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Just picked up a Canon 50mm f1.5 Leica LTM
Old 02-05-2019   #1
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Just picked up a Canon 50mm f1.5 Leica LTM

It has haze but at the price l could not resist it, (£99), and so a Canon 50mm f1.5 LTM enters my lens collection. I shall shoot it for a few rolls before deciding whether to send it for a CLA
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Of course it gives me an excuse to try and pick up a Canon P to pair with it
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Such a lens used to go for $400, so you got a good buy here.
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I picked up one, cheap, last year ($125.00 USD). The price was so low because the lens had interior cleaning marks. I bought it thinking I could clean it. Turns out I couldn’t remove the cleaning marks, they’re there for good. No matter, cleaning marks or not, the lens delivers a nice image with that classic sonnar-look. It is heavy though, being chrome-on-brass and with all of that glass, but for the price, I’m not complaining.

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Such a lens used to go for $400, so you got a good buy here.
many thanks, got lucky for once normally l am not so lucky
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I picked up one, cheap, last year ($125.00 USD). The price was so low because the lens had interior cleaning marks. I bought it thinking I could clean it. Turns out I couldn’t remove the cleaning marks, they’re there for good. No matter, cleaning marks or not, the lens delivers a nice image with that classic sonnar-look. It is heavy though, being chrome-on-brass and with all of that glass, but for the price, I’m not complaining.

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Glad you got a bargain, hopefully i got one too
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These are easy to take apart if you want to clean it yourself
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Forget the P, it looks best on a nice IVSB2!

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The lens is a personal favourite. You were lucky to get one. Enjoy!
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These are easy to take apart if you want to clean it yourself
Maybe too easy. That's why mine has internal cleaning marks.

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I bought one a few years ago at a local shop and got a deal as it was hazy. Five minutes work and it was clean as a whistle.

These peaked at about $700 a few years ago. They are the fast Sonnar bargain now!
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any real difference between the Canon f1.4 and f1.5 being more rare...
they are Both sonnars, right ?
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The 1.4 is a double-gauss if I’m not mistaken
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I also skipped P for 50 1.8. P does the same as R do. Lensing up.
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The 1.4 is a double-gauss if Iím not mistaken
Indeed.
1.2 and 0.95 are both 7/5 ???
1.4 and 1.8: double-gauss (Planar)
1.5: Sonnar
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2.8 and 3.5: Tessar
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I like the 1.5 also. It's colors are a little colder than some of the other 50mm sonars.

I can't believe how cheap these, and other previous "cult" lenses have become. I'm glad I didn't hoard, and usually sold any extras I didn't use. But still have about ten 50 mm classics! These great 1.5 lenses are selling as cheap as the 1.8 now. It's funny, I just looked at the Soviet J-3 F1.5, in the cheap aluminum mount. Those are averaging higher than either! It used to be the J-3 was about $100, the Canon 1.8 about $150, and the 1.5 about $400. Now it's almost reversed. The Canon 1.2 used to be $900, I don't want to look, I have two. Looks like the Canon 1.4 is at the top of the price heap now.
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looks good in black too.

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I like the 1.5 also. It's colors are a little colder than some of the other 50mm sonars.

I can't believe how cheap these, and other previous "cult" lenses have become. I'm glad I didn't hoard, and usually sold any extras I didn't use. But still have about ten 50 mm classics! These great 1.5 lenses are selling as cheap as the 1.8 now. It's funny, I just looked at the Soviet J-3 F1.5, in the cheap aluminum mount. Those are averaging higher than either! It used to be the J-3 was about $100, the Canon 1.8 about $150, and the 1.5 about $400. Now it's almost reversed. The Canon 1.2 used to be $900, I don't want to look, I have two. Looks like the Canon 1.4 is at the top of the price heap now.
J-3, J-8 are not having hazing issues as Canon LTM 50mm lenses. My first 50 1.8 has haze between glued elements.
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looks good in black too. ..
Who painted the lens black?

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These are easy to take apart if you want to clean it yourself
not sure l could trust myself
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very very nice indeed
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The lens is a personal favourite. You were lucky to get one. Enjoy!
I hope so

Many thanks l will put a few rolls through determine if it needs a clean
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I bought one a few years ago at a local shop and got a deal as it was hazy. Five minutes work and it was clean as a whistle.

These peaked at about $700 a few years ago. They are the fast Sonnar bargain now!
Are they easy to unscrew what tools will l need
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any real difference between the Canon f1.4 and f1.5 being more rare...
they are Both sonnars, right ?
not sure to be honest Helen, but one thing l know is that they are uncommon
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looks good in black too.

woah man, seriously cool camera
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are they easy to unscrew what tools wil l need
You just need a lens spanner. Come in from the back. Easy peasy.

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The three Canon Sonnar lenses that I have are 35/1.5....... 50/1.5....... and 85/1.5.
The 35/1.5 and the 85/1.5 both have been referred to as "dogs", which is inaccurate. They are fine lenses.
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This is a cool website! They do very interesting work there. Thanks.
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Here I compare the Canon 1.4, 1.5, and 1.8 LTMs at 3 apertures. Below is the Canon 1.5 at F2.8

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Are there any canon L39 lenses that do not have the annoying infinity lock, for use on a Canon 7, or can you recommend another brand that does not have the infinity lock? Looking for a 35 or 50mm.


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The lock on the 1.5 is pretty easy to remove.
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Had not realised the Canon 50 1.5 piece was dropping. Grab one or two before they get “discovered” by an “Influencer” again. I am fond of mine.
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thanks for all the replies chaps, the lens is now in the post
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I got my very clean copy a few years ago from a member here (thanks, again, Roland!), and shoot it on my IVSB2 and my M2. Took it to France this past summer and it performed like a champ. Really a wonderful lens, and not just for portraits.

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