I have the 50/1.8 II and I don't care much for the junky build, and I would like to have a faster 50. I'm concerned about the 50/1.4 because of the AF motor problems many have, and I just don't want to spend 350-400 on something that feels like a compromise. I may eventually end up with the Sigma or the Zeiss, I'm kinda hoping Canon releases an updated one like Nikon just did.
But for now I would like to find an older MF lens and adapt it. I'm assuming since tons and tons of 50s get made it should be fairly cheap, I'm just looking for ideas.
I realize I would need stop down metering, but expect I will be using it wide open a lot anyway. And of course manual focusing. I shoot Canon FD a lot and enjoy it, I may pick up the super-precision screen for my 5D.
So, any ideas? I know the Minolta 55/1.2 is a favorite, but it won't be cheap, and isn't easy to adapt. I'm hoping to spend something close to $100 for lens and adapter, willing to go KEH, ebay, etc. If it will be much more expensive than that, I may just go ahead and get the Canon 1.4.
Hoping for decent bokeh, fairly easy to adapt (are AF-confirm worthwhile?), decent build, preferably faster than f/1.8. To the best of my knowledge, Nikon, Pentax, and M42 seem to be plentiful and easy to adapt. I'm shooting a 5D so mirror clearance is an issue.