Lick Creek Park, and an old Canon nifty-fifty

A few weeks ago, me and a couple of friends spent an obtuse amount of time (about 10 minutes) driving out to a local hiking trail! I brought along my camera gear, as nature photography is not my forté, so I was really excited to try and get some practice in!

It was just going to be a short trip so I packed everything I had. My 5D Mark 3 (with battery pack), my 24mm - 105mm f/4 kit lens, and my 85mm f/1.2 II, but this gear wasn't why I was so jazzed up to get some fun photography in. This guy was:

 I love this guy: my Canon FD 50mm f/1.8

I love this guy: my Canon FD 50mm f/1.8

One of my favorite pieces of glass I own is this absolutely lovely Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 lens! By all modern standards, it is nothing special. It isn't particularly sharp (at all) wide open, matter of fact, it gets this crazy soft effect when you do shoot at f/1.8. From what I can tell, this occurs because it was never designed for a digital sensor and this effect is just a byproduct of slapping a film lens on a digital body.

 Here's a picture with that weird blurriness that happens wide open with this 50mm f/1.8. Notice how hazy it is across the frame, as well as the extremely hazy vignette. Only adjustments to this image have been basic exposure and levels adjustments.

Here's a picture with that weird blurriness that happens wide open with this 50mm f/1.8. Notice how hazy it is across the frame, as well as the extremely hazy vignette. Only adjustments to this image have been basic exposure and levels adjustments.

I honestly don't know what it is about this lens that makes shooting with it seem so appealing. It's just fun. It has character, it isn't perfect, and the way it just takes photos I absolutely adore. I am beyond pleased with this lens, and would recommend any Canon enthusiast out there to take a look at purchasing an inexpensive FD lens, the adapter you need is only around $35 too! The lens you pick up may turn into one of your favorites, that's how it worked for me.

 Came across this extremely photogenic dog while out at Lick Creek! He would always stop moving when I would aim my camera at him. Shot with the Canon FD 50mm f/1.8

Came across this extremely photogenic dog while out at Lick Creek! He would always stop moving when I would aim my camera at him. Shot with the Canon FD 50mm f/1.8

 Shot with the Canon FD 50mm f/1.8

Shot with the Canon FD 50mm f/1.8

 Shot with the Canon FD 50mm f/1.8

Shot with the Canon FD 50mm f/1.8

 Another shot with the Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 - This one is much different though. To take this photo, I actually was whacking the lens pretty far off the camera body. Tilting it, and playing around with it. Only a small part of the image on the right can even be considered to be in focus, but I absolutely love how this one turned out.

Another shot with the Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 - This one is much different though. To take this photo, I actually was whacking the lens pretty far off the camera body. Tilting it, and playing around with it. Only a small part of the image on the right can even be considered to be in focus, but I absolutely love how this one turned out.