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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens

September 14, 2010

Am quite enjoying dabbling with photography using my Canon Eos 450D, so splurged by indulging myself on getting some additional camera gear last weekend.

Got more and more interested in getting a 50mm prime lens, having seen the great photos comrades Blowfish, Asian Ed or Wolfheinrich made with such lenses.


So headed to the photography store and bought the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens of which I had read positive reviews. A rather small lens, it is dwarfed by the 100mm macro next to it.

Am very impressed with the lens so far, not only with its sharpness and overall image quality, but it seems to capture color well.

Yoko taken with 50mm

First trial shot of lovely Dollfie Dream Yoko with the Canon 50mm lens.

Why invest in a 50mm fixed focal length lens if I already have the Canon 100mm macro? On a crop sensor like the Canon 450D, the 100mm has a larger working distance which for bigger subjects can be a challenge to easily fit everything in the frame.

Plus the Canon 100mm macro lens is sharpest when stopped down to f/11s, where the depth of field is also welcomely larger. So unless one is working with abundant (sun)light or flash, slower shutter speeds and tripod follow.

Shizuko taken with 50mm lens

A snapshot of Shizuko, love how subdued and soft the the captured scene looks.

It ended up not being very clear in the first photo, but Shizuko is holding my new mobile phone, the Samsung Galaxy Apollo I5800 which while not as decked out as the Galaxy S, still offers plenty of possibilities being equipped with Android but is available for a more sensible budget.

Random leaves

Having mounted the 50mm lens, took a small stroll outside to snap some random photos here and there, such as the above one of some leaves basking in the sun. Impressive foreground and background blur.

Will definitely enjoy this lens! You can always catch more of my photos here on Flickr.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2010 9:19 pm

    Fantastic! Join us in the prime glass lover league XD

  2. September 14, 2010 9:38 pm

    Très belle acquisition !!! Les couleurs sont bien restitué 🙂

  3. September 14, 2010 10:11 pm

    When making a shot (as opposed to casual snapshots), I prefer the mindset of a fixed lens forcing me to move. I find with a zoom lens I spend too much time fiddling with minute zoom crops. Not that one is better than the other, just how one is wired to shoot, but a 50 f1.4 is usually worth having regardless of whatever else you own.

  4. September 14, 2010 10:39 pm

    Thanks! Well I like my 100mm macro so this 50mm feels like the right progression to make.
    Je trouve aussi, surtout que le deux photos de DD sont faites à l’intérieur avec peu de lumière.
    @super rats
    Read not only reviews but also most people I know who photograph some are pleased with their 50 f1.4 (or similar).

  5. September 14, 2010 11:19 pm

    I love the bokeh that comes in at F/2.0 and lower. I have a 1.8, but would love to see the differences between 1.8 and 1.4!

  6. September 15, 2010 3:49 pm

    Congrats on the new 50mm. I love mine and think anybody with a DSLR should have one in their bag.

  7. September 15, 2010 6:09 pm

    @Asian Ed
    Will see if I can oblige and make some shots at f/1.4 ^^
    Liked the results I got with it so far.

  8. September 20, 2010 8:45 pm

    Oh, 50mm 1.4 ^^. Nice lens. I truly love my 50mm lens. I think I say that a lot, but it’s really the most versatile lens I own (at least on a full-frame). Great buy!

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