Posts Tagged 50mm

Elitism is not helpful

I’ve been reading the photographic fora lately for advice and such.  I posted a question about relative IQ between older FD lenses with converter and newer EF lenses.  A pompous asshole answered.

He said, “Why are you trying to use old FD lenses?  They’re crap on EOS cameras.”  I said, “I have them and can’t afford EF lenses.  Look at my options for a 50mm:  (1) my current FD 50mm f/1.4 with adaptor, (2) the EF 50mm f/1.8 for $120, (3) the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM for $360, or (4) the EF 50mm f/1.2L for $900.  I could maybe afford the $120 lens if I had to but is there really that much IQ difference?”  He said, “Option one is crap because of the adaptor.  Option two is crap because the lens has a plastic barrel and no USM.  Option 3 is crap because the AF quits working after 3 months.  Clearly option 4 is the right answer.”  I said, “Right but $900 is not in my price range.”  He said, “Then why are you in photography?  Try stamp collecting – it’s cheaper.”

Dismissive assholes like this really don’t help me to want to take more pictures.  I was looking for advice on whether or not I should be concerned about using FD lenses on my EOS camera from an IQ perspective, not whether or not I was worthy to own a camera.  😦

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