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10-03-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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I am after 50mm 1.4 lens - which one to pick ?

I was shooting with various lenses so far - of course the usual trio 50mm 1.7 ( both M and F version ), Helios 58 and 50mm f4 macro ( Super takumar ) . But I had a chance to see how 50mm 1.4 was performing in portraits vs 1.7 and I really liked the bokeh when wide open.My friend's Super Takumar was producing awesome smooth results and the colors were fantastic too. The differences were negligible after we stopped down - still colors were a good hunk warmer I think, but wide open - boy was it good !
So now I am thinking which one would you pick ?

My options roughly are :

M 50mm 1.4 (budged )
A 50mm 1.4 *less budged )
CHINON 55mm 1.4 ( perhaps this tiny bit longer is better ? )
Super Takumar 50mm 1.4 ( hmm )

well - yeah that's about it. The budget always counts - but I could squeeze for SMC A version in the end - so all of the above are open for your advice and/or discussion.
Perhaps there are others that I should be aware of ?

PS: Not looking for AF version - my F 50mm f1.7 is more than enough for my needs.

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All of them.
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I love the M50/1.4.
It's very sharp at infinity.
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
All of them.
Didn't want to suggest that but knowing myself I might end up this way hehe but for now let's say I try to be reasonable on my wallet and would pick just one of them

QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
I love the M50/1.4.
It's very sharp at infinity.
I might not use it for infinity shots that often - I guess I would want to use it more for low light indoor situations or portraiture of any sort - but especially wide open.
Thanks !

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I have the smc FA f/1.4. I love it, but I find 1.4 is a bit extreme and so easy to mis the focus on a portrait and you can't fix that in Lightroom... I often use it around f/2.8 to give a bit of error margin, but there's something quite sexy about extreme short DoF when you do get it right.
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All are good options. I have Super Tak 1.4, M 50 1.4 and A 50 f1.4. For my use heres what I find:
* Super Tak: Lovely build, smoothest Bokeh (I think). Fully manual and sensitive to bright light - needs a good hood!
* M 50 f1.4 Nice build, similar sharpness wide open but better contrast than Tak wide open. Fully manual, bokeh not quite as smooth as Tak but pretty good. Recommend a hood.
* A 50 f1.4 Average build, same bokeh to M, mines a bit sharper across the frame near wide open than the M and can use auto exposure modes. Manual focus - but you know that. Still a good idea to use a hood.

I use the A 50 f1.4 most of the time because easier and an edge on sharpness. That said I was happy with the Super Tak / M lens until I got the A 50 f1.4 !
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The A version. Flash automation puts it over the top.
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I love my M 50mm f/1.4. Small, handy, works wonders in the dark, and I snared the thing for less than any of my 50mm f/1.7's or even the 2.0's.

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Most of my actual shots are with either the A50/1.4 or the F50/1.7, and I think the pair cover a lot of potential situations. I also have a Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50/1.4 with the metal focus ring, because t's cool and has an issue that might make it harder to sell. I don't use it a lot because the other 50s are so useful. I like having the option to pop up the flash with either the F or A lenses.

I have a couple of 55/1.4s but I really like either the K55/1.8 or a Takumar 55/1.8, so these never get used.
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Sounds like you like the Super Tak, go with your heart!
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QuoteOriginally posted by kiwi_jono Quote
* M 50 f1.4
* A 50 f1.4

I use the A 50 f1.4 most of the time because easier and an edge on sharpness.
Jonathan, is that extra sharpness over the M at any given distance range,
or all the way from MFD to infinity?
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I love feel of M version so I use it more compared to A version. Another lens to consider in this range is 55/1.8
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I have the smc FA f/1.4. I love it, but I find 1.4 is a bit extreme and so easy to mis the focus on a portrait and you can't fix that in Lightroom... I often use it around f/2.8 to give a bit of error margin, but there's something quite sexy about extreme short DoF when you do get it right.
I know what you mean - but I was going to use it with my K-01 and loupe so the focus isn't an issue - 99% of time in portrait situation it can be right. For other situation where there is no time for fine-tunning I can always reach for my trusted F 50mm 1.7 which is extremely sharp from wide open and blazingly fast to focus.

Thanks!
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The A version. Flash automation puts it over the top.
This is a valid point but if I wanted ever use flash with 50mm it would be F50mm 1.7 which I got. For this lens I am thinking of I plan only existing light - or external flash(es) in manual mode and in conjunction with flashmeter.

QuoteOriginally posted by Just1MoreDave Quote
Most of my actual shots are with either the A50/1.4 or the F50/1.7, and I think the pair cover a lot of potential situations. I also have a Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50/1.4 with the metal focus ring, because t's cool and has an issue that might make it harder to sell. I don't use it a lot because the other 50s are so useful. I like having the option to pop up the flash with either the F or A lenses.

If you were not to using flash at all - would you rather prefer the Super Takumar version over the A version due to any factor ? I agree F50mm 1.7 is just awesome lens.

I have a couple of 55/1.4s but I really like either the K55/1.8 or a Takumar 55/1.8, so these never get used.
Jeez you have 'a couple' of 55 1.4 ?? So what do they do - grow nearby ? :O
But seriously did you ever done any comparison between all your 50-55 1. 4 ? Sounds like you have quite a few of them so would be great if you could put some samples in this thread !

Thanks!
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