Monday, April 14, 2008

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

50mm f1.4
So, here's a small review of my new lens, The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.
Basically, it is a great lens and focal length for portraits photography- 50mm gives a very nice perspective of the human figure which close to what human eyes see. Wide aperture f/1.4 is very useful for low light photography, and gives a very nice bokeh/depth of field.

Some of you might be curious why did I choosed this lens instead of the 50mm f/1.8, which cost about RM1000 cheaper. First, I don't like the all-plastic construction including the lens mount of the f/1.8, it feels like a toy. The focusing motor is very noisy, and the AF is quite slow, compared to the f/1.4. I also made a test before purchase, shot a couple pics with both lenses with my camera and compared on the pc monitor, I found that the colors and contrast from f/1.8 is a bit dull while the f/1.4 is more popping out. However, it is still a very sharp lens for it's price.

50mm f1.4
A small, light, fast, sharp and quality lens.
50mm f1.4
The 50 f/1.4's 8-blade aperture creates a good foreground/background blur quality.
50mm f1.4
The Micro USM (Ultrasonic Motor) motor provides fast and quiet auto focusing.


Here are some of the sample shots I took with this lens. It's performance is very satisfying, especially indoor photography, now I can get a decent shutter speed even in low light condition, with the aperture wide open, it also creates a nice blurry fore/background. :)

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13 comments:

  1. nice picture with 1.4! very very nice!

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  2. oo... i love tamama...
    nice pic!

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  3. impressive :)
    i've heard of some rumors on purple fringing from this lens, let us know if u have chance to shoot a sun-backlit object ya! esp. like hairs =) thanks! hehe.. cool lens! with good skills! hahaha~

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  4. Big boy toys... haha
    Shoot more!

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  5. Thanks guys!

    ChenYong, sure, I like to find out too. :)

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  6. Thanks guys! thanks...thank you..

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  7. haha....how much u own this lens hehe mind to share ah.....btw i am ur cousin YL colleague she asked me to ask u myself hehe

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  8. kokahkok, I bought it at RM1350. Are you into DSLR too? Do you have a blog?

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  9. got ah...www.kokahkok.com hehe....just bough not long...

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