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50mm lens test

Which is your favourite 50mm lens for bokeh wide open ?


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newghost

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Rounded a few popular 50mm lenses and took them out for a spin...



From left to right; Nikkor SC 50mm f1.4 ltm, Canon 50mm f1.5 ltm, Summarit 50mm f1.5 ltm, Zeiss ZM 50mm f1.5, Summilux 50mm f1.4 pre-asph.

Shot them all hand held on my M9, iso set to 160 in aperture priority mode. Bokeh test to follow...

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Rounded a few popular 50mm lenses and took them out for a spin...



From left to right; Nikkor SC 50mm f1.4 ltm, Canon 50mm f1.5 ltm, Summarit 50mm f1.5 ltm, Zeiss ZM 50mm f1.5, Summilux 50mm f1.4 pre-asph.

Shot them all hand held on my M9, iso set to 160 in aperture priority mode. Bokeh test to follow...

:)
DROOL!!!
 

newghost

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~ Wide Open ~

Nikkor SC 50mm f1.4 ltm


Canon 50mm f1.5 ltm


Summarit 50mm f1.5 ltm


Zeiss ZM 50mm f1.5


Summilux 50mm f1.4 pre-asph
 

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newghost

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~ F2 ~

Nikkor SC 50mm f1.4 ltm


Canon 50mm f1.5 ltm


Summarit 50mm f1.5 ltm


Zeiss ZM 50mm f1.5


Summilux 50mm f1.4 pre-asph
 

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newghost

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~ F2.8 ~

Nikkor SC 50mm f1.4 ltm


Canon 50mm f1.5 ltm


Summarit 50mm f1.5 ltm


Zeiss ZM 50mm f1.5


Summilux 50mm f1.4 pre-asph
 

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newghost

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~ F4 ~

Nikkor SC 50mm f1.4 ltm


Canon 50mm f1.5 ltm


Summarit 50mm f1.5 ltm


Zeiss ZM 50mm f1.5


Summilux 50mm f1.4 pre-asph
 

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newghost

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~ F8 ~

Nikkor SC 50mm f1.4 ltm


Canon 50mm f1.5 ltm


Summarit 50mm f1.5 ltm


Zeiss ZM 50mm f1.5


Summilux 50mm f1.4 pre-asph
 

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pikapig

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I personally felt that the canon and nikkor are pretty close...wide open really nice...

Summarit seems to get better once stop down at f2 - f2.8 onwards...

ZM is performing well throughout...is this the newer design as it got a modern look in the pics:)

Nice comparison Ed!
 

newghost

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I personally felt that the canon and nikkor are pretty close...wide open really nice...

Summarit seems to get better once stop down at f2 - f2.8 onwards...

ZM is performing well throughout...is this the newer design as it got a modern look in the pics:)

Nice comparison Ed!
Thanks bro! The summarit is soft and has a swirl wide open which is nice to some and poison to others! My ZM copy is optimized for f2.8 I should mention, its modern clinical as expected!

Well, I won't stop here as yet, will be bringing the lenses out next few days to get more comparison in. Watch the space... :)
 

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I enjoyed this very much. Thanks. With M9, suddenly lens comparison is so fun.

From your samples, i like the summarit bokeh the best.
 

newghost

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I enjoyed this very much. Thanks. With M9, suddenly lens comparison is so fun.

From your samples, i like the summarit bokeh the best.
Thanks my friends! :)

While having coffee, i shot some more today...

Starbucks @ NTU North Spine, M9 hand held, iso 400, awb and aperture priority

In the hood for :heart:
 

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pikapig

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summarit got flare at f8...

as usual i prefer the canon n nikkor
 

newghost

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summarit got flare at f8...

as usual i prefer the canon n nikkor
Already flaring at f4 if you look again... as for the ZM Sonnar, the bokeh balls are pretty harsh, quite irritating as a matter of fact!

For the second round, i'd go with you on the Canon & Nikkor! :)

Let's see some B&W soon...
 

paapoopa

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but it still gets the highest vote wor.
 

wonglp

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Thanks my friends! :)

While having coffee, i shot some more today...

Starbucks @ NTU North Spine, M9 hand held, iso 400, awb and aperture priority

In the hood for :heart:
so nearby never jio! haha, nice comparison bro. wide open, summarit for me. nikkor is close 2nd. this thread gonna send the lens prices to the roof...someone posted the summarit for sale
 

newghost

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Yeah, suprisingly ugly bokeh balls. WTF

Excellent comparison btw :thumbsup:
prolly voted before that photo went up :bsmilie:

personally, of the five lenses i like the summilux pre ashp the best :think:
Thanks Jon, I can understand why you like the summilux!

I think those that polled earlier after the first round would/might have a change of :heart: after looking at the 2nd test...
 

newghost

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so nearby never jio! haha, nice comparison bro. wide open, summarit for me. nikkor is close 2nd. this thread gonna send the lens prices to the roof...someone posted the summarit for sale
Thanks bro, i'll hit you up soon, would love to have your J-3 & Nokton 50/1.5 for a quick run out too! ;)

Lens prices already sky high as it is and yes, Annabel is selling her Summarit and at a good price too! Fast hand fast leg!!!
 

wonglp

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Thanks bro, i'll hit you up soon, would love to have your J-3 & Nokton 50/1.5 for a quick run out too! ;)

Lens prices already sky high as it is and yes, Annabel is selling her Summarit and at a good price too! Fast hand fast leg!!!
summarit sold liao loh, u can pick both up anytime before i sell off too haha...
 

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