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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:22 pm 
hey guys,

i've been looking in some google photos where in a camera backpack, a lot of photographers have this 50mm f1.8 or f1.4 lenses.

Im considering of buying one. because one of my friend says that this lens is good for low light photography, because of its f1.8.

n now in Malaysia, i can get it very cheap.

Should i or shouldnt i?

please give me some explaination about this lens.

thanks,
Barri


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:09 pm 
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Hi Barri,

The EF 50mm f1.8 II is probably the best optical value in Canon's line-up. If you are interested in both the f/1.8 and the f/1.4 you might find the PhotoZone reviews here and here of use.

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Hi Barri,

I've just purchased the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II myself.

I believe it's the cheapest lens Canon make, but don't let that put you off - certainly the build quality is 'plasticy', but for the price you can't expect too much!

I haven't had a chance to use it much yet, but I have taken some shots indoors, and I have to say I'm impressed.

The main (arguably only) reason for buying this lens is it's large f/1.8 aperture which allows you to take pictures with an extremely shallow depth of field enabling some beautiful portraits with very soft out of focus foreground/background areas (bokeh).
The large aperture also means that this lens is, as you say, good in low light conditions.

Check out this pic or this one to see what I mean (please bear in mind that I'm no pro!)


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Get it. :D The nifty-fifty, thrify-fifty, whatever you want to call it, is the best bang-for-the-buck lens Canon sells.

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The nifty-fifty, thrify-fifty, whatever you want to call it...

Plastic Fantastic! :lol:


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IcyBlue wrote:
Plastic Fantastic! :lol:


LOL... Nice one, it's very fitting. I'll have to remember that one.

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