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Experiences With Canon 50mm F/1.8 EF II Lens?  
User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4094 times:

Hello everyone. I do alot of photography at concerts, and so I am looking for a fast lens that won't break the bank. However, I would also like a lens that I could put to some use aviation wise; ramp shots, etc. I stumbled upon this lens:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...list&A=details&Q=&sku=12142&is=USA

It's getting rave reviews from the people at FredMiranda, especially for the price. ($74.95) Wow!

http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/s...php?product=30&sort=7&cat=2&page=1

I think I am going to get it, but I thought I would ask here first to see if anyone has any experience with it or reccomendations?

Thanks!
Kyle Matson

[Edited 2005-04-08 00:48:25]


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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4085 times:

Cheap, light, sharp, small... did I say cheap?

A bit soft wide open, but stop it down a bit and it's good.

Staffan


User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4079 times:

I don't know if you will be able to answer this, but how would you compare it from like f/10-20 with the 18-55 EF-S @ 50mm?

Thanks!



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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

Haven't used the 18-55 but at 2.8 it's sharper than my 28-105 3.5-4.5 wide open.

Staffan


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4052 times:

Get the F1.4 version, it has USM and is much sharper at F1.8! The build quality is superior too. While i dont use it all that much i find it a great addition to my kit bag!

Chris



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4045 times:

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 4):
Get the F1.4 version, it has USM and is much sharper at F1.8! The build quality is superior too.

That's really tempting, especially with the USM, but I don't think I want to spend $300. I just to some low light photography for my friends band, so I was looking to pick up something cheap, as I'm not being paid for it.



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User currently offlineMuchswatch From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 170 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4032 times:

Have this lens, and I love it. Very sharp. bouncy 


Jay



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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4008 times:

I don't use mine much either as I find it a bit too long for what I want to use it for. However if I did, I'd probably get the 1.4 for the USM and nicer bokeh.
Wasn't really after a 50 but I picked it up because it was so cheap..

About build quality: if it brakes, a new one is cheap Big grin

Staffan


User currently offlinePhotoLPPT From Portugal, joined Jul 2004, 506 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4007 times:

Hi

I just got one last week... and I'm getting married to it.

The results I'm getting are absolutely stunning, crisp and full of detail.
It's very sharp from 2.8 onwards (1.8 is soft, 2 is acceptable), gives crisp details and colorful and contrasty photos... Excelent for portraits and low light situations... and it is very good value for money. Don't worry about build quality, ok so it has a plastic body but it is resistant and makes for a very lightweight lens.

AF is OK, not to USM standards, but focus faster than the 18-55 EF-S lens. And it is much, much more sharper than the kit lens.

I don't believe USM and the extra stop you get with the 1.4 justify the price difference. Now I can't wait for July and the FAO ramp visit

Feel free to email me if you need aditional info.
Regards
Luis

[Edited 2005-04-08 12:55:29]

User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3998 times:

For those who are interested its available at 7dayshop for £54.

Fergul Big grin



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User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3930 times:

Well, I ordered it from B & H. We'll see how it works in a few days.  Silly

Regards



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User currently offlineJAT74L From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 618 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3913 times:

Fergul...

Oh BOLL*CKS I've just oredered it from B&H!!!!!

John



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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3907 times:

I have been looking at this lens also. I hear the and have seen that the f/1.4 is a hell of a lot better, but there again it costs a lot more than the f/1.8 II.

For the price though, you can't argue. As Mr Sharps said, it's a nice addition to the kit bag!

Cheers,
Justin  Smile


User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1924 posts, RR: 33
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3897 times:

I have the lens and recently used it extensively for night photography and low light indoors as well. I must say that I'm impressed with it as it does a great job. I still haven't used it for aviation but I will do soon.

User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3854 times:

I just ordered this lens this evening, can't wait to use it! Snapped up the deal on 7dayshop, £54! Bargain!

Cheers,
Justin Big grin

PS: Thanks Luis for the help!


User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3795 times:

I did a rather primitave comparison between this lens and the kit lens now that I have it.

Here ya go!

http://www.rockymountainavphotos.com...50Prime%20v%20Zoom/Images/Test.htm

Regards



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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3793 times:

You really should not edit the photos if you are trying to do a good comparison. I suggest just converting the raw files and taking a 100% crop from the center and the corner of the frame so that people can compare sharpness/contrast and color rendition.

When i get round to it i have been meaning to do some comparison's of my lenses. If my current purchase's come through then i will have a few more bits and pieces to compare.

I'll post it when they are done.

Chris



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3791 times:

Yeah, I didn't do this comparison the smartest, but it took sooo long I just don't feel like doing it over again.  Sad

Regards



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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3777 times:

Hehe, no worries. Was just giving some tips for the future, i know how tiresome and how much of a pain it is to conduct lens tests!

Chirs



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineMartinairYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 1209 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

How is this lens for window and cabin and cockpit shots?


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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3701 times:

Quoting MartinairYYZ (Reply 19):
How is this lens for window and cabin and cockpit shots?

Too much mm's for Cabin (I guess). It would suit instrument close ups in the Cockpit. Also for wing views, it also might be too much mm's.

Cheers,
Justin  Smile


User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3687 times:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/CFPWE_Matson5.jpg

My first upload with this lens.  Silly



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