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Life in 50mm

Posted on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

Dave!Today was an incredibly busy day, which was heartbreaking because my latest toy arrived... a brand new 50mm f/1.4 lens for my Canon Digital Rebel camera... and I had no time to play with it. The camera originally included a 18-55mm lens of fairly low quality, and I had been longing for a sharper, brighter, more color-accurate lens since day one. Well, now I have it, and have spent the past hour playing around with it.


After I placed the order I had a bit of remorse over buying a fixed $400 lens when a cheaper $70 version existed at f/1.8. But this lens is so sweet that all my reservations disappeared in about 5 minutes. It is absolutely brilliant, and even mundane shots look amazing...

Teddy Bears

Teddy Bears

The only problem is that the Digital Rebel has a magnification factor of 1.6 for any lens you attach, effectively making my 50mm lens 80mm. So now I need something a bit wider for landscapes and architecture shots. The sweetest solution would be to get Canon's lovely 16-35mm ultra-wide zoom, but it's astoundingly expensive at $1400! I suppose that I could sell a kidney or something, because I really, really want it...

Canon Lenses

That's my beautiful new 50mm on the left and the object of my desire, the 16-35mm on the right. Is it too much to hope that $1400 falls from the sky before I start traveling again?

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  1. Bad Robert says:

    The first thing you do when you get back is play with mommys teddy bears instead of take your bike out and thats sad.

  2. Dave2 says:

    Yes, it’s very sad indeed… but only slightly more so than somebody who can’t find the apostrophe key on their computer.

  3. Hey, neat blog! Like you, I lusted after the 16-35mm until I couldn’t take it anymore…ordered one yesterday…my family may be on a Ramen diet for the next month or so 🙂 Cool pics and commentary!

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