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February 16, 2015
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Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC in Stock and Ready to Ship (B&H)

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B&H Photo has the new Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC lens in stock and ready ship for $399.

  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 22
  • One Hybrid and One Aspherical Element
  • Ultra Multi-Coating Lens Coat
  • Manual Focus & Aperture Lens
  • Internal Focus Design
  • Bright Distance & Depth of Field Scales
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 17.7″
  • Filter Thread Diameter: 77mm
  • Removable Petal Style Lens Hood

February 4, 2015
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(CW2) New Canon 50mm and 70-300mm Lenses Coming?

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The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

Canon Rumors posted a rumor suggesting that Canon may announce a new 50mm and a non-L 70-300mm lens later this year. No specs were given, and it is not clear if the 50mm will replace the EF 50mm f/1.4 or the EF 50mm f/1.8 (the Nifty-Fifty).

[Canon Rumors via Digicame-Info]

December 26, 2014
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First Review of Yongnuo’s Canon Nifty-Fifty Clone

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PetaPixel reviewed the Yongnuo YN50mm F1.8, a lens that looks pretty much like Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 (aka the Nifty-Fifty, one of Canon’s best selling budget lenses). The Yongnuo sells for around $40, the Canon for around $100-$125 .

They got two copies of the Yongnuo, one only to be teared apart. The reviewer says:

[he] can confirm, having repaired a dozen or so Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lenses, that the internals have significant differences. There are some similarities in the glass elements, but the overall construction is quite different

So it looks “cloned” from the outside, but it is not inside. The reviewer used a Rebel T3i/EOS 600D for the test, and for a good reason since he assumes (correctly, I guess) that this $40 super-budget lens will be used on entry level DSLRs, and not on full-frame, pro-level gear.

The Yongnuo performs on the same level as the Canon:

For AF speed, noise, accuracy, etc, I noticed nothing different between the two at any time

As the reviewer writes in the conclusion, for those who do not want to spend $125 for the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, the $40 Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 is a good option. PetaPixel’s review comes with sample shots.

The Yongnuo is available on Amazon and eBay

  • Angle Range: Diagonal 46° /Vertical 27° /Level 40°
  • Lens structure:5 groups 6 slices
  • Minimum aperture: f/22 /Filter diameter/Number of available:52mm/1
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.45 meter
  • Maximum magnification and field of view:0.15×160×240mm (when located to 0.45 meter)

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December 18, 2014
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Yongnuo Cloned Another Canon 50mm Lens (the Nifty-Fifty)

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After having cloned the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens, Yongnuo did the same game with the EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens (the Nifty-Fifty), one of Canon’s best selling budget lenses.

The Yongnuo YN50mm F1.8 lens looks very similar to Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 II. It’s already available on Amazon and eBay for less than half the original’s price, which is $125 on Amazon. You can get the EF 50mm f/1.8 II replica for around $50. Too early to say if the Yongnuo can hold up to the original.

  • Angle Range: Diagonal 46° /Vertical 27° /Level 40°
  • Lens structure:5 groups 6 slices
  • Minimum aperture: f/22 /Filter diameter/Number of available:52mm/1
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.45 meter
  • Maximum magnification and field of view:0.15×160×240mm (when located to 0.45 meter)

The Yongnuo YN50mm F1.8 lens

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Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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[via Photo Rumors via PetaPixel]

November 12, 2014
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Hot Deal: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 – $83

 EF 50mm f/1.8 Top Rated Plus seller redtagcamera (99.9% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon 50mm f/1.8 (the Nifty-Fifty) on sale for $82.99.Free shipping in US and limited quantity.

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

November 9, 2014
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Lensbaby Special Edition Spark Lens for Canon (50mm f/2)

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Looking for some tilt-shift fun without breaking the bank? Have a look at Lensbaby’s affordable 50mm f/2 selective focus lens. Nice as gift or just to have fun.

The Lensbaby Special Edition Spark Lens sells for $129.95. You get also three regular apertures and nine specially shaped creative apertures. Shapes cut into the apertures will appear anywhere bright points of light are out of focus in an image. Apertures drop into the front of the lens and are held in place by shielded magnets.

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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

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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