Last Leaf on the Tree - canon 20d w/50mm Curled Leaf - canon 20d w/50mm

Some more tests with the 50mm wide open at f1.4. I have posted these on flickr before so apologies for those that have already seen them.

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  • Jason Dunsmore

    Great shots! The very shallow DOF makes for an interesting background.

    2006-01-03

  • matt

    I like the top picture, the green contrasts well with the background.

    I recently bought a 50mm 1.4 for my d70s, Its great, I love the DOF.

    2006-01-03

  • Andrew

    I kinda wish I had saved my money for the 1.4, but $100 for the 1.8 was just too good a deal to pass up. I like the look of these shots, but for the price of the 1.4, I would've expected the bokeh to come out looking a bit a more natural.

    2006-01-03

  • Miles

    I had the f1.8 version of this lens for a year before upgrading. All the portraits on this site were taken with it and I was pretty happy with the optical performance, but I needed something with better AF ability and 50mm is definitely my favourite length so in the end I decided to go for it.

    2006-01-03

  • Adrian

    I've been using 50mm in max aperture (1.8 in m case) and I think it's great. You should try some portraits with it.

    2006-01-03

  • Claudi

    Just found your blog, very nice photos, i lkd especially the color contrast. I also need to further test my f1.4, but so far I am really happy with it. Cool backgrounds in these 2 photos.

    2006-01-03

  • pat

    my nikkor 50/1.8 preforms excelent... i was considering saving up for the 50/1.4 but for 100 bucks less i picked up a 35/2, which is easily my favorite lens. the nicest bokeh ive ever seen, and it shows in the pictures.

    2006-01-03

  • nathan

    i just orded the 50 1.8 - should be here tomorrow.

    2006-01-03

  • Jordan

    Something about that top photo is nagging at me -- I don't know what it is. It may be the accidental "halo" around the lower part of the leaf. Cool stuff though.

    I know my 50mm lenses are certainly underused. Too bad you digital folks can't get a similarly priced "normal" fast prime.

    2006-01-03

  • dan culberson

    Call me a complete freak... but I think I like the Bokeh from the f1.8 version better.

    This is based solely on these samples though. It'd be interesting to compare some of your excellent portraits against each other for sharpness and bokeh in the future.

    Thanks for these samples at any rate.

    2006-01-03

  • Miles

    Jordan he 35mm f2 isn't a lot more than the bog standard 50mm and gives a compartively 'standard' length on a cropped camera. It's not as much of a bargain as the f1.8 though. Personally I prefer the 80mmish area for a walk around prime so the 50mm is perfect for me on a cropped camera.

    I took all of these portraits with the f1.8, http://flickr.com/photos/mutephotoblog/sets/250100/. The only problems I had with the lens were slow AF, which meant I was losing way too many shots as the people I photograph don't usually stay still, and the blur was sometimes just downright weird, like in this shot: http://mute.rigent.com/index.php?ladat=2005-05-08 the blur on the left of his jaw is all screwed up.

    I like the roughness of the blur from the f1.8 but I think the f1.4 is superior. I'll be getting back into portraits when I'm in Canada next month and then I'll be able to try the lens out properly.

    It took me a long time to get convinced that it was worthwhile to upgrade but in the end, for what I want to do with the lens, I think it was definitely worth it. I can't wait to start shooting portraits with it.

    2006-01-03

  • prasoon

    nice closeups.. n the dof, awesome !!

    2006-01-04

  • ctfoto

    yours is a wonderful site, Miles... beautiful, whimsical pictures.

    cheers!

    2006-01-04

  • Nicolas

    Nice, feels heavily photoshoped tho? I got a 50mm f1.4 myself and i love shooting with it.. i just lack subjects most of the time tho. Close portraits with a very short dof might be worth trying :) Loving your pics and hoping for more thirst-filling in 2006! cheero.

    2006-01-05

  • Miles

    Nicolas, there's no photoshopping on these beyond a RAW conversion.

    2006-01-05