used to own two Samyangs, too: the 16mm f/2 and the 35mm f/1.4. Had to sell the former when I moved to FF, but it was rarely used even before. The latter is my favorite lens which I take with me on every holiday. Most of my best shots were taken with it (also the panorama I shared in my first post ever here). A manual lens slows you down, this is why the shots are often better. I have no problems nailing down the focus with the 10x magnifier in LV (given enough time ).
I have a samyang 35 so thanks for the tip @CarVac.
I also have a 58mm (I think) f2 Helios from an old Russian “Zenit” SLR. Some of these are known for their bokeh which forms a swirl at the right apertures. Here are a few pics -
Also the Fuji’s have this. But only for focal length, not for aperture values.
One idea I have seen somewhere was to keep notes of the aperture (and other data you want to save) together with the time and put them later in EXIF. Of course an app will be perfect for this, but I do not know of any yet that can do all of this.
I still shoot film from time to time, so I still own and use old Auto-Nikkor (Pre-AI) lenses in 35/2, 50/1.4 and 105/2.5. The 105 is a great lens, but I don’t use any of them on my digital body anymore