Recommendation for a 50mm screw mount lens

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  1. Mark Fisher

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    I just received a beautiful Canon P and I'd like to get a reasonably fast 50 for it. I have a Russian 50mm f2.8 that is a wonderful lens, but a bit slow for my taste. I have a Russian f2.0 (Jupiter 8) that is a bit off (plus no click stops). I could send it to someplace like Fedka to get it overhauled. The other alternative I've considered is an f1.8 Canon or an f1.5 Canon/Serenar. Any advice out there?

    Thanks -- Mark
     
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    You could get a f/2.0 50mm Leica Summitar for roughly the same as a Canon lens.

    And there are the various lenses from Cosina that were made for its Voigtlander LTM cameras.
     
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    I love my J-8 now that it's CLA'd by fedka. They only took around a week too, and it's smooth and the focus is spot on
     
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    Summitar is a fine lens - but you will be hard pressed to find one in good nick. My recommendation is to get a nice Canon RF 50mm/1.8. It's a very good lens. My favourite lens with my Canon P definitely. You'll find one for $150 from the usual sources. Even better (but also much larger and heavier) would be the Canon RF 50mm/1.4 but don't expect to find a good one under $400
     
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    Personally I'd wait for a Canon lens and not rush, they appear here in the classifieds here fairly regularly at reasonably prices in excellent condition.

    Seems a shame not to get a lens ir would have originally sold with.

    Ian
     
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    If you want a modern lens, the Voigtlander 50mm f1.5 ASPH is VERY good even wide open.

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    For what it's worth, I've had a couple of Summitars, and a couple of Jupiter-8s and I'm not 100% sure that the Summitars were really much better than the J-8s. I currently have a new old stock J8 [bought unused in the original case] and a good condition coated Summitar, and I suspect you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference except the out of focus areas [bokeh, whatever] are nicer on the J-8 wide-open. The Summitar has pretty wild swirly out of focus areas, whereas the J-8 is smoother, and much less distracting. The former is interesting as an effect, but the J-8 is probably the more consistently useful lens.

    The Summitar is a very pretty looking lens, though, compared to the black J-8!

    Matt
     
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    I second the Canon 50/1.8 - it\'s an excellent lens (as is the 1.4) I would watch for haze/fogging - most of the examples I\'ve come across have needed cleaning to be useable.
     
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    I shot indoor sports with the Canon 50mm f/1.4 from a Canon 7 for years until Kodak produced T-Max 3200. Then I could use a Summicron. That combination of film and lens was far superior to the Canon. Images were grainer, but much sharper, and one stop higher shutter speed was practical.
     
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    I use all Nikon lenses on my Canon VI.
     
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    I'm going to try to hold out for a canon 1.8 in good condition. I think I'll also get the Jupiter adjusted by Fedka. I love the 50mm perspective so why not two?

    Thanks all -- Mark
     
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    Nikkor 50/1.4 in LTM. Classic. Unique. Built to last. Forever. Equally at home on a Canon or M5.
     
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    Hi

    As well as the CV f/1.5 there is the CV f/2.5, contrasty and small, but lots of people like the lower contrast Canon lenses, or the Sonnar (style) signature.

    Noel