I notice I’ve been a bit light on the gear-related content lately – not for lack of acquisition, mind you, but I suppose I felt it had been a bit too frequent for a spell there. But fear not, Your Humble Filmosaur remains fond of cameras and all the things that go along with them, so there will be more of this sort of thing coming.
For now, please take a moment to welcome the newest arrival to my burgeoning Leica Thread Mount lens collection, a lovely Canon 50 f/1.5, which will live on my Canon P as the standard lens for that camera. This means my Jupiter-8 50 f/2 can go back to the FED-2 where it was originally intended to reside.
The 50/1.5 is, unlike all the other Canon rangefinder lenses, a Sonnar design. This means it has a particular look to images produced with it, characterized by smooth softening in the corners and creamy soft (why do I feel like I’m selling ice cream or Kleenex all of a sudden?) bokeh. It is quite flare-resistant, and rather sharp when stopped down. I’ve been very pleased with the look of my Sonnar-type Jupiter-8, so when the opportunity to get the relatively rare Canon lens sprung up, I grabbed it.
It also weighs a ton. It’s all brass and chrome, and mounted on the P I feel like I’m dragging around a small anchor that also happens to take pictures. Not that I’m complaining – I tend to like the stability provided by heavy cameras – but it is noticeable from the moment you pick it up.
Rather than paying some absurd amount for the original hood, which is rather rare, I’ve got a generic Series VI hood with a slip-on adapter. It’s not ideal, as the hood can slip off if you’re not careful, but it’s serviceable for now. Plus I can use my various Series VI filters, which is nice.
So that’s it for now. You can expect to see more photos from this lens soon, as I’ve already shot several rolls with it. So far I’m nothing but pleased with my decision.