There is a vast amount of affordable and very good 1.4/50 lenses out there and I think the Canon new FD 50 1.4 is one of the sharpest and most affordable.
What is a L-bracket?
A L-bracket is a peace of metal which serves about three functions:
- It makes it possible to mount the camera in portrait orientation on a tripod
- It is a more solid connection to the camera than quick release plates because it has a much bigger area of contact to the camera.
- It increases the size of the grip and makes holding the camera easier.
For me an L-brackets has improved the everyday experience of my Sony Alpha 7 and I think too few people know about L-brackets so I want to share my experience in this post.
I wanted to see how my new FE 2/28 compares against my older manual lenses, so I ran a comparison between four lenses:
- The Minolta MD 2.8/28 is very small, light and affordable
- The Carl Zeiss Distagon 2.8/28 T* enjoys a very good reputation and it is a bit more expensive at around 250€.
- The Minolta MC 2/28 is the oldest and fastest of the bunch, it was introduced in 1975. My copy has some fungus in it and other copies might be better.
- The Sony FE 2/28 is brand new and the most expensive one at 450€.
I have owned the Canon FD 2.8/20 for about a year now and I am mostly happy with it’s performance. Now I got the chance to test it against the smaller and lighter Minolta MD 20mm 1:2.8. So, how do they compare?
|Canon FD 2.8/20||Minolta MD 2.8/20|
|Short focusing distance||25cm||25cm|
After I published the Minolta List several kind people offered to lent me Minolta lenses so I had a MD 2/85 and MC 1.7/85 plus several of my own lenses and made this test to see where the strengths and weaknesses of each lens are.
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I also tested foreground bokeh but the differences here were less noticeable The reason might be that my test setup wasn#t very good. You can find it here.