I had lent my cheapshit EF 50mm f/1.8 to a coworker for a few weeks and, suprisingly, I did come to miss it. Just got it back last week and I spent the afternoon fooling around with it (and only it) on the camera.
Having a variable zoom range is handy, but zoom lenses just can't beat prime lenses when it comes to smooth bokeh.
This shot was achieved by using custom aperture. Said aperture was made using state of the art materials and equipment, namely...
a box cutter, an index card, and a black marker pen.
Another new accessory that I had crafted for this lens is a lens hood.
Without lens hood
With lens hood
Of course, the lens isn't designed to be mounted in the reverse position, so it's not really surprising that this configuration is prone to glare, which kills the image contrast. Surprisingly, a cardboard tube from a roll of tissue paper did improve the image quality somewhat.
Other shots for the day, all taken with the 50mm.
2 of 3 resident felines
A bath towel
Microfiber cloth for cleaning lenses
Tip of a dart
A spray nozzle
The afternoon sun