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Softness shooting the Canon 50mm f1.8?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by kyphotoguy, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. kyphotoguy

    kyphotoguy Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 2, 2012
    Has anyone experience the soft focus at f1.8 while using the Canon FD 50mm 1.8?

    It has a very narrow FOV.
  2. redington

    redington Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 28, 2012
    I thought it was just me or my particular copy. Yes, mine is pretty soft from what I've seen.
  3. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    Well, wide open, mine acts the same as any other of my old 50mm's, which include an Olympus, and a Konica. Contrast goes down, and DOF is shallow. I think what you describe is typical. I also think these old 50's get focused better on a micro 43 body than they ever did using the fresnel screen and split image RF on the old film bodies.

    I'm not unhappy with my FD at F1.8, with careful focus and some PP to fix the contrast. If I had paid $60, I might feel robbed, but mine was under $20 with shipping.

    Look at the first image in the site's Canon image gallery to see what it can with good lighting.
  4. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 12, 2012
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    I think the lens works fine even at 1.8, if u try not to pixel peep too much... I had the oly 45 but sold it, I thought the canon gave more soul to the photos. Very subtle differences, but enough to let one go. And also 85-100mm is not my favourite FL. I also love the craftmanship behind using a cheap old manual lens.
  5. nianys

    nianys Mu-43 Regular

    Mine is VERY sharp

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    I have 6 different "nifties", and this is the sharpest of them all. I must have a super good copy. I never hesistate to shoot it wide open because it's so good right there. It's also very contrasty, maybe even a tad too much so...

    Here on NEX 5N, no sharpening applied.
  6. dylandingo

    dylandingo Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 12, 2011
    La Crosse, WI
    Can't say I have any problems with it.

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    This was shot at f/2.8 I believe and was cropped.

    I'd use it more but I have gotten lazy with manual focus and the oly 45mm 1.8 is so amazing, plus my copy of the Canon 50mm 1.8 is off with my friend in Americorps right now even tho he was suppose to return it before he left!!!!!
  7. The Minimalist

    The Minimalist Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 19, 2011
    I have no problems with mine, I have heard though that adding a lens hood improves contrast. I havn't used mine for a while, but here is one of my last shot with it. Around f2 I think plus a lens hood I had just bought at the time for less than £5.

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