How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

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omne Forum Member • Posts: 87
How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

I'm going to get this lens for a crop body for portrait photography. it seems very interesting to me to have such a fast lens at that price.

I would like to know how do you use your 50/1.8 on a crop camera?

The focus ring is positioned at the front edge of the lens and is very narrow, does it makes it hard to focus manually?

I would also like to see some good quality samples with this lens.

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Marco HG New Member • Posts: 11
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

omne wrote:

I'm going to get this lens for a crop body for portrait photography. it seems very interesting to me to have such a fast lens at that price.

Hi there!

I should start by saying I'm VERY far from being a pro But I agree, it's a very nice lens with great quality for the price. I've being using it for quite some time now, but unfortunately I've dropped it to the ground and, even if it still works, it seems it's having problems focusing, so I guess I'll have to buy another one (or maybe the 1.4 :D).

I would like to know how do you use your 50/1.8 on a crop camera?

The focus ring is positioned at the front edge of the lens and is very narrow, does it makes it hard to focus manually?

I have never used manual focus that much with any lens, so I'm not particularly used to it, but I found focusing manually VERY hard with this lens. The focus ring is, in fact, pretty "unconfortable" to use, and it has a very short stroke (is that how you say it? I mean there's no much space between the two extremes, forgive my bad english); also, it is not perfectly fluid. And if you use it at f1.8, the DOF is so short that I ended up with out of focus subject even with small mistakes.

I used it on a Canon Rebel Xti, I now own a 60D so maybe it would be easier with LiveView and 10x magnification; haven't tried it yet, though.

I use it on AF 95% of the times (when light allows, at least); I found that it gives best results at about f2.8.

I would also like to see some good quality samples with this lens.

I haven't taken pics particularly worth showing, but my favourite is this one:

Have fun with the new toy

facedodge
facedodge Regular Member • Posts: 309
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

Yes, the focus ring is garbage, but it works and you'll get fantastic shots. It's the perfect length for crop sensors at effective 80mm.

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omne OP Forum Member • Posts: 87
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

Thank you both for your comments, could you please also take a look at my other thread, it seems choosing the lenses is getting harder and harder... http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1029&message=42322891

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scrane Senior Member • Posts: 1,368
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

There is nothing wrong with the 50/1.8 as a first lens. It is sharp and a good match for a beginner. Initial cost is low.

People have been buying 50mm as a starter lens for SLRs for decades. Although that 50mm will translate to a 75mm effective focal length it is still a good lens to learn the fundamentals of photography.

People can recommend hundreds of lenses for you, but only you can really determine over time where your specific photo interests lie. Once you shoot with the 50mm for a while you'll have a better idea where you want to go from there.

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rsn48 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,254
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 mk 1

Try to purchase a used Canon 50mm f1.8 mk 1 lens (it can only be purchased used). Its a much better lens than the newer one. It will take you a bit longer to find one and purchase it but its worth it. The older lens will also cost more, most likely.

http://www.prime-junta.net/pont/Reviews/g_Fifty_versus_fifty/a_Fifties_duel_--_f1.4_vs_f1.8.html

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omne OP Forum Member • Posts: 87
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

scrane wrote:

People can recommend hundreds of lenses for you, but only you can really determine over time where your specific photo interests lie. Once you shoot with the 50mm for a while you'll have a better idea where you want to go from there.

Thanks for the advice.

rsn48 wrote:

Try to purchase a used Canon 50mm f1.8 mk 1 lens (it can only be purchased used). Its a much better lens than the newer one. It will take you a bit longer to find one and purchase it but its worth it. The older lens will also cost more, most likely.

http://www.prime-junta.net/pont/Reviews/g_Fifty_versus_fifty/a_Fifties_duel_--_f1.4_vs_f1.8.html

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That's probably a good idea, as you said the old version looks so much better, specially the focus ring.

EvokeEmotion Contributing Member • Posts: 998
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

80mm, not 75. We're talking Canon here.

scrane wrote:

50mm will translate to a 75mm effective focal length

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Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

EvokeEmotion wrote:
80mm, not 75. We're talking Canon here.

scrane wrote:

50mm will translate to a 75mm effective focal length

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ultimitsu Veteran Member • Posts: 6,623
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

omne wrote:

I'm going to get this lens for a crop body for portrait photography. it seems very interesting to me to have such a fast lens at that price.

I used to use it at F1.8, but countless OOF pictures really put me off. OVF is designed to increase DOF so you can not tell if the picture is OOF through OVF. often you will only find out after you open them up in computer. Besides that, I never found 50 F1.8 to be sharp enough at F1.8 even when it focuses correctly.

I would like to know how do you use your 50/1.8 on a crop camera?

These days I only use it at F2.8 onwards, mostly F4 to F5.6 that is where it is the sharpest and slight OOF is hidden by larger DOF.

curradob Contributing Member • Posts: 965
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

I've had the 50 f/1.8 for quite a while and just "upgraded" to the 50 mm f/1.4

Here's a sample from the 50 f/1.8

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Bernard D Contributing Member • Posts: 700
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

I should start that it's a lens worth buying.

BUT, I purchased the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II XR LD IF ASL Lens in December 2010, and I basically never used the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II since.

Why ? Because I can't get focus with it half the time, it's a random thing for this lens, where my Tamron is more precise, all the time, and as sharp at 2.8+.

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Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

It's a great lens if you get a copy that's well calibrated with your body.

Doug MacMillan Senior Member • Posts: 1,847
Lovely photo!

Wonderful expressions on both! You are justly proud of that photo!

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scruffie0 Junior Member • Posts: 25
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

I found the same thing when I first got this lens (a lot of pictures were slightly out of focus) I discovered that because it has a very shallow depth of field if you set it to A1 servo 100% of your pictures will be sharp.

Marco HG
Marco HG New Member • Posts: 11
Re: Lovely photo!

Thank you so much for your kind words Doug

Gautam Majumdar Forum Pro • Posts: 13,264
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

Good for flower photography as well

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omne OP Forum Member • Posts: 87
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

Thank you all for your advices and photo samples.

Bernard D wrote:

I should start that it's a lens worth buying.

BUT, I purchased the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II XR LD IF ASL Lens in December 2010, and I basically never used the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II since.

That Tamron also seems to be a good choice for me in addition with EF50/1.8

Could you please take a look at my question here regarding Tamron 17-50:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1043&message=42339104

englishman wrote:

It's a great lens if you get a copy that's well calibrated with your body.

What do you mean? does it have good and bad? how can I tell?

itsDing
itsDing Senior Member • Posts: 1,482
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

For SCRUFF. How does A1 servo make the pictures sharper than the other settings? l may have a good copy but see no difference.

alex2b Regular Member • Posts: 213
Re: How do you use your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

Those are great photos. Particularly the second one and the last one. It shows that it is not about the gear (although a DSLR definitely helps to catch the exact moment), but mostly about the photographer.

Well done!

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