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Jan 19, 2016 09:42 |  #1

Hi, can someone give me some advice on what differences I could expect on these 3 lenses?

I see the 1.2 is very expensive. Is the 1.4 much better than the 1.8? Is the 1.2 that much better again?

I understand the different f values. Is that the only thing that causes the difference in prices?




  
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Jan 19, 2016 09:52 |  #2

I've owned all three, but not the newest stm lens.

Both the 1.4 and 1.8 are prone to busy bokeh if that kind of thing bothers you. I sold both and wound up with the 1.2 mainly because I found them both to be innaccurate focusing and prone to hunting in the dark.

The 1.2 is good excepting the price. Reasonably sharp, great bokeh, and about the best performance with flare I've experienced. Also fast, accurate AF.


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Jan 19, 2016 09:56 as a reply to  @ JeffreyG's post |  #3

Ok, thanks. It wasn't what I wanted to hear, but what I expected.

I have the 1.8
I bought the 1.4 with a new camera purchase and it is on its way. I think I will send the lens back and save up for a used 1.2.




  
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Jan 19, 2016 09:59 |  #4

The 50 1.8II is a cheap lens and with it comes the good and the bad. It's reasonably sharp stopped down to f2 or so but its slow focusing, noisy, and has been known to break in two if handled roughly. You might consider the new 50 STM.




  
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Jan 19, 2016 10:02 |  #5

How about the Sigma? From those that have had the Canon trio, they claim the Sigma 50 Art lens is superior.


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Jan 19, 2016 10:05 |  #6

Chet wrote in post #17864307 (external link)
How about the Sigma? From those that have had the Canon trio, they claim the Sigma 50 Art lens is superior.

That's a sound suggestion. Canon hasn't solved the 50.




  
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Jan 19, 2016 10:05 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #7

Does only the 1.8 come with STM? I am reading that it is better at focusing???

THis is the 1.4 I was looking at, but it doesn't say STM on it.

http://www.henrys.com …N-EF-50MM-1-4-AF-USM.aspx (external link)




  
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Brad999 wrote in post #17864312 (external link)
Does only the 1.8 come with STM? I am reading that it is better at focusing???

THis is the 1.4 I was looking at, but it doesn't say STM on it.

http://www.henrys.com …N-EF-50MM-1-4-AF-USM.aspx (external link)

Yes,. The only 50 with STM is the 1.8. It's not so much the STM is better at focusing, its better than the old 50, but its a newer better than the old focus motor. What I mean is that the STM system, which is better for video is not necessarily anything magical compared to usm motors used in better canon lenses.




  
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Jan 19, 2016 10:15 |  #9

The 1.8 stm is miles better than the 1.4 usm. Night and day difference. Get the STM.


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Jan 19, 2016 10:23 as a reply to  @ maverick75's post |  #10

How so? I see it is less than half the price for the 1.8 STM compared with the 1.4 USM




  
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Jan 19, 2016 10:25 |  #11

Brad999 wrote in post #17864338 (external link)
How so? I see it is less than half the price for the 1.8 STM compared with the 1.4 USM

The STM is a lot newer design. That generally means sharper. The 1.4 isn't particularly well regarded.




  
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Jan 19, 2016 10:30 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #12

I kind of half asked this on another thread last week, but if I want to take pictures of horses in a barn, does the fact that these 50mm lenses do not have IS mean that it is a no go?




  
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Brad999 wrote in post #17864348 (external link)
I kind of half asked this on another thread last week, but if I want to take pictures of horses in a barn, does the fact that these 50mm lenses do not have IS mean that it is a no go?

IS doesn't help with moving subjects so unless the horses are very still it doesn't matter much. You'll need a shutter speed fast enough to stop motion, or minimize motion blur.




  
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Jan 19, 2016 10:36 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #14

Ok, in my last thread, it was about hockey, so that is why I was told that IS didn't matter because the players needed such a high shutter speed to stop them.

So as long as your camera can get a high enough shutter speed in the available light to stop the action and get a proper exposure, IS doesn't matter?




  
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Jan 19, 2016 10:39 |  #15

I've mentioned the lens reviews over at http://www.photozone.d​e (external link) in a few threads recently. Their reviews are candid but very sensible. Take a look. I'm pretty sure they have reviews of all these lenses.


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