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  • Canon 50mm f/0.95 a.k.a the dream lens with the Fuji xpro2

    Canon 50mm f/0.95 a.k.a the dream lens

    Before you read, this is my story about the Canon 50mm f/0.95.  I'm not going through all the techinicals such built/aberrations/history etc.  Just my take on the lens and how I conquer all the quirks to make it a fantastic lens. 

    I'm here today to share about one of my favorite lenses of all time.  The lens that made switch from autofocus lens to manual lens. I first got my hand on the legendary Leica Notilux 50mm f/0.95 a few years back from a coworker of mine! How can anyone not like this lens?  Why don't more people own it if its so good, you ask? Well, for starters it cost 10k. An average ethusiast probably couldn't afford to spend that much on a lens.  I'm not an exception from the average. For months after trying out the Leica Notilux, I've been searching for a lens with incredible and unique bokeh.  I found the Canon 50mm f/0.95.  It is also called the dream lens, because it renders dreamy bokeh. The lens is so soft at f/0.95 it gives off a dreamy feel.  This lens isn't the cheapest either.  It averages about 3k for a used copy. They no longer make it.  It was built roughly around the 1960's.  I researched and read so many articles about this beauty of a lens. I was still hesitant as so many post of the lens did render really soft photos.  I wasn't sure I was going to like it.  One day, I got lucky and found the lens off a forum, Fredmiranda to be exact.  I bought the lens off a user who was selling it for a REALLY good price.  I have to say, I got really lucky with the deal! Once I got my hands on it and took it for a spin, the bokeh and dreamy feel that I've been searching for has ended.  The pictures were VERY soft. There were so many light flares that I didn't know how to handle at that time. I was using it with my fuji xpro1 initially before upgrading to an xpro2.  Below are the first few shots with the Canon 50mm f/0.95.  Soft and dreamy.  Just like all the other photos people posted.

    With time, I got to learn and love the lens even more.  I learned to sharpen up properly with post processing and I learned to deal with the light flares which helps add characteristic.  I love how sharp and dreamy the photos are.  I don't know any other lens that can do sharp and dreamy.  This is why, its one of my favorite lenses of ALL time.

    In the future, I will share how I edit with the Canon 50mm f/0.95 and how I get the pictures to be sharp while keeping the dreamy feel.  Leave a comment below if you would like to learn how to edit from me.