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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:47 pm 
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Alright, so this is my first prime lens. On my Xti body it is an equivalent of 80mm.

The first thing I discovered with prime is optical quality. It produces images so sharp and really capture the right colors.

Sure, it's not easy to attend a car show - you have to be at 20 feet from the car.. but the image quality is absolutely stunning.

Construction: 3/5

Plastic feel. Seems fragile. Tiny Manual Focus Ring.

Features: 3.5/5

Well it's a prime lens. Struck at 80mm. Good for portraits and low light, but not easy to use as an all-around lens

Image Quality: 5/5

Amazing! Really sharp, and the colors are really great.

Ease Of Use: 4/5

Easy to use, but sometimes requires to be at 10-15-20 feet from the subject.

Value For Money: 5/5

Worth every penny and more, the image quality is amazing.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:49 pm 
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Thanks Cr4zYH3aD! Have you used it much in low light conditions?

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Is it possible to get a sample shot on different apertures? How is the bokeh wide open?

This would be my first lens if I went Canon.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:28 pm 
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here's some pictures that I took with it

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Details and sharpness !!!!:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:46 pm 
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what would be more interesting is a comparison like the ones Gordon has.. two different lenses at the same settings.
in this case, since you have reviewed and have access to both the kit lens[ 18-55] and this prime lens.
can you set up a picture such that the kit lens is zoomed in to 50mm focus and both set at the same aperture? [ except where in applicable .the kit cant go to 2.8 ]
also what is the best range ? i find that the kit lens is best at around an F stop of between 5-8 and zoomed into about 30 mm.

I absolutely dislike the small plasticy focus ring on the kit lens.. not comfortable at all.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:44 am 
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Hi Gordon, have you had any experience with this lens?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:35 am 
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Yep, I've used it for some resolution tests in the 10 Mpixel group test. It was pretty good quality, and the f1.8 aperture is really useful in low light. It's a handy lens to have and the only affordable one with a fast aperture!

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Rune Laugesen wrote:
Is it possible to get a sample shot on different apertures? How is the bokeh wide open?

This would be my first lens if I went Canon.


Nothing elegant here but just a aperture comparison. All shots at ISO 100, WB - Shade, with the 50/1.8 on a tripod. I didn't use mirror lockup which would have helped IQ a bit. I'm always forgetting something.

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f/1.8 1/4000"

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f/2.8 1/1600"

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f/4 1/800"

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f/5.6 1/400"

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f/8 1/200"

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f/11 1/100"


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:45 pm 
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hisaycheese wrote:
what would be more interesting is a comparison like the ones Gordon has.. two different lenses at the same settings.
in this case, since you have reviewed and have access to both the kit lens[ 18-55] and this prime lens.
can you set up a picture such that the kit lens is zoomed in to 50mm focus and both set at the same aperture? [ except where in applicable .the kit cant go to 2.8 ]


I don't have the 18-55 kit lens, I bought my XT body only and got the 18-55IS but here is a lens comparison between the 50/1.8 and the 18-55 IS

Shot settings pretty much the same : ISO 100, WB - shade. I turned IS off since it was on a tripod and left mirror lock up off since I didn't use it with the 50/1.8

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18-55IS @ f5.6

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50/1.8 @ f5.6

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18-55IS @ f8

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50/1.8 @ f8

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18-55IS @ f11

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50/1.8 @ f11


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Looks like the 18-55IS was set to 48mm. I eyeballed it so its not exactly 50mm


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Not a bad lens, no 'real' focusing ring, you'll need to upgrade to the f/1.4 for a proper focusing ring.

A bit plasticky.

Some great results though:

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Personally for the cost I love this lens. It feels like a toy, honestly, and at f/1.8 it's quite soft (stop it up to f/2.0+ and its sharpness greatly increases, as seen in the example photos) in comparison to its potential sharpness. Because it's such cheap construction I feel a lot more secure about it on my body in case it gets bumped around it's easily replaced. $80 dollars is petty cash compared to the other 50s.

I haven't tried the f/1.4 or the f/1.2. From what I've heard they're spectacular. But from what I've seen from this lens, besides the bokeh not being completely circular (because of the lower number of aperture blades), I have very few complains. The focusing system is loud and sometimes inaccurate, but because it's a prime it's relatively easy just to switch it to manual and focus.

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Thanks for review. I'm about to pick up this lens with D300.


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