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December 25, 2005

Canon 50mm f/1.8

My (wonderful!) parents gifted me with the 50mm Canon lens I'd been looking at, and it certainly does live up to its "plastic fantastic" nickname. Inexpensive lens (as far as lenses go), plastic body, the AF/MF switch feels awful, and there's not even a distance scale... but damn does it take beautiful pictures.

Out-of-focus point light sources are a little distracting as they take on the pentagonal shape of the aperture, but otherwise I can't offer up anything critical of the images. And to finally have a fast lens... At 1.8, I snagged a couple pictures handheld with nothing but a tiny bit of morning window light at ISO 400. Very nice.

And oh holy crap do I love what you can do with it wide open for portraiture. Face perfectly in focus, extremities softly blurred, and the background wholly de-emphasized. It's gorgeous.

Posted by Colin at December 25, 2005 12:25 PM

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I shall be purchasing the same lens this week after borrowing Adam's for the past few days. I love it so, so much! I can't wait to see what you do with it! :)

Posted by: Dyanna [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 26, 2005 8:18 PM

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