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    Here's two samples. No post-processing other than basics in Picasa; WB was set to something pretty high manually, perhaps 9000K.





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    Taken on a Rebel XTi at f/2.5

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    the nifty 50 is a must have, just because its so cheap :P

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    I'm a big fan of the nifty 50. I get it out quite a bit. Here's a self portrait I did last night using it - very different from my usual stuff. Some slight photoshopping involved. [:P] I'd like to revisit something like this again but put a bit more work/ timeinto it.


    Still, shows how sharp this lens can be.





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    I feel left out...I've never owned the Canon 50mm f/1.8. I was shooting with a friend once and he let me borrow it. I was so disgusted by the build quality, slow focusing, and displeasing bokeh (his copy created oval OOF highlights near the edges of the frame) that I skipped the nifty fifty entirely and went straight for the 50mm f/1.4. I've really enjoyed it.

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    Sean - why so harsh? Rather than putting down this thread contribute to it! Lets keep this forum positive - even for those of us with lesser gear.


    Here is a shot from the lens you mentioned - the original 50mm f/1.8 Date UB0700 - it's still holding it together after all these years.


    40d 50mm 1.8 1/400 ISO 1600 - Buckwheat Festival - Kingwood WV


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    Re: EF 50mm f/1.8 II Best Shot



    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Setters
    I feel left out...I've never owned the Canon 50mm f/1.8. I was shooting with a friend once and he let me borrow it. I was so disgusted by the build quality, slow focusing, and displeasing bokeh (his copy created oval OOF highlights near the edges of the frame) that I skipped the nifty fifty entirely and went straight for the 50mm f/1.4. I've really enjoyed it.

    Agreed - the built quality is mediocre at best andthe focusing is slower than a wet week. BUT it costsa mere$100! At the end of the day you do get what you pay for and the f/1.4 is certainly a better lens... but it certainly doesn't cost $100.


    I've not had any major issues with the bokeh as you saw Sean but either way I've had a lot of fun with the little piece of plasticy goodness.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Gilley
    Sean - why so harsh? Rather than putting down this thread contribute to it! Lets keep this forum positive - even for those of us with lesser gear.

    I apologize if I pulled down the thread. I certainly didn't mean to. I merely pointed out why I passed on the lens after trying it out. It's possible that his copy exhibited traits that are atypical (like the oval OOF highlights). I feel left out because I do see some great looking shots taken with the lens--and maybe that's more of a testament to the person behind the camera rather than the lens in front of it.

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    Re: EF 50mm f/1.8 II Best Shot



    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Setters
    displeasing bokeh (his copy created oval OOF highlights near the edges of the frame)

    Oval OOF highlights, or "cat's eye bokeh", is normal for this lens at f/1.8. Many other lenses have it too; it's caused by vignetting. See the excellent info from Paul van Walree:


    http://toothwalker.org/optics/vignetting.html

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