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Help me choose between this two 50mm lenses.

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by melvinbrian, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. melvinbrian

    melvinbrian Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 18, 2011
    Manila, Philippines
    Happened to come across two lenses from a local buy&sell site.

    Canon FL 50mm f1.4 for $60

    SMC Pentax-M 50mm f1.4 $90

    Which one is better in sharpness? Pros and Cons?
    And will the Canon FL fit in a FD adapter?

    Mine is a GF2.
     
  2. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    I own the SMC-M 50/f1.4 and have used it a lot on my GH2. It's a fantastic lens - beautifully built, compact, decent image quality at f1.4-2 and outstanding at f4-11 (as good as my Lumix G 20mm).

    $90 is a reasonable price for an example in excellent condition. I paid $100 for mine and it's almost mint.

    Here's some random samples showing it's ability across the board - check my flickr set for more Pentax on Micro Four Thirds - a set on Flickr

    I don't have any experience with the Canon so can't comment on which is better :smile:

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    f2

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    f4

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    f2

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  3. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Both are amazingly built. The FL is the pre-FD lens; it fits the same mount, but they usually didn't have lens coatings. So, I say go for Pentax. Other than the coatings though, they probably provide near-identical image quality. Since it seems that you're on local classifieds, see if you can talk them down in price, and consider buying both! You can sell whichever you don't like for basically no loss. There will always be people wanting lenses like these, and if you stick to local classifieds or buy/sell forums like the one on this forum, you don't have to pay any fees. Just check the lens condition before buying; you want to make sure there isn't any oil on the aperture blades, no fungus on the glass, etc.
     
  4. melvinbrian

    melvinbrian Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 18, 2011
    Manila, Philippines
    Cool thanks...

    how about the SMC Takumar 50/1.4 against the 2 lenses mentioned earlier?
     
  5. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Austin, TX
  6. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    Not true, they usually are single-coated which is worlds better than uncoated.
     
  7. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Some of the Takumars were fantastic - the SMC 50/f1.4 is among those :smile: Make sure it is an 'SMC' version though - these were multi-coated. There were also single coated versions which offer a 'different' look.

    The Takumars, which were M42 screw-mount, were very similar optically to the first generation of K-mount Pentax's (SMC-K), but the second generation (SMC-M) were much more compact and quite different.

    Check out user reviews for the M-50/f1.4 here, and the SMC Tak here.

    **Edit** Didn't realise shintz had already posted the review link :)
     
  8. Christopher

    Christopher Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 8, 2011
    Toronto
    SMC Takumar.. it should be m42 screw mount IIRC correctly, to which an adapter opens you up to a world of cheap old glass.
     
  9. melvinbrian

    melvinbrian Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 18, 2011
    Manila, Philippines
    yeah i already got a m42 adapter, that's why i am considering the Takumars...
     
  10. melvinbrian

    melvinbrian Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 18, 2011
    Manila, Philippines
    Plus the Takumars are more expensive than the Pentax-M.
    Takumars here cost around $170-200
     
  11. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Where is 'here'? Because a normal SMC Takumar 50/f1.4 shouldn't be any where near $170-200...
     
  12. My vote goes for an old Takumar SMC lens. I have one from my 1971 Asahi Pentax camera and it is wonderful for portraits and close objects like flowers. It's also useful in low light indoors since it is f1.4. But I'll caution that unless you stop it down a bit it is a little soft. Wonderful bokeh!

    Mine was 'free' and is not in very good condition. It has some mold and the f-ring is cranky. It wouldn't fetch more than $25 if I sold it. There a plenty of these on eBay.
     
  13. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Here's a couple from today with the M50 - both wide open at f1.4 :smile: It's a damn fine lens!

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  14. melvinbrian

    melvinbrian Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 18, 2011
    Manila, Philippines
    Here in the Philippines. Cost about 4000 - 4500 Pesos.
    Which converts to $170-200.