Category Archives: Nifty-Fifties

X-Fujinon 50mm f1.9

X-Fujinon lenses use the Fuji Photo Film Co. X Bayonet mount, not to be confused with the new Fujifilm XM Mount for their mirrorless digital cameras.

This lens, the 50mm f1.9, had to have been the standard kit lens for the Fuji line of lightweight (plastic) SLR cameras. There is one cheaper, the 55mm f2.2, which can be found with both the earlier M42 mount, as well as the X Bayonet mount.

Overall, the mechanical quality of the lens seem very low. Except for the lens mount itself, and the aperture, everything else appears to be made with plastic, including the focusing coils. Focus is very loose on this particular lens. The glass seems to good, and overall contrast is good.

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Cosinon 50mm f1.8 M42

Found this beautiful little lens on an Argus/Cosina STL 1000. As I understand it, Cosina manufactured most of their own lenses, except a few 1.2 and 1.4 lenses made by Tomioka. In test shots, this looks like a great combination of features for a nifty fifty lens. At 1.8, images are sharp in the middle, with a slight glow to the highlights, and going to somewhat soft around the edges (even with an APS-C digital sensor). Stop down to 5.6, and sharpness is great from edge to edge. I would guess this is the standard kit lens for this camera. It’s a winner on digital!

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