Update: Following Jem's comment (below) I've amended this entry to take account of the fact that the price I was quoting for a new 50mm f/1.8 was a bit excessive.

I got a new lens yesterday, the 50mm f/1.4, to replace my f/1.8. Optically, there isn't anything wrong with the f/1.8 version – it's produced lot of shots that I'm happy with – but I have found the focussing a bit slow, particularly when trying to take portraits of the kids at a wide aperture. Anyway, I've replaced it with the f/1.4 (which was used to take today's and yesterday's shots) so am selling the old one (plus filter and hood). At today's prices, sourced from speedgraphic.co.uk and warehouse express (thanks Jem), the whole lot would cost £108.45, broken down as follows:

50mm f/1.8 II – £73.00
ES62AD hood – £17.95
B+W UV 010 MRC filter – £17.50

I'd be happy with something around the £60.00 mark so feel free to make me an offer. I would put it on eBay, but thought I'd see if anyone was interested first. Oh, and I do realise that this isn't much of a bargain if you live in the US – lenses being quite a bit cheaper over there – but did think someone in the UK might be interested.

Anyway, back to today's shot, which is a view of Blackpool's Central pier: this was as much a lens test as anything else, but I decided I liked the quality of light enough to put it up. Oh, and I can confirm that this is an exceptionally sharp lens. It's difficult to tell at this resolution, but the detail in the full size image is stunning. Much as I do like my zoom lenses, I don't think you can beat the sharpness of a good prime.

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2.36pm on 25/11/05
Canon 20D
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
f/8.0
1/640
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100
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C1 Pro
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