i have that telephoto, it came with my first film camera, and ill be using it on my t2i until i can afford the 70-200 and its decently sharp, and i enjoy the colors from it. its good for the price, it beats out anything in its price range in my opinion
i tried to word it nicer, i sat there and erased stupid question for a minute, but i didn't really know how to respond. i mean you'd think hed have known what wider/zoomier meant. maybe i just shouldn't have posted. i was just saying he made fun of eheath for answering his question and him not getting it.
Honestly, this is a really stupid question, but can someone explain what a lens number means? I've been shooting for a few years, but just with stock lenses (no money). So the lower the number, the smaller the focal width? What does it mean? Haha
It's an awesome lens for sure but it has it's downfalls as well. The first being it has no focus window. I fucking hate not being able to just set the focus and 8ft. and take a shot. The second thing is it's all plastic. It's going to get beat up eventually but for $80 bucks it's a good lens. Get a good UV filter as well.
Don't get a UV filter. Only bad for image quality and the front element is retreated far enough into the barrel not to get it scratched or w/e.
On topic: Seriously, why is there two people asking in this thread what focal length is? That is the easiest, first thing ANYONE learns, right? Also someone who has been shooting for several years that doesn't know the difference between 35 and 50mm... that's slightly worrying...
Use a UV or clear filter when there might be dirt flying at your lens, not at any other time. Even the very best filters degrade image quality to some extent. Plus they're harder to clean than a bare lens. If something does crack your lens let your insurance take care of it, which you should have anyway and costs less than a high quality filter on all your lenses.
The quality lost from the filter is so worth the protection it offers to the lens. I understand that the 50mm is pretty cheap but when your using glass that costs $500+, a uv filter protects the lens from any sort of damage that could happen to the actual glass. Not to mention that with L series glass (irrelevant, I know) it makes the lens entirely waterproof.
back to the OP, i have the 50mm and i love it. the only thing that bugs me about it is the plastic housing and along with that the shitty little focus ring they just stuck on the front. its skinny and beveled and all around just sucks
IQ not too badly, though of course to some extent, but it's mostly for ghosting and 'added' lens flare that it sucks.
In a desert with dust and sand flying around I'd use a UV filter, but apart from that I wouldn't.