Canon 50/1.2 goes onto R-D1
This evening I tried out the 50/1.2 Canon I received the other day from Don.
In terms of sharpness, it's okay although not quite as sharp aperture for aperture as my usual Canon 50/1.4.
What struck me as distinctive about the 50/1.2, though, was the way it treats out-of-focus areas -- at the first two apertures, it more or less obliterates them. (Stopped down it's more normal.)
This means there's even less margin for error than usual in focusing (areas that are out of focus are going to look 'way out of focus!) But for some kinds of subjects, I really like the abstract, sort of sketchy appearance that the OOF areas pick up.
The attached image isn't much of a shot editorially, but it illustrates what I mean. You won't see the effect much in the upper, reduced-size image -- but look at the girl's foot in the lower inset. This foot wasn't all that distant from the plane of best focus, which was around the boy's right shoulder -- but look how "smeared" it is!
I'm afraid this sort of thing eventually is going to turn me into some kind of lens wanker, collecting a whole palette of different 50s so I can choose the "artistic effect" I want for various photos. It's kind of fun for the moment, though!
Last edited by jlw : 12-30-2004 at 18:55.