Canon 50mm 1.8 not happy

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  1. madjace

    madjace TPF Noob!

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    I bought the nifty fifty yesterday and apart from the low light capabilities it doesn't seem to have much going for it. I thought it would take very sharp images. Am I judging too quickly ? I am thinking of trying to return it


     
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    A picture says more than thousand words ;-) Where are yours?
     
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    The f1.8 is not among the auto-focus champions, that's what I found out. Takes time focussing and has a hard time focussing in low light situations. But once it catches on and DOES focus, the outcome is quite pleasant to look at, I think. And in light situations where the auto-focus can no longer "see" enough, manual focus and voilà! ;-)

    Let's see what you have!
     
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    Also, when you check out pictures on this site, there are more than 11K sharp pictures with this lens ... how did they do it? ;-)

    Full-size sample photos from Canon 50mm F/1.8
     
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    Have you fallen into the trap of shooting everything at 1.8? That's generally what a lot of people do when they get their first fast piece of glass.
     
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    I did that for a month or two as well and was pretty disappointed until I started stopping up to around f/5.6-f/11. That is the sharp range for this lens and it has not steered me wrong since. It is still my main lens.

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    As mentioned, at f/1.8 you do get a very shallow depth of field. Everything outside will appear blurred. So check your settings if this is the problem.
     
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    Make sure your shutter speed is fast enough as well - both you and your subjects might move.
     
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    The very first camera and lens I had I stopped all my shots down to 2.8. I'm just weird I guess.
     
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    You're not the first to express that kind of doubt.

    However, as mentioned few fast lenses used at their widest aperture produce good sharp focus. Stop the lens down so it is in it's focus 'sweet spot' range of apertures f/3.5 to f/11, to more sccurately assess the sharpness the lens produces.
     
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    It also takes time to get used to a lens, especially if you're newer to the hobby/field. They all have their quirks and sweet spots.

    I have several very nice very expensive lenses, and still without question I've found my "best" pictures come from that 50mm 1.8. It's a RIDICULOUSLY good lens. Again, you should post some examples so we can see.

    Most people rush out and try to take pictures in the dark at F1.8 and that's basically like trying to force it to do the hardest thing you can possibly imagine right out of the gate without really understanding how the thing works. It rarely goes well.
     

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