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04-16-2012, 04:08 PM   #1
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SMC 50mm 1.4

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I'm enjoying this lens lens after a long time without using it. I had great fun and some good photos with the spotmatic and film era. Now I just bought an adapter to use in a Nikon body and rescued the lens from their retirement.
When I take pictures wide open, it tends to blur the more luminous points, some pictures seem to be taken in a foggy place, but if I turn the aperture ring just one step, images are sharp. Is it expected?
Some pictures to illustrate. the first is f1.4 and the second f2.

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04-16-2012, 04:13 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard, heck of a nice first post!
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I don't get that fog effect with any of my 50-1.4s. You might want to shine a bright light inside to see if you have mild hazing.
04-16-2012, 04:53 PM   #4
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Wide open my 50 f/1.2 can have a very slight glow around bright areas of the photo, but no where near as much as what you've shown here. I'd suggest there is a slight glow there anyway, and this is made more severe by the adapter you are using.


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04-16-2012, 05:05 PM   #5
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The earlier 8 element versions (ser # 13.......) were like that for me. A later 8 element model (ser # 157....) was much better but none as good as the M or A versions.
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Doesn't the adapter for Nikon body have glass element in (Nikon has large registration distance)? The performance is not typical of that lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dms Quote
Doesn't the adapter for Nikon body have glass element in (Nikon has large registration distance)? The performance is not typical of that lens.
The Fotodiox adapter has a built-in 1.4x Multi-Coated Focus Correction lens to adjust for infinity focus.
04-16-2012, 06:21 PM   #8
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I don't get that fog effect with any of my 50-1.4s. You might want to shine a bright light inside to see if you have mild hazing.
You're right. I gave a second look, a detailed one and saw dust and haze inside.
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Wide open my 50 f/1.2 has a slight glow around bright areas of the photo, but not as much as what you've shown here. I'd suggest there is a slight glow there anyway, and this is made more severe by the adapter you are using.
I thought it was the optical element of the adapter too, but I tested a Takumar 28mm 3.5 and came this picture below. Anyway, I'll se if its easy to remove the optical element and shoot again.
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The earlier 8 element versions (ser # 13.......) were like that for me. A later 8 element model (ser # 157....) was much better but none as good as the M or A versions.
The serial is #553...
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Doesn't the adapter for Nikon body have glass element in (Nikon has large registration distance)? The performance is not typical of that lens.
I agree, maybe I have to find a place to service this lens.
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I have a 50 1.7 with haze and a 1.4 which is clear and they both do the same thing.
I find that if I underexpose the shot slightly, the halos go away and I get sharp images even wide open
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