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Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM
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The Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM
This is Canon’s better non-L series 50mm lens that features a f/1.4 aperture. The wide aperture allows the lens to be used in dim lighting, but it shows better sharpness stopped down to f/2.0 or so. The lens blurs backgrounds nicely, but because of its wider depth of field it cannot do nearly as good a job as the 85mm lenses can. It’s a good lens for group portraits or spontaneous indoor pictures, especially when you don’t want to bother everyone with your flash.
There is an old urban legend, that when NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. NASA scientists spent $2 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 degrees Celsius. The Russians used a pencil.
This is the pencil of 50mm lenses. You can spend a lot more and get something cool and fancy. This just does the job efficiently and at a good price. Small enough to fit in your pocket, it’s nice to carry around “just in case I need a wide aperture.” This one’s a very nice lens at a bargain price. The AF motor is a bit buzzy and not the quickest or most accurate, though.
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