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Old Jun 14, 2012, 6:02 AM   #1
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Once upon a time most SLR cameras were delivered with a 50mm lens. Perhaps it should (could) be that way

The 50mm 1.8 is very, very sharp compared to the Canon standard zooms

Anyone using two or three primes in stead of standard zoom? Your over all experience?
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Old Jun 14, 2012, 4:42 PM   #2
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G'day Torgny

50mm lenses mate - yes you're right about them being 'the old standard' and being 'very sharp' too
The physics of optical design for any zoom lens results in a wide set of compromises, and those compromises are reduced for many single-focal length lenses

I think that it is one of the reasons behind the many references to a 'nifty-fifty' lens that I see in many of the current magazines - where the APS 50mm lens gives an image size very close to 35mm film x 80mm > where it becomes very useful for portraiture and macro work

I think also that we today accept 'optical-versatility' ahead of 'total-sharpness'

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Old Jun 14, 2012, 9:20 PM   #3
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Everything in photo gear is a compromise. It took me a little while to figure this out, but I believe it to be true. We all want it all, but we have to figure out what is important to us personally. Do I want f/1.8? Mega-zoom? Crystal-clear focus? Something I can carry without hurting my neck? Something I can carry without hurting my wallet? I've played with multiple approaches and finally found a personal comfort zone. For me, it's not the Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 monster lens. Realistically, I think the logical approach is to have a versatile zoom lens for taking "pictures" and one or more prime lenses for making photographs. With this in mind, I carry a Sigma 17-70mm and a fixed 30mm f/1.4 for my crop sensor T1i. The 30mm gives me the equivalent of a 50mm on a full frame, and the combination of the two still fits in a compact camera bag for easy travel. That's my compromise.
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Old Jun 15, 2012, 9:37 AM   #4
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The nifty-fifty
I have one, at its price no reason not to!

But it is all plastic construction, slow to focus, and fairly noisy when operating.
It's image quality is good though.

The 50 f/1.4 on the other hand is quiet, fast and not all plastic
It does cost a bit more
(about 119$us for the f/1.8 and 369$us for the f/1.4)

Neither the 50mm f/1.8 or the f/1.4 are L class lenses, the 50mm f/1.2 L on the other hand is but the cost takes a massive wallet frightening jump up.
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Old Jun 21, 2012, 9:53 AM   #5
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I use my zooms for most all outdoor shooting (24-105L, 70-200L f2.8, 70-300 and 10-22 all Canon lenses), for indoor I use 50 1.4, 50 1.8, 100L. I find that either zoom or fix lens does a fine job for me. Maybe I just like buying lenses.
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My accountant (my wife) is the one who keeps buying all my camera gear. We now have more gear than talent.
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