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Canon Manual Lens

LensWars: Canon FDn 35mm f/2.0 vs. Minolta MD 35mm f/1.8

Canon New FD 35mm 1:2.0 vs Minolta MD 35mm 1:1.8

35mm focal distance is on the second place by popularity after ‘fifties’ and it makes the fighting for ‘best 35mm lens’ award very important. Additionally, these pair of fast 35mm – Minolta MD and Canon FDn – are mostly known and can be named as legendary lenses. It’s strange for me that I can’t find head-to-head comparison in internet. So, let’s make it.

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LensWars: Canon FDn 50mm f/1.2 vs. Minolta MD 50mm f/1.2

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.2, Canon New FD 50mm 1:1.2

This comparison is very important for the honor of both manufacturing companies. Especially for Canon, because this company exists until now. Minolta has nothing to lose, you know. That’s why additionally to the test on infinity distance I’ve made the comparison on close distance with field curvature compensation. Two different tests with different approach will help to better understanding the behavior of these lenses.

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LensWars: Canon FDn 50mm f/1.2 vs. Canon FDn 50mm f/1.4

I hope that comparison with such level of precision and details will be enough to full answer for the question about advantages of these two lenses.

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Review: Canon FDn 50mm f:1.2

Canon New FD 50mm 1:1.2 lens review.

This lens is always stays in the shadow of top rated ‘L’ designed with using of aspherical elements, but it looks unfair – too big difference in prices with much less difference in IQ.

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LensWars: Canon FDn 50mm f/1.4 vs. Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4

This comparison is correct only for conditions and equipment used for tests. Test results can be differ if any element is changed.

I consider this article to be the my most serious attempt to answer the question – which 50mm F1.4 lens is better – Canon New FD or Minolta MD.
There are many such comparisons on the Internet. But not one of the known for me does not satisfy me. The reasons are different: some has been made on a crop camera, some compares 58mm lens with a 50mm lens from the same distance, some compares Canon New FD with Minolta Old MC. Someone simply makes mistakes in focusing, or does not remember about the field curvature. Or performs the tests at a distance of 50 cm and in the center only.

But this is a very important comparison. The fact is that such lenses, 50/1.4 – are the main point of the product lines for all serious companies. Having of the best fast fifty in production line can be named as ‘companies honor’. Even for today. As you can see, I understand the responsibility.

Regarding to Canon FDn 50/1.4 and Minolta MD 50/1.4: both lenses are very similar. Flange focal distance is 41.9mm for Canon and 43.50mm for Minolta. Both are from the last product lines of the pre-autofocus era. Both were in production at the same time. Both have the same schemes – 7 elements in 6 groups, ‘planars’. Both even look similar. Prices on auctions are very close.. Etc. OK, let’s do the comparison
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LensWars: Canon S 50mm f/1.4 I vs. Canon S 50mm f/1.5 Serenar vs. Canon S 50mm f/1.8 I Serenar vs. Super Rokkor 50mm f/1.8 vs. Super Rokkor 50mm f/2.0 vs. Minolta MD 50 f/1.4

Comparison of lenses with LTM mount: Canon S 50mm 1:1.4 I vs. Canon S 50mm 1:1.5 Serenar vs. Canon S 50mm 1:1.8 I Serenar vs. Super Rokkor 50mm 1:1.8 vs. Super Rokkor 50mm 1:2.0 vs. Minolta MD 50 1:1.4

This comparison is correct only for conditions and equipment used for tests. Test results can be differ if any element is changed.

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Review: Canon S 50mm f/1.8 I Serenar

Lens review: Canon 50mm 1:1.8 Serenar Japan LTM/LSM/m39.

One of the lens which can be recommend for all who interesting history of photography – еhis is one of those, after which the center of the photo-industry has moved to Japan. Continue reading Review: Canon S 50mm f/1.8 I Serenar

Review: Canon S 50mm f/1.5 Serenar

Another Canon (or Serenar) 50mm F1.5 LTM/LSM/m39 lens review.

One of the best feeling in hands lenses by my opinion – are Canon Serenars series. And this 50/1.5 isn’t exclusion. Continue reading Review: Canon S 50mm f/1.5 Serenar