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Jan 25, 2011 00:08 |  #1
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I'm considering buying a Canon 50mm 1.4. What I'm looking for is bang for the buck on a FAST lens

Anything else for about the same money? I see the Sig is quite a bit more money

What is the sweet spot on this lens? Just how degraded is it at 1.4 vs stopped down?




  
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Jan 25, 2011 00:28 |  #2

I had Canon50f1.4 for couple of months. I used it in focal range f2-f8. Fantastic lens. It has sweet spot f4-f5.6.


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Jan 25, 2011 08:13 as a reply to  @ ssmanak's post |  #3

I like the 85mm 1.8 It is fast but not sure if that lenght will work for you.




  
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Jan 25, 2011 08:17 |  #4

I've used/owned just about all the AF 50mm and, IMO, the Sigma is the best bang for the buck. From my experience, it beats the Canon 1.4 in just about all categories besides for price.

Here's a rough comparison:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=0​&APIComp=0 (external link)


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Jan 25, 2011 10:36 |  #5
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hieu1004 wrote in post #11710433 (external link)
I've used/owned just about all the AF 50mm and, IMO, the Sigma is the best bang for the buck. From my experience, it beats the Canon 1.4 in just about all categories besides for price.

Here's a rough comparison:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=0​&APIComp=0 (external link)

Unless I'm missing something, the Sig is considerably more than the Canon:

Canon shows 359. US at B&H

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_f_1_4_USM_Auto​focus.html (external link)

Sig shows up at 500 US bucks at B&H

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Normal_50mm_f_1​_4_EX.html (external link)




  
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STUMP1982 wrote in post #11710408 (external link)
I like the 85mm 1.8 It is fast but not sure if that lenght will work for you.

I should've said specifically. I'm looking for fast, 1.4 or faster, but 55mm AND WIDER if possible, but yet staying in some kind of budget. The 50mm 1.4 is right up at the price I'd like to limit to.

I've even been looking at some manual glass, but lord, seems to me some of that stuff is getting overpriced.




  
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Jan 25, 2011 10:59 |  #7

KaiserSose wrote in post #11711124 (external link)
Unless I'm missing something, the Sig is considerably more than the Canon:

Canon shows 359. US at B&H

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_f_1_4_USM_Auto​focus.html (external link)

Sig shows up at 500 US bucks at B&H

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Normal_50mm_f_1​_4_EX.html (external link)

You get what you pay for. If your budget isn't flexible, there's not a whole lot of options. The Canon 1.4 might be the one for you then.


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Jan 25, 2011 11:43 |  #8

At f/1.4, it is still pretty decent. Bit soft yes, but decent.
At f/2.0, it gets noticeably sharp.
At f/2.8, you will get more than plenty of sharpness that you crave.


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Jan 25, 2011 11:52 |  #9

Sigma 50/1.4 >> Canon 50/1.4 (in terms of IQ)

Sigma 50/1.4 >> Canon 50/1.4 (in terms of price)

I was going to say "you get what you pay for", but with respect to the Sigma 50, you get more.


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Jan 25, 2011 13:15 |  #10

Pasukun wrote in post #11711509 (external link)
At f/1.4, it is still pretty decent. Bit soft yes, but decent.
At f/2.0, it gets noticeably sharp.
At f/2.8, you will get more than plenty of sharpness that you crave.

This has been my experience as well. However, as with any lens, there are sample variations. I've seen some copies of this lens that are very sharp at 1.4, and some that are still a bit squishy at 2.8. It all depends on what your expectations are.


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Jan 25, 2011 14:04 |  #11
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Well I do have two mount conversions (manual glass) "in the works" I may just wait and see what results that brings.

the "best" lens I have nowadays is a 17-55, so I'm looking for something faster.




  
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Jan 25, 2011 16:52 |  #12

KaiserSose wrote in post #11711139 (external link)
I should've said specifically. I'm looking for fast, 1.4 or faster, but 55mm AND WIDER if possible, but yet staying in some kind of budget

There's also a 30mm f/1.4 Sigma (crop only, not FF) which might be worth considering. It costs a hair more than the Canon price you were quoting, but it might be worth a look if you'd prefer something wider than 50mm.


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