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Which lens for a still life evening course?

Discussion in 'Canon Conflab' started by Fulvio2, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. Fulvio2

    Fulvio2 New Member

    I am attending a still life course next week and we are encouraged to bring our cameras, and as it happens I have access to a new one.

    The office has just bought a Canon EOS 5D MKIV – someone passing through Dubai – which is a bit of an upgrade from our 350D ‘Rebel’ that was getting a bit tired.

    While I am loving using my 35mm primes again – and full frame – they are not the fanciest:

    Canon EF 28mm f2.8
    Canon EF 50mm f1.8 (two of these, one of which comes apart on occasions)
    Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
    Canon EF 135mm f/2.8

    And that’s it.

    But … I have loads of Pentax lenses and Canon adapters and could take along a manual Pentax SMS 50mm f1.4.

    I need to do a bit of cruel surgery to it, to stop the Pentax protrusions blocking the 5D’s mirror. I am not sure I mind doing this, as I never had a real liking for the lens (I much preferred the cheaper SMC 50mm 1.7).

    It was always too heavy and bulky on lovely old MXs (which – temporarily – now don’t work as the mirrors are gummed up).

    I think the 1.4 would be fine on the Canon, which is big enough for it, and it could have many uses if adapted.

    Which lens should I take for this evening? (I think 2 is enough).

    Is it blasphemous to chop up a blameless `Pentax SMC 1.4 lens to adapt to Canon?
  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Depends on how big it is and how much room there is but I'd suggest the 50 and the 85. Busting up a Pentax to use on a Canon seems pointless. Take a tripod.
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  3. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    I agree with Pete's comments - re- the focal lengths, and about not busting the Pentax lens. :)

    The 50mm f/1.8 and the 85mm f/1.8 are likely to be the most appropriate lenses for this type of photography. I have both of these lenses, and they have given nice results for this kind of work.
  4. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Tripod and 50 or 85. Don't bother to screw up the Pentax lens. Composition and lighting will matter more than (possibly imagined) sharpness.


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  5. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member


    Even more "Yes!"!!

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