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Old 09-15-2011   #1
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Canon ltm 50mm f1.8

A few weeks ago I purchased this lens from Jim Buchanan who had overhauled this lend and put it up for sale in the classifieds.

I have just developed and scanned the first 2 rolls I have shot with it and am very pleased with the results. The out of focus is very nice. Unlike the 1.2 and 1.4 versions of this lens where it often renders in harsh circles I find that this lens keeps the shapes soft and recognizable till they blur into infinity.

An other nice bonus is that this lens very very compact making it easy to travel with and attract less unwanted attention.

Only thing I did not like but removed within the very first minute of ownership is the infinity lock.


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one of the best lenses, period.
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Hmmm, very nice looking images. Thanks for sharing them.

errgh...GAS build-up... Just curious, what is the average price of this lens in excellent user condition (non-collector grade)? And are they hard to find?

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I just sold mine for $200. Glass was mint, focus smooth, and aperture clean.
I gotta stop reading these threads...
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I was very lucky to get it for $350 + the cost for a LTM to M adapter.
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Great lens and great tone on your shots, Rogier...

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Very nice shots, Rogier! The prices of the Canon 50/1.8 LTM have crept up over the last year or so to around the $200 range for a clean copy. Check out the review on Dante Stella's website, in the article on Canon lenses for Leica.
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I've posted this on RFF before, but here's a sample of this lens and color film (Portra):

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Super-glue some plastic in the catch for the infinity lock (disabling the latch), then you can put the button back and not risk losing it.
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this is a super little lens



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Canon 50/1.8 at 2.0:

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Raid, your Canon 50/1.8 looks a little dim; some haze perhaps? That look is not my experience with that lens at all. I found it shockingly crisp. I sold mine perhaps eight months ago for about $180. It was in excellent shape. Isn't there something about the black ones being later and somehow more desirable than the all chrome ones? Or is it vice versa?
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This photo session was done in low light beside a window, and all lenses used showed such dimness.
I had my lens recently cleaned, but I have two of them. Maybe the one used here needs cleaning for haze removal? No clue.
The images in the lens comparison are tiny crops from the images.
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Shot with a Canon 50mm f1.8 (later black and silver version) on a Canon P, I believe. One of my favorite photographs ever, of my daughter Zora on the walk to school.



Another favorite shot with this combo.

These lenses used to be so cheap and unloved. I'm glad they are loved now, but not so much about the end of the first part!
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Lovely shots, dreilly! My Canon 50/1.8 was cleaned and adjusted last year by Sherry Krauter. Here's a sample shot after I got the lens back:

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Here's one more shot (which i also posted on another thread) which shows the sharpness of this lens after a cleaning:

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Maybe I should get this lens cleaned again.
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apparently, this lens is set up to take great pictures of daughters.
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I have two chrome lenses. I like chrome lenses with old cameras,
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It's also really spendid on a IIIf. I sold mine when I got the Canon 50/1.4. You're all making me regret it.... These pictures were taken with it and a Canon P.

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That's the difference, if you don't fix it in CR or PS, between when one scans a bw neg in color mode or in bw mode. The "warm" one is the color scan.
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apparently, this lens is set up to take great pictures of daughters.
All lenses take great pictures of daughters (the last one of yours is a gem).
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Have some pictures here of the "all-black" 50/1.8 lenses??

Which are the correct one for black cameras, but for some reasons seems to be even rarer.
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It's also really spendid on a IIIf. I sold mine when I got the Canon 50/1.4. You're all making me regret it.... These pictures were taken with it and a Canon P.

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Nice pics! I too had this dilemma, started off with a 50 f1.8, gotten a 50 1.4 from maiku...and was considering to sell my 50 f1.8 away but then, i didnt...i took this lens with me to countries that were a little harsh for travelling...so wont feel too painful in the event that i lost it or dropped it..

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Just picked up a later version (vIII perhaps) this morning on a Yashica YF. To say it has a haze would be an understatement. More like looking through ground glass. I ever get it cleaned, then I know by the photos here that I have a good lens. It's very classy looking on the YF.

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It has been noted that Canon ltm lenses used lubricants that tended to generate haze, but many (if not most) times that can be cleaned away. I've seen some good work by Essex w/ a fast turnaround time.

My sample is a version II (the first chrome and black).

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All lenses take great pictures of daughters (the last one of yours is a gem).
thanks. it's one of my favorites.
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What is the close focus distance of this lens?
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What is the close focus distance of this lens?
Three feet, IIRC. I don't have the lens in front of me right now.
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The last marking on mine is at 3.5ft, but then that goes past the center mark on the camera to the IR mark, so it could be 3ft.

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The last marking on mine is at 3.5ft, but then that goes past the center mark on the camera to the IR mark, so it could be 3ft.

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Just checked mine - distance is in meters, but close focus goes past 1 meter so I'm thinking it's 3 ft.
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Damn. Impressive images in this thread. The samples I see from this lens always have such a nice rendering. I'm particularly fond of the colors. Wow.

I don't need another 50mm lens, I don't need another 50mm lens, I don't need another 50mm lens,
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I've been shooting mostly medium format or with wider angle lenses recently. I really need to take this lens out again soon. Here is a quick shot with it before I cleaned some of the haze out of the lens.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/cannelbrae/5624009974/

I just took another - it looks like I didn't get as much as I thought. I'll have to give it another go and take the lens out again soon.
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