Best affordable f1.4 lens?

Started Aug 13, 2010 | Discussions thread
fermy Veteran Member • Posts: 3,168
Ther are many comparable choices

Canon FD 1.4 and 1.8 are good lenses. Minolta MDs 1.4 and 1.7 are exactly on the same level. Yashica ML 1.7 is a very good lens, my copy is actually very slightly better than Minolta 1.7 and FD 1.8, but very slightly worse than FD and MD 1.4. I assume that ML 1.4 should also be great.

The difference in sharpness between all of these is negligible in practice. It seems that it's impossible to buy a bad 50mm lens. I have 7 of them (including a Minolta macro and Canon FL 1.8) from 3 different manufacturers and all of them are very closely matched, with minor variations in contrast at large apertures. The biggest difference by far is color rendition.

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