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Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 50mm f/1.7

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Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 50mm f/1.7

Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 50mm f/1.7
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 50mm f/1.7
Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 50mm f/1.7

Aperture Max: F1.7
Aperture Min: F16
Focal Length: 50mm
Diaphragm blades: 6
Auto/Manual Switch
6 elements in 5 groups
Filter Size: 52mm
Minimum Focus: 50 cm
Weight: 230 grams
Mount: M42
Mount Type:
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Registered: August, 2019
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: August 1, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Color rendition, decent bokeh, 3D, good for portrait, sharp stopped down, well built.
Cons: Soft wide open, flare.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

Really underrated lens. Like other users have said, it's a bit soft wide open, but from f2.8 it performs really well.

Has very good sharpness stopped down and is quite solidly built.

Yashica have some absolute gems that can be found at bargain prices second hand and this is one of them.

By no means the fastest or the sharpest, but definitely has its own character. I used it on digital with an adapter and really liked the experience.

One of my first manual focus lenses.
New Member

Registered: May, 2016
Posts: 2

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 18, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $45.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharpness, bokeh, construction
Cons: At 1.7 is soft and hard to get the right point on focus, FLARE
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 9    Camera Used: NX20   

- Portraits
This lens is absolute fantastic for portraits, shooted wide opened you can get decent pictures. All photos that I've uploaded here are at f1.7.

- Macro
I have spend 10$ for a adaptor ring to use this lens reversed for macro. Results:



Or you can just put it on the ground and use the minimum focus distance (0,5m) without reverse the lens.


- Flare
The only downside that I found to this lens. So you will need a hood for this lens. It has bigger flare circles and more colorful than SMC Takumar 55 f2, Helios 44-2 KMZ 58/2, Helios 44 MMZ 58/2.

- Comparisons

It's far way better than:
1.Super-Takumar 50 f1.4
2.Carl Zeiss Tessar 50mm f2.8

Reason: it has a better bokeh rendering and more beatiful colors;

3.Chinon/Revuenon 55 f1.4 (as I asked from several people that have my lens and this 2 others)

It's far weaker than:
1. SMC Takumar 55 f2

Reason: Yashica has huge flare- Takumar don't (so coating is different) ; Takumar has great sharpness wide opened and great character- Yashica don't.

2. Helios 44-2 KMZ 58/2
3. Helios 44 MMZ 58/2

Reason: Helios has preset ring, better construction, better flare resist, unique bokeh, better colors.

- For 45$ it worth having this lens and you will not be disappointed. It's a bit more expensive than a Helios 44-2 but you get for sure a great piece of glass. Not all Helios are the same, so you can go wrong when choosing a russian lens. (this thing apply to Jupiter-9 as well). Be carefull to buy a hood and try not to take photos in direct sun light. The flaring for me it's annoying so I would put 30-50$ more and buy a Takumar (SMC version will be great) 55 f1.8 or the cheaper one 55 f2 ! Attention ! Don't look for the Takumar 50 1.4, it's radioactive and it's not the best choice at 50mm focal lenght.
New Member

Registered: June, 2015
Posts: 1

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 25, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $11.50 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Value, 3D, Bokeh, Portrait
Cons: Contrast, Sharpness wide open
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: NEX-5R   

You can find these lenses dirt cheap if you're patient. I paid less than $20 with shipping for mine in almost new condition. Build quality is tremendous. Aperture ring is narrow but protrudes for easy feel. Focus ring is solid metal.

Sharpness is a bit soft wide open but sharpens nicely stopped down. Contrast is not great raw, and temperature is cooler, but the lens has better than average 3D pop and bokeh for a 50. Makes for a great portrait lens on a crop sensor.

Glass has a yellow tint, not sure if radioactive. For less than $20 shipped, it's an absolute no brainer. 8.5 or 9 score when price is taken into consideration.

Wide open:
Forum Member

Registered: December, 2012
Posts: 94

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 29, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Image, build quality and great feel
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

Image quality filming
New Member

Registered: November, 2012
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: November 30, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $55.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, great color, bokeh
Cons: soft at wide open, CA, prone to flare
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 9   

Overall, i like this lens. little bit soft at wide open but excellent from f2.8. Sharpness is excellent. sturdy.
Forum Member

Registered: May, 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 52
Lens Review Date: October 12, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Can be sharp, Natural Colors, IQ
Cons: Bit Soft at F1.7, Non MC
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

Overall very good, sturdy, solidly built lens (just like any other Yashica product from that period). Handles great. Produces natural colors, nice bokeh. Low aberrations. Excels at B&W photography. A bit soft wide open, but sharp from 5.6.

Underrated - definitely.
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