February 9th – Some call it “Opportunity”

White Bottlebrush (Callistemon salignus)

I believe the flower here is the White (or Willow) Bottlebrush (Callistemon salignus).

But this post is more about the task – to fully explore and discover this 50mm lens.

There’s a lot to like about the Canon EF 50mm f1.8 Mk II lens – largely the price, shutter speeds and weight, but it has its fair share of detractors too. It’s not a capability thing – there are other more costly 50mm options that professionals would use instead (faster focussing, build quality etc), but this piece of hardware is a great entry into ‘prime’ lenses.

That is – the focal distance is set, no zooming to frame the picture. And like many things with photography, the learning curve is steep.

I initially tried shooting portraits with this lens, but the outcomes weren’t wonderful. Focal range, subject depth …. not much went to plan, and it was shelved as a result.

One of the tricks is the in-camera LCD, which doesn’t quite have the resolution to display the finer misses in the shots you take. This is only realised that once you have downloaded the photo’s.

However after viewing some images recently on Flickr, I’ve reconnected the 50mm f1.8 with renewed vigour. It might also be useful trying a new subject, with the Canon Light Awards February brief being Street Photography.

If I was still a golfer this lens would have been on eBay weeks ago.

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