Canon FD 50mm f1.4 vs. Minolta Rokkor MD 50mm f1.7

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  1. melvinbrian

    melvinbrian Mu-43 Regular

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    What do you think of these 2 lenses?
    I already have the minolta. And planning to grab the canon. Then sell the minolta.

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  2. lattiboy

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    I'm not sure why you'd switch to the Canon when Minolta offers 2 distinct and excellent 1.4 lenses.

    The 58mm 1.4 is quite sharp with BEAUTIFUL bokeh.

    The 50mm 1.4 Rokkor is incredibly sharp (as sharp as any other 50mm 1.4 you can find).

    The Canon is a fine lens in its own right, but I don't know of any advantage over the lenses I mentioned.

    I'm guessing you already have the Minolta adapter....
     
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    +1. That's exactly what I was going to say. Plus, Minolta lenses are usually a bit cheaper than Canon lenses.
     
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    At the prices for these lenses, why not get them all?
     
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  6. melvinbrian

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    Canon 50mm f1.4 is the only available f1.4 in an online buy and sell here in manila.
    I am also looking for the 1.4 of minolta but it's just too hard to find. Or other guys get their hands on the lens first before I find the item for sale.
    I dont have paypal so i don't do ebay international.

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    Ah, I see. Have you tried ordering from one of the reputable online photography shops? B&H ships overseas and they have a large stock of old lenses.

    But if you're debating between the Minolta MD Rokkor f1.7 and the Canon FD f1.4, I think the only real difference will be the max aperture. If it's worth the difference in cost to you, then it'll definitely get you some good bokeh and low-light performance.
     
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    What about minolta 50mm f1.4 vs canon 50mm f1.4?

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  9. shan564

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    I've never compared the two side-by-side, but I think that the general consensus is that the quality is similar (unless you're looking at one of Canon's super-expensive lenses).
     
  10. applemint

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    Looks like the Canon is sharper in the corners wide open?
    Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm F1,4 (see last post in thread)

    But otherwise not much difference, both great legacy lenses and you should be happy with either one.
     
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    I had one of those for years. think the quality of the Canon is quite good. It's quite sharp although I found the colors a bit cool for my taste but that's just me. That said, I wouldn't switch to a Canon FD 50/1.4 from any of my faster 50's. The main reason is that I find the FD mount to be fiddly and a real pain in the backside to deal with and as nice as the Canon is I don't find it that different from any other 50/1.4. Unless you already have a bunch of FD stuff I'm not sure what it gets you. Also as other folks have stated a Minolta 50/1.4 is just as good, likely cheaper and IMHO has better bokeh to boot.
     
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    I have the canon 50SSC 50 1.4. as well as the Minolta 50 1.4, and as dixeyk said, the rokkor is warmer and in my opinion is a better handling lens. Both will get the job done, but my smc takumar 50 1.4 leaves them both behind, for warmth and sharpness in my opinion.
     
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    I have to agree with Grinch on this one. My 50mm f/1.4 Takumar has to be one of my favorite all around bits of glass. I just dont get the reproduction from any other lens.

    Here is a sample...I know its a cat pic :) but it means the world to me...I just lost her this past weekend after 15 years..but you get the idea.

    This was shot wide open in a dim room

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. dixeyk

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    Oh yeah you're right about that. The Super Takumar 50/1.4 is a GREAT lens. Worst decision I ever made was selling mine. Luckily I stumbled across one on consignment that looked like it had never been used. A few days under a UV light and it was good as new.
     

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