Originally Posted by LCT
My 1962 version can be collapsed with no problem on R-D1 & R-D1s. Less sharp and contrasty than the current version. Easier to avoid blown highlights with digital. More flare though. Slightly harsher bokeh as well. Also the tube rotates when focusing so polar filters are not handy. Close focus 1m instead of .7m.
Thanks, LCT, that's good info. Sounds like this version is the only one that can be safely collapsed on the R-D1. (BTW, why do you have a guard on your barrel to prevent collapsing if it's not a problem?)
My Canon 25/3.5 LTM has aperture and focus rings on the same rotating barrel, so I'm used to that particular ergonomic infelicity already.
I prefer having a focusing tab, so that's an advantage of the older 50/2.8 over the latest one, for me anyway.
Do you get bad flare even with a hood?
Do you have any example pictures from this lens on the R-D1?