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Canon 50mm 1.4 and 1.8 have been cloned by.... Yongnuo!

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Canon 50mm 1.4 and 1.8 have been cloned by.... Yongnuo!

Yongnuo the famous flash cloning company has decided to clone lenses now. Considering the quality and price of their flashes, the lenses might just be decent enough for amateur hobbyists. I stumbled upon the cloned 50mm 1.8 today for about $60 Canadian

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Yongnuo-YN-EF-50 ... 418c4f7b3f

The 50mm 1.4 will be released soon and will cost around 180-200. For now, only the 1.8 is available. I wonder if I should buy one for fun of it.
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If it's sharper than the Canon wide open, I would consider getting it! :)
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vodka wrote:
Dec 26th, 2014 11:51 pm
If it's sharper than the Canon wide open, I would consider getting it! :)
I bought one to test out. I'll report back
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trixstar wrote:
Dec 27th, 2014 12:04 am
I bought one to test out. I'll report back
Sorry, I meant the 1.4; from what I read this isn't available yet.. or is it? The 1.8 looks like it's the same quality/IQ as the Canon one. Either way, looking forward to seeing what you find out!!
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I am surprised Yongnuo went after one of the cheapest lens in the existence; you can't make much money on such lenses, even if you sell them half price.

I liked Canon's version quite a bit - great portrait lens on a crop camera for travelling, great (again on a crop) for home studio shooting - very sharp when stepped down to f/5.6 or so. The disadvantages of Canon's nifty-fifty is not very accurate AF, and not pretty bokeh when stopped down (because of only 5 non-rounded aperture blades). I wonder if Yongnuo improved upon these somewhat.

I am also curious what kind of 50mm f1.4 lens they will produce - these are much harder to make (of a decent quality), the Canon's version is considered to be pretty low quality, the newer Sigma is much better but might suffer from AF inconsistency, and also very expensive. (It is very hard to nail down focus perfectly at f1.4; the fact that third parties have to reverse engineer the Canon's AF algorithm doesn't help either.)
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I'm not too surprised that they would...

Optical designs for a 50mm lens have been around for a long time so it won't take much to copy and get decent results. Also, any fixed lens is relatively simple in comparison to even a low end zoom in terms of mechanisms involved. Another point in their favour is that other than the OEM no-one is else is out there so competition is relatively low.

Of course, the market for 50mm is limited with only a hand full sold in comparison to the lower end zooms.

This is probably a lens where Yongnuo can say that they built one and use it as a stepping stone to refine their electronics and firmware without too much of an investment which it looks like they still need to do as their Live View compatibility isn't there yet.
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bokeh on the yongnuo is much more impressive than canon's 50mm. Yongnuo incorporated a 6 blade design vs Canon's 5.
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I would totally wait for the 50mm f1.4. For $180-$200 it would be an absolute steal! They should clone some macro lens too. Win win for us!
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guardianflash wrote:
Dec 27th, 2014 10:15 pm
I would totally wait for the 50mm f1.4. For $180-$200 it would be an absolute steal! They should clone some macro lens too. Win win for us!
yeah. I will definitely pick up the 1.4 when available. I hope they also make more primes and super wide angle lens.
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Great to see another 3rd party lens maker make lenses that outperform the big guys at a lower price point. I am curious to see how well the 1.4 holds against Canon's. Let's hope to see a 1.2 as well!
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hope they would clone the 35mm either F2.0 or F1.4 as well as the 135mm, not even sigma has this length cover.
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I don't worship lenses, nor do I see the 3 primes as a "trinity"
there is only one Holy Trinity and they certainly aren't lenses
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whats the lowest the official one has been?

also, it went up in price to :
US $79.99
Approximately C $94.3

hotness reducing...
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Plz let us know when the 50mm f1.4 will go on sale.
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