Maginon series g 50mm 1.7

Front view of a Maginon Auto 50mm 1.7 lens
Front view of a Maginon Auto 50mm 1.7 lens
Maginon-serie G MC Auto 50mm 1.7

Focal Lenght: 50mm
Max Apeture: 1.7 – 16
Lens Mount: FD
Min. Focus: 0.45 mm
Filter Size: 52mm
Weight: Forgot to weight it.
Coated: MC

LENS STORY

This lens was a gift from a kind German gentleman – it came with a Canon T50 – both in pristine condition. 

HANDLING

This lens is tiny – I can compare it to an Olympus OM 50mm 1.8 in size, although it might be just a bit smaller.

The build quality is pretty poor – it’s time for a cliche! This. lens. feels. cheap. You should be able to tell how cheap by the previous sentence.

When you hold and use it – you can almost see a picture of two executives talking 

– Hey, we have glass and plastic and other stuff and I’ve heard  those guys at Canon/Nikon/ETC. make a lot of money selling lenses.

– Yeah, we should be able to sell some lenses. How hard can it be?

That short summary is how this lens feels – not like a photographer’s tool, made to help you bring your vision to life, but like an item, made for the sole purpose of selling it.

OPTICAL PERFORMANCE

Wide open this lens isn’t the sharpest len in the proverbial lens shed. Images have low contrast and are glowy – stopping down doesn’t improve things too much – my copy seems to have an ever present glow. (Can you guess what I didn’t know back when writing the review? Spherical Aberrations.)

Bokeh? Here’s the fun part – when stopped down to f2.8 or f4 this lens shows “ninja-star” bokeh, which some love, others hate. I personally like it.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The final verdict? If this lens comes with a camera body you like/want/obsess over – get it. If not just get any old 50mm – it’ll probably be better, albeit be a little bigger and heavier. (*cough* Helios 42)

I would personally pass this one up.