Thursday, February 20, 2014
Yashica ML 50mm 1:1.7
A couple of years ago I bought a Yashica FX-3 Super at the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. The FX-3 came with a Sakar 35-200mm lens which I wasn't real impressed by. So I had been hoping to find a Yashica lens in the C/Y mount. I found one last fall at the same Covered Bridge Festival. It came on a Yashica FX-2 for a price that I would have been happy to pay for the lens alone. Then for some reason I forgot about the purchase till a short time ago. Once the Yashica ML 50 f/1.7 again came into my awareness I decided to give it a test. Now the snowy, cold conditions here in Illinois don't make it as pleasant to pop out and take some photos as it usually is. For some reason I don't feel very creative when walking in a foot of snow with wind chills near zero. Probably the milder winters here in recent years have spoiled me. Anyway my experience taking these photos has put me off doing any camera testing until the conditions outdoors improve.
One new thing that I did learn about this lens is that there may be two versions. The older version says "YASHICA LENS ML 50mm 1:1.7 YASHICA MADE IN JAPAN". This version is probably a Yashica DSB lens. The newer version says "YASHICA LENS ML 50mm 1:1.7 MADE IN JAPAN". That lens is said to be made with a Zeiss design and glass. Now these two versions might be the reason why there seems to be such a different in experience that people have with this lens. It looks like my version is one of the older design.
The image above is the only one I was able to get with the lens wide-open. It may not be as sharp as it could have been since I may have been shaking from the cold. Despite the cold it does look like the Yashica ML 50mm f/1.7 is a competent lens. I probably will use it again when the weather is fairer. I also think I will be on the look-out for one of the newer versions to make my own comparison.