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05/11/2015 03:19:14 PM · #1
New canon 50

They went with a 7-blade circular aperture, I'm guessing the Bokeh is gonna be more pleasing than previous model..

$129.99 pre-order on amazon..
05/11/2015 03:34:20 PM · #2
Originally posted by buzzrock:

New canon 50

They went with a 7-blade circular aperture, I'm guessing the Bokeh is gonna be more pleasing than previous model..

$129.99 pre-order on amazon..


interesting. the bokeh was the big drawback on that lens (as well as the painful AF performance). if the bokeh is nice and the its still as sharp as the old, that will be a killer lens for the price.
05/11/2015 03:51:41 PM · #3
Is this a replacement for my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II? It says STM - I am not familiar with that term.
05/11/2015 03:55:35 PM · #4
Stepper Motor Technology - quieter AF for video shooters.
05/11/2015 03:57:23 PM · #5
Originally posted by Paul:

Stepper Motor Technology - quieter AF for video shooters.


Thanks Paul. Sounds like a new item to add to my list of toys though I did have the 50mm 1.4 on my list.
05/11/2015 04:13:14 PM · #6
From the MTF plots, looks like the basic optical formula is *very* similar, but they did add the latest coatings which should help flare, global contrast and transmission. The upgraded aperture should provide noticeably better bokeh, and the STM will be a boon for video shooters. Overall, at a price of $125, what's not to like?
05/11/2015 04:22:42 PM · #7
And a metal mount and overall better build quality. There's very little incentive to get the 50/1.4 over this.
05/11/2015 06:06:31 PM · #8
Originally posted by MEJazz:

And a metal mount and overall better build quality. There's very little incentive to get the 50/1.4 over this.


Indeed. I have the 50/1.4, and I've been thinking about swapping it out for the Sigma. It is very dated at this point, and optically behind.
05/11/2015 10:24:17 PM · #9
Interesting, it seemed like all the other new lenses they released lately came with a massive price raise. Surprised to see this one priced so well.

I don't shoot Canon anymore/yet but when I save up some money (unless more stuff breaks in my house) I'll get a 5D and probably one of these or an 85.
05/12/2015 12:08:07 AM · #10
Originally posted by kirbic:

Indeed. I have the 50/1.4, and I've been thinking about swapping it out for the Sigma. It is very dated at this point, and optically behind.


Sigma Art is just out of this world. Even the older EX version was pretty good but definitely had AF accuracy issues. I tried the new ART and was blown away - had to buy one.
05/12/2015 01:17:21 AM · #11
Originally posted by MadMan2k:

Interesting, it seemed like all the other new lenses they released lately came with a massive price raise. Surprised to see this one priced so well.


Most likely because Canon didn't force the "IS" onto it. Any lens with IS on it doubles in price compared to its non-IS sibling. Canon recognize that they will always need a cheap but optically excellent "nifty fifty" and can't afford to be without one in their lineup.
06/02/2015 03:32:37 PM · #12
Has anyone tested this lens yet? I'm thinking of getting one as I would like a lighter lens for (urban) holidays. Don't get me wrong, I love my 24-70, but find it a bit heavy waking/cycling around. If you have other suggestion feel free to advice :)
06/02/2015 03:52:02 PM · #13
Here's a review of the lens that I think covers things pretty well. Bottom line, for $125, it's a great value. It is a significant improvement in build over its predecessor, and optically is better in some, but not all respects.
06/02/2015 06:39:51 PM · #14
I just got one Saturday. Have an entry in with it. Still testing it out, but I'm liking it so far.
06/03/2015 07:17:16 AM · #15
Originally posted by kirbic:

Here's a review of the lens that I think covers things pretty well. Bottom line, for $125, it's a great value. It is a significant improvement in build over its predecessor, and optically is better in some, but not all respects.


Thanks for the link. I've read a couple of reviews and they all seem to agree that the lens is best between f/4 and f/8, which seem appropriate for what I want to use it for. Also, like you say its good value for money. I would probably not buy it if it was still plastic as the optical quality is only slightly improved.
06/03/2015 07:19:46 AM · #16
Originally posted by Elaine:

I just got one Saturday. Have an entry in with it. Still testing it out, but I'm liking it so far.


Good to know! Thanks! :)
06/03/2015 09:00:20 AM · #17
Originally posted by ArnaMarie:

...I would probably not buy it if it was still plastic as the optical quality is only slightly improved.


Yep, the metal mount and higher-quality materials in the body are a game changer here. The other feature that really sets it apart from the predecessor is the AF. The STM focus isn't any faster than before, but it is very quiet by all accounts, and you get full-time manual focus to boot.
As far as optical quality, do try shooting portraits at f/2.8 or f/2; If you aren't pixel peeping in the far corners, I think you will be surprised at how good it can be.
06/03/2015 09:18:09 AM · #18
Originally posted by kirbic:

Yep, the metal mount and higher-quality materials in the body are a game changer here. The other feature that really sets it apart from the predecessor is the AF. The STM focus isn't any faster than before, but it is very quiet by all accounts, and you get full-time manual focus to boot.


Yeah, I saw a video comparing a STM and a "regular" ultrasonic motor (can't remember if it was micromotor or ring-type) and the sound difference was incredible! Thanks for reminding me of the full-time manual focus. That is an important feature for me.

Originally posted by kirbic:

As far as optical quality, do try shooting portraits at f/2.8 or f/2; If you aren't pixel peeping in the far corners, I think you will be surprised at how good it can be.


I don't really do that much portrait shooting, but I have no doubt it can make pretty portraits. Also, I like a bit of vignetting in non-studio/non-white background portraits, so the corners won't be an issue for me :) Nevertheless, the most important thing for me is that it will allow me to take good images, according to my abilities of course :), as a urban holiday lens. The rest is bonus!

With your advice I have decided to buy one. Thanks for your help! Much appreciated!
06/03/2015 10:02:00 AM · #19
great lens. no brainer for the money; I am on my second-(they aren't very durable.)
06/03/2015 01:10:09 PM · #20
Originally posted by blindjustice:

great lens. no brainer for the money; I am on my second-(they aren't very durable.)


You're on your second already?!? With the new metal mount etc.? Or did you mean the previous model?
06/16/2015 09:57:14 AM · #21
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens so quick rated Best Seller at //www.amazon.com/Canon-50mm-1-8-STM-Lens/dp/B00X8MRBCW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1434462823&sr=1-1&keywords=canon+50mm+1.8
06/16/2015 09:57:14 AM · #22
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06/16/2015 12:34:46 PM · #23
I just got mine today! I was so excited that I pretty much ran to the post office the second I got my pick-up notifications. Bare with me, it's only my second lens :) Hehe... Only done a couple of test shot, but so far I am very happy with it. I really feel like I got my money's worth. Going on holiday to Berlin tomorrow. Can't wait to see if my fifty is as nifty as they say! :)
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