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I already have the 50 1.8. Now considering of either disposing the 1.8 and get the 1.4 or keep the 1.8 and get the 60 macro. What i'm looking for in those 2 lenses are sharpness and bokeh. With my 50 1.8, sometimes i get very nice pics but sometimes not, especially in low light.

Both the 1.4 and Macro will be used mainly as potrait lens but i also want to do some close up/macro like flowers and other tiny subject but not insects (the too close working distance for the 60 2.8 doesnt bother me)

Anybody got sample pics of 50 1.4 @ 2.8 vs the EFS 60 @ 2.8? I want to compare the sharpness and which one got creamier bokeh?

I prefer those 50/60 mm focal length, so the 85 1.8 or Tamron SP90/EF100mm macro are out of question

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???Anyone?

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I would then get the EF-S 60 due to your interest in macro. It is one of canon's sharpest lens.

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I would then get the EF-S 60 due to your interest in macro. It is one of canon's sharpest lens.

Thanks, anymore input from others?

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50 1.4@2.8 is marginally sharper than 60 @2.8 . the best thing you can do is keep the 50 and buy the 50, and then take a screwdriver to the 1.8 version. you switch the mount around and then you have a fully functional super macro lens. i've seen the instructions posted in a really old thread, so it's doable.

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If you're going to do macro work, no question, get the 60mm

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I have both. I've shot comparison shots and the 60 is very sharp wide open. I'm on the wrong computer right now so I can't look at the photos so I'll do this from memory.

At distances below 20 feet or so, the 60 is noticeably sharper than the 50 at apertures of f/4 and faster. At long (landscape) distances the 50 is equal to the 60 but you have to be stopped down to 5.6 to see it.

So, for sharpness, the 60 beats the 50 at wide apertures.

Focus speed of the 60 is pretty fast. I shot a basketball game with it and it focused as fast and accurate as the 50 does. Pretty impressive for a "macro".

I was --> <-- this close to selling the 50 f/1.4 and just using the 60 but the shallow DOF of the 50 gives it a capability that the 60 can't match.

My 50 is currently at Canon to address front focus and softness wide open. We'll see how it does when I get it back. When I did my focus tests, I was using manual focus in live view (40D) since I knew the 50 was front focusing a bit.

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Try this 50f1.4 vs 60f/2.8 macro

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I have never owned the 60 macro, but the 50/1.4 is my most used lens. I was also hesitating between the 50 and the 60, but was convinced to get the 50 on this forum and I am glad I got the 50.
The wider max. aperture of the 50 makes a huge difference in terms of light and bokeh, and as a result the 50 is a much better portraits. It does not offer 1:1 magnification, but it works well for flowers.

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The bokeh of the 50 f/1.4 at f/2.2, coupled with sharpness is amazing. Since you're going to be using it for portraits - you won't be dissappointed

Sorry to say I don't have a comparison between it and the 60mm macro.

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I have both lenses. I suggest you get the 60 2.8 since you already have the 50mm range covered. They're both great lenses, however the macro feature of the 60mm makes it a fun lens.

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slivex,
Great comparison. The 60mm EF-S was taken on a 30D, while the 50 f/1.4 was taken on a Mark II. I switched to the XTi for the 60mm EF-S and the comparison actually favors the EF-S lens.

TripleOne,
At or above about f/2.0, the IQ of the 50mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.4 are about identical. Neither is very sharp wide open.

I'd suggest keeping the 1.8 and getting the 60mm f/2.8.

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Thanks guys for the tips. I'm more towards the 60mm now.

N1as & Ecorick, is the EFS 60's focusing fast for non-macro shot?

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sorry to bring this thread back but do you guys put a UV filter on either of these lenses? or the 85mm f1.8?

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IMHO UV filters are just a gimmick by salesmen. I used to fall for that but not anymore. There are lots of threads about filters vs no-filters.

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