Canon 50mm f1.4 experiences
25/01/2011 - 22:48Over the weekend I realised that I needed a faster lens for low light shooting so after a bit of reading I have decided on the canon 50mm f1.4. This blog will record my initial experiences with it.
First impressions are that it is quite well made (clearly not up too L standards but at around £300 one wouldn't expect it to be). Its remarkable in having the micromotor USM but still keeping full time manual focusing, a nice touch
Initial tests on my canon 7D showed that it needed a small amount of focus micro-adjustment (+4) after which it seems pretty much spot on.. I've only had the chance for a few test shots so far and for some of it I had the remarkable experience of having too much light! Doing some shots on Bournemouth seafront at lunchtime I was exceeding the maximum shutter speed of 1/8000th sec when trying to shoot at f1.4, so had to bring the aperture up to f2.2.
At this value the sharpness, resolution, colour and contrast were quite superb, with suprising depth of field for such a wide aperture
Here's one such shot, taken from the entrance to the pier: