I have been really happy with the following 50's in my amateur Photography career:
Nikkor f1.5 f2,
M42- Takumar F50 1.4
Leica Summicron Collapsable f2
Canon LTM 50 f1.4
Carl Zeiss Jenna Sonnar F2
Jupiter 8 (kiev)
There you go, I did not put in the 55 Takumars as they are, well 5mm off the mark but they are some of my favourites.
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Hello Bill and Forum.
I have a similar experience. I am of the view that most popular brand name 50 primes are good. I don't count bricks, so my sentiments are not based on any absolute science, nor on MTF charts, but just on what I think I see in the images I have made.
I have these:
CZJ Tessar 50mm f/2.8 single coated (1951?)
Summicron Collapsable 50mm f/2 (1954)
Nikkor 50mm f/2, (1960's)
M42 - Yashinon 50mm f/1.7 (1967)
Jupiter 8 (Soviet Sonnar) (1969)
Nikkor 50mm f1.4 (1970's)
Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 (1980's)
For most applications, I would about as soon shoot with the cheap Jupiter 8 as with the costly Summicron. Any of the listed lenses is up to the task for normal shooting. I don't have a favorite.
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Hi' Peter, if being abused to pre-teen levels turns you on " I hope your rabbit dies, and you can't sell the hutch " . Life's too short mate, I prefer to spend whatever time and money I have available to learn more about how to improve my photograpy, not my M.T.F curves, or micro-negative image contrast. I use Canon F.D. lenses and rely on their knowledge and expertise in lens manufacture.
Originally Posted by gnashings
I have used quite a mixed bag of 50's over the years too. My favs are my 1.4 SMC Takumar, industar 61 and the 50/f2 Xenon on my Retina IIIc (now there's a lens no-one has mentioned yet).
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I would vote for all the Tessar design lenses, Tessar, Elmar and Industar.
Late "Red scale" Elmar is one of favorites, but very early uncoated Nickel Elmar also makes nice B&W photos.
I think I like most of the 50s I have, Nkkors, Takumars, Rokkors, Tessars, etc.
but the Super Takumar 55/1.8 is the one i love the most.
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Originally Posted by Bentley Boyd
I am glad someone does those tests... but I think that the engineers at Canon probably have a pretty good handle on that end of it - so I am with you here, in case anyone didn't get that out of my previous (admittedly smart-assed and sarcastic) post. Oh, one more thing: I had a 50mm SSC 1.4, it was stolen. Now I have the 50mm 1.4 nFD. I like the feel of the old lens better, but optically, I'll be damned if I can tell the difference... I can tell the difference between those and my 1.8, but only under certain very specific conditions. 99 times out of a hundred its better than I am.
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