This article is not about the subjects in the photographs. This is not a detailed analysis of the lens itself. Here you can only see some photos taken with an incredible (approximately 30 years old) lens. The following photos have been taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and the Canon FD f 1.4 50mm vintage prime lens which I bought a week ago for 59 EUR on ebay. Canon produced FD mount lenses between 1971 and 1987. So I bought the cheapest FD to M43 adapter I could find on ebay and connected it with my camera. I cannot complain about its quality.
Wide open with 1,4 and a lot sunlight you can see intense purple fringing which gives the photos a soft and “dreamy” look (e.g. the first photo of the woman). I love this look and currently I do not want to take any photos with my much more expensive Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12‑40mm 1:2.8 PRO lens. The look, probably not everybody likes, is just so different to the clean look of my new Olympus lens. With smaller aparture (higher numbers) you can also achieve very sharp photos like the one of the woman with the short hair. Click on it to see it in high resolution.
A 50mm lens on a Micro Four Third camera is definately not the best combination for street photography and capturing scenes in the streets, but currently I just cannot stop taking photos with it and cannot wait to take a potrait of someone with this prime lens. Canon also produced a 28mm, f 2.8 lens. I might buy this too.
- None of the following photos have been edited!
- Please click on the photos to see the full resolution
- This is a manual lens which does not have auto focus. So keep in mind that a lack of sharpness also could have been caused by me and bad focussing.
In the following video (which I found on youtube) you can see some video footage with the Canon lens: