Canon Rebel T3i And Canon 50mm f/1.4 Lens

This is my personal Canon Rebel T3i (600D) with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens. Sweet!

If you ask photographers which lenses they favor above all others, you will likely hear that their Canon 50mm lens is their favorite, or at least it is in the top 2 or 3 lenses in their arsenal. So what about beginning digital SLR photographers? Why can’t we get the Canon Rebel T3i and 50mm f/1.4 lens?

Actually, it is not a bad idea at all. The Canon 50mm f/1.4 is a truly amazing lens. And even though you may think it has limitations, being only a single focal length lens, you would be surprised at the number of uses photographers find for it.

What makes the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens so good?

Image quality has to be tops on the list of benefits of a good 50mm lens. On a personal note, I broke my Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens. It was a sad day indeed. Even sadder than the day I dropped my 50mm f/1.8 and shattered the lens casing. The sadness is because the f/1.4 lens costs four times as much. I have several other lenses, but none is as good as that f/1.4. I actually suffered withdrawals. (Good news, though. I got it repaired, and it is as good or better than new.).

The second reason the Canon 50mm f/1.4 is so good is aperture. At f/1.4, the lens is reportedly soft, but add a couple of stops to f/2.0 and you have a tack-sharp photo every time. At any aperture of f/2.8 or wider, you will be adding lots of low-light photo opportunities that you could not have with another lens.

The third reason is price. Looking at the price from the standpoint of a Canon 50mm f/1.2L lens at nearly $1600, you will be getting practically the same benefits for about 1/4 the cost.

Use your Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens for portraits, close-ups, action sports, landscapes, night photography, street journalism.. Only your imagination can limit its uses.

What about a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens on a Canon Rebel T3i?

There are no limits for lens choice on your Canon Rebel T3i.. NONE. You can use this lens with the pros and with the beginners. Go ahead and get one just to try it out. Almost any reputable sales facility will allow you to return it if you are dissatisfied. But the guarantee is that you will be satisfied.

Colby – shot with a Canon Rebel T3i and Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 400, aperture f/2.0, shutter speed 1/60, no flash). You can tell how sharp this image is at f/2.0. Of course, being a doxy, his nose is slightly out of focus, but that is another beautiful thing about this lens when used for portraits. See how the background has a nice blur to it? Bokeh, Baby!

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