Showcase Canon 5cm F2 Serenar

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Mount Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Brian, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I picked this lens up for $50 at a Photorama Show from my favorite dealer. He knows exactly how rare it is, under 2000 made. This one was missing the infinity lock button, needed a CLA. I hade aspare release button from a parts 50/1.5, cleaned the helical, cleaned the front and rear surfaces, did not open it up.

    This lens is a classic 1-2-2-1 double Gauss, very similar to the Leica Summar but the glass elements are wider diameter- closer to the Summitar. This is done to reduce vignetting. The lens uses 40mm filters, and is in a single-helical, collapsible mount. It is well made, and looks good for being almost 70. The surfaces are hard coated, some cleaning marks on this one- but nothing bad.

    At F4,

    37156398584_e3e69a6de3_b. L1022450 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    37156398014_b3ed2d4b6b_b. L1022455 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    37156397334_1571bcd28a_b. L1022456 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    to my eye- much less flare than the Summar.
     
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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    And at F2- "dig that wild-bokeh"...

    37866145121_d81429979c_b. L1022462 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    37156396794_d23000e603_b. L1022469 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    This is Canon's first Fast-Fifty, made it's way onto the market in 1947, produced through 1949 when replaced by the 50mm F1.9 Serenar. You would think that nothing but marketing to beat Nikon's 5cm F2- but in addition to the slightly faster speed, the F1.9 version has a redesigned mount with double-helical.
     
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    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
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