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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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New Member

Registered: May, 2016
Posts: 2

2 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.

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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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