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Call me crazy, but I like the Canon 50 1.4 more then the Sigma 50 1.4!

 
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Dec 20, 2010 07:44 |  #1

I've been researching a prime lens over the weekend and came down to these two 50mm 1.4's. I know technically the Sigma is more 'perfect', but I like the Canon more!

I actually like the Canon 50mm bokeh more then the Sigma's. Gives more drama to the photo's IMO. The Sigma is smoother, but to me gives less impact to the rendition.

Anyone else out there just enjoy the Canon's rendition more?




  
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Dec 20, 2010 08:20 |  #2

How are aperture blades rendered in Sigma? Well, in Canon you will see the aperture blades when you stop down on rendered bokeh. :-|

I own EF 50mm F1.4, very nice from F2.0- and it gives excellent results with bounce flash.

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I've been researching a prime lens over the weekend and came down to these two 50mm 1.4's. I know technically the Sigma is more 'perfect', but I like the Canon more!

I actually like the Canon 50mm bokeh more then the Sigma's. Gives more drama to the photo's IMO. The Sigma is smoother, but to me gives less impact to the rendition.

Anyone else out there just enjoy the Canon's rendition more?




  
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Dec 20, 2010 08:30 |  #3

Bokeh is all preference - some like smooth, while others like the harsh texture. Personally, I like that of the Sigma more.


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Dec 20, 2010 08:37 as a reply to  @ hieu1004's post |  #4

Is your research based on having both lenses in your possession and actually using them, or are you looking through review sites? I am planning to add a 50 1.4 to my kit over the next year or so and am leaning towards the Sigma for the reportedly better / faster focus drive. So, if you did have the two lenses to actually use, which of the two is better at focus drive? I agree, background blur quality is a bit subjective and not always an important lens attribute, at least to me.


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Dec 20, 2010 08:40 |  #5

^ I've had the Canon and used the Sigma 50mm on multiple occasions (also own the Sigma 30mm). The focus drive was about the same for me, with the Canon being a little faster in dim light (at least for my copies).


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Dec 20, 2010 08:43 as a reply to  @ hieu1004's post |  #6

the sigma version is sharp at 1.4


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Dec 20, 2010 08:53 |  #7

Do we see the apertures blades when stopped down on rendered boken with sigma lens? Canon's EF 50mm F1.4 have this phenomenon...

zarray wrote in post #11483970 (external link)
the sigma version is sharp at 1.4




  
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Dec 20, 2010 09:23 |  #8

hieu1004 wrote in post #11483920 (external link)
Bokeh is all preference - some like smooth, while others like the harsh texture. Personally, I like that of the Sigma more.

i agree, 100% preference.

i enjoy the Canon's bokeh as it ads more drama to the photo IMO. the Sigma is smoother, but somehow more boring to me




  
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Dec 20, 2010 09:30 |  #9

You're crazy!


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Dec 20, 2010 09:36 |  #10

Nope, much prefer the Sigma's bokeh. More importantly, the way it draws/renders is so much better IMO.


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Dec 20, 2010 10:40 |  #11

mdgrwl wrote in post #11483762 (external link)
I've been researching a prime lens over the weekend and came down to these two 50mm 1.4's. I know technically the Sigma is more 'perfect', but I like the Canon more!

I actually like the Canon 50mm bokeh more then the Sigma's. Gives more drama to the photo's IMO. The Sigma is smoother, but to me gives less impact to the rendition.

Anyone else out there just enjoy the Canon's rendition more?

I sold both my 30mm and 50mm Sigma due to AF accuracy issues. As the lights went down... getting in-focus shots was next to impossible. To me I couldn't justify owning Primes that couldn't focus in Low Light. While the rendition was nice on the Sigmas, the 50L still beats it in Bokeh quality and the Zeiss 50mm MP beats all of them in pretty much everything.

While I do agree the Sigma is a overall better lens than the EF 50mm f/1.4, and makes the EF 50mm f/1.2 look a little expensive... it's inability to accurately focus without Flash Assist or Bright Lighting makes it useless as a Prime (to me). If you look at the Samples thread for the 50mm f/1.4, I think you'll find very happy customers with very nice results.


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Dec 20, 2010 10:43 as a reply to  @ Mundty's post |  #12

i have not used the sig50, but i own the canon 50 and i love it. Sure the motor is a bit noisy, but after microadjusting it, it is very sharp wide open at f/1.4. full image sharpness is fantastic above f/2.0. This lens can bring out images that make ppl go "wow!"


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Dec 20, 2010 11:01 |  #13

I use this as a good example of how smooth the sigma bokeh can get at 1.4 yet remain sharp! I guess each person has their preference to how they want it to look.

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Dec 20, 2010 11:07 |  #14

It isn't the lens that focuses in low light, it's the camera.


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Dec 20, 2010 11:14 |  #15
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irishman wrote in post #11484194 (external link)
You're crazy!


Agree.....mine got better after coming back from the Sigma service center. Needless to day, AF is spot on. However, AI servo focusing has improved a lot.


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