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Canon 50mm Lenses: Main Page

Canon offers three 50mm lenses. The exciting lens is the 50mm f/1.2L, but it is out of reach in price for many shooters (about $1500 vs $379 or $119). So how do the 50mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.8 II hold up against the Bad Boy?

The right tool for the job

The 50/1.2L is a magical lens whose appeal does not result from being tack sharp; instead, it offers lovely blur characteristics in the f/1.2 - f/2.8 range. So when viewing the comparison, keep intended usage in mind.

The 50/1.8 II is so cheap that it’s a throw away... perfect for salt and sand and volcanoes. But also very light and very compact.

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Diglloyd DAP is DSLR-oriented, but also contains workflow and other topics. Much of the focus is on Canon and Nikon but also Pentax and Pentax medium format.

Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly some of the new Sigma Art lenses vs Nikon and Canon.
  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to full camera resolution, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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