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Canon LTM 50mm 1.5 "Sonnar" Photos Please!
Old 02-22-2010   #1
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Canon LTM 50mm 1.5 "Sonnar" Photos Please!

I couldnt find a thread like this from before, so.....

Post your photos from Canon 50mm 1.5 LTM "Sonnar" lens,pls.
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Old 02-22-2010   #4
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Yeah, and now post please where I can find one in good shape, they disappeared from ebay lately
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Old 02-22-2010   #5
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Keep looking squinza, you will find one. Have you considered the ZM 50/1.5? I sold my Canon 50/1.5 and got one of those instead - bigger, yes, but better contrast wide-open without losing that sonnar-look.

However, the Canon is also nice:

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Keep looking squinza, you will find one. Have you considered the ZM 50/1.5? I sold my Canon 50/1.5 and got one of those instead - bigger, yes, but better contrast wide-open without losing that sonnar-look.
Hi kully, I really love old canon lenses, and 50mm above all. Everybody seems to go crazy for the sonnar look of the Canon, so I fell like giving it a try.
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Last one for now. Sorry for posting so many...

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Yeah, and now post please where I can find one in good shape, they disappeared from ebay lately
That's it, I have a mint one that I'm going to sell. I'm going to put up the ad this weekend.
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I just got the 40->43 step up ring, and will be putting the IR Cut on some of my canon 50's. Yours looks spot-on for wide-open and close-up. I changed the shim on mine, I believe it had been opimized for F2.8~F4 like the newer SOnnars.

I had the 50/1.4 on it yesterday, and focus was perfect on the M8.
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Old 03-02-2010   #17
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Tooffy- yours looks like it was optimized for use wide-open. I changed the shim on mine, added 0.1mm, to use at F1.5. Before that, it was best at F4 and compared poorly against the Nikkor-S 5cm F1.4. My personal opinion is that Canon optimized it for use stopped down, and that is why it never got the fame of the Nikon Sonnar.
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Brian - I recall Dante Stella saying this lens was best at f4, and my own experience fits. My example shows less veiling flare and more contrast at f1.5 than my "Tokyo" Nikkor, but I use the Nikkor more. The Canon is a beautifully-made lens though, and great with color.


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Lovely shots, John, and I completely agree that the Canon does something special w/ color. Here's one at f.4:



Mine seems to work well enough wide open, though:

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I agree with Dante that the lens was shimmed for F4, at least mine was. I changed it.

When testing this lens on the same roll as three J-3's, a Nikkor 5cm F1.4, and a Canon 50/1.4, the focus seemed slightly off but was perfect at F4. With a Sonnar formula lens, you have to pick the sweet spot.
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Tooffy- yours looks like it was optimized for use wide-open. I changed the shim on mine, added 0.1mm, to use at F1.5. Before that, it was best at F4 and compared poorly against the Nikkor-S 5cm F1.4. My personal opinion is that Canon optimized it for use stopped down, and that is why it never got the fame of the Nikon Sonnar.
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I'm not sure but I almost always use it wide open at about closest focusing distance and the photos turn out very good.
I'm sure glad that mine turns out that way!
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I agree with Dante that the lens was shimmed for F4, at least mine was. I changed it.

When testing this lens on the same roll as three J-3's, a Nikkor 5cm F1.4, and a Canon 50/1.4, the focus seemed slightly off but was perfect at F4. With a Sonnar formula lens, you have to pick the sweet spot.
Now that you've shimmed it for f/1.5, does the focus seem slightly off at smaller apertures, or does increasing DoF cover the error?
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Brian - I recall Dante Stella saying this lens was best at f4, and my own experience fits. My example shows less veiling flare and more contrast at f1.5 than my "Tokyo" Nikkor, but I use the Nikkor more. The Canon is a beautifully-made lens though, and great with color.
Nice pics, John.

You sure you have compared the Canon to the Nikkor at f1.5 ? Because, the Nikkor's veiling flare disappears quickly when closed down only a teeny bit .... In my experience at least.

And a Canon pic for the OP:


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Actually, these pics have convinced me not to sell my canon 50/1.5, but to use it on my soon to buy m8 - thanks for that ! Now, how can I determine backfocus and how can I optimize it for wide open ?
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Just returned from the states where I took shipment on my Canon 50 as cleaned by Sherry. I very much look forward to the results, although I'm rather curious what she optimized it for during cleaning.
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Can you take a look at the test results and tell me whether my lens is optimized for 1.5 or for 4.0?

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These shots show more clarity at 4.0 than at 2.0.

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Ok, time for my samples. The lens is being tested, and seems like focusing W.O. and near is unreliable - it front focuses. Don't know, could be the adapter or something else. Gotta take some studio shot and figure it out.
In the meantime...
This one is @about f/2, I got lucky as there's no trace of flare


This is f/8, I definitely love the contrast of the lens. And, if stopped down, it delivers a perfectly usable image, even if my sample is a bit dirty inside...


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I need to clean the lens, at f/1.5 it flares terribly, and got to figure out the front focusing problem...
This one is probably wide open:
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I tried cleaning my lens, with mixed results...




This is f/1.5, now contrast seems to be all right, and flare is back to a normal level:




And, last, a portrait:


This lens is a real gem! It's the first I reach for when I need a 50mm!
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Very nice shots, squinza. I like the one of the padlocks especially. Looks like you've got a great sample!
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Very nice shots, squinza. I like the one of the padlocks especially. Looks like you've got a great sample!
Thank you very much!
Since I cleaned it up a little it has noticeably improved, now I need an ir-cut filter for shooting in colour!
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Wide-open from a few years back. (they really do grow up fast!)

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Thank you very much!
Since I cleaned it up a little it has noticeably improved, now I need an ir-cut filter for shooting in colour!
Let us know what solution you go with there, as there aren't any 40mm IR cut filters around....
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Wide-open from a few years back. (they really do grow up fast!)

Very nice! I often have trouble nailing the focus wide open and up close with this lens.

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Here's my Sonnar shots. It's my favorite lens

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Here's a little more Canon "Sonnar" bokeh:

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Wow the thread has come back to life
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