It arrived today. After a couple of months looking at cheap, fast 50s I ended up picking up a Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM for the M9. I came across this copy from a seller Japan for a little over $200. This lens’ main rival in price, performance and speed would probably be the Jupiter 3. Both of these are 50mm f/1.4 lenses from the 50s/60s and both can be had for roughly the same price.
I don’t know a lot about this lens and nearly everything I do know has been picked up from reading a few posts here and there, but most of what I know comes from Jason Howe’s excellent write-up. Take a look at his post for some outstanding photos, technical information and samples of the lens taken on a few different bodies.
According to the serial number this lens appears to be one of the last few Type I lenses off the line before the Type II was introduced. Since the lens has only been in my hands for a few hours it is hard to draw any solid conclusion, but I can say that I’m looking forward to heading out with this lens and getting to know it a lot better.
All of the photos posted here have been edited to taste from DNG files with Adobe Lightroom 5 and Silver Efex Pro 2. Additionally, I shot the lens exclusively wide open at f/1.4 tonight at a variety of shutter speeds and ISO values.