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October 11, 2014
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How To Make A Tilt-Shift Lens From A Broken Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

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Do you have a broken Canon Nifty-Fifty (EF 50mm f/1.8) lying around and maybe want a tilt-shift lens for cheap?

Photographer Witono Halim bought a broken Nifty-Fifty and transformed it in a tilt-shift lens. While the result doesn’t exactly look beautiful it works surprisingly well. The video below gives an idea of the kind of footage you can get.

[via Witono’s Freestyle via ExposureGuide via PetaPixel]

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October 8, 2014
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Deal Alert: The Nifty-Fifty (Canon EF 50mm f/1.8) On Sale For $90

 EF 50mm f/1.8 Top Rated Plus seller bigvalueinc (99.3% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon 50mm f/1.8 (the Nifty-Fifty on sale for $89.99.

Free shipping in US and limited quantity.

That’s the lens every Canon shooter should have in his or hers bag

September 25, 2014
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Yongnuo Cloned The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 Lens

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Yongnuo is going to produce a 50mm f/1.4 lens for Canon’s EF mount. The lens has an amazing similarity to Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.4 lens. The Yongnuo 50mm f/1.4, the “first China-made large aperture autofocus lens”, is said to be slightly lighter than Canon’s equivalent, and to have a lower price tag (as expected).

Compare it to Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.4 lens:

Yongnuo

Yongnuo 50mm f/1.4 specs:

  • Lens Focal Length: 50mm
  • Lens Construction: 6 Group 7
  • Aperture blades: 8
  • Minimum aperture: 22
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.45 m
  • Maximum magnification: 0.15 times
  • Drive System: DC motors
  • Filter diameter: 58mm
  • Maximum diameter and length: about Φ75 × 58mm
  • Weight: 239g
  • Features:
    • The first China-made auto-focus lens;
    • f/1.4 large aperture, can be the subject looks delicate and soft, and easily bokeh make photography even more fun;
    • Supports auto focus and manual focus modes;
    • Equipped with full-time manual focus function, auto focus can easily fix the focus position;
    • Support M / AV / TV / P and other camera shooting mode, the aperture can be displayed in the EXIF ​​data information;
    • Support for full-frame and APS-C format camera;
    • Using two high refractive lenses, effectively reduce and prevent dispersion.

[via dcfever]

September 7, 2014
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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens Review (“stroke of genius”, PetaPixel)

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art

Image courtesy PetaPixel

PetaPixel published their review about the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens, a lens that easily competes with the 4 times more expensive Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus ($3,990). On the other hand, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 sells for $949.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 was tested on a Nikon. Never the less I think the results speak for themselves. It’s more a real-life review than a lab-graph-engineerical one. From the conclusion:

[The Sigma 50mm f/1.4] focuses very quickly and is deadly accurate, the bokeh is creamy, comatic aberration or even ghosting are a non-factor and the contrast is near perfect.

The only crappy thing about this lens is deciding whether or not to buy it. If you shoot 50mm at all and you’re in the market, buy. Simple. But if you’re like me and tend to shoot wider or tighter, I think I’m going to wait for the Sigma 85mm.

The fear for me was that Sigma’s 35mm was an aberration — a one hit wonder. But this amazing 50mm is proof that Sigma’s new lens line is anything but a one-off stroke of genius.

There is more in PetaPixel’s review, as many sample pics and detailed review reports about various aspects of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
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  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Molded Glass Aspherical Element
  • Three Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Floating System & Large Diameter Design
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
September 3, 2014
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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens – Limited Stock Available ($949)

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

This is in my opinion one of the hottest lenses announced in 2014. Still supply is hiccupping.

B&H Photo has a limited stock available: the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens can be ordered for $949.Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

September 1, 2014
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New Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC In Action (w/ EOS 5D Mark III)

The video above (by  on Vimeo) shows footage shot with Samyang’s new 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The Samyang can be pre-ordered at Adorama and B&H Photo, the lens sells for $549.

Samyang 50mm T1.5 VDSLR ensures exceptionally smooth and aesthetic mapping for out of focus areas beyond the focal plain, producing the so called bokeh effect. Thanks to the eight-bladed aperture, the subjects located outside the depth of field are shown with extremely smooth features. This feature will be appreciated by professional filmmakers and photographers taking portrait photos.

Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC

 

  • EF Mount Lens/Full Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: T1.5 – T22
  • One Aspherical, One Hybrid Asph. Element
  • Manual Focus and Aperture
  • Geared Focus and Aperture Control Rings
  • De-Clicked Aperture Control Ring
  • UMC Lens Multi-Coating
  • Minimum Focus Distance of 1.5′
  • Lateral Aperture and Distance Markings

 

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