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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.
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.
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 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
- 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.
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.
- 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