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Canon 50 1.4 vs 50 1.2 L

 
bms259
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Apr 06, 2015 08:02 |  #1

I have a good copy of the Canon 50 1.4 — it's probably one of my favorite lenses.

I eventually want to purchase at 50mm 1.2 for the weather sealing & 1.2.

But I'm wondering how the two compare in terms of AF speed & at apertures from f2.0 and up. Is there significant advantage to the 50L?

Thanks!




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Apr 06, 2015 08:22 |  #2

The 1.2 has faster, more accurate AF. This especially applies in low light where the 1.4 is prone to hunting.

As for IQ, the main differences are that the 1.2 has better flare performance and much better bokeh at all apertures.


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Apr 06, 2015 14:20 |  #3

JeffreyG wrote in post #17506313external link
The 1.2 has faster, more accurate AF. This especially applies in low light where the 1.4 is prone to hunting.

This has been my experience, as well. I upgraded from the f/1.4 to the f/1.2 mostly for this reason.


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Apr 06, 2015 14:48 as a reply to Scott M's post |  #4

The 50 1.4 was a take it or leave it type of lens. Not very exciting to me. I love the 50L lots of keepers with it and, for me, it provides more opportunity to be creative over the 50 1.4.


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Apr 06, 2015 14:57 |  #5

The 50L is better in every single aspect. You name it, its better. Besides price. Its well worth the upgrade. I had the 1.8 then 1.4 and finally got the 1.2. By far my favourite lens. If you have the money, I would not hesitate to grab one. The used prices are quite good as well.


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Apr 07, 2015 07:42 |  #6

I'v never owned the 1.4, but love my f1.2 it's such a fun lens with such a shallow DOF, and has saved my bacon when light was an issue on a must have shot.




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Apr 07, 2015 12:24 |  #7

I bought both and ended up returning the 1.4. I am a semi-professional but 50mm is probably my favorite focal length (although not always the most creative).
Why I kept the 1.2:
- Bokeh is SMOOTH
- Feels much more sturdy
- Still pretty compact (vs for example 85 II )
- Instant AF
- Sharpness is not nearly as bad as people say if you get the focus right




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Apr 07, 2015 18:57 |  #8

I was not that impressed with my 50 1.4
I owned the 24L and 100L prior to buy my 50 1.2
THe 50 1.4 had boring colors and rarely produced 'wow' imagines
Even on my 6D in low light it hunted more than my 24L in the same room.
It was my last prime I upgraded, because it was not on par with my other lenses.
50mm became my go to focal length on FF.

From the first three frames on the first day I was very pleased.
The colors were brighter and even the raw photos looked better before processing.

I was in no rush to get the 50L and now it is my most used lens by far.
If you can afford the cost, the result will justify the money.


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Apr 07, 2015 19:05 |  #9

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Apr 07, 2015 19:49 |  #10

Here is a post of someone offering to buy a 50 f1.4 if you decide to upgrade the lens.

http://photography-on-the.net .../showthread.php?t=1​425064


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bms259
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Apr 08, 2015 13:47 |  #11

I'm leaning toward making the upgrade. Thanks for the help.




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Apr 26, 2015 01:02 |  #12

MBB89 wrote in post #17507971external link
I bought both and ended up returning the 1.4. I am a semi-professional but 50mm is probably my favorite focal length (although not always the most creative).
Why I kept the 1.2:
- Bokeh is SMOOTH
- Feels much more sturdy
- Still pretty compact (vs for example 85 II )
- Instant AF
- Sharpness is not nearly as bad as people say if you get the focus right

The sharpness thing was the reason I held off buying the 50L.
I got mine yesterday and I can honestly say that at 1.2 it is very sharp where you need it.
I actually think I'll use it more than my 85 1.2 as it focuses much quicker, is lighter, weather resistant and can focus closer. Plus it's better in confined spaces/small rooms.

All in all, I'm thrilled with it.


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Apr 26, 2015 08:55 |  #13

I have the Canon 50F1.4 and the Sigma 50F2.8 macro lens. Once you are at F2.8, any of the 50 mm lenses should be pretty sharp. The Canon 50L is not in my bag, largely because of price. I really don't see much of a need for the extra speed, beyond F1.4. However, I would be very interested in an updated 50 with real USM and IS, even if an F1.8 or F2.
The Sigma is a very nice lens, and AF is accurate, if slow. If Sigma managed to make an F1.4 version with AF that is comparable to Canon's, I'd get one.
I am waiting for an updated F1.4 from Canon.
Castleman has a website comparing the different Canon 50mm lenses, and it is worth a look. SLR Gear also has a 50mm comparison the OP might want to examine. According to Castleman, the F1.2 lens is sharper at F 1.4 and F2, with better flare resistance. At smaller apertures, the F1.4 lens was reported sharper. Clearly, the F 1.2 lens is designed for use in very low lighting, where it excels.




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Apr 27, 2015 08:17 |  #14

I decided to go ahead and pick up a used 50L...and I love it.

Thanks!




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Apr 27, 2015 10:11 |  #15

fordmondeo wrote in post #17532741external link
The sharpness thing was the reason I held off buying the 50L.
I got mine yesterday and I can honestly say that at 1.2 it is very sharp where you need it.
I actually think I'll use it more than my 85 1.2 as it focuses much quicker, is lighter, weather resistant and can focus closer. Plus it's better in confined spaces/small rooms.

All in all, I'm thrilled with it.

I take back everything I said, I'm also taking the lens back from whence it came.
I can't live with the focus shift (certainly not at £1050 UK)

When canon update it to include a FLE then I'll be back for one.


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