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:
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.
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.