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Jan 07, 2010 09:49 |  #2551

Rio Sundoro wrote in post #9343376 (external link)
Hi, I have read reviews that though the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM may be soft wide open, it is very sharp when stopped down. I have taken this picture below at f/2.8. How often do you actually use this lens stopped down?

never! ive always used mines at 1.8 or under.


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Jan 08, 2010 00:10 as a reply to  @ AMD87's post |  #2552

Getting really bored with this damn weather and 4 inches of snow outside.

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Jan 08, 2010 00:24 |  #2553

AMD87 wrote in post #9343586 (external link)
never! ive always used mines at 1.8 or under.

I agree I use mine under 2.0 all the time, often at 1.4 and it is sharp, sharp! I do wish the focusing was a ring USM, but that doesn't degrade the pictures that are captured with the lens. I have some incredibly sharp pictures from this lens all the way at 1.4.


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Jan 08, 2010 01:19 |  #2554

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Getting really bored with this damn weather and 4 inches of snow outside.

I really like the lighting on this one...:eek: And it's sort of monochromatic...


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Jan 08, 2010 07:11 as a reply to  @ Rio Sundoro's post |  #2555

Thought I'd post this one.. My grandson Jake..


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Jan 08, 2010 13:23 |  #2556

a pic of the girlfriend shot at F/1.6... maybe next time I'll cutout a bigger heart on the lens hood

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Jan 08, 2010 17:15 as a reply to  @ Benelli's post |  #2557

This lens is an outstanding value for the price, and wonderfully compact and discreet.

Early morning at Lincoln Square in Bellevue, Washington.

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Jan 10, 2010 03:14 |  #2558

Something a little odd for fun.

At f/1.4

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Jan 10, 2010 05:27 |  #2559

Bokeh baby !! - f 1.4

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Jan 12, 2010 02:43 as a reply to  @ post 9277664 |  #2560

Here is my take...
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Jan 12, 2010 15:37 as a reply to  @ Simply80Chup's post |  #2561

Focus just died :(
Here some pictures I shot with my darling:


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Jan 12, 2010 21:45 |  #2562

Ok...I am brand new to DSLR systems.....I just got my first DSLR...Canon 50d and this beautiful lens for my first and only lens.......I am loving it, but it seems a little soft at 1.4 on eyes of a portrait..........I've only used it a few times on portraits, but I never can get the eyes perfectly in focus.....Now this could be completely user error as I said....I am a newbie and I know people don't usually get this lens as their first..............Any​way, I am just paranoid that maybe my copy isn't sharp and I don't have the knowledge to really tell.........Any suggestions???




  
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Jan 12, 2010 21:54 |  #2563

stormchaser977 wrote in post #9382353 (external link)
Ok...I am brand new to DSLR systems.....I just got my first DSLR...Canon 50d and this beautiful lens for my first and only lens.......I am loving it, but it seems a little soft at 1.4 on eyes of a portrait..........I've only used it a few times on portraits, but I never can get the eyes perfectly in focus.....Now this could be completely user error as I said....I am a newbie and I know people don't usually get this lens as their first..............Any​way, I am just paranoid that maybe my copy isn't sharp and I don't have the knowledge to really tell.........Any suggestions???

Congrats on the new gear. This was also my first lens. 1.4 is a pretty narrow depth of field and the eyes would be easy to miss, maybe try focusing on an object that is a little larger at closer range to eliminate the miss focus factor?


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Jan 12, 2010 22:11 |  #2564

The lens tends to be kinda soft at f/1.4 and the narrow depth of field makes it harder to get things in focus. Try stoppping down to f/2, which will give a larger depth of field and will usually make the image much sharper.

I once did a test with mine, setting the camera on a tripod and taking a test shot at every aperture from 1.4 to 11, and I found that f/2.5 was the sharpest of any aperture. I'm sure that can vary from lens to lens, and it may not even apply since I no longer have the old 40D.


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Jan 13, 2010 00:31 |  #2565

jom wrote in post #9382411 (external link)
Congrats on the new gear. This was also my first lens. 1.4 is a pretty narrow depth of field and the eyes would be easy to miss, maybe try focusing on an object that is a little larger at closer range to eliminate the miss focus factor?

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The lens tends to be kinda soft at f/1.4 and the narrow depth of field makes it harder to get things in focus. Try stoppping down to f/2, which will give a larger depth of field and will usually make the image much sharper.

I once did a test with mine, setting the camera on a tripod and taking a test shot at every aperture from 1.4 to 11, and I found that f/2.5 was the sharpest of any aperture. I'm sure that can vary from lens to lens, and it may not even apply since I no longer have the old 40D.

You can manually focus. If you will be using this lens a lot wide open I suggest you pick a manual focus screen for you camera.

I recently bought the EG-S Super Precision Matte Focusing Screen (external link) for my 5dmk2. It makes a HUGE difference when manually focusing.

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I love to shoot wide open on my lenses, and currently I own all primes that come in lower than recommended f/stop range for this screen. The 50mm f/1.4 and the 85L f/1.2 MK2 (which arrives tomorrow!). So it was a no brainer that i get this screen, specially at the price of 40 dollars.

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