New Gear: Canon 50/1.4


Canon 50/1.4

Today was lens trade in day! I traded several old Sigma lenses, and acquired some new gear.

First up is the Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM lens. This is a tiny little lens compared to the L glass I’ve been handling lately, but really seems to do pretty well. I can now shoot photos like the one to the right with no flash, just with ambient lighting.

Indoors with no flash!  (Click to enlarge)

I really got this lens on a bit of a lark. I wanted something fast, for shooting indoor shots during family events and other kinds of indoor activities. This seems to fit that bill.

I’m sure it’ll be fun to play with the extreme DOF, too. I’ve got my eye on the 50/1.0 too — much more extreme DOF — but it’s a ton of money, and something that would seem to be pretty specialized.