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  • Prime Suspect - my plastic fantastic

    Nifty Fifty

    It’s cheap, plastic and it wheezes. But it’s by far my favorite lens. My precious is the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens.

    Eschewing such luxury developments as USM focusing or full-time manual (and don’t even think about image stabilization), this $70 lens - known variously as the ‘nifty fifty’. ‘thrifty fifty’ or ‘plastic fantastic’ - produces amazing results.

    It’s in no way a pro-grade ‘L’ lens, but Canon have been working on this classic for decades - 50mm is seen as the standard focal length for 35mm film cameras - and it does one thing very well.

    Bought on the strength of the recommendations (Amazon reviewers in their hundreds sing its praises, and even the picky crowd over at Fred Miranda can’t say enough good things about it), I was anxious to see how it compared to the competent but not amazing 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 consumer zoom that I’d transferred from my old film SLR to my new Canon Rebel XT.

  • closed for business

    The personal blog here at is now suspended indefinitely.

    I just had too many websites and not enough time, especially as my photography is taking up the bulk of the limited free time I get.

    That said, the site will remain up with the blog archived, and also as a place to find all the articles I've written over the years. That section will still be updated as and when there's something new to put up there.

    But it's not all bad news, there are still two main places to keep up with my doings:

    Tech blog on the Moore Consulting site

    Photoblog at Clearing the Vision



    PS: Or there's always the Flickr fun:
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