Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II experiences

A couple of weeks ago I’ve got my 50mm back. I had to return it because it had some serious front focusing issue.
The replacement looks okay, I’ve performed a live-view AF micro-adjustment test, this one and I only had to add +2.

I’m using it for a while now, it’s definitely worth the money, but I think it’s recommended to use it between f/2.8 and f/11.
For example at f/1.8 you will likely to see a lot of chromatic aberration and ghosting.

Like in this image:

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Don’t get my wrong, the sharpness it’s pretty good, the bokeh is okayish, but you need to fix that chromatic aberration…

Here is the full size, fixed version:

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My Canon Bag

But considering the amount of money it costs, it’s still the best way to get better than the kit lens cheaply. I highly recommend it to anyone, but you will need a little bit of luck to get a good copy.

Photography here I come

Couple of weeks ago – after a lot of searching – I’ve finally bought my first DSLR, a Canon EOS 70D with a 18-55mm IS STM kit lens.

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It was a very difficult decision, the other alternative was the Nikon D7100. I’ve chose the Canon because of the video functions and the overall lens options. Yes, it has WiFi, tilty-shifty touch-screen but those are minor things.

About buying a new camera here is an advice:
Spend on lens more then on the camera body. I would say in a 65-35 or 70-30 ratio.
There are many discussion and videos about this, but the point is, the lens is more value then the body, because after 5-10 years you will get a new body, but you don’t have to buy the lens again, because the lens technology is developing slower than the body.

I’ve used the 70D with the kit lens for a month now, generally I’m pleased with the overall performance and usability, it’s a lot different then my Sony DSC-H50. The RAW file format is a huge factor, it’s astonishing what you can get from it, recover the shadows, tuning the exposure and the white balance.
For me now it’s clear that this is an expensive and time consuming hobby. Time I have plenty, but money…

I’m still learning how to do things, how to get better results, but it’s complex. E.g. to get the best from the video you have to use a flat picture profile and colour grade it later in post. Same goes for audio.

After some time I’ve needed and upgrade over the kit lens, so yesterday I’ve bought a Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II lens. I was a little surprised that, it needed a +17 micro-adjustment out of the box, thank god the 70D support this feature. Right now I’m testing the lens, and still learning the whole photography thing.

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Currently my main photography profile is drifting, but I’m interested in cars,landscape and in timelaps too.

All my photos are can be found on Flick and on 500px

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29629474@N05/
500px: http://500px.com/ViktorArlett

My gear:

  • Sony DSC-H50
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
  • Canon Outdoor Accessory Kit (bag + Joby Gorillapod)

My wishlist:

  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM – for video; good all around lens
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM – for Sport; old but still the most affordable L lens
  • Canon EF 135 F/2L USM
  • A good tripod
  • 95 Mb/s SanDisk SDHC memorycard
  • BlackRapid strap

If you are also a beginner here are some great YouTube channels which can help you a lot of learning photography:

I also highly recommend the DPreview.com website, it helped me a lot choosing and to get an overall view of the cameras.