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09-15-2010, 07:26 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Enough Fifty's Yet?

I may be approaching saturation in the 50's department. Not counting enlarger lenses and glass on mounts that are impossible or highly unlikely to be converted / adapted, I now possess:

* Pentax: FA50/1.4, M50/1.7, M50/2, Micro-Tak 50/4, Tak 55/1.8, Super-Tak 55/2
* Meyer: Oreston 50/1.8 x2, Domiplan 50/2.8 x2, Primotar-E 50/3.5
* Cosina 50/2; Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50/2.8 x2; Industar-50/3.5
* Yashinon-DX 50/1.7; Sears-Ricoh 55/1.4; Argus-Chinon 55/1.7
* Petri CC 55/1.8; Mamiya-Sekor 55/1.8
* Porst Color Reflex 55/2.8; Helios-44 58/2

And a couple that need conversion:

* Isco Westagon 50/2; X-Fujinon 50/1.9

Is that enough? Of course not! Gotta have a 50/1.2!! All it takes is money. [PLUG: I'm selling some lenses on eBay, ID= r*m, including a couple Tak zooms (which will be gone later today) and various other glass.] A 58/1.4 would be real nice too. But then I should stop. How many 50's are enough?

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Nope, that's not enough. Enough is when you have the Leica 50mm F0.95 and all Pentax 50's tongue

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09-15-2010, 07:35 AM   #3
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I added a S-M-C 50 1.4 last weed and what I hope is an 8 element Super 50 1.4 this week.

Looks like you still need the Mamiya-Sekor 55 1.4

You also need the Auto Sears MC 50 1.7 (Chinon).
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Well yeah, of course. And I've chopped a few lenses, so I'm open to Nikkors, Zuikos, Exaktas, etc. Too bad I can't use or modify my Canon 50/1.4 SSC (it's on eBay now). Hmm, I just realized that with 10mm of extension, my bodycap pinhole becomes a 50/333. Beat THAT, Ansel!

Adam, getting ALL the Pentax 50's implies collecting. As in, collect the entire set. In many realms, that's an endless, infinite, break-the-bank endeavour. No, I just accumulate. My only collections are periodicals that had limited runs. Get the whole set, then quit. That's a much more affordable approach.

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We think you need some Zeiss, Voigtlander and CZJ glass, so that we all can benefit from the comparisons.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
How many 50's are enough?
You'll know when you'll stop asking this question
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If you feel you have too many, I'll take the Petri for you
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Hope not to further encourage your 50 folly, but I didn't see the SMCP-FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro on your list.

I'd sooner see all my other 50s (and probably all other focal lengths) go before I'd let go of the FA 50 macro. It may be time to abandon all hope.



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QuoteOriginally posted by interested_observer Quote
We think you need some Zeiss, Voigtlander and CZJ glass, so that we all can benefit from the comparisons.
Yeah, I was afraid of that. My two CZJ Tessars (one M42, one Exakta) ain't enough. More Germans!! But they're scarce in Nevada pawnshops. Whew...

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If you feel you have too many, I'll take the Petri for you
I'll bet you would. Heh. This specific lens was on a Petri mount and the aperture is stuck wide open. It probably lost some bearings. It cost me nothing. I converted it to a KM base, and documented that conversion here and at MFLenses.Com -- where I was scolded for ruining a lens with a non-reversible chop job. Tough. If it's broke and it ain't worth fixing, I'll mod it so I *can* use it somehow. Now if I could just figure how to disassemble that Isco Westagon 50/2 to lube it...

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Hope not to further encourage your 50 folly, but I didn't see the SMCP-FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro on your list.
Oh f*ck, I'm doomed now... Can't I get by with the MacroTak 50/4 (1:1) ??
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I'd sooner see all my other 50s (and probably all other focal lengths) go before I'd let go of the FA 50 macro. It may be time to abandon all hope.
I completely agree. The FA 50 macro is a must-have!

On a side note, there is some strong chromatic aberration on your pic of the macro! What lens did you use for that shot?
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Another shout out for the FA50 macro. That didn't stop me either though in terms of 50's overloading.
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And i thought owning a A 50 1.7 and K 5 1.8 was overkill...
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Not a single Rikenon? How sad
oopz - never mind, I missed the Sears

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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
I completely agree. The FA 50 macro is a must-have!

On a side note, there is some strong chromatic aberration on your pic of the macro! What lens did you use for that shot?
I used my Samyang 85mm f/1.4 + manual flash (Pentax AF 280T) + several fun OnOne filters in PS because this quick shot was overexposed.

I was drawn to this thread because I often carry three 50s in one of my kit bags--the FA 1.4, 2.8 and the A 1.2. Just today I had all 3 with me. Some people think that's just plain weird and crazy, but I somehow find a use for all 3 on a daily basis.
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Oops, forgot to post the pic. Hope this works...

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