F9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 8 Posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5048 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:
F9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4999 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.
Staffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4962 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
PhotoLPPT From Portugal, joined Jul 2004, 566 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4961 times:
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.
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1928 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4851 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.
Chris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2825 posts, RR: 47
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4747 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.
5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII