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50mm 1.4 vs. 50mm 1.8

 
LemonScent
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Aug 29, 2011 10:31 |  #1

Is the 1.4 a lot better than the 1.8? I use my nifty a ton and really love the focal length. I was thinking about making my next lens the 1.4. Is it worth it? Is it a lot better?


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Aug 29, 2011 10:39 |  #2

Build quality is a lot better. More blade on 1.4 is more pleasant than 1.8
Image quality is little better but is it $300 better?
Only you can answer that.
I personally think it is worth money.
Hope this helps.


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Aug 29, 2011 10:43 |  #3

LemonScent wrote in post #13018645external link
Is the 1.4 a lot better than the 1.8? I use my nifty a ton and really love the focal length. I was thinking about making my next lens the 1.4. Is it worth it? Is it a lot better?

Take a look at the sigma version too, better IQ than the canon at wider apertures, better build, better AF motor, longer warranty, smoother bokeh, more aperture blades.


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Aug 29, 2011 10:54 |  #4

Sirrith wrote in post #13018709external link
Take a look at the sigma version too, better IQ than the canon at wider apertures, better build, better AF motor, longer warranty, smoother bokeh, more aperture blades.

And you can become an official member of the Sigma lottery; some win...some loose...


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Aug 29, 2011 10:55 |  #5

Yes...

Better build = more durable (sort of).

Faster, more accurate and reliable auto focus.

The image differences are more subtle: More resistant to flare, better color saturation, nicer contrast, smoother/nicer background blur.

If you only occasionally use it, the 50/1.8 is a very good value and might be fine for your needs.

For my purposes, the 50/1.4 was well worth the extra money (which wasn't all that much because I bought it used).

Yes, the Sigma 50/1.4 is an alternative to consider.

This question has been asked and answered a lot in great detail here... You might do a search. Also do a web search. I've seen close comparisons of the two, shots made with each showing the differences mentioned above.


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Aug 29, 2011 11:24 |  #6

LemonScent wrote in post #13018645external link
Is the 1.4 a lot better than the 1.8? I use my nifty a ton and really love the focal length. I was thinking about making my next lens the 1.4. Is it worth it? Is it a lot better?

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Aug 29, 2011 11:53 |  #7

Rocky Rhode wrote in post #13018762external link
And you can become an official member of the Sigma lottery; some win...some loose...

did you win or lose?



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Aug 29, 2011 13:23 |  #8

Win or Loose..............I won.

I love my Sigma 50 1.4. Fantastic lens.


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Aug 29, 2011 13:24 |  #9

I went to a local camera shop last month to get 'touchy feely' with the Canon 50 1.8 and 1.4 after reading much on both on the internet. The 1.8 is cheap, but also feels cheap and just too 'plasticky' for me in my side to side comparison, and I didn't like it mounted on my 50D at all. The 1.4 is a solid lens with much better build, so I paid the extra and brought it home. I have taken some great shots with it since. However, I got bit by the Sigma 50 1.4 bug a couple weeks ago after reading comments from those who use the lens, and bought one new from B&H online. I bought new hoping that any focusing kinks you read about so much might have been worked out by now. All I can say is my copy of the Sigma 50 1.4 is tack sharp, and that seems to be the lens that stays on my camera for most of the time. Used it for a wedding recently and I'm a believer. Images are amazing. My Canon 50 1.4 sits in my bag, and might actually be up for sale soon.


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Aug 29, 2011 13:33 |  #10

I used to have the Siggy on my 5D2. Awesome lens. Very sharp wide open and creamy bokeh. Worth the money brah.


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Aug 29, 2011 13:56 |  #11

Yes the Canon 50mm 1.4 is a lot better than the 1.8


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Aug 29, 2011 14:12 |  #12

you know...he was asking about the Canon 1.8 vs the Canon 1.4. It really irks me when someone has to inject "you might want to also check out the Sigma..." into the thread


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Aug 29, 2011 14:16 |  #13

garyeaton wrote in post #13019686external link
you know...he was asking about the Canon 1.8 vs the Canon 1.4. It really irks me when someone has to inject "you might want to also check out the Sigma..." into the thread

Don't let a great suggestion irk you..

To the OP- definately check out the Sigma 50mm!




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Aug 29, 2011 17:22 as a reply to LongDraw's post |  #14

For me, the 50 1.8 was a real dud - never got a sharp image out of it. I've heard some say that there is a lot of sample variation on the 1.8 - which given its price isn't too surprising. My 1.4 on the other hand is great. It's pin sharp from f2 onwards and isn't too shabby at 1.4 either. Focus is fast and accurate and the build is OK (not up to L standards, but good enough IMHO).


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Aug 29, 2011 17:32 |  #15

garyeaton wrote in post #13019686external link
you know...he was asking about the Canon 1.8 vs the Canon 1.4. It really irks me when someone has to inject "you might want to also check out the Sigma..." into the thread

She ;)

It's okay, I actually totally forgot about the Sigma. It's definitely a contendah :cool:


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