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The need for speed: Canon 50mm f/0.95 (Leica M-mount) and the Canon 50mm f/1.2 (Canon FD mount)


Canon 50mm f/0.95 M-mount
If you care about your money you will not spend more than $2.000 for the Canon 50mm f/0.95 M-mount lens manual focusing lens! Nevertheless there is a flickr group (with 576 members!) that has a nice picture collection. The name of the group is “Canon 50mm f/0.95 “Dream Lens”. You can find some image taken with MicroFourThirds cameras (like here for example with the E-PL1).
Now it’s time for a little bit of camera porn: See the lens attached on the Panasonic GH1 (Fredmiranda) and on the Olympus E-P1 (DChome).
You can get the lens on eBay (click here to check out current auctions)

Canon 50mm f/1.2 FD-mount
Canon FD mount lenses are generally high-quality and also cheap lenses. So don’t mind to use the Canon 50mm f/1.2 FD-mount on your MicroFourThirds camera! Some image samples are available here on dpreview forum or flickr.
And now again some cameraporn: The lens on the GF1 (Flickr), on the E-P1 (Rangefinderforum)
You can get the lens on eBay (click here to check out current auctions)

Feel free to comment this post to add share your experience and pictures!

  • I own the outstanding Minolta MD 50mm f/1.2. I am still looking for a copy of the Minolta MC 58mm f/1.2 which has an even nicer bokeh and is almost as sharp as the MD 50mm.

    I can recommend Minolta MD lenses in general for adaptation to 4/3.

  • Brod1er

    Camera porn = initially eye catching but ultimately unsatisfying and not in your best interests!

    20mm f1.7 is all you need – fast (enough), sharp, light, compact, cheap, AF. If panasonic’s rumoured 50mm f1.2 exists, all these old skool lenses can be put back in the cupboard.

  • Worth noting: Technically there’s no such thing as a “Canon 50mm f/0.95 M-mount lens” — it was made only in a special mount for the Canon 7 and 7s rangefinder cameras, and also sold by Canon with an adapter for use on C-mount video cameras. Getting an M mount onto one of these requires a custom adaptation that usually costs at least a couple of hundred dollars to have done by a professional (although some people have done DIY conversions successfully.)

    I agree that if the Pana 50/1.2 exists, it will remove the need for a lot of these adaptations… but not for people who like the distinctive “look” these exotic old lenses produce. I own the Canon and also a modern Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 — the Voigtlander is much sharper, contrastier, and more suitable for conventional-looking pictures, but I still like the 50/0.95 for its distinctive sharp but “dreamy” look.

  • spanky

    I love the look my Canon FL 55/1.2 gives. It’s very close to the 50/0.95, and it was a LOT less expensive.

  • J.D.

    Very sexy camera/lens combos :-).

    @Brod1er: the 20mm F1.7 is an awesome lens but without a 50mm companion it just can’t do it all :-( Here’s hoping our Panasonic 50mm F1.2 dreams come true ;-)

  • Luke

    I love VINTAGE camera porn. More please.

    • Sandy

      For low cost, a 50 1.4 or 1.2 is obviously the way to go. Every major SLR brand has a 1.4 that is at least reasonable, and many have 1.2s.

      For more money, the M-mount Voigtlander 50 1.1 looks awfully good:

      That’s a new lens, with a warranty and modern coatings, for $999. I’d say a far better buy than an older lens that sells at collector prices.

      I think it likely Cosine/Voigtlander will release an m43 version of that lens. They’ve announced a 25/0.95 in m43 already:

  • I have a Canon 50mm F0.95 and a Panasonic GH2.

    Does any one know of any adapter that will allow me to mount the 0.95 on the GH2, without converting it to a Leica mount first?


  • ronit

    What a lens (f/0.95). I got the canon FD 1.2 55mm lens (chrome nose early version) by chance when I was out hunting 50mils for my 60D. although old, used and full of fungus, I bought 2 f/1.2s and cleaned out the fungus and converted it for canon EOS system. Since u don’t require any communication with MF lens and EOS bodies, manual focus lens are the way to go simply cause they feel heavy, beautifully made both aesthetically and functionally and the canon f/0.95 tops the list.

    For me f/2.8 is preferable choice, I mostly love these lens for their beauty. they are the perfect match for any DSLR!

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