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Old Nov 11, 2005, 6:16 PM   #11
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Actually, its a pretty amazing shot.

I must admit I've never seen bokeh like that.

I wonder if all Canon 50mm F1.8 shot bokeh's look like that?

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Old Nov 15, 2005, 10:34 PM   #12
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Well... now it looks like I will need to take the lens back

I was sure it was focusing accurately before, but now it's not. Maybe this is indicative of how easily damaged the lens is (though nothing's happened to it as far as I'm aware).

I always swore I'd never do one of these ruler tests, but I couldn't resist after I took a couple portraits today and found them out-of-focus.

The focus point for all pictures was the 16" line





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Old Dec 8, 2005, 7:38 PM   #13
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Is this a common problem for that lens?

I was looking to get a new 50mm f/1.8 lens for my rebel XT but if it breaks that easily or doesn't focus properly (I probably won't notice it -i'll just have bad pictures) then maybe i should consider a more expensive one?
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its not that common.. most ppl enjoy their thrifty-fifties..
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Old Dec 11, 2005, 5:05 AM   #15
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I ended up keeping the lens, and I'm satisfied with it. The focusing has been fine in real-world applications (the OOF candid portraits that prompted the ruler test were taken in really tough circumstances).

This lens spends a lot of time on the camera. I like having a fixed focal length. In fact, I'm thinking about eventually using exclusively primes.

Here's one of my recent pictures with the 50 (at f/2.8 )


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Old Dec 30, 2005, 1:34 AM   #16
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I'd recommend you look at the f1.4: http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/50v50



Or maybe the new Sigma 30f1.4 is more up your alley: http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/50v30
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