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 Post subject: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:13 am 
Thanks Gordon for creating this new Forum section.


I'd like to share some pics taken with my Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, mounted on a Canon 400D.

This was my first prime lens purchase and wanted to experience the creative influence of 'zooming with your feet', large aperture/low DOF shots and low light shots. I think it also offers a great 'one lens' solution when traveling when you don't want to weigh yourself down with all your other lenses.

Many choose the 50mm f1.8 when considering a Canon prime at this focal length. I understand that this lens largely offers the same image quality but I decided to stretch my budget as I really wanted the overall better build quality.

The one criticism I have is the slightly loose, inaccurate feel of the focus ring, although I can't fault the USM auto focus. It's just that sometimes I switch my camera to full manual and focusing could be smoother. It seems that this is common with modern lenses however to accommodate auto focusing (I may be wrong tho :?). Maybe I've also been spoilt with my old Pentax KM with it's silky smooth and pin sharp 50mm lens :-).

In short, I've been very happy with this lens. I find it offers very sharp images with lovely colour and saturation, quick focusing, low weight and fairly solid construction.


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Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/4
ISO Speed: 100

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Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO Speed: 100

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Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO Speed: 400

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Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO Speed: 100

Roland


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:19 am 
Nice captures there Roland, thanks for sharing them.

I liked the breadphoto. You usually dont get to see much foodphotos that come out very well, but this one did.

If you have the chance to share some indoor photos in low lights both with and without flash it would be great.

/K


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:11 pm 
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Defiance wrote:
Here is a picture of just one of the dozen Red Roses I bought for the little lady in my life on Valentines Day...

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AV f/1.4
1/250
ISO 400

Taken indoors with no flash what a brilliant lens this is

No processing done

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I just combined the threads for different camera-bodies.
Please don't post different threads depending on lens-mount or body.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:11 pm 
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emp93 wrote:
WOW... you took that indoors with 400 iso and 1/250 Shutter Speed :shock:

Those fast primes are amazing arent they and likewise that picture is amazing! Very nice.

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 1:45 pm 
I've tested 50mm 1,8 on 350D :P don't find it really useful. If have money left and don't know where to spend :D 1,8 and 1,4 is okej to buy for fun ^^ not an overkill.

But for 50mm 1,2 L that's like overkill price! :P hehe


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:55 pm 
Well I sold my 1.8 MK II and got this lens after hearing much praise about it, and having just gone full frame with a lightly-used 5D. I love this lens on a full-frame body. Now it actually IS a walkabout lens for me. Will post some good examples when I get them.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:04 pm 
I think I will get a 1.8 soon. Is there really a difference between 1.8 and 1.4?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:22 am 
Here is one taken today, it shows ex GWR Castle 5043 "Earl Of Mount Edgecombe" on 1Z43 07.55 Birmingham Snow Hill-Kensington Olympia Christmas Shopper.
Weather conditions were absolute crap hence the high ISO.

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TV Shutter Priority 1/500
ISO 640
f/2.5


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:16 pm 
Just showing all you bokeh addicts out there what the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 can do. 8)

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Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 1 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:26 am 
It's also rather cool for portraits at f1.4 8)



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Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 50 mm
Exposure: +0.55
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 5:50 am 
Another planet: that is a wonderful snapshot, I love it! Thanks for posting.


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Getting this lens this weekend for my brand new 5D! Looking at your pictures, I can't wait to put it into action!

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 10:43 pm 
I can't wait to get my hands on this lens. :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:34 am 
Just got this today, and thought i would try it on my friends dads (shhhhhh. he doesn't know) 5dMkII.

the bokeh is amazing from this lens. unfortunately, It was VERY dark. I was at f1.4 the whole time, and you can still see some camera shake in some shots. Also, f1.4 creates a very small focal plane, so there are some shots that are a little out of focus.

Full size images can be downloaded from my Flickr (in signature)

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not an artsy shot. just testing sharpness.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:28 am 
Just got my camera (50D) today along with the 50 mm f/1.4 and 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 and snapped some shots while outside. This is my first digital SLR so I definitely have a lot to learn.

Wild Cherries
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Exposure: 1/200
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO Speed: 400

My son blowing bubbles
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Exposure: 1/800
Aperture: f/2.2
ISO Speed: 400

I would appreciate any feedback.


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