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Would anyone recommend the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

 
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Jun 21, 2010 07:19 |  #1

i'm still a newbie really. I have a 450D with kit lens (18-55mm) however, i'm looking for a good portraits lens.

I will be going to a few weddings during this year (as a guest not a photographer!) and want to take some good candid shots of people and some will be of jewellery close up. (its an indian wedding so lots of glam and glitter around).

i am seriously considering the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens - however i wanted to know what others think of this?




  
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Jun 21, 2010 07:25 |  #2

I don't know about candid shots with a 50mm, is not long enough even though on a crop body it's like an 80mm equivalent. The 50mm 1.8 is a great lens for portraits, I think is the perfect focal length but if you think you'll have room the 85mm 1.8 is even better and you could probably use it more for candids because of the longer FL, 136mm equivalent on a crop but 3 times as much $.


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Jun 21, 2010 07:34 |  #3

To be honest it's so cheap you should just buy it and see how you get on. It was my first extra lens purchase (excluding the telephoto that was bundled with my 450D) and I never used the kit lens again.

With it and a 450D being a fairly small combination you might get away with getting closer to people without disturbing them than you would with larger equipment - and the image quality will give you some room to crop your images if you have to stay a few steps further back than you'd like.




  
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Jun 21, 2010 07:36 as a reply to  @ DazJW's post |  #4

To get an idea of what kind of "coverage" 50mm gets you, stick your kit lens at 50mm and go out and take some pictures. What do YOU think of the focal length?




  
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Jun 21, 2010 07:40 as a reply to  @ DazJW's post |  #5

Yeah i would recommend it. It gives fantastic results. I use this lens the most.

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Jun 21, 2010 07:46 as a reply to  @ makart's post |  #6

This review covers your options in the Canon 50mm range. I would look at the 50mm f/1.4

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …-1.4-USM-Lens-Review.aspx (external link)


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Jun 21, 2010 07:48 |  #7

Highly recommended for the price - it's excellent value and a very cheap way of getting better low light capabilities as well as much narrower depth of field than most kit lenses will provide.




  
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Jun 21, 2010 07:55 |  #8

If you want a lens that will do both portraits and macro jewelry photos, then the 100mm f/2.8 macro will be a superior lens.

If your wedding is indoors then a flash would be a good investment as you will likely take more photos with it than without it (even as a guest).

As for candid shots...it all depends on how close you'll get. There will always be something going on that you won't have the right focal length to capture properly. (Sad, but true!)




  
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Jun 21, 2010 08:32 |  #9

You might want to take a look here

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=186207


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Jun 21, 2010 08:36 |  #10

I would get the 50mm f/1.4 instead. Much better made, you can manually focus it more easily if required and the af motor seems to stop more accurately, I found the 1.8 to be very hit and miss.

I used my 50mm f/1.8 for candid wedding stuff and found both times it was almost too long on a 1.6 crop body. If you're getting further away (if you have the space to do so, you may not), unless you are above people you just get too many heads appearing in frame between you and your subject.


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Jun 21, 2010 08:41 |  #11

for the $100 I'd say for sure. Buy a good one used and then if you ever want to offload it you won't lose any money, since the price stays more or less the same in the used arena.


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Jun 21, 2010 08:53 |  #12

Oops, I forgot to mention the 60mm f/2.8 macro... I forget whether Canon or Tamron makes it




  
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Jun 21, 2010 10:04 |  #13

The lens is very sharp - as sharp as lenses 60 X its price

But I don't recommend it

Awkward focal length, poor AF performance, mediocre bokeh, poor durability - it's a very bad lens for wedding candids

Don't be seduced by the thought that it is affordable. It isn't. Remember $80 less here, is a further $80 away you are from that shiny new L lens or 580EXII or whatever.

The reason many people can't save up is because they have a mindset that "oh it's only $...I can afford it". No you can't if you keep wasting it.


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Jun 21, 2010 10:11 as a reply to  @ smorter's post |  #14

For the minimal investment and the impressive IQ it can give you, it's a steal. Are there better lenses? Sure but not at that price level. Buy it, you won't regret it.


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Jun 21, 2010 10:36 |  #15

it's a good lens that gets razor sharp if stopped over 1.8. only thing i find bad about it is the noisy and slowwwww focusing, cheap build but for less than $100 you get your first prime lens which will allow you to play around with bokeh (even though the bokeh quality is not so good).


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