Your Canon Nifty 50 Lens May Be Tougher Than You Think


Canon’s 50mm f1.8 II is one of their most inexpensive lenses that many also consider to be a serious bang for the buck. But one of the biggest complaints about it is that the lens is cheaply constructed. Indeed, I’ve had them fall apart in my own hands. And despite how cheaply constructed the lens is, photographer Richard Choi decided to put his not working copy to a torture test.

The video after the jump isn’t for the person that loves their 50 way too much. The 50mm f1.8 II can be purchased from Amazon, B&H Photo, or Adorama. Be sure to check out our long term review.

Is this a thing now? Are we all going to try to wreck our gear for some hits on YouTube?

Via Canon Watch

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ISO Torture Test: Pentax K-5 vs. Nikon D7000, which is better?


There has been some debate, on this site and on others, about the Pentax K-5 and Nikon D7000. Both are new on the market, packed with their respective company’s hottest new features including 16+ CMOS sensors that deliver wide dynamic capture, great color, and smooth detail. Both have made favorable impressions with reviewers, including myself. To address some of the comments we’ve been getting regarding grain and image quality, as well as to satisfy my own curiosity, I decided to set up a little informal test up to push both cameras to the extremes of high ISO and noise and the results are pretty interesting.

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