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Customer Review

24 January 2016
This is a very good lens for the price.
It's a 50mm prime lens and you should note that on a crop sensor camera this would be around 80mm which basically means the view will be zoomed in.
This isn't perfect for in door shots unless you are in a large room but that's just a note to make.

The 1.8 F-stop is great for low light situations when compared to the starter lens kit which goes down to 3.5 (i believe) so this means you can shoot in doors or when it gets darker without resorting to a highier ISO shutter adjustments.
I shoot video so I need to stick to some rules for my ideal shot when it comes to motion blur etc.

The lens has a great focus ring because it's not right on the front like with the starter kit lens, it's set back a little and is a bit larger making it easier to pull focus.

You get a nice circular bokeh effect with this lens when doing a depth of field shot.

The downside of using this lens specifically when shooting film is the noise.
It's not terribly loud but it is noticeable.
If you are shooting outside with a lot of ambient noise from the traffic etc it might not be so bad but in doors it's not great.
So imagine you are shooting two characters and you want to rack focus between them and the primary sound is the dialogue, well you can be sure you will have to do some ADR to correct that in post so have your actors on standby.

Of course for a shot without changing focus it's really nice

For still photography it's great

I am comparing all these things to the starter lens because I would imagine most people considering to buy this lens would be looking for an upgrade to their starter lens and the variable starter lens can also reach a focal length of 50mm (18-55mm).
I guess the noise is the only thing you can complain about and that only really counts if you are filming and you are adjusting the focus through the shot.

Good: F/1.8 - Good bokeh and good amount of light let in
Bad: Auto focus is loud and crazy and focus in general is a little noisy but manual focus isn't that bad unless you are shooting quiet video
Good: Focus ring is a little thicker and it's not right at the front of the lens making it easier to pull focus

I always use manual focus but i tried the auto focus to test it out and it's horrible, it didn't work great and it makes a crazy noise when doing it.
It's not a smooth transition, imagine starting a car engine but altering the noise frequencies.

If you have a solid 'subject' in the scene like a person the sound from the lens is like a laser printer when using the auto focus.

With the manual focus it's a nice smooth transition/sound so it doesn't sound like your camera is a bag of crap.
I have really pointed out the noise but that's the only real negative and it's not that bad especially for taking stills, i just wanted to give you some idea of what to expect.

The final thing that makes this lens awesome is if you fiddle with the focus ring moving it back and fourth really fast you can make it sound like BB-8 from star wars.
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4.7 out of 5 stars