50mm f1.4 USM dissapointed

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50mm f1.4 USM dissapointed
Feb 9, 2010

Hi guys,

I'm new to SLRs world. I recently bought Canon 50mm USM f1.4.

I'm choosing this lens because of its build quality and wider aperture that might be useful in low-light condition. (Yes, I'm shooting a lot of low-light without flash)

I'm trying that lens over the weekend, and find out that using f1.4 give me very narrow depth of field, nearly unusable for "normal" shooting.

Cranking up the f to 5.6 give me usable depth of field, but isn't it defeating the purpose of why I bought f1.4 over f1.8 in the first place (to get extra 0.4 aperture).

If I'm going to use it on f5.6 anyway, then I might just buy 50mm f1.8 at the fraction of the price.

Any thought on using the f1.4 properly with max aperture but decent depth of field?

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