I'm coming off S95 (lens error) S100 (lens error) S110 and an SX620hs. This is my first DSLR. I went to a camera shop today that is going out of business and found a 50mm 1.4 USM for free. I took some pictures with it using manual focus and it seems to be ok other than no autofocus. It it ok to use with a broken focus motor? I don't like the kit lens it came with as the focus is so slow going in and out before it settles on focus in a semi dark room. Sometimes it won't even let me take a picture. The powershot cameras didn't care, they would take a picture no matter what. I'm very new with DSLR so maybe I'm not doing something right or some setting is off.
The motor assembly for the 50mm lens is available at Ebay for $99.99
Thank you for the information using flash to focus.
EBay? 👎 Buyer Beware!
You can buy a refurbished lens for the same price.
One year warranty. The lens performs at least as well as the f/1.4, if not better. I used to own the f/1.4. It was soft wide open. The AF motors were not very accurate. They tended to undershoot or overshoot the mark. I would almost not shoot wider than f/2.2, shooting at f/2.8 was typical.
This is by far the best recommendation. No fuss, no repair and a 100% functioning lens. No tracking down instructions or asking someone what or how they did something. These types of repairs (even if they appear simple) can be a gamble. Your time is money. I'd rather spend mine taking photos.
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