Ordered: Canon EF 50mm F1.4 Lens

So, I was a bad boy and ordered the third of four lenses I want for my camera. A co-worker of mine came in and told me how much he is enjoying his 50mm prime lens, and so I couldn’t take it anymore. I decided to place my order. While the lens is fairly expensive, I am left with only one lens I still want to purchase, and I am in no hurry to get it, and that’s the 100mm macro lens.

I am excited to get the lens and can’t wait to see how it handles. For learning photography, many people say it is the lens to have. It forces you to move to frame your subjects as there is no zoom. The lens is also supposed to be very fast at locking focus to take pictures, and can be great for both day time and night time photos of a variety of things.

Also, at 50mm, it is fairly close to what people naturally see, so what I see with my eyes should mostly come through in the picture. I ordered it from Vistek, a company I haven’t used before.

I could have got the lens a little cheaper elsewhere, but I need to use shipping methods outside of Canada Post to receive parcels here.

The reason I didn’t go for the much cheaper F1.8 lens is because of its totally plastic build. I don’t want to buy lenses that could end up being nearly disposable. I am trying to treat my lenses well so that they can hopefully last me longer than the body of my camera.

Also, other than the better build quality, I’ve heard the 1.4 locks focus faster, an advantage for someone like me. I’ll still need to get a whole whack of accessories for my camera at some point, and I’m getting more and more interested in stellar photography, another expensive hobby that extends onto what I’ve already bought.

At the end of the day, I derive a great sense of joy from digital photography. Going out to an event and taking two hundred pictures, coming home, and sorting through them, finally uploading twenty pictures that I think are good is a very rewarding experience to me.

My dad used to be interested in hobby photography, and now I can see why. It is a shame that he and I never shared that experience when I was younger.

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