Twas maybe ten years ago in camera years I shifted back to using my DSLR after a run of using a compact digital camera. My go to lens, the one used for easily 90% of my photos, has been the Canon 50mm f/1.4 aka “The Nifty Fifty”
But because of packing up, the 1700 mile long road trip this month to Canada, the DSLR has been dormant for almost two weeks, zipped inside the backpack. All my photos in that time done on the iPhone.
With more time the last 2 years spent outside dog walking, I’ve increased the percentage of photos done with the iPhone (I have 6s and no plans to upgrade), and quite often these are ones that get flickr explored.
In fact that just happened last week, more or less a short of Felix sitting calmly on the patio of the Little Red Cafe in Mortlach, BC.
Heck, Felix seems to make it alot, in fact one time two photos of him in a row got in explore (suspect algorithm)?
But back to the nifty fifty lens, it finally came out of the bag yesterday…
I’m actually up to my third Canon 50mm lenses. I seem to drop them about every five years. In April in happened again, at open mic night at THAT Brewery in Pine, AZ, the camera flopped out of my backpack hitting the floor with a bad sound. It worked for a while, but the autofocus mechanism started sticking, and I knew from past experience it was the focus rings in the camera I had mangled.
I had such a reliance on that f1/4 50mm lens and my finger was hovering on the $300+ purchase price on Amazon. But I went back for a bit of research, and found an interesting review from f/stoppers:
Don’t worry, you’re not missing out. The EF 50mm f/1.4 USM has been surpassed in almost every way by its little brother, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. At a price point that’s about one third of the f/1.4 version, it’s a far better value, featuring a newer, more up-to-date autofocus system (STM vs. an older form of USM). The older lens also extends and retracts during focusing, so it’s easier to break. Canon basically cannibalized themselves by releasing such a good lens at such a low price in 2015. I used the 1.4 lens a lot as my first prime, and it’s not one I’d recommend anyone get as their first prime in 2018 when the STM version exists.
I had always thought the plastic and cheaper f/1.8 was inferior but this article suggested it had a more advanced focus system, and also, as I read elsewhere, it had now a stronger metal attachment ring. I got it on Amazon for less than half the price of the f/1.4
It’s lighter, a bit shorter than the f/1.4, and so far I’m pretty damn satisfied with the quality.
But lens, shmens, just get out there, chase light, and take lots of photos.