Tony Northrup Compares the Canon 50mm f1.8 to the Yongnuo 50mm f1.8

Screenshot taken from the video.

Screenshot taken from the video.

Photographer Tony Northrup decided to do a head to head test of the latest competitor to Canon’s nifty 50 lens: the 50mm f1.8. He does some interesting tests, but in some ways, they seem flawed.

Tony compares the autofocus, and clearly states that the Canon optic nails focus while the Yongnuo didn’t quite do it all the way. However, this is common knowledge for almost every third party lens. I’ve tested Sigma, Tamron and Tokina glass all on Canon DSLRs and everything needs micro-adjustment because of the way that autofocus algorithms work and the lenses that your camera has become used to. In fact, Micro-adjustment isn’t hard to do. Sometimes, even Canon glass needs it–and the company has a patent to automatically do it.

To begin with, most folks using studio strobe also most likely use the higher end 50mm lenses.

There are other comparisons too like with vignetting and aberrations–both of which Tony truthfully states are easily fixed in Adobe Lightroom. Bokeh is compared and you see not much of a difference though there are Tony’s explanations of how the lenses will affect your images in real life use.

If you’re a beginner, springing for a 50mm f1.8 is a really nice option, but we overall recommend that you instead go straight to the f1.4 options which will last you much longer in your photography career. I still own the older 50mm f1.4 from Sigma and though I barely use it. It’s there for when I need it and when I do, it gets the job done,

Tony’s video comparing the Canon 50mm f1.8 vs the Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 is after the jump.

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Three Lenses Every Beginning Canon DSLR User Needs


So now you’re a Canon DSLR owner. Congrats; you’ve made a great decision by joining up with one of the most comprehensive and well supported camera systems out there. Not only will get you some truly spectacular image quality, but you’ll also be rewarded with loads of great features to make image taking an even better experience.

But now that you’re a DSLR owner: know that your image quality mostly comes from your lenses. In fact, your lenses can indeed be more important than your camera. And with that in mind, consider these favorites of ours.

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Quick Comparison: Canon 50mm f/1.8, Sigma 50mm f/1.4, and Zeiss 50mm f/1.4

A few months back we took a look at Sigma’s excellent 50mm f/1.4 and compared it to quite possibly the best value in photography, Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 II. My thought when performing this comparison was to determine if the Sigma was truly and upgrade from the nifty fifty. While Canon’s nifty fifty put up an amazing fight, we found the Sigma to be better lens is just about every way. This was to be expected from a lens that costs nearly four times as much as the nifty fifty.

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Should You Upgrade?: Canon 50mm f/1.8 II to Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

Canon 5D with Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM shot at f/5.6

Regardless of what you shoot or what brand of equipment you use, almost everyone owns or has owned a 50mm prime lens. The 50mm focal length is very close to what our eyes actually see so it feels natural to use this lens. But I think the number one reason most people own a 50mm is they are an amazing value. Both Nikon and Canon make wonderful 50mm f/1.8 lenses for less than $125. It’s crazy not to have a 50mm at that price! My 50mm basically lives on my 5D, I hardly ever take it off. If you’re like me and you’re constantly using your 50mm lens, you’ve probably thought about upgrading your cheap 50mm to something faster, more solidly built and something that can produce nicer bokeh. Enter the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM.

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Optimal Primes: How NYCC Made Me Love My 50mm

I’ve already explained how a 50mm F/1.8 lens has changed my shooting after years of using zoom lenses, but after New York Comic-Con a little while back, I feel the need to expand upon it. On my first day at the con, I shot cosplayers with a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USMlens because I felt I needed the wide angle to get the best shots on the crowded floor. The second day, I used my 50mm F/1.8. The difference was night and day, both in how I shot and how the pictures turned out.

This posting was originally written by Will Greenwald

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