When it comes to photographic equipment, do you always get what you pay for? Starting out, is it worth breaking the bank to acquire the same glass used by the industry’s leading professionals? One photographer decided to compare the results of two lenses with the same focal length but drastically different price tags.
Always game for a photography experiment, Mathieu Stern has uploaded a new video to his YouTube channel, wherein he purchased an $80 f/1.2 prime lens on eBay. Specifically, it’s a Porst Color Reflex vintage manual lens. Its competitor for the test was the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L autofocus prime lens, which weighs in in the region of closer to $1,500, almost 19 times as much as its counterpart.
He and his friend each took a lens to photograph the same model. The shoot was set mostly in nature, with the duo using trees in order to illustrate the bokeh both lenses produced.
Sure, the pair’s individual photographic style and artistic choices may be variables, but for the most part, the results clearly present the distinctions between the two lenses. Have a look at the comparisons in the video above.
Which of the two do you lean towards? Is the price difference justified?