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09-20-2010, 08:59 AM   #16
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I'm up to about 25 Fifty's by now, with probably a few more coming up. That's not counting my 10 C/FD (Canon) and LTM/L39 (Leica-clone) and M34 (Argus) Fifty's on eBay [ID: r*m], nor 50mm enlarger glass. Have I faves? Sure:

* FA50/1.4 (my first, and so far still the best) US$197
* SMC-M 50/1.7 (sprinkled with pixie dust) US$50
* Yashinon-DX 50/1.7 M42 (not far behind) US$11
* Meyer Oreston 50/1.8 M42 (great close!) US$45
* Industar-50 f/3.5 M39 ( the mighty midget) US$13
* Macro-Takumar 50/4 M42 1:1 (sharpness!) US$55
* Sears Auto (Tomioka) 55/1.4 (awesome) US$25
* Takumar 55/1.8 (so cheap, so round, ooh) US$7
* Mamiya-Sekor 55/1.8 (a close runner-up) US$14
* Helios-44M 58/2 (legendary, and justly so) US$19

I also take other fifteen out for exercise every now and then.

Do I want all these? Yes. Do I *NEED* all these? That's undefined. But I'm not a minimalist. Obviously. Would I pare my set of Fifty's down to a bare minimum? Probably not. If forced to minimize, I'd want more -- I've read that the FA50/2.8 macro and the A50/1.2 are rather nice. I'll need to sell lots more other stuff before I can afford those. Bother.

It's easy to think, "I only need one 24, and one 35, and one 50, and one 85, and one 105 macro, etc". That's fine. But after experiencing other glass, especially some weird wonders, I find it difficult to stay disciplined. Oooh, I wonder what *this* one will do... ???

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