Konica 40mm f1.8 vs Canon FD 50mm f1.4

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by luizweb, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. luizweb

    luizweb New to Mu-43

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    Aug 4, 2010
    Hi,

    Wich should I buy for portraits, indoor and walk arround photos..?

    Please, give yours opinion..I have E-PL1 with kit lens only..

    Thanks!

    Luiz
     
  2. Alf

    Alf Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 23, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    I don't have the Canon, but I have the Konica 40/1.8 and I love it.
     
  3. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Hi Luiz,

    50mm f1.4 would in be a better combination to give you more depth of field control (i.e. more blurred out of focus areas) but I haven't tried the Canon lens you mention - there is a Hexanon 50mm f1.4 available and others.

    You really need to see samples.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  4. aleksanderpolo

    aleksanderpolo Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 31, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Konica 40/1.8 is really soft at 1.8, but gets really sharp at 2.8 Bokeh wise is not very good, Mike Johnston gives it a 3 out of 10. So it might not be the best for Portraits.

    Canon is also soft at 1.4-2, bokeh is a little better I would say.

    You should also consider Super Multi-Coated Takumar, much smaller than Canon, focusing is extremely pleasant and smooth, bokeh is smooth. It has radioactive element that turns the rear element yellowish though, but it can be de-yellowed by placing it under UV or sunlight for a few weeks.
     
  5. ASA 32

    ASA 32 Mu-43 Regular

    I don't know about the Konica lens, but here's a sample shot with the Canon FD 50mm f/1.4, at f/1.4, Panasonic Lumix G1, ISO 100.

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  6. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    Apr 11, 2009
    I would go with the Canon 50/1.4 FD lens. The older FL50mm F1.4 is larger and a bit heavier, uses 58mm filters. The original chrome nosed FD and "SSC" lenses with the breech-lock mount are a bit more solidly made than the later ones.
     
  7. luizweb

    luizweb New to Mu-43

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    Aug 4, 2010
    Thanks for the replies.

    I think I'll try Canon first...But I have in my mind that Konica is a good lens too, for sure. As soon as I get one, I post some photos!

    Thanks!

    Luiz
     
  8. benbammens

    benbammens Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 23, 2010
    My Hexanon 40 1.8 is really bad at 1.8 so you would have to stop it down to get good quality.

    This will not be good for DOF or low light situations...
     
  9. kiynook

    kiynook Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 16, 2010
    If I want the person's ache and blemishes to show up crystal clear I use my Planar T* 50mm F1.7 or Pentax 110 70mm F2.8 but if I don't I will use my Helios 44m-6 on my E-P2. ISO100 does wonder.
     
  10. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I just switched from 4/3rds to an EPL1 and I have been looking at the same choice. I too want a nice walk around lens. I like to do flowers, closeups and portraits (usually animals). I have the Canon 50/1.4 and haven't even considered it as an option. I've used it on my film cameras and unless it is dramatically better on my EPL1 then its nothing to write home about. The Konica 40/1.8 is REALLY sharp when stopped down a bit (although it has an odd swirly bokeh). I ended up looking at a Pentax Super Takumar 50/1.4 . The samples I have seen of it paired with an Olympus PEN are really lovely. I have also been looking at a Konica 57/1.4. It has lovely bokeh in the samples. I would think either would make an ideal portrait lens.

    I am finding the Pentax running a bit more than the Konica 40/1.8 and less than the Konica 57/1.4.
     
  11. luizweb

    luizweb New to Mu-43

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    Aug 4, 2010
    First Try

    Hello,

    Finally received my adapter and lens! This is my first try after decide to go with Canon 50mm f1.4
    I really liked it. Surpassed my expectations.


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    Luiz
     
  12. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Lovely

    Very nice
     
  13. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 9, 2010
  14. kiynook

    kiynook Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 16, 2010
    fancy trying macro on the cheap...item 300457081857 on ebay.

    The attached is a shot I took with the macro of mine on E-P2 last Saturday....[​IMG]
     
  15. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 9, 2010
    kiynook, that one's not showing up for me on the forum, but beautiful photo. You might want to try flickr's bbcode generation. (Share this -> Grab the HTML/BBCode -> size -> bbcode, copy and paste)
     
  16. kiynook

    kiynook Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 16, 2010
    Yes, I realized it....me newbie at forums... please forgive... i just wanted to share with fellow micro 4/3s...trying again.. flower is just under 2 inches...

    [​IMG]
     
  17. kiynook

    kiynook Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 16, 2010
    or close up on the cheap...picture taken with my Prakticar 28mm f2.8 wide opened hand held on my E-P2. Love the Prakticar's minimum focusing distance of 0.75 inches!! Figurine's head is about 0.5 inches across... hee hee :)

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    Lots on sale at ebay...check out item 120610998048