Posts Tagged ‘50mm’

DigitalRev Compares the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II with Its Yongnuo Clone

DigitalRev TV, the Top Gear of photography, is the latest to do a hands-on comparison of the classic Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens against its new copycat competitor, the YongNuo 50mm f/1.8. In DigitalRev’s typical fashion, Kai offers a humorous yet insightful look at how the two products compare against one another in performance and build. (Note: there’s a bit of strong language).

Here’s the conclusion: “As a lens in itself, it’s alright for the money. It does the job, it takes half decent images, and performs well enough. But as a copy, it is quite a way off.”

A Hands On Comparison of the 50mm f/1.8 Lenses by Canon and Yongnuo

Photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup shot a hands on test video that pits the new Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 against the pricier version by Canon. “Yongnuo recently released their first autofocus lens, and it’s half the price of the Canon version,” they write. “We test it to see if we can recommend it for beginning photographers who want an inexpensive, fast lens.”

They conclude that even though the Canon 50mm is the better all-around lens, the Yongnuo “makes a good choice for photographers who want to experiment with primes and background blur” and for “filmmakers and everyone using manual focus.” You can find our previous reviews here and here.

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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