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OP Ivan983 Forum Member • Posts: 76
Re: 50's

evogt500 wrote:

Ivan983 wrote:

Wondering how would you sort this from best and so on. Want to get a 50mm for my GX85 and have a slight dilemma.

Mostly looking into vintage budget primes.(i am ok with manual for stills). Will be using it mostly for street, travel everyday shooting i guess. Aware that 35mm would be better for that but as for now, determined to get my first prime 50mm.

These will be my opinions and will most likely differ to others here.

Nikkor-S Auto 1.4/50

Too Soft at F1.4 for my liking when compared to other legacy 50/1.4. Also slightly bigger than I want it to be but built to last.

MC Rokkor PF 1.4/50

Another soft lens wide open, but very sharp at F2.8. Excellent build quality. Only 6 aperture blade.

S-M-C Takumar 1.4/50

My personal favorite as its sharper than the above two lenses, in a compact design. But "yellows" over time because of Thorium doped lens (radioactive).

Pentax M 1.7/50

Sorry I never had this lens.

Olympus OM 1.8/50

I have two copies of the Olympus. The early 6 element 5 group and the later 6 element in 4 group design lenses. Early versions are soft wide open but at fantastic at F4. Later versions are slightly sharper wide open but they lack in build quality of the earlier versions. More plastic and front lens group is non-repairable design. Both are very compact. I actually like these better than OM 50/1.4.

Pentacon 50mm f1.8

I find it similar sharpness to the above Olympus but with smoother bokeh. Copy to copy variation is high and finding a good copy can be difficult. Aperture is straight cut so bokeh will have edgy corners when stopped down. For some reason I really like this lens and I regret selling it.

Canon FD 50mm f/1.8

Nothing really special about this lens. But better than newer FDn 50/1.8 which has onion ring bokeh and plastic construction.

Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7

Never had the Minolta.

Yashica ML 50mm f/2.0

Non "C" versions are actually very nice. It uses a lot of plastic, but its quality plastic. Bokeh can be slightly more swirly than most.

Personally, leaning towards Oly 50/1.8 because of that solid built and smooth focus after bearing is taken out. Also heard bunch of good about that one. aaand also have it for $25 mint.

I love the idea of attaching old, vintage looking, metal lenses onto a "modern" digital.

Unfortunately, Helios 44 or even better 77 is not on the list because it does not match the budget but it will be eventually down the road.

Please let me know which ones do you prefer and why and feel free to attach sample photos. Thanks everyone !

Other good options are Yashinon-DX/DS/DS-M 50/1.4, Canon FDn 50/1.4, Yashica ML 50/1.7, Carl Zeiss 50/1.7 (C/Y), Ricoh XR Rikenon 50/2.

Great reply i appreciate it. I have Oly 50/1.8 for $25 mint condition. Now you might help me figure something out about this lens since you have two.. i saw 3 versions of it(heard there is 5). Looking at the lens where all the lettering is at the ring 1. Made in Japan 2. Just says Japan(version i got offered to buy) and 3. One that doesn't say Japan at all but instead has serial number or something. Is there any difference between these lenses or? You mentioned “good copy” not sure if that refers to what i just questioned above?

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