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    Canon 50mm 1.8

    Hello...just bought the Canon 50mm 1.8 and I have to say I'm not very impressed and I'm having trouble getting sharp pictures.

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    Re: Canon 50mm 1.8

    not to sound snobby, but you get what you pay for...and that lens is very cheap.

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    Re: Canon 50mm 1.8

    I have my second 1.8 ( the first one died mechanically) and cannot complain about sharpness at all. Why don't you send it back to Canon and ask for a new one because they are known to be optically good only the build quality is not really exciting.

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    Re: Canon 50mm 1.8

    Well, if you're going to compare it to Canon's other 50mm lenses, no it's not very impressive. But there is a reason it's called the Fantastic Plastic - for the price, it's pretty fantastic.

    Since everyone has there own idea of what "impressive" and even "sharp" means, perhaps you could post some samples?

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    Re: Canon 50mm 1.8

    Quote Originally Posted by aprillove20 View Post
    Hello...just bought the Canon 50mm 1.8 and I have to say I'm not very impressed and I'm having trouble getting sharp pictures.
    The Zeiss 50mm macro is a much sharper lens.

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    Re: Canon 50mm 1.8

    Are you suggesting ~$1200 lens is better than a $80 lens?

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Planar_ZE.html



    Quote Originally Posted by spotmeter View Post
    The Zeiss 50mm macro is a much sharper lens.

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    Re: Canon 50mm 1.8

    well, for 90 bucks it punches way above it's weight at moderate aperture, and even at f2, is good on center, not great. Edges are another story, but you need to be a f4 or less to get good performance in the field.

    compare it to the canon 50 1.4 and it comes away favorably, in other words, optically not much reason to spend 375$ on the canon. You do get a better build and full time manual focusing, but the wide open performance is not great, not any better than the 1.8.

    canonrumors has it that maybe there is a replacement in the pipeline for the 50 1.4 coming since it is on backorder. maybe they are feeling the heat from the sigma which is better optically and also from the zeiss which is great optically but manual focus.

    I think they could do better. the lens is from eos film days, could stand an update. Keep the price point around 3-450 or so, but then again, it would take away from the L sales.

    why canon doesn't go the leica route and have a summicron-level performance line is beyond me. compact, high performance primes sharp wide open- moderate price. it would not compete with the L series, which are all super fast lenses. and f2 is plenty fast if it is good wide open. f2 on the current 1.4 and 1.8 offerings is only good on center, the edges suffer heavily.

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    Agree on all points.

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