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Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.4 Lens

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Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.4 lens

Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.4 lens

Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.4 lens

Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.4 lens

Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.4 lens

Optical design

Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.4 optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: C/Y (contax/yashica)

Optical design: 7 elements in 6 groups

User reviews (3)

Photos (16)

Tests (0)

Owners (14)

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Average price: $227


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Additional information:

The Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.4  is a fast normal prime lens for Contax / Yashica SLR cameras.

Angle of  view: 46°

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Posted by: photocorner   Date of publication: 03.02.2011

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Photos taken with this lens Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.4:

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Mechanical quality4.605
Optical quality5.005
Pricing / Value4.405
Overall lens rating

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Owner reviews: Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.4

takkub21 01.12.2018 09:22:56
Period of use: 3 months


- good color and good skintone

- good black and white

- cheap than CZ Planar C/Y


- open wide aperture 1.4 have little clouded

- when shoot direct light some detail is missing.


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Leo Koikov 07.11.2016 07:34:01
Period of use: 1 month


Compact, not heavy

Sharp wide open

NO CA from f2. Some CA at f1.4 but my copy has some dust and m.b. fungus inside. Got from KEH listed in  "excellent" condition. Be warned, they stopped postinf pics of real lenses on their site. Only the stock pics!

Excellent bokeh if the background is further than ~3ft


No half-stops. No stops between f1.4 and 2

Front element not recessed, needs hood

A bit nervous bokeh when the background is closer than ~3ft

Veils heavily with direct sun

Shows prominent "stars" with multiple sharp rays with due drops with frontal light falling at ~45 degrees


I don't see any significant difference with my copy of the ML 50mm 1.7. Couldn't compare directly, since 50mm 1.4 does not have f1.7 stop. Do not see a big difference between 8 and 6 aperture blades.

The ML 50mm 1.7 is a sound choice, unless you can't live w/o f1.4