It’s been a few years since I bought the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, and I’ve changed cameras twice since then. The f/1.8 is a nice enough lens, but I’ve been thinking for a while that an upgrade to a better 50mm prime lens might be in order.
I dismissed Canon’s rather lovely f/1.2 50mm model on the grounds that my credit card would get upset. I did consider the very well reviewed Sigma f/1.4, but decided it was a bit more expensive than seemed sensible, even though it’s apparently a very nice bit of glass indeed.
So the lens I was thinking of was Canon’s f/1.4 USM 50mm model. Quite apart from having a seriously large maximum aperture of f/1.4, it’s more solidly built than my old f/1.8 with a proper metal mount, and has a proper USM autofoucus motor, which means you can do a wee bit of manual focus adjustment without having to flick the AF/MF switch on the lens.
I took the time to read some reviews, which led me to conclude that this would be a good choice as my next lens. The only problem was the price – most suppliers were charging well over £300. Hmmm. But then those nice Warehouse Express people, or Wex Photograhic as they now prefer to be known sent me a nice email offering 10% off selected Canon lenses. As is often the case, their price for this lens was nicely below average, and with a 10% discount, it came to about £260, which I decided was too good an offer to miss, so I bought it.
This was the lens I took with me on today’s lunchtime walk, and I’m happy with the results so far. More examples will appear soonish.