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What Canon 50mm lens?

 
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Aug 08, 2010 13:18 |  #1

It seems Canon struggle with this focal length, I'm not saying they are terrible, but they are not up to the standards of their wider 24/35 or 85mm focal lengths.

I'm in the market for a 50mm lens, somthing to fill my gap from 24mm to 85mm, I used to own the 50mm 1.4 Canon but it never truely inspired me, especially wide open.
So what are my options?

Canon 50L - (too expensive for something which isn't at the top of the pile.
Canon 1.4 - Already owned so fancy something different and sharper wide open.
Ziess F2 - Too expensive.
Ziess 1.4 - From what I've read no better than the Canon 1.4, yet twice the price.

So, what options are there?


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Aug 08, 2010 13:24 |  #2

sigma 50mm f1.4?


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Aug 08, 2010 13:31 |  #3

How does this compare to its rivals?


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Aug 08, 2010 13:36 |  #4

Color me interested as I really want a nice 50.




  
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Aug 08, 2010 13:43 as a reply to  @ seoulfully's post |  #5

What's wrong with the nifty 50? It can be had for under a hundred bucks. I have one and was considering upgrading to the 1.4 but then I looked at comparison ISO chart results. I concluded that all I was buying over what I already had was one, blurry F stop.

I'd say either buy the 1.8 or maybe look at the 1.2?


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Aug 08, 2010 13:43 |  #6

Perhaps wait for the rumored 50/1.4mkii then. The Sigmalux is a great lens and certainly worth having to send it in for calibration. I had to send the body in as well but it works great now. The Zeiss ZE50/1.4 may not be very sharp until 2.8 but it has nice colors and I like the way it renders. I've found the old CY 50/1.4 to be nearly identical except for the geometric pattern of bokeh stopped down. If you don't mind fully manual lenses then it's a good choice. In fact there's quite a few manual 50mm for the film era that are impressive. And there's always the fantastic plastic 50/1.8 which is a decent 50.




  
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Aug 08, 2010 13:44 |  #7

The sigma 50 f1.4 is one of the best alternatives to canon's lenses in the 50mm range. Their 50 f1.4 has far better optics than the canon 1.4, and many prefer the sigma over even the 50L.

The sigma is truly a magic lens provided you get a good copy, which if you do not you can send it to sigma for calibration. If you search the forum for the sigma or check out the lens archive of the lens Here

I have been looking at a lens in the 50mm range and the sigma is one of the top contenders.


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Aug 08, 2010 13:49 |  #8

The best options are the 50L, Sigma 50/1.4, and Zeiss 50/2. "Slow" 50's like the Zeiss have a big advantage over faster ones in terms of sharpness due to design...that's just what you trade for very wide apertures.




  
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Aug 08, 2010 13:50 |  #9

I've owned both the Canon 1.8 and 1.4, I never really enjoyed using the 1.8. I did want something that had better build quality - like the Ziess, I am very tempted by the Ziess 1.4.

How does the Ziess 1.4 compare to the f2 version at f2 I wonder...?

I'm currently using a crop camera but do hope to move to FF later this year so whatever I choose I do need it to work well in FF.


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Aug 08, 2010 13:51 |  #10

Ross_Curtis wrote in post #10682886 (external link)
How does this compare to its rivals?

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For not much more than the Canon f/1.4, it's definitely worth a look. It has a bokeh that's comparable to that of the f/1.2L.

I saw a good comparison somewhere here in the forums between the Sigma 1.4 and the Canon 1.2L but I'm having trouble finding it right now, so instead, here's the sample archives for each.

Canon 50mm f/1.2L
Sigma 50mm f/1.4




  
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Aug 08, 2010 13:58 |  #11

Optiq wrote in post #10682932 (external link)
What's wrong with the nifty 50? It can be had for under a hundred bucks. I have one and was considering upgrading to the 1.4 but then I looked at comparison ISO chart results. I concluded that all I was buying over what I already had was one, blurry F stop.

I'd say either buy the 1.8 or maybe look at the 1.2?

there's a few things about lenses that don't show up in ISO charts...

here's a small comparison with the 50L, and sigma:
https://photography-on-the.net …ghlight=sigmalu​x+canon+vs

i'm pretty sure there's another one i'm looking for too...


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Aug 08, 2010 14:03 |  #12

Ross_Curtis wrote in post #10682972 (external link)
I'm currently using a crop camera but do hope to move to FF later this year so whatever I choose I do need it to work well in FF.

You do realize that a 50mm has a completely different use on a different format, right?




  
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Aug 08, 2010 14:07 |  #13

Ross_Curtis wrote in post #10682972 (external link)
I've owned both the Canon 1.8 and 1.4, I never really enjoyed using the 1.8. I did want something that had better build quality - like the Ziess, I am very tempted by the Ziess 1.4.

How does the Ziess 1.4 compare to the f2 version at f2 I wonder...?

I'm currently using a crop camera but do hope to move to FF later this year so whatever I choose I do need it to work well in FF.

The Makro-Planar walks all over the Z*-line 1.4 at f2. Much better contrast(micro too), colors and especially sharpness. It's certainly one of if not the sharpest 50 around. I wouldn't use the ZE 1.4 wide open as there's noticeable loss of contrast but at f2 it's better sharpness is ok. At 2.8 and f4 the lens has good contrast and sharpness and the images have that good Zeiss "pop".

If you want that wide open bokeh then the 50L or Sigmalux are the ones to get. If you don't mind f2, which still provides good bokeh, and you want a sharp lens then the 50/2 MP is hard to beat.




  
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Aug 08, 2010 14:16 |  #14

The Canon 45mm TS lens would be an interesting alternative, although not exactly cheap.

Maybe even the Canon 50mm f2.5? it has the benefit of being macro, too! plus it's pretty cheap.


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Aug 08, 2010 14:24 |  #15

Ross_Curtis wrote in post #10683102 (external link)
The Canon 45mm TS lens would be an interesting alternative, although not exactly cheap.

Maybe even the Canon 50mm f2.5? it has the benefit of being macro, too! plus it's pretty cheap.

and insanely slow to focus, not to mention loud


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