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50 mm legacy question

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Kalifornier, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    Hello All,

    I have heard great stuff about the Hexanon 50/1.7 and was considering buying one.

    But... I already have the Olympus 50/1.4 and 50/1.8. So, if you have used both the Hexanon and Olympus glass, would you say the 50/1.7 is worth it? Or am I just wasting my money after yet another 50 mm.

  2. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    I have all three, and only ever use the OM 50/1.4.
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  3. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    I have the Hexanon you mention as well as the Pentax 50/1.7. The only difference is that the Pentax is smaller and has a stop at f2.2 where the Hexanon has nothing between 1.7 and 2.8. Personally, I don't think it would be any better than your OM lenses
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  4. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
    The Hexanons have got a bit of a web cult thing going for them thus pushing the prices up. Competition was fierce in the 70s where "kit" lenses were concerned and they're all pretty good with the bonus that you don't have to worry about their corner performance on :43:

    My OM 50/1.8 no longer works on my OM2n due to sticky blades. It also has large lumps of antireflective paint floating around between the elements. Put it on an adapter and it's just fine :thumbup:

    View attachment 372762 R492 colour version by Mark Bowerman, on Flickr

    Pentax M series lenses are solid bargains too with the exception of the 50f2. Go for the 1.7 or 1.4. Or even better, just keep using those Zuikos.
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  5. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I don't understand this line :tongue:
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  6. verbatimium

    verbatimium Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 17, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario
    This is only true regarding the newest F22 version of the Hexanon 1.7. I personally chose the older F16 because it has better close focusing distance (0.45 vs 0.55m), and it actually has 2 stops between 1.7 and 2.8 (probably at 2.0 and 2.4), and has half-stop aperture settings after 2.8. It is slightly bulkier than the newer versions though, and when I tested image quality of both, I didn't see any difference.
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  7. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    I must have six 50's, and they include the AR f1.8 and OM f1.8. I don't see any big difference in results between any of them. I bought most of them for around $5 at re-sale shops, This was during my buy-an-old-prime-if-it's-cheap phase. When I total up the added cost for adapters, I kind of wasted my money but it was fun.

    The Konica f1.8 does look really cool on my EPL5.
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  8. tornado

    tornado Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    For something different u might want to look at some of the PEN-F mount glass...I just got the 40mm 1.4 and it's pretty sweet on m43.
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  9. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    Thank you all for your inputs and suggestions. Much appreciated.

    @RnR: Touche :) 
  10. svenkarma

    svenkarma Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 5, 2013
    mark evans
    Reasoning that has led me from a Zeiss 50/1.7 to the Vivitar 55/2.8 macro!
  11. Declan97

    Declan97 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 3, 2012
    Padang, Indonesia
    If you a big fan of #50mm aka 100mm FV, either for your work or hobbiest, then its your call to curiously try. I also shooting with both Zuiko 50mm f1.4&1.8 and considered to add another prime of Zuiko Digital 50mm f2.

    The bokeh, fast, handling and result obviously different on every lens
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