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Dec 13, 2010 16:01 |  #226

cloudswimmer wrote in post #11445809 (external link)
Not everyone is going to need to upgrade.

I completely agree and that's why I said that you need to ask yourself if you can justify the price difference. If you're taking pics of your kids around the house then you should be fine but if you're looking to get paid gigs that require your equipment to be reliable and work in a multitude of different scenarios and lighting conditions then the nifty might not cut it. It didn't for me which is why I personally felt the need to upgrade to the 1.4.


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Dec 13, 2010 16:28 |  #227

ni$mo350 wrote in post #11445895 (external link)
I completely agree and that's why I said that you need to ask yourself if you can justify the price difference. If you're taking pics of your kids around the house then you should be fine but if you're looking to get paid gigs that require your equipment to be reliable and work in a multitude of different scenarios and lighting conditions then the nifty might not cut it. It didn't for me which is why I personally felt the need to upgrade to the 1.4.

Another words conditions where your gear gets knocked around.I agree.I've been in this game since 1972, and back when I started did quite a few weddings and portraits where the gear got knocked around, never a problem with my F2 and classic Nikkors.Now making a living in fine fine art, and still mostly with 4x5 and 8x10 view cameras (definately not cameras you abuse), I have the luxury of time, contemplation, and a tripod, and the cheap Canon works just fine when I chose to use the dslr's.


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Dec 13, 2010 16:42 |  #228

cloudswimmer wrote in post #11446037 (external link)
Another words conditions where your gear gets knocked around.I agree.I've been in this game since 1972, and back when I started did quite a few weddings and portraits where the gear got knocked around, never a problem with my F2 and classic Nikkors.Now making a living in fine fine art, and still mostly with 4x5 and 8x10 view cameras (definately not cameras you abuse), I have the luxury of time, contemplation, and a tripod, and the cheap Canon works just fine when I chose to use the dslr's.

Yea, don't get me wrong. It's completely capable in a lot of situations but I wouldn't trust it in a wedding where focus would have to be spot on and not just hit and miss. Looking around the forum you can pretty much tell from their skill level and the subject material if they'll need to upgrade to cover that FL or if the 50 will be sufficient.


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Dec 13, 2010 17:33 |  #229

ni$mo350 wrote in post #11446120 (external link)
Looking around the forum you can pretty much tell from their skill level and the subject material if they'll need to upgrade to cover that FL or if the 50 will be sufficient.

Good point :)


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Dec 13, 2010 17:44 |  #230

ni$mo350 wrote in post #11446120 (external link)
Yea, don't get me wrong. It's completely capable in a lot of situations but I wouldn't trust it in a wedding where focus would have to be spot on and not just hit and miss. Looking around the forum you can pretty much tell from their skill level and the subject material if they'll need to upgrade to cover that FL or if the 50 will be sufficient.

Looks like the Af noise would be a problem at weddings also. The hit and miss is also a problem when shooting candids . My last straw was around Christmas last year . I was trying to get some candids of my mother(87) and only 1 out of 4 where in focuse . I tried it on a tripod and the results where the same . I ended up using my 85mm 1.8 and 50mm 2.8 macro . I did get some manual focusing the fifty . But it doesn't really have a great focuse ring to start with.


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Dec 13, 2010 18:27 |  #231

tfd888 wrote in post #9366181 (external link)
I've always found my copy to be quite sharp wide open on my 1D2 and razor sharp at 2.8. I too think a lot of people that diss this lens try to shoot it wide open, miss focus (which isn't too hard to do :lol:) and then complain it's soft.

yes, the "nifty fifty" is amazingly sharp

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Dec 13, 2010 18:33 |  #232

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I loved this lens until it cracked like an egg into two pieces.

Was there a double yolk too?

Now THAT would have been really cool!


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Dec 13, 2010 18:36 |  #233

watt100 wrote in post #11446765 (external link)
yes, the "nifty fifty" is amazingly sharp.

Yeah, but look at all the detail. I mean you can see the guy has wrinkles. AND, everything in the background is really blurry.

I don't know why ANYONE would like that photo! ;)


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Dec 13, 2010 18:38 |  #234

watt100 wrote in post #11446765 (external link)
yes, the "nifty fifty" is amazingly sharp

Of course it is , especially after you stop it down a little and do your PP ;).


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Dec 13, 2010 19:26 |  #235

CountryBoy wrote in post #11446822 (external link)
Of course it is , especially after you stop it down a little and do your PP ;).

Yeah...that's not wide open :p.


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Dec 13, 2010 23:49 |  #236

I just tried the simple test mentioned in this thread....AF versus MF with Live Preview....and am amazed how badly the AF operates. Never knew it until now.

But thanks to this thread, will start making use of the MF to see what results I can get.


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Dec 14, 2010 01:00 |  #237

First of all sharpness is far from everything. There are also things like bokeh, CA, af etc that are just as important. Second personally I hate that lens mostly because it's tiny and "plasticy" when mounted on larger cameras like the xxD and 5D it just feels weird. It's almost like you are holding an oversized point and shoot.


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Dec 14, 2010 01:07 |  #238

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First of all sharpness is far from everything.

But if it ain't sharp....who cares about anything else :confused:


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Dec 14, 2010 01:27 |  #239

I Like to Watch wrote in post #11448704 (external link)
But if it ain't sharp....who cares about anything else :confused:

I didn't say sharpness is not important :rolleyes: but it is far from everything. If a lens is sharp doesn't mean it is a good lens.


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Dec 14, 2010 05:03 as a reply to  @ post 9353508 |  #240

My first starter SLR lens, and very crisp right through

I couldn't believe how good it is

For a 100 clams, pfft

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