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roschko wrote:
... Leica Summilux ... E55 or 3-Cam sells for under 1000,- $US, what’s the difference ? (ROM, Pre-ROM, …)


The only differences between the pre-E60 versions of the 50mm Summilux-R are mechanical: filter size, hood, metering interface with Leica-R bodies. No optical differences.



Nov 21, 2011 at 01:06 PM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · ... Best 50mm Lens on Canon FF ?


I've shot with a ton of 50s over the past year and a half or so.

My favorites are the Sigma 50, Rokkor 58/1.2, ZE 50 MP and the OM 50/2 Macro.

I should also mention that the Contax 50/1.4 and 1.7 are great. So is the Canon FL 50/1.2.

If you're on a budget the 50/1.7 is great. If you don't need speed, the 50 Compact Macro is very good.

It's a shame the best 50s are for M.



Nov 21, 2011 at 02:54 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · ... Best 50mm Lens on Canon FF ?


budget wise, my vote would probably be the contax 50/1.7.

zeiss 50/1.4, contax 50/1.4 .. love the images from the ze 50/1.4 when I had it with its weakness being wide open at MFD. I even like the bokeh from this lens as its diff and still pleasing to me compared to other 50s. I dont care too much for the super smooth bokeh . This lens also made me appreciate shooting at a slower aperture since at one point i was shooting mostly primes and wide open or close to wide open. super sharp with nice pop to the pics. I did sell it awhile but after missing the rendering of hte planar 50/1.4, I ended up with the contax 50/1.4

sigma 50/1.4 .. never really shot with this but i processed some of my friends photos from this lens since he was my 2nd shooter for a wedding. Was suprised how sharp this lens was and provided nice pop. If I needed AF, i would probably consider this lens.

olympus 50/1.4 .. another cheap alternative, not shaprness wid eopen but useable although bokeh can be crazy at times but i liked it

rokkor 58/1.2 .. not exactly 50mm but is lens is awesome! if only it can focus to infinity on my 5DII. I mainly use it as a portrait lens at the moment

helios 44M 58/2, S-Takumar 55/1.8 .. very cheap alternative that I keep around to shoot with sometimes. nice cheap lens.


contax N 50/1.4 converted would be my choice if i could afford it



Nov 21, 2011 at 03:06 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · ... Best 50mm Lens on Canon FF ?


Im for Zeiss or Leica (or .. Minolta, or Olympus).

Btw. one of best is 58mm f1.2 Nikkor. Tho, bit expensive ehm..



Nov 21, 2011 at 03:09 PM
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phuang3 wrote:
You may try FD 55/1.2 SSC Aspherical converted. It was once the most expensive std lens in the world, even more than Noctilux 1.2. Erwin Puts said it may be the best std lens in SLR. I just got one, and still waiting for mount conversion.


I believe the FD 55/1.2 Asph you're referring to is the first series generation of that lens - it has a gold ring around the barrel and has an "AL" also introduced Canon's floating element - the high cost of the lens was related to the hand ground Aspheric optic. Still a very expensive lens the last one I saw on E-bay a few years ago sold for about $2,800 usd - if it were not for the difficulty of the limited FD mount I'm sure that lens would sell for a much higher price.

Here is one for $3,500 usd

http://www.kevincameras.com/gallery/v/canon_fd/albuv80/16207/


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Nov 22, 2011 at 01:30 AM
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Canon 50 1.8 - great for the price. Always glued to my XT
Sigma 50 1.4 - Luckily got a good copy which focuses accurately and quickly. If you are comfortable with manual focusing, Sigma is a great lens. Else, you should be lucky to get a good copy.



Nov 22, 2011 at 01:39 AM
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CVickery wrote:
It's difficult to know what's best for someone else but I've settled on the Conurus converted Contax N 50/1.4 (tried the EF 50/1.4, 50/1.8 I and II, 50/1.2L,and a variety of MF 50's)



Yeap, make this a fourth vote for the 50/1.4 "N" - replaced a Rokkor and Summicron and it still feels like the right choice.



Nov 22, 2011 at 01:44 AM
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mMontag,
I mean the 55/1.2 SSC Aspherical, not AL version. The AL version is not recommended, it has thorium glass which results in yellow tone on images. The thorium glass was later replaced by other high refractive index glass by Canon. The process of making aspherical elements was changed from hand to machine. Both versions are believed to have the same performance. Yes, you are right. If FD lenses can be adapted easily, this 55/1.2 Aspherical will be sold as high as Nikkor 58/1.2!



Nov 22, 2011 at 07:24 AM
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Zeiss 50/2 Marko Planar ZE is my favorite EF mount 50.



















































































Nov 22, 2011 at 07:41 AM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · ... Best 50mm Lens on Canon FF ?


Yes, the 50MP is my favourite too. It is the best 50mm I have used on my 1DS3.

Nice bokeh, performs well at f2 And performs well at close range and at distance.
Good resolution and micro contrast. I use it for landscape, street and portraits.

Kinda does it all.




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Nice shots Denoir!


Nov 22, 2011 at 07:50 AM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · ... Best 50mm Lens on Canon FF ?


there are cheaper Aspherical Lenses from Canon too http://www.kevincameras.com/gallery/v/canon_fd/albuv80/55_12/113625/

3500,- is insane !
that's the category of new Leica glass ... or even more.

could it be that the price is so high because they are rare and vintage ?
or are these Lenses that good ?
- not typically Canon :-)

Anyway, I think I go towards Zeiss C/Y or Summilux.
Have seen some Summilux from 1978/79 for around 1100,- $US in good shape and the Zeiss for about 400 $

Don´t want to spend much more than 1000 $ ...




Nov 22, 2011 at 07:56 AM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · ... Best 50mm Lens on Canon FF ?


Great shots denoir!! ...

telyt wrote:
The only differences between the pre-E60 versions of the 50mm Summilux-R are mechanical: filter size, hood, metering interface with Leica-R bodies. No optical differences.


I saw the comparison shots between E60 and the previous version on the website below and E60 bokeh looks smoother. For bokeh-peeping only ...

http://imageevent.com/jonas_b/fmforumsmonthly/formh2000




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Nov 22, 2011 at 08:13 AM
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teh_rebel wrote:
...rokkor 58/1.2 .. not exactly 50mm but is lens is awesome! if only it can focus to infinity on my 5DII. ...


I love and use my Rokkor 58/1.2 as my main lens. I have infinity (star trail test need to be made) even on my normal unshaved EOS 5D classic.
Sometimes the glowing is a bit too much - but on most images I love it.

Zeiss (C/Y) 50/1.7 and 1.4 are unused.






Nov 22, 2011 at 09:01 AM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · ... Best 50mm Lens on Canon FF ?


Zeiss 50 ZE Makroplanar.
This is the best.
I have tested all Canon (included L).




Nov 22, 2011 at 09:10 AM
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is there a Sonnar for SLR?


Nov 22, 2011 at 09:18 AM
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only for m mount


Nov 22, 2011 at 10:21 AM
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roschko wrote:....

I do not want to say, which 50-58 mm is the best. But Canon f1.2 FD 55mm ssc asph still shows me more contrast compared to another fast lenses, which I own.
I converted it 4 years ago and now the price is a little too high IMO



Nov 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · ... Best 50mm Lens on Canon FF ?


After trying many 50s over the past 3 years, I ended up with Contax N 50 and Sigma 50. I couldn't choose one over the other cos both have their strength and weaknesses. For people at portrait distances, the Sigma is preferred. For travel and farther distances, the Contax N 50 is preferred.

Recent photos with Sigma 50













Nov 22, 2011 at 01:22 PM
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phuang3 wrote:
mMontag,
I mean the 55/1.2 SSC Aspherical, not AL version. The AL version is not recommended, it has thorium glass which results in yellow tone on images. The thorium glass was later replaced by other high refractive index glass by Canon. The process of making aspherical elements was changed from hand to machine. Both versions are believed to have the same performance. Yes, you are right. If FD lenses can be adapted easily, this 55/1.2 Aspherical will be sold as high as Nikkor 58/1.2!



Some of the 55/1.2 Asph also have thorium glass - I had one and have viewed several internet responses stating the same - the yellow can be cleared by long duration UV light exposure through the glass.



Nov 22, 2011 at 03:33 PM
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