I am having fun playing with a new lens today. I have updated and purchased a new 50mm f/1.4 lens, which is the perfect lens for these still life tea shots. I am posting this so if anyone is having a hard time deciding about which 50mm lens to go with you can see how it works in these photos.
I love trying out different angles with the new lens to see what it's capabilities are. As with most equipment; if you can afford to upgrade, the nicest perk is it just makes your job a whole lot easier. In this shot I am focusing on the tulips.
And in this shot, I have made the focal point the teacups. You can see how nice and sharp it gets the main subject while everything else will not be quite as sharp.
I just happened to take the exact same photo with the new lens that I had taken on the blog a year ago. Here on the left is the old 50mm lens the f/1.8 and on the right is the new f/1.4. The photo on the left is only focused on the surface nearest the camera and, I am speaking of using the lens on Auto Focus only. That is really the best that f/1.8 lens will do. It will always focus on the item nearest the camera; the surface of the teacup I have the arrow on. Whereas the photo on the right is focused in three areas creating a sharper image overall. The new lens (f/1.4) is much easier to manipulate to get different focal points with. Here is a very technical article from Adorama that gives you more of a detailed description of why the lenses vary. The cost difference is significant; the lens on the left is around $100 and the lens on the right is four times that. I looked for side by side pictures like this for over two years and had a hard time finding any to decide if I really wanted to spend the money and upgrade to this lens. The thing that finally sold me was that Matthew Mead suggested using this lens and well if it is good enough for him it was just the lens I was looking for. I hope this helps anyone looking to compare these two Canon 50mm lenses.