Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II
25 Sep, 2010
Nowadays DSLR’s are becoming as common as Japanese guys wearing make-up. You see them everywhere and they allow you to take great pictures with shallow depth of field. I am not going into the technical stuff because I just don’t know. But what I do want to share is my experience with the Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II.
Having used Pui-Yuk’s camera the Canon 450D (Digital Rebel XSi / Kiss X2 Digital) with the standard kit lens for quite some time now, it wasn’t satisfying any more. The thing with DSLR’s is that the lens has a lot of influence on what the pictures look like. So it was time to get a different lens, but it had to be cheap, because we are students. In the end we bought the Canon EF 50mm F1.8 for about 9000yen (80 euro’s).
For that kind of money (it’s about as cheap as a lens gets) you actually get a lot. Although you are not able to zoom in because it’s fixed to 50mm, the depth of field is really shallow (1.8 the lower the shallower). From my personal opinion this makes the pictures look so much better.
The fixed 50mm (effectively 80mm on a non full-frame camera) makes it more of a challenge to take a good picture, because you have to stand quite far away from the subject. But this really trains you to better think about taking pictures. Which makes this even more worth the investment.
So what do the pictures look like with the Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II.
The pink washing line is clsoe to the camera blurry but sharp further up, this is the shallow depth of field.
So we went to Asakusa and took some pictures. The focus is on the leaves and the people standing on the right. With the blurry background, this makes them more the subject of the photo.
As it’s slowly becoming dark, I notice that this lens captures a lot more light. This enables you to take better pictures in the dark.
Even when it was getting really dark, the shutter time was kept to a minimum and it was really easy taking good pictures. No insane high ISO needed either.
It’s also possible to take pictures without a lot of blur. This is done by focusing on something further away rather than really close. The closer the object you focus on the more blur occurs.
Oohw and just end up with a picture of a nice dog :P
The lens is great for portrait’s and as shown above also for scenery. On the down-side it’s harder to shoot moving objects, due to the shallow DOF and shooting in small spaces, because of the zoom. In the end I’m really happy with the lens and can recommend it to anyone. If you use a different brand of camera, there is probably something similar out there for you too. If you have a bit more money to spend look into a 35mm F1.4 lens, for even better quality and less zoom.
If you are in Japan buy it from Amazon.co.jp
I also bought it from Amazon, it’s way cheaper than Big Camera, Yodobashi etc. Haven’t found a place that sells it cheaper.
Not in Japan: