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50mm f1.8

Canon 50mm f1.8 III

After years without an update, Canon is finally giving their 50mm f1.8 lens some new moxy. This is their third iteration in the EOS lineup and it seems to combine the best of both of the previous versions. The Canon 50mm f1.8 III has a metal mount, seven aperture blades, new lens coatings and a new STM motor for more silent focusing.

The new lens can focus and close at 14 inches away, has a 49mm front filter thread and weighs in at only 5.61 oz.

Best of all: it’s still cheap on the price-side of things.

The new lens will be available for $125 and is currently on pre-order at B&H Photo. Shipping begins later this month.

We’ve got no word if this thing is capable of resolving the 50MP Canon 5Ds or 5DsR; but if it is then it has stepped leaps and bounds ahead of lots of the company’s L lenses.


The Nikon D5500 clearly shows off the company’s continued evolution of their more entry level offerings–to the point where it pretty much seems to be targeting the mirrorless camera market. It’s small; in fact during our initial meeting with Nikon we found it to be comparable to the full frame mirrorless Sony A7 camera. And while it’s small, Nikon is still trying to do things that don’t sacrifice on build quality, feel, and features.

The Nikon D5500 sports a 24.2MP APS-C sensor with no OLPF at the heart. Other specs include a 3.2 inch vari-angle LCD touch screen (yes, touch screen), the EXPEED 4 imaging processor, ISOs ranging from 100-25,600, 5 fps shooting, and similar video capabilities to the D750.

Yes, these are all very cool features for an entry level DSLR (or a step above it.) But they’re still not our favorite thing about this camera.

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Photographer Miguel Quiles recently set out to prove that you don’t need to best camera and lens setup in the world to deliver amazing photography results. Instead, he wanted to teach folks about how important lighting is. As part of a blog post for the Photoflex lighting school, he decided to pit a Canon 5D Mk III with an 85mm f1.2 L lens against a 7D with a 50mm f1.8. Then he used the same lighting setup with each camera kit, edited the results and compared them.

If you’re not looking at the images at 100% (and most clients that you’re shooting for won’t) you won’t really be able to tell the differences between the images, nor would you have any particular issues with them. In fact, with even more editing in Lightroom (which is really just the push and pull of a couple of sliders) you can make them look even more similar.

What Miguel was overall trying to show though is that you don’t need a really expensive camera setup to shoot better images; just effective lighting.

Check the video out after the jump.

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Nikon D300

After buying a new camera with its obligatory kit lens, the number one question I am often asked is, “What lens should I buy?” Now, I usually follow this up with the question of what does the person like to shoot as that can really influence how I respond.

But the truth is that many new photographers haven’t even really figured that out yet. They’re shooting a little bit of everything. So, it’s important to make suggestions for additional lenses that will not only serve their “generalist” approach to photography, but will also be useful to them as they discover their own personal niche.

Though the kit lens that comes with your Nikon camera provides good performance for virtually all types of photography, photographers quickly realize the limits of such lenses.

So, if you are a beginner photographer who is eager to make use of some of that empty space in your camera bag, here are a few lenses that I think every beginner needs.

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All My 50s 20130908Gservo-0138

Honestly, you may not believe the amount of 50mm lenses I own. Ever since I got my first one, I’ve been infatuated with them. They are not just fashion accessories, they are fantastic tools. I don’t use 50mm lenses everyday, however I find uses for, most of them, here and there. You see, the 50mm focal length can do almost anything. The 50mm lens is a normal lens–its perspective closely matches the human eye. They are great examples of what prime lenses should be as well. At first glance they all seem to do basically the same thing.

However they are not all created equal. That’s a good thing.

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Do you love your 50mm f1.8? Well, according to a new patent that Canon Watch found, you could be seeing a 50mm f1.8 IS coming out sooner or later–which means that it will have Image Stabilization for those of you not caught up on the lingo. The translation of the patent comes from Egami, and it further explains that the IS might be similar to that in the 35mm f2 IS lens, which we reviewed not long ago. The patented design shows that it will also seem to have 8 elements in 7 groups.

An update to the lens has long been ignored because the sales volumes are huge. Indeed, everyone tells everyone else that the first lens you should get is the 50mm f1.8. But in the long run, we weren’t a fan.

If something like this comes soon and Canon manages to keep the price point down, it may be another hit.

Via Canon Watch