Canon F1.8 50 mm lens

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by rwalker, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. rwalker

    rwalker Guest

    So, last night I knocked my Canon F1.8 50 mm lens off the desktop. It
    exploded. Of course, it only cost 90 bucks or so new. But I was
    really surprised at how cheaply it was made. So I used it as an
    excuse to upgrade to the 50 mm. F1.4, which is much more solidly
    built. I figured the 1.8 was a total loss and was going to throw it
    away, but I decided before i did, since the glass wasn't bad, I'd
    experiment. I couldn't put it back together properly due to broken
    plastic bits, but I did manage to glue the front element and its
    housing back into place. So now it's a fixed focus lens, fixed at
    infinity. Makes it useless for a lot of purposes, like indoor low
    light photography, but I went outside and took a few shots, and I
    think it might be useful for some very amateur astrophotography. At
    any rate, it's now saved from the trash can.
     
    rwalker, Sep 30, 2013
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  2. Good decision, my old Nikon FM-2 came with a Nikkor 50/1.8 which I exchanged
    ASAP for a Nikkor 50/1.4. And since the FM-2 is a manual focus, the
    improvement was tremendous. (I gave it to a guy, and he gave me his 1.4, and
    I paid him, what? it should have been 30,000 drachmas back then).The 1.4 is
    very good for indoor photography! (I did it even with ASA 100 film and 1/30
    shutter speed).
     
    Tzortzakakis Dimitrios, Sep 30, 2013
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  3. rwalker

    rwalker Guest


    I think it will be a good trade-off!
     
    rwalker, Oct 1, 2013
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    otter Guest

    The nifty fifty has a reputation for exploding even if you don't drop
    it! But it is a pretty sharp lens, and cheap. You might see if you
    could use the lens for more productive uses, like focusing sunlight to
    burn ants, or something.
     
    otter, Oct 3, 2013
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  5. rwalker

    rwalker Guest

    For the price it was a great lens! I guess I could use it for
    starting fires.
     
    rwalker, Oct 5, 2013
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Just a suggestion, but if you're feeling humanitarian, tear it down,
    take closeups of the pieces, and list it on ebay "for parts or repair"
    for $0.99 opening bid. There may be some starving artist out there
    who's so bad off that he can't afford to replace a 50/1.8 who could fix
    his with some part you've got. If not, it doesn't cost you anything to
    list it unless it sells (the first 50 listings every month are free).
     
    J. Clarke, Oct 5, 2013
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  7. rwalker

    Robert Coe Guest

    : In article <>,
    : says...
    : >
    : > On Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:33:45 -0500, otter <>
    : > wrote:
    : >
    : > >On 9/29/2013 7:24 PM, rwalker wrote:
    : > >>
    : > >> So, last night I knocked my Canon F1.8 50 mm lens off the desktop. It
    : > >> exploded. Of course, it only cost 90 bucks or so new. But I was
    : > >> really surprised at how cheaply it was made. So I used it as an
    : > >> excuse to upgrade to the 50 mm. F1.4, which is much more solidly
    : > >> built. I figured the 1.8 was a total loss and was going to throw it
    : > >> away, but I decided before i did, since the glass wasn't bad, I'd
    : > >> experiment. I couldn't put it back together properly due to broken
    : > >> plastic bits, but I did manage to glue the front element and its
    : > >> housing back into place. So now it's a fixed focus lens, fixed at
    : > >> infinity. Makes it useless for a lot of purposes, like indoor low
    : > >> light photography, but I went outside and took a few shots, and I
    : > >> think it might be useful for some very amateur astrophotography. At
    : > >> any rate, it's now saved from the trash can.
    : > >>
    : > >
    : > >The nifty fifty has a reputation for exploding even if you don't drop
    : > >it! But it is a pretty sharp lens, and cheap. You might see if you
    : > >could use the lens for more productive uses, like focusing sunlight to
    : > >burn ants, or something.
    : >
    : > For the price it was a great lens! I guess I could use it for
    : > starting fires.
    :
    : Just a suggestion, but if you're feeling humanitarian, tear it down,
    : take closeups of the pieces, and list it on ebay "for parts or repair"
    : for $0.99 opening bid. There may be some starving artist out there
    : who's so bad off that he can't afford to replace a 50/1.8 who could fix
    : his with some part you've got. If not, it doesn't cost you anything to
    : list it unless it sells (the first 50 listings every month are free).

    If the "artist" is willing to squander his time on such a fool's errand as
    trying to repair a cheap lens, it's no wonder he's starving. Just sayin'.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Oct 5, 2013
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  8. rwalker

    J. Clarke Guest

    High school and college students often have a surfeit of time and an
    insufficiency of cash.
     
    J. Clarke, Oct 5, 2013
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  9. rwalker

    Guest Guest

    so what? if someone is going to pay for a broken lens, that's their
    choice. why they want a broken lens does not matter. it could be a
    camera repair shop who wants it for parts to fix other lenses.

    just be sure to describe the lens properly, so the buyer knows what to
    expect.
     
    Guest, Oct 5, 2013
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    Moreover, it does not take into account that some things are done just
    to see if they can be done. Some of us squander a great deal of time
    doing things that they do because it's a challenge to see if they can
    be done.
     
    Tony Cooper, Oct 5, 2013
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  11. rwalker

    rwalker Guest


    I can only add a hearty "Amen!" to that.
     
    rwalker, Oct 6, 2013
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