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Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.9 Lens

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Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.9 lens

Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.9 lens

Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.9 lens

Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.9 lens

Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.9 lens

Optical design

Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.9 optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: C/Y (contax/yashica)

Optical design: 6 elements in 5 groups

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Average price: $107


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Additional information:

The Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.9  is a very compact normal prime lens for film  cameras with the Contax/Yashica bayonet mount.

Being faster, this lens is more compact and lighter than the Yashica ML 50mm f/ 2. Optical scheme is slightly altered.

By means of adapters it can be easily used on modern SLR and mirrorles cameras.

The lens is remarkable for its compact size and reliable mechanical build (only metal and glass ). Besides, as is the case with the lenses of the Contax and Carl Zeiss systems, the lens is equipped with very convenient focusing and aperture rings. Focusing process is very easy indeed.

The Yashica ML 50mm f/1.9 forms sharp, especially at the center, and at the same time flexible image with good contrast and beautiful color rendering.

The pictures taken wide open have a rather nice "twisted" bokeh resembling homemade Gelios lenses (see the web link for photos examples below).

The Yashica ML 50mm  f/ 1.9 is a good choice as a kit non-auto focus lens for modern SLR or mirrorless cameras, or  for Yashica /Contax film cameras.

For reference:

Both the company and the trademark Yashica   began in 1949. Now, Yashica is a part of Kyocera.

The company long manufactured  lenses for the Contax SLR system. Moreover, most lenses for Contax, branded Carl Zeiss, were also assembled  at the factories of this company, and only a minor share of them, in Germany.

As for its optical characteristics Yashica lenses are just  a bit worse than those of Carl Zeiss.

Nowadays Yashica does not manufacture lenses.

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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 15.12.2010

Photos taken with this lens Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.9:

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Mechanical quality4.867
Optical quality4.508
Pricing / Value4.717
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