Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Bundu

EOS T7i
Nov 24, 2014
70
27
South Africa
Bought this lens about a year ago. I took about 20 photos with it (wide open) and was extremely dissapointed with it. Not sharp enough! Then i went through this post two weeks ago and decided to try it again. Used it excusively for the weekend. I am sold. The soft focus wide open now a positive instead of a negative. Great bokeh. I took some really plain snapshots that came out with a pop that was not planned. Still playing with it, now actually planning some shots with it and it is (suprisingly) fast becoming a favorite. It is never too late to learn how to use a lens properly. Pin sharp lenses is not the be all and end all I believed them to be.
 

Viggo

EOS 5D SR
Dec 13, 2010
4,031
563
Bundu said:
Bought this lens about a year ago. I took about 20 photos with it (wide open) and was extremely dissapointed with it. Not sharp enough! Then i went through this post two weeks ago and decided to try it again. Used it excusively for the weekend. I am sold. The soft focus wide open now a positive instead of a negative. Great bokeh. I took some really plain snapshots that came out with a pop that was not planned. Still playing with it, now actually planning some shots with it and it is (suprisingly) fast becoming a favorite. It is never too late to learn how to use a lens properly. Pin sharp lenses is not the be all and end all I believed them to be.
How did you afma it?
 

Bundu

EOS T7i
Nov 24, 2014
70
27
South Africa
I afma it on 70d and 7dii. It did take a lot more effort on the 70d, the focus was more incosistent. On the 70d I did it at f1.4 and then again at f2.8 and used the average. Is it a good approach? The lens i have is a lot sharper at f2.8. But still love using it at f1.4
 

Bundu

EOS T7i
Nov 24, 2014
70
27
South Africa
Bundu said:
One of the photos that changed my mind. A simple snapshot without effort or design. Yet, to my mind/eyes it came out real nice.
This came out very soft and dark. Uploaded from a Samsung S5. Dont know what went wrong. Will post photos from computer in future.
 

YuengLinger

EOR R
Dec 20, 2012
2,362
387
Southeastern USA
Bundu said:
Bundu said:
One of the photos that changed my mind. A simple snapshot without effort or design. Yet, to my mind/eyes it came out real nice.
This came out very soft and dark. Uploaded from a Samsung S5. Dont know what went wrong. Will post photos from computer in future.
On the contrary, Bundu, on my calibrated monitor, it looks great all around.
 

Bundu

EOS T7i
Nov 24, 2014
70
27
South Africa
A completely different use for this lens. We were camping near a waterhole in Botswana when we heard a lot of elephant around us. There was moonlight but too dark to see where they were exactly. Took photos in all directions to be able to see where they were. We were completely surrounded! Not great photos by any means, the focus was way off and handheld (F1.4, 0.6sec, iso 12800) but at least we could see in the dark!
 

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