An Overload of 50/55mm Lenses – from Good to Awesome

It’s an old cliche, with the forest and the trees. But it applies here, cliche or not. I’ve been on a 50mm diet for a while and I’ve used way too many 50mm lenses for my own good.


The diet wasn’t for fun or meant as a useful exercise to optimize shooting with just one lens. No, it was to compare a bunch of lenses for this site.

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A Lens Panorama


Just a quick post. Got the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART yesterday and realized that it’s one big lens. As is the Zeiss Otus, of course. So, I thought, I’d line up some of the 50mm (equivalents) I have in the house and I got this panorama.

Featuring from left to right is the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART, the Sony FE 55mm f/1.8, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4, the Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4 ZE, the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 and the Leica Leitz Elmar 5cm f/3.5 collapsible lens.

They’re all good to excellent lenses. They’re all doing the job.

But look at this:


That big one is of course much sharper and can focus much closer and delivers much better quality overall.

But a lens like the little one above took this:


Henri Cartier-Bresson – Behind Gare Saint-Lazare

That’s all I got to say.