I had a 1.4 MC Rokkor with the waffled focusing ring and 55mm threads that was stellar. I currently have a 1.7 MC Rokkor with 52mm with the scalloped focusing ring that is less sharp wide open but has a really nice rendition.
I have a 58 1.4 mc rokkor, a 50 1.4 pg mc rokkor, a 50 1.7 md, and the 45mm f2. My favorite overall is the 50 1.4 pg but they are all very good lens. The 58mm can flare in tough situations, the 50 1.7 is very contrasty and sharp but the oof rendition is a little hard.
Very limited experience, but regarding the MC Rokkor-PF 58/1.4 -- sharp but surprisingly low contrast. (at least my copy) That said, I tried it out for night street shooting at ISO 1600 and that property made it a good choice, keeping the lower values from dropping too far. But it also produced beyond weird artifacts, like "donuts" from distant traffic lights that looked like it was taken with a mirror lens.
On the other hand, the 50mm 1.4 MC Rokkor-X PG (late, rubber focusing ring) has stunning flare control. If you need to tame specular highlights, while still retaining a sense of brilliance, I'm not sure you could do better.
For some reason I usually travel with three normal lenses.
I have the 58mm f/1.4; 50mm f/1.7; and the 45mm f/2.0;
The 58mm f/1.4 is usually my favourite !
And I only paid $7.00 for the 45mm f/2.0;
I'm still in mourning for the loss of my 58mm f/1.2 ...
But, I'm sure that you'll love the free 50mm f/1.7, that Barry S has offered !
Last edited by M.A.Longmore; 04-22-2011 at 12:19 AM. Click to view previous post history.
Reason: Corrected spelling of favorite, in case Steve Smith stops by ...