Posts Tagged ‘50mm’

Testing the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 with Nightscape Photography

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February has brought back the galactic core of the Milky Way into the sky. It is now rising in the east just before sunrise. Each week it will rise a little bit earlier in the night.

I have a trip planned for this spring and have been thinking about some of the shots I want to do. One of them is one where I think a lens longer than the 24mm might be useful to really bring some mountains and the Milky Way together.
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Comparing the Optics of the $40 Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 and the $125 Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

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I recently did a simple review that compared Yongnuo’s new $40 clone of the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II. Today I will dive a little deeper into how the two lenses stack up optically.

There’s only so much that can be tested in home without fancy gear (MTF charts and the like) so I did a few tests that gauge common aesthetic qualities, using techniques that are often recommended for testing at home.
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Thriftier Fifty: Yongnuo Has Cloned the Cheap Canon 50mm f/1.8 II to Make it Even Cheaper

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Back in September, we reported that Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo has expanded its cloned gear business to include copycat lenses, starting with the Canon 50mm f/1.4. Now a new clone has emerged: the super popular “thrifty fifty” Canon 50mm f/1.8 II (also known as the “nifty fifty” and “plastic fantastic”).
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Photographer Buys and Saws a Broken Canon 50mm f/1.8, Creates a $27 DIY Tilt-Shift Lens

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We’ve shared in the past how a broken lens can be used for “freelensing,” or taking tilt-shift-esque photographs.

Photographer and lens hacker Witono Halim did this by buying a broken 50mm f/1.8 online for $25, sawing a piece off, and combining everything into a ugly-yet-functional lens with $2 of duct tape.
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Yongnuo Expanding into Lenses, Shows Off a Canon 50mm f/1.4 Clone

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Yongnuo is a Chinese company that’s known for making cheaper third-party alternatives to pricier camera gear. While they’ve focused on lighting equipment and various accessories up to this point, the company is now branching into a bigger and better market: lenses.

The first product announced is the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.4 (shown above). If you mistook it for the Canon 50mm f/1.4, you’re not alone.
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35mm or 50mm: Deciding On Your First Prime

In one of those rare more-informative-than-funny Top Gear DigitalRev episodes, Kai tries to help beginners decide what they should buy for their first prime: a nifty 50mm, or a more versatile 35mm. Read more…

Review: Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 is Simply Stunning, Stunningly Simple

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In a world where there’s an always-on march of forward progress driven by the notion that bigger is better, I find it refreshing to see that at least one company is keeping things simple.

Sigma is rumored to be releasing three new primes in the coming months: a 24mm, 85mm and 135mm. These would add to an already amazing set of standard prime lenses for full frame cameras, the superb 35mm f/1.4 and the 50mm f1.4. And it’s that 50mm that I’ve been positively loving for the past month and is our focus today. Read more…

This is What Photos Captured with a 50mm f/0.75 Lens Look Like

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You might think you have a fast lens if it tops f/1.2 or f/1.0, but that’s nothing compared to the De Oude Delft 50mm f/0.75. It’s one of the fastest lenses in the world, and — compared to other super speedy lenses — isn’t that expensive.
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New Sigma 50mm Gets Full-Time MF, USB Dock Coming to Sony & Pentax Mounts

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In addition to actually announcing the much-praised 50mm f/1.4 Art lens last week, Sigma also revealed a useful unknown feature for the new 50, as well as some hardware updates for their entire glass line-up. Read more…

Mitakon to Release 50mm f/0.95 Full-Frame E-mount Lens on April 20th

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Three months after SonyAlphaRumors shared the first image samples taken using a prototype of the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame E-mount lens, one of their “trusted sources” has informed them the lens will be officially released on April 20th. Read more…