[EXPIRED] Sharp 50mm Legacy Lens

Discussion in 'Expired Listings' started by taikuodo, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. taikuodo

    taikuodo Mu-43 Rookie

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    Want to buy a sharp 50mm legacy lens, preferbly Leica Summicron or Zeiss Planar. Or if you have a Minolta 50 Rokkor 1.2, or other various good ones, let me know.

  2. robertro

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    I have a Contax Zeiss Planar 50 f1.4 that I am selling, and possibly a Rokkor-X 58 f1.2. I'll send you a PM.
  3. Ned

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    I think I ordered too many 50mm lenses, lol. By the end of this coming week, I just may need to unload some...

    I forgot to start my statement with...
    "Hi, my name is Ned. I'm an addict."
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  4. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

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    All legacy 50mm (and 85mm) lenses I tried so far were noticeably softer wide open than m43 ones and they also had some ghosting. Only stopping down to f2.8 helped but even then they weren't quite as sharp as Panny 20mm at f1.7. Maybe more expensive lenses (Zeiss, Leica, etc) are sharper wide open than m43 ones, I haven't tried those. I wonder if it has to do with the age of the lens or inferior coatings used in the old days?
    Anyway, I recently borrowed Sony 85mm f2.8 from a friend and bought the adapter. The lens turned out to be very sharp at f2.8 and even sharper than Panny 20mm at f1.7 (my personal benchmark for sharpness, lol). It's very contrasty too with smooth bokeh and weighs only 170g. It got me thinking that maybe modern lenses are simply better that the old, film ones?
    Has anyone tried Sony 50mm f1.8 which is cheap and light? According to photozone it's extremely sharp at 1.8 with smooth bokeh (unlike Canon's nifty fifty).
    Just goes on to show how much we need that Oly 45mm f1.8 already!
  5. SCT

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    Maybe the Oly 45 will have its own disadvantages... The only 50mm I have for right now is a Minolta 50mm Macro which is fantastic even though I havent tried any other macros or 50mm. I have a 50mm on the way, just bought it from another member on here a few days ago. Cant wait.
  6. taikuodo

    taikuodo Mu-43 Rookie

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    Let's try this again. Looking for a SMC Takumar 50 1.4 or OM Zuiko 50 1.4 S/N 1,000,000+ as well.
  7. nuclearboy

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    ZD 50 is very sharp

    I am considering selling my Zuiko Digital 4/3 50mm f2 with the 4/3 to m4/3 adapter. I probably will end ups selling it and getting the new m4/3 45mm lens which is smaller.

    The ZD 50mm macro is very sharp and autofocuses on the m4/3 body which is nice. My only issue with the lens is that it is large (with the adapter) and the autofocus is relatively slow. Autofocus is typically very accurate but slower than a native m4/3 lens. Much easier to use than a manual focus 50, however.

    I compared it here to the best 50mm lens that I had found.


    I have had several legacy 50's and sold them all to keep this ZD50mm Macro. When the m4/3 45mm f1.8 comes out, I plan on switching to that. I assume I will be selling this 50mm soon.

    You can see my macro shot with it (the grasshopper from nuclearboy) in the August contest.

    Anyway, send me a message if this lens is of interest.
  8. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I just this morning took available light portraits of my wife and daughter with the OM 50 f1.8 "chrome nose", at f1.8. Beautiful! No, it's not the sharpest lens I have, but for this purpose, its great.
  9. WT21

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  10. lkgroup

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    I have a 50mm 1.4 Zuiko FS Om System Zuiko 1.4 Auto-S. $100 plus shipping, in nice shape, still has the passed sticker on it. Black nose.

    Let me know if you are interested.

    L Christoffer
    In Washington State
  11. compositor20

    compositor20 Mu-43 Regular

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    i have a Canon FD 50mm f1.4 that is the bestof the cheap 50mm 1.4(non leica, non aspherical).

    Mine is quite good wide open for video (at 100% i see spherical aberrations that result in a veling although this one of the lenses that had less veiling because of canon coatings since its a FDn) and i use it at f2.0 with good results, at f2.5 i cant see signs of purple fringing and resolution is almost top notch and at f2.8 is much better than lumix f1.7 wide open (at this aperture f2.8 coma and ghosting are well corrected in the corners and contrast is at maximum making great portraits)

    i already have a buffled canon FD adapter made with cardboard that improves a little the contrast of the lens at f2.0 and a big lens hood bt-52B (which is a lens hood that makes pictures much more contrasty and with saturated colors than the standard b-52 lens hood since the one that i have is 6cm long!

    i would sell them all (lens+ canon fd adapter with internal buffle + big lens hood) for 140 euros only in European Union
  12. vidiot72

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    I just posted a 50mm Rokkor...$40!
  13. bluebubbleboy

    bluebubbleboy Mu-43 Regular

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    I've got a Pentax SMC A 50mm f/1.7 if you're interested. $85 + shipping.
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  14. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Just a thought:

    If you plan on using the lens primarily for portraits, you might not necessarily want a really fast lens. IMO f/2 or even f/2.8 is fast enough without producing such a fine DOF that you can't get a whole head in focus. I've had several 50mm f/1.4 lenses and found I always used them stopped down for portraits both because they were pretty soft wide open and because of the DOF issue.

    You pay a premium for anything f/1.4 and faster, and it might not be worth it. A Zeiss 50mm f/1.7 costs about half of the same lens f/1.4 does, and is just as sharp (except, of course, at f/1.4!!!). The Canon 50mm f/1.8 is much smaller and cheaper than the 50mm f/1.4, and if you shoot them both at f/2 you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. So if it's biggest bang for your buck don't forget about the 'slow' 50's.

    EDIT: That Pentax 50mm f/1.7 ^ is a good example; I've used it and it's really good.
  15. jimr.pdx

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    My brother has an excellent '70s era Rokkor 50/1.4 available. Trouble is, in the '70s it made sense to scratch your SSN into expensive gear -- so it would have a lot of scratchouts on the side of an otherwise great lens :eek:. That's bound to make it cheaper though!

    My lucky answer was to search auction sites for odd brands - I picked up a Sears 50/1.4 for $52 that way, turned out to be a relabeled Rikenon XR. Marvelous fun and very well built; its only 'problem' is no half-stop clicks on the aperture.