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List of UV capable AF Lenses for All Systems

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#1 dabateman

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 06:08

When considering a camera system or moving to a new camera system, it may be important to consider the lenses within that system that are capable of autofocus for Ultraviolet photography.
This is a list as far as I know with the references I could find to Spectra or user comment. Please let me know if your favorite lens is missing.

Canon (EF-mount):
40mm f2.8 pancake
50mm f1.8

Yongnuo YN 50mm f1.8

Canon APS (M-mount): unknown
Sigma as of July 2019 will make EOS-M mount lenses, but only the F1.4 have been announced. The 19mm, 30mm and 60mm f2.8 lenses are good in UV but have not been announced.

EF to EOS M glassless adapter (See EF lenses)

Canon (R-mount): Unknown
EF to EOS R glassless adapter (See EF lenses)

Fuji (X-mount):
27mm F2.8

60mm f2.4 R Macro

EF to Fuji X glassless adapter (See EF lenses)

Fuji (GF-mount): Unknown
EF to Fuji GF glassless adapter (See EF lenses)

Nikon (F-mount):
50mm f1.8 D (No internal motor)

50mm F1.4 G

105mm f2.8 Macro D (No internal motor)

Nikon (1-mount): unknown
FT F-mount to 1-mount glassless adapter (Lens needs internal AF motor)

Nikon (Z-mount): unknown
F-mount to Z-mount glassless adapter (Lens needs internal AF motor)
EF to Z-mount glassless adapter (See EF lenses)
Sony E-mount to Z-mount glassless adapter (See E-mount lenses)

Olympus/Panasonic (4/3rds mount):
Olympus 35mm F3.5 Macro

Sigma 30mm F1.4

Micro Four thirds Mount (m4/3rds mount):
Sigma 30mm f2.8 (Great)

Olympus 30mm F3.5 Macro (Good)

Sigma 19mm F2.8 (OK)
Sigma 60mm F2.8 (Ok)

Olympus 14-42mm RII (Ok)

EF to m4/3rds glassless adapter (See EF lenses)

Metabones Speedbooster Ultra EF to m4/3rds adapter (See EF lenses) in sunlight with Baader Venus filter the 1 stop gain is lost by the lens elements (neutral). Using 370nm filter with 365nm LED light source see 4 stop loss in UV signal.

With Metabones firmware 3.34, the Canon 40mm f2.8 lens will focus and automatically focus stack in Olympus Em1 and Em5mk2 with modified firmware.

Panasonic/Sigma (L-Mount): unknown
Sigma EF to L-mount glassless adapter (See EF lenses)
Sigma SA to L-mount glassless adapter (See SA lenses)

Pentax (K-mount):
DA 35mm F2.4 AL

FA 43mm F1.9 limited

FA 50mm f1.4

Pentax (Q-mount): unknown

Samsung (NX-mount): unknown

Sigma (SA-Mount):
50mm f2.8 Macro (old one works better than 70mm)

70mm F2.8 Macro

Sony (A-mount): unknown

Sony APS-C E-mount:
16mm f2.8 pancake
20mm f2.8 pancake

Sigma 30mm f2.8
Sigma 19mm f2.8
Sigma 60mm f2.8

F-mount to E-mount glassless adapter (Lens needs internal AF motor)
EF to E-mount glassless adapter (See EF lenses)

Sony FE-mount:
50mm f1.8

Sony APS-C E-mount lenses used in Crop mode (See E-mount above)
F-mount to E-mount glassless adapter (Lens needs internal AF motor)
EF to E-mount glassless adapter (See EF lenses)

Edited by dabateman, 29 September 2019 - 10:33.

#2 Andy Perrin


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Posted 22 July 2019 - 06:12

Do any of these allow false color out to yellow?

#3 dabateman

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 08:09

Of the ones I have tested
F-mount: 105mm Macro D, happily very surprised by my lens

4/3rds: Olympus 35mm f3.5 macro

M43rds: sigma 30mm f2.8 and just Olympus 30mm f3.5 Macro, but Sigma goes deeper.

Edited by dabateman, 22 July 2019 - 08:11.

#4 Andrea B.

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 14:25

I'm curious about how far into the UV the autofocus will hold up. Any experiments there David?

I'll link your post in the Lens Sticky when I do updates. For now I'll put a link under the Lens Sticky to remind myself. :)
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#5 dabateman

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 10:40

Added note to Micro four thirds. If you have modified firmware on the Olympus Em1 and Em5mk2, and install the new Metabones 3.34 firmware on the EF ultra speed booster, you will get in camera focus stacking using the Canon 40mm f2.8 pancake lens. I have tested this and it works.
My Canon 40mm f2.8 lens with speed booster acts like 27mm lens, just wider than my Sigma 30mm f2.8 which acts like a 28mm lens. So I now have 55mm to 60mm very well covered with my Olympus 30mm macro, which acts like 30mm.