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03/22/2009 01:41:41 PM · #1
Does anyone know if we've done a "50 mm only" challenge in the past?

I've hot a "legacy" Nikon 50 mm from my mother that is a beautiful lens. I'm enjoying being forced to compose by moving rather than zooming. Thought it might make for an interesting challenge to bring out the "old glass."

Thoughts?

Barry
03/22/2009 01:44:28 PM · #2
Well, others have suggested aperture-specific challenges, including recently, though I don't know if anyone has specifically suggested 50mm.

03/22/2009 01:45:06 PM · #3
I'd be all over it. My favorite lens is my Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7
03/22/2009 03:36:13 PM · #4
I like probably 90% of the people on this site don't own a 50mm, I have an exquisite Minolta Rokkor f 1.2, 58mm but it is an effective 116mm when i use my digital. I like the concept but it would greatly limit who could participate.

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Nothing like the big eye you get with one of these massive chunks of glass.

Message edited by author 2009-03-22 15:39:05.
03/23/2009 07:30:50 AM · #5
Bump and opinions ... are 50 mm's that uncommon?

Barry

Message edited by author 2009-03-23 07:32:03.
03/23/2009 07:41:16 AM · #6
Originally posted by brayburn:

Bump and opinions ... are 50 mm's that uncommon?

Barry


It's not so much that they are "uncommon" most of us, after all, have a zoom that covers the 50mm length, and I have a 50mm f/1.8 as well, but it's that "50mm" is a completely different lens on a full frame (where it's a "normal lens"), on an APS-C sensor (like mine, where it's about an 80mm) and on a point-n-shoot (where even if your camera tells you in the EXIF the focal length it's shooting at, 50mm is still the equivalent of a short telephoto), so what would be the point of the challenge?

R.
03/23/2009 07:43:41 AM · #7
I *HATED* the 50mm 1.8 I had bought 'cause it seems to always be mentioned as a "Must Have" for proper photographers, and promptly got rid of it.......

I'll take a pass......8>)
03/23/2009 07:50:30 AM · #8
the idea of 50mm challenge is not such a bad idea..... a very traditional focal length.... on a small sensor I would have to use a 28mm or a 35mm lens, depending on camera to get relatively close to the visual effect of that focal length on a full frame.
03/23/2009 08:45:16 AM · #9
Originally posted by brayburn:

Bump and opinions ... are 50 mm's that uncommon?

Barry

No, not uncommon at all. I think they are quite popular.

Canon - approx 4000 50's (5 models) in the hands of DPCr's
Nikon - around 2000 (3 models).
Sony/Minolta - little over 100+ (3 models).
Pentax - little over 100+ (4 models).
Sigma - little over 100+ (11 models).

Main problem you'd run into with a specific focal length lens is that it pretty much excludes the P&S camera owners, so in the end it's not really going to fly. Would make for a fun side challenge (think it's been done before).
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