A New Nifty Fifty

I’ve had my original Canon 50mm EF 1.8 lens since I got my first film SLR back in 1990. It’s been a stalwart since then, but it was beginning to look rather long in the tooth – although still solidly built, it had a very old focus mechanism which tended to hunt about in low light or with 12mm extension tubes fitted. It was also very noisy.

Canon 50mm EF f/1.4 USM
Canon 50mm EF f/1.4 USM

I decided to upgrade recently. I would have loved the 50mm EF f/1.2 L USM but that really is silly money… So I settled for the more reasonably-priced 50mm EF 1.4 USM. It’s still faster, quieter and more accurate than the old model!

It arrived while I was away in Florida, and on my return we were treated to 3″ of snow – so its first few outings were in the cold weather to grab some test shots.

Barbed Bokeh - Open Wide at f/1.4
Barbed Bokeh – Open Wide at f/1.4
Fence Friday - Galleywood Edition
Fence Friday – Galleywood Edition

Then I took it on two successive weekend street photography shoots in London – Brick Lane and Portobello Road. Both times I used it exclusively and it proved to be an excellent lens for the street genre.

Red Coat #1
Red Coat #1
Slung Over My Shoulder
Slung Over My Shoulder
Day #1520 - Three Seasons
Day #1520 – Three Seasons

Today I took it out for another spin and made this image for Day #1520.

I’m looking forward to using it a lot over the coming months, especially as I’m attempting Flickr’s 50 days of 50mm challenge this year. With this cracker in my arsenal, it should be no hardship!