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50mm 1.4 usm

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by Dyerbill, May 29, 2007.

  1. Dyerbill

    Dyerbill

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    I'm saving to buy this lens for my xti but I was wondering what kind of photos people shoot with a 50mm. Bill
     
  2. MrsKitty

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    Everything! Portraits. Pop some tubes on there and do macro. Some use it as a walk-around if they prefer primes over zooms.

    The 50 is my favorite lens for my XT (1.8) and AE-1 (1.8 and 1.4). Some day I want to upgrade to the 1.4 for my XT.

    The 1.8 saved my butt doing some natural light shots of a musician in a very dark restaurant/bar/lounge a few months ago:

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    Only two 50mm shots I have in my photobucket account right now :wavey:
     

  3. sushi600

    sushi600 What smells?

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    Hi Bill,

    What other lenses do you have?

    The price difference between the nifty fifty 1.8 and the 1.4 is fairly significant... if you're just starting out to build your collection, why not just save a few bucks, pick the 1.8 and use the extra $$$'s towards another lens as well?

    The extra shots a lens with a different range would offer is probably greater than the extra half stop for $200.
     
  4. Dyerbill

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    I have a 28-135 USM IS I bought from B&H Photo. I hike/walk all over Indiana and this lens gives me wonderful outdoor shots. I am looking for a lens that will give me great indoor and micro shots. I know the 1.8 does well but I do not mind waiting to buy better quality.


    Thanks BILL
     
  5. MrsKitty

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    The 50 1.4 is not a macro lens. You can do some macro with it by adding extension tubes. The 50mm 2.5 Compact Macro can do macro at 1:1 by adding a life-size converter (whatever that is?).
     
  6. DScottHewitt

    DScottHewitt EMT-B

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    Whatever happened to the 50/1.0 Canon used to have?!?!?



    Scott
     
  7. MrsKitty

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    The 50 1.0 (which I would LOVE to have a copy of!!!) is FD mount (think A-1, AE-1 and other old film bodies) and most people have abandoned it when they went to digital. The closest they have for EOS is the 50 1.2L.
     
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    I believe there is a adapter to mount a FD lens on a EF mount But it is rare and expensive.
     
  9. MrsKitty

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    Yup. Canon made one but it only works with certain lenses. Apparently, there wasn't a great demand for it so they stopped. You can get el' cheapos off ebay. I considered picking up one that has the glass in it and busting the glass out as it degrades the quality. Without glass, it shouldn't have a negative impact...
     
  10. Hokie

    Hokie NRA Member

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    From Wikipedia
     
  11. MrsKitty

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    Well, so much for that idea...

    Thanks for passing that along! :wavey:
     
  12. Litespeed_67

    Litespeed_67 LnL operator

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    I don't remember an FD mount but I know they made a 50/1.0 for the EOS at one time. The brochure I have from 1999 shows it and I've seen a couple of them for sale used. Even if they still made them I'm quite certain I wouldn't spend that much money on it.

    foudn this link:

    http://www.wlcastleman.com/equip/reviews/50mm/index.htm

    The comparisons of backgrounds at various f-stops is pretty interesting.