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06-03-2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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M 50 f1.7 vs. A 50 f1.7

I just won an A 50f1.7 on ebay. I have two copies of the M50 f1.7 and was wondering if I should consider dropping the M50 or whether I should hold onto it. Is the image quality of the M better than that of the A or generally similar? I'm not really interested in having a big collection of lenses, so my inclination will be to sell the M's, but I figure I'd put it up for debate as well.

In my mind its really a question about IQ, the A wins hands down on useability.

06-03-2012, 07:10 PM   #2
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In my experience A's and M's are optically exactly the same. I don't know this for sure, but as far as results go; I have never seen a difference.
06-03-2012, 07:11 PM   #3
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I have an A, M and F 50mm.
Really don't see any difference, the M feels better to use than the A but as you said the Auto
lens is much easier and practical especially for flash use.
The F is great for lazy days or when my eye is off focus !
I don't really NEED the 3 but they were cheap and are paid for, also I don't have to feed them or anything so what the heck .
Besides the other 50s would probably miss them.
06-03-2012, 07:25 PM   #4
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If you prefer the feel of an M, keep one. If you want to build a collection of all 50s, keep them all. Everything. Can't never have enough Fifties, y'know.

06-05-2012, 08:17 PM   #5
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As noted above, the two lenses are equivalent optically. The main difference is build and the ease of operation on cameras with a crippled mount. The M's build is superior to the A's.


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