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03-17-2012, 01:41 AM   #1
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Zenitar-M 50 1.7 is it nice or just mine is :)

Zenitar-M 50 1.7 review by me
and here compared to my other 50s and one helios 44-2
Battle of my 50s(download the full size to look it at 100%)
I'll post resolution test soon, I think it is sharp as M 50 1.7 and smooth in bokeh like nothing else .

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03-17-2012, 10:02 AM   #2
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It might be "just your copy", but maybe not. The FSU lenses are often quite credible performers and while build may not be up to the better Japanese brands, I would generally spend my $20 cheap lens purchase on a KMZ, LZOS, FED, or Arsenal product over a no-name Asian lens.


BTW...Of your tested lenses, my preference would be with the M 50/1.7 and the Pancolar 50/1.8.
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Thanks for sharing! The Zenitar looks great. Smoothest bokeh of the bunch.
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Yes the bokeh is what makes me keep it! Optically the CZJ and Pentax 50s are better, not for the sharpness because the zenitar is not soft, they are better in CA control and in contrast and colors. But the bokeh - there is no other 50mm lens like this zenitar, or I have never seen anything like it . It reminds of some of the portrait big brothers like Samyang 85 1.4 and Takumar 85 1.8, very smooth rendering!

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Pentacon 50 1.8 MC vs Pancolar 50 1.8 MC vs Zenitar-M 50 1.7
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I just got one of these a couple days ago, and I have to say I'm impressed! After shooting with so many different 50's, it takes me back when one can make me stop and go "ooohh".

It is..... super sharp wide open. I'd say it's as sharp as any 50 I've ever shot with.
And the bokeh is gorgeous, soft, and creamy, just as reported.

Find one, get one, enjoy one.
It's a jem, and probably not in super high demand.

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