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Asahi S-M-C f/1.4 50mm
« on: December 20, 2013, 03:53:19 PM »
I saw a previous topic for the Helios 44m-2, so I figured there was some love for the glorious plethora of m42 lenses available, and this particular one - the Asahi S-M-C f/1.4 50mm is my joint favourite lens (along with the Helios!).

Having a Canon f/1.8 50mm and being largely unimpressed, despite it's sharpness, I got this Asahi lens from ebay. Unfortunately it hits the mirror on my 5dmk3, so I have a clear bit of plastic acting as a shim, and the m42 adaptor is now not coming off the lens.

I much prefer this 50mm over the Canon - to me, the sharpness is comparable (if not better), and the out of focus areas are way, way better than the Canon. The Asahi lens cost me about £20 more than the Canon from ebay, which having no autofocus I guess is some sort of testament to the quality of the optics.

Below are a couple of images, the first, Birnbeck pier at Weston-super-Mare, was taken at f/11, ISO 50 with an infrared filter, which resulted in an 8 minute exposure.

The second image was when I took the lens out for a test run at the new Severn crossing; I figured I'd get something to show off the bokeh.

Hopefully it may convince someone to try something different!

Birnbeck pier, Weston-super-Mare:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-8QV81a2qRW4/UjdIc3S4zNI/AAAAAAAAMn8/xxRAsx7m6Sc/s800/birnbeck-pier.jpg

Outlet pipe:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-uvn6CsOVBec/Uegp6TXJ9LI/AAAAAAAALNU/9jkmeAzvIUc/s800/bridge2.jpg

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Asahi S-M-C f/1.4 50mm
« on: December 20, 2013, 03:53:19 PM »

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Re: Asahi S-M-C f/1.4 50mm
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2013, 08:47:28 PM »
very nice. the ability to easily use and MF lenses like this is one of the reasons I bought my a7. If I see a used one around at a decent price I may just pull the trigger!
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Re: Asahi S-M-C f/1.4 50mm
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2013, 09:50:06 PM »
I've just picked up a rokkor 58 1.2 PG to play with the A7 when I get one....just waiting on my EOS adapter for it currently... I love the old film lenses

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Re: Asahi S-M-C f/1.4 50mm
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2013, 09:50:06 PM »