Advice Wanted RECOMMEND Maybe obscure lenses or otherwise good deals that you can adapt on mirrorless

My Panasonic S1 is not attracting any buyers so my backup plan is to keep it and buy new adapters for it. Getting the necessary motivation to do so, my question would be: what lenses could justify this expense?

I originally bought the S1 for Leica and Nikkor lenses but I found it's in part more fun to shoot the natively even if it's more difficult or whatever.

Recommend and possibly link here some lenses you'd perhaps get if you were in my shoes. :)


N Essex, UK
Good deals tend to be with mis described items, or bundles where the lenses have not been specifically listed.
There are very few photographic lenses that can't be adapted to typical mirrorless systems, with an S1 you probably want to avoid lenses designed for smaller formats (even though some of these will work well). I use around 15 different SLR/Rangefinder mounts on my A7ii and any of those should be OK for the S1 as well.
If your willing to put in a little more effort in adapting enlarger lenses & projector lenses can be fun - the enlarger ones tend to be particularly good for close-up/macro, while projectors have no aperture, but can be very fast for the money... (My 50mm/1.2 only cost £16 but it doesn't cover FF, starting to show vignetting on APSC)
For extreme macro microscope objectives can work really well but they don't work well for routine shooting.

My own best bargain is a Carl Zeiss Jena 35mm/2.4 Flektogon, well worth the £250 I've often seen it sell for (I got mine for £10, with a body & two other lenses...)

In general for legacy lenses I'd stick to primes (& avoid ultra wides), a good many of these can hold there own against modern lenses.


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More fun to be had from primes. Off the top of my head:

M42 mounts:

Wide: Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 20mm F4
35mm: Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm F2.4, Takumar 35, F2.3
50mm: Pentacon 50mm F1.8, Tessar 50mm F2.8, obviously the Takumar 50mm F1.4.
100mm: Meyer Optik Gorlitz Trioplan F2.8
Oh, and Pentacon 300mm F4 which I could have got for $40 but turned it down, it was just too big.

Zuiko OM Mount:

Pretty much all lenses from 50mm to 200mm

Canon FD Mount:

All 50s. Maybe the 200mm, F2.8?.

Point being, whilst you'll be already covered in most of the above focal lengths, the above primes will still give you something different and worthwhile.

A very dangerous place to be as this is merely the tip of the iceberg. I haven't mentioned the Nikkors which you already have, nor the Minoltas or Konica/ Minoltas/ Helios, it's never ending. Then there's Contax...and so on. Whatever you pay for the lenses will generally represent value but I always accept that whatever I've paid, there will always be 20 people that paid a fraction of what I did for the same lens; doesn't matter (the game is the game :LOL: ).


gee aahrr
Los Angeles
Had a Vivitar 85mm 1.8 Preset T once. Loaned it to a friend and it never made it back. Was pretty cool with it's many(14) blades. Rare but I think if you find one you'll like it - if an 85 is on your radar.


Nikon 55/3.5 Micro. Since I shoot manual focus, AF (at the present) does not matter.
I think I paid $35 for mine.

500/8 mirror/reflex. With my Olympus, it is now a stabilized lens ;)
As long as you are not tracking a fast moving subject, the manual focus works just fine.


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Central Ohio, USA
I believe all vintage lenses have their place in the rotation of experimentation. I played extensively in the Nikon pool of AI/AI-S and pre-AI manual focus lenses.

I won't say that some are "better" than each has their own charm and allure.

Best I can do is share my reviews that I did on those adapted lenses and hope you get something of use from them.