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i can say additional, that this lens very often the choice of video-photographers too. beacose it has excellent optical quality and nice bokeh
p.s. in some sources i founded info, that movie "alien" shoted with anamorphous lens, based on the R50/2
Yes, any Leica R lens will be awesome for video. They all have almost perfect handling, once you use to its feeling, it is hard to move away from it.
Thank you zhangyue for this 50/2 cron review. Itīs really interesting lens and Iīve already seen many beautiful pictures from this lens especially from one FM member who took some great portraits in India. It has nice 3D pop efect more pronounced in portraits when shooting WO. Unfortunatelly for me it has rather distracting bokeh in some busy backround compared to my Nikkor 50/1.8G or newly acquired Sigma 50/1.4 but these are different beasts
Nikkor has pretty good Bokeh, I have this 50G as well. It is my only AF lens now. The color has some yellow tint, which can be easy fix but I donít use it often as I have put myself deep into MF now. Thomas have many portrait with 50corn. No wonder he use it at f2.8.
A quality I didnít cover is smooth in focus transition at close distance, and color, I feel 50cron is excellent for that as well as 35cron. Thus, I really like my portrait took with this lens. The reason I didnít say that because it is very subjective and hard to qualify.
anyone have any thoughts of the e55 50'cron vs the e55 50'lux?
I owned both plus the 50mp at the same time and thought the 50'lux while lower in contrast and saturation had the magical leica glow that made me sell the 50'cron.
I have 50lux E48 version, by looking at picture I took so far, I feel E48 WO get about the same sharpness as 50cron WO. I havenít been able to find a time to give them a comparison yet. As I said, until I can have D800E again, doing sharpness test on D700 is a waste of time.
I didn't think there was enough in the extra stop of the e55 'lux to justify the price difference over the 'cron. I also prefer the focus transition of the 'cron.
That said, I prefer the Rokkor 58/1.2 over either of them for a normal. Color-wise, it fits in nicely with the later R draw, has very gentle focus transition, and is sharper across the frame than either of them at f/2.
Well, if you need 1.4, you need 1.4
In terms of Rokkor, it is longer. I feel 50 is already longer. Without change platform, I may never be able to have it on FF. I hear the good reputation about it but not everyone like the classical Gaussian type of Bokeh. The lens is in my list whenever I decide change to C.
Thanks for sharing your observations. Well, you just confirmed what E. Puts had to say about this lens in his "Leica Compendium"
Similarly, I find it to perform the best between f/2.8-4. I used it at f/8 (LV+tripod) on D7000 and D800E and it does provide plenty of detail.
Yes, there are sharper 50mm lenses (Zeiss MP50) and lenses with more character (say, Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS) but overall Cron-R 50 is simply a great little lens and it's a joy to use. Price is a bonus as well!
To be honest, I am not sure MP50 will be better at f2.8 compare this cron as the cron is just become so good at f2.8. I have Nikkor 1.2 as well. I like its bokeh very much and reach it whenever I need low light. Stop down is crazy sharp for that lens.
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