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10-02-2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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Super-Takumar 55/1.8 or 50/1.4?

Would you rather have an excellent condition 55/1.8 or a very good 50/1.4? And why? Thanks

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Both are excellent lenses. Personally, I like the extra 5 mm along with the IMO slightly more 3d feel wide open with the 55/1.8. Both have fabulous feel to the focus rings. I like the bokeh of the 50/1.4 slightly better, though.

For me, it would come down to price. If they were both the same price, I'd pick the 50/1.4.
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Get both of course!

For the same price the 50 f/1.4 has a higher resale value. On the other hand the 55 is really nice, I don't think the difference in wide open aperture is significant especially with APS-C cameras.

Both are great lenses and you will not be unhappy with either but the 55 should be available for less money than the 50.
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I have always preferred the 55 myself. since we have the benefit of quality high ISO, the difference between the 1.8 and 1.4 doesn’t matter so much, so I think it comes down to how the lens renders and what appeals to you. my suggestion would be to test both out and see which you prefer. of course you have to take into account you are using old well used lenses, so any example you may end up with may not be an accurate representation of that lens series in general. since the 55 is cheaper, I would suggest you try that first. the 55 is a great lens and most here agree, though its pretty subjective, that the 55 renders better and is sharper wide open than the 50. it is often said to have a bit of that ‘special something’ that most here really like, but I guess thats up to you to decide.

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They're both great. I wouldn't part with either. The 55 will cost rather less. The "sharper wide open" argument is tricky, because ANY slower lens seems sharper wide open, due to thicker DOF. Both are about equal by f/2. The 55 is a great well-balanced lens. The 50 will do stuff other (slower) lenses just can't. Neither is particularly rare, but the 50 demands a premium price. If the 50 costs less than twice the price of the 55, grab the 50!
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It would probably help to define your terms.

There is cosmetic condition, and there is optical/mechanical condition. I don't give a damn about how pristine the cosmetic condition of a lens is; all that matters is that the glass be in good shape and that the focus and aperture mechanisms are in good operating order.

I own both, and I prefer using the 55/1.8 over the 50/1.4. Not for any performance differences but merely because the 50/1.4 has achieved some sort of legendary cult status and everybody expects great photos from it. I'd rather root for and get good results from the less-loved underdog.

(Actually, for most uses where I want something in that focal length I prefer the Auto-Takumar 55/2 over either the 50/1.4 or the 55/1.8).
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Thanks guys. I have both. I was trying to decide which to sell. Gathering money for a K5. I have the Super-Takumar 28/3.5, 35/3.5, 50/1.4, 55/1.8 and the 135/3.5. I know they are not going to bring much but I was thinking of selling a Spotmatic, a 50 or 55 and a28 or 35. I have a very nice Spotmatic F and SMC 50/1.4 too. What do you think? thanks
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I have both, and would have a hard time choosing just one. Watch out for yellow glass on the 50/1.4s. My copy has yellowed glass, but still takes great shots. I haven't tried the uv trick yet to clear it up.

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QuoteOriginally posted by durr3 Quote
Thanks guys. I have both. I was trying to decide which to sell. Gathering money for a K5. I have the Super-Takumar 28/3.5, 35/3.5, 50/1.4, 55/1.8 and the 135/3.5. I know they are not going to bring much but I was thinking of selling a Spotmatic, a 50 or 55 and a28 or 35. I have a very nice Spotmatic F and SMC 50/1.4 too. What do you think? thanks
Ah, clarity! If you have both the SuperTak and K50/1.4, I'd say sell the K50. It should fetch a rather higher price; the optics are AFAIK the same as the ST50; and the ST50 is more usable in Av mode. And if you keep a Spotty, those fine ST's are all usable. Have you checked eBay COMPLETED LISTINGS to see what current market prices are for all this stuff?
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