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Dec 28, 2010 20:49 |  #1

"I shot my eye out!" Well, not exactly... :cry:

My new lens came today. I ordered the Canon 50mm 1.4EF


And after using it... I felt dissppointed.

I thought the lens was going to be faster at in low lights. I can't see that it is any faster than my kit lens. The ISO has to be turned way up in AV mode. I was taking practice shots indoors with a flash, but that was also part of the purpose of investing in a new lens. The focus is slow.

Plus, the color is just boring. They are not as bright. And for the first time ever I could see noise on my lcd screen. Normally, it can't be detected in pictures until I upload them.

Am I being impatient? Is there a learning curve associated with using a prime lens?

My expectations were high. I love the ability to open the aperature soo wide, but I could have settled for the 1.8.

I just reviewed the pictures again. The pictures taken with the green box are decent, but I don't want to use the green box. I have been shooting in manuel settings for the last six months or longer, but I don't know everything.

oh, this let down...


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Dec 28, 2010 21:01 |  #2

Give it some time. Learn to know the lens and how it works with your shooting style before expecting great results from it. As with any tool, it'll produce better results after you're comfortable with using it.


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Dec 28, 2010 21:03 |  #3

neptunerain wrote in post #11531651 (external link)
"I shot my eye out!" Well, not exactly... :cry:

My new lens came today. I ordered the Canon 50mm 1.4EF


And after using it... I felt dissppointed.

I thought the lens was going to be faster at in low lights.

F1.4 is F1.4. What do you mean you thought it was going to be faster?

I can't see that it is any faster than my kit lens.

If you mean the 18-55 kit lens, that lens is at f5.6 at 50mm. Do you know how many stops faster the f1.4 is from f5.6? I'll let you think about it.

The focus is slow.

It's faster than your kit lens.

Plus, the color is just boring. They are not as bright.

The color is boring because it's not as "bright"? I'm starting to wonder now if it's the lens at fault here. :rolleyes:

And for the first time ever I could see noise on my lcd screen. Normally, it can't be detected in pictures until I upload them.

"Noise" doesn't come from a lens.

Am I being impatient? Is there a learning curve associated with using a prime lens?

Now I think we're getting closer to the truth.

The pictures taken with the green box are decent, but I don't want to use the green box. I have been shooting in manuel settings for the last six months or longer, but I don't know everything

The "green box" usage seals the deal here. It's not the lens.

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Dec 28, 2010 21:10 |  #4

BURN!

I'll be the first to say, I am learning. :lol:

I thought the wider aperature would allow for a faster shutter speed when shooting in dimmer areas, but lots of my pictures are blurry.

And the kit lens was 28mm to 135mm.


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Dec 28, 2010 21:15 |  #5

neptunerain wrote in post #11531786 (external link)
BURN!

I'll be the first to say, I am learning. :lol:

I thought the wider aperature would allow for a faster shutter speed when shooting in dimmer areas, but lots of my pictures are blurry.

And the kit lens was 28mm to 135mm.

If this is your first prime, they take some practice. Shooting @ f/1.4 is going to require some careful shooting. I'd give it some time and practice before you make a decision.


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Dec 28, 2010 21:54 |  #6

realmike15 wrote in post #11531814 (external link)
If this is your first prime, they take some practice. Shooting @ f/1.4 is going to require some careful shooting. I'd give it some time and practice before you make a decision.

I guess I had unrealistic expectations. ;) At first I was questioning the integrity of the lens. I guess I need to just keep shooting. :lol:


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Dec 28, 2010 22:13 |  #7

Have a listen to Brooks Jensen's (of Lenswork fame) podcast here http://www.lenswork.co​m …0-%20Critical%20Focus.mp​3 (external link)


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Dec 28, 2010 22:16 |  #8

Hey Lightrules I got spanked by a mod the other day for a similar critique...lol but you are so right... to many don't know what they have or how to use it...


I know, right? I'm just sayin'...

  
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Dec 28, 2010 22:24 as a reply to  @ focus.pocus's post |  #9

I really don't think Lightrules should be so harsh critiquing people for "beginner" questions :rolleyes: need I link to your infamous thread?




  
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Dec 28, 2010 22:45 |  #10

We saw the musical in Seattle a few weeks ago. It is a great film and okay play.

Enjoy the lens and I suspect that Ralphie got better with his Red Ryder with some practice.

You could always swap it for a Nikkor or Takumar 50 1.4 manual focus lens. These are a little less expensive but take a little longer to work with - in my opinion sort of like going from a bb gun to a .22 and worth the journey.


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Dec 28, 2010 23:53 |  #11

Give the 50mm f/1.4 some time.If you haven't shot a prime before - it's going to be different. If you're shooting wide open - your DOF is extremely shallow so if you are not careful and move accidentally - you will move outside the plane of focus. This will inevitably result in blurry pictures. The 50mm 1.4 is a great lens - but technique has a lot to do with the quality of photos.


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Dec 29, 2010 00:17 |  #12

hieu1004 wrote in post #11532797 (external link)
Give the 50mm f/1.4 some time.If you haven't shot a prime before - it's going to be different. If you're shooting wide open - your DOF is extremely shallow so if you are not careful and move accidentally - you will move outside the plane of focus. This will inevitably result in blurry pictures. The 50mm 1.4 is a great lens - but technique has a lot to do with the quality of photos.

Yup, if you're shooting at f1.4 and your subject is 10ft away, your DOF is about .65ft. Thats .31ft in front of the subject and .33ft behind the subject. So focusing can be pretty tough especially if the subject is moving around, or you happen to move a bit.


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Dec 29, 2010 00:43 |  #13

Ren Tachino wrote in post #11532207 (external link)
I really don't think Lightrules should be so harsh critiquing people for "beginner" questions :rolleyes: need I link to your infamous thread?

I totally agree with you, but I'm a pediatric nurse, who doesn't hide in a corner after a little criticism over a lens. Deal with a few dying children and your life will take on a whole new perspective. ;)


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Dec 29, 2010 00:48 |  #14

The Canon 50mm f1.4 is one of my favorite lenses. I had to sell it last month due to financial need, but I am still kicking myself. Should have sold something else!

No better than a kit lens and boring color? I seriously think NOT:

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Dec 29, 2010 00:51 |  #15

stover98074 wrote in post #11532352 (external link)
We saw the musical in Seattle a few weeks ago. It is a great film and okay play.

Enjoy the lens and I suspect that Ralphie got better with his Red Ryder with some practice.

You could always swap it for a Nikkor or Takumar 50 1.4 manual focus lens. These are a little less expensive but take a little longer to work with - in my opinion sort of like going from a bb gun to a .22 and worth the journey.

I know, but I totally thought I was going to save the family from invaders as soon as I opened the box!!! :lol:


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