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Not happy with canon 1.4 50mm

 
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Apr 29, 2011 22:49 |  #1

I bought this lens back in January, and im not happy with the results. I feel i get better quality out of my 18-200. I've looked at ways to test the lens but I had trouble following the instructions. Would anyone be willing to help me with ways to see if the focus is good, or if im just being too picky?




  
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Apr 29, 2011 22:59 |  #2

the canon 50 1.4 is known for being a bit soft at 1.4 through to about 2.0, could you post a few pictures with EXIF data to give us examples?

A simple test for focus accuracy is to line up ~5 batteries standing up, in a diagonal line, and try to focus on one of them (preferably the middle one), and see if that is the one which is in focus, or whether the one in front or behind it is more in focus.

Sort of like this (| is a battery, ignore the dots):
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Apr 29, 2011 23:05 |  #3

Sirrith wrote in post #12319929 (external link)
the canon 50 1.4 is known for being a bit soft at 1.4 through to about 2.0]

yup, mine was the same ended up selling it.


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Apr 29, 2011 23:21 |  #4

its a great lens. it would help if you posted samples of what makes you "Not happy" with this lens :]

ArinX wrote in post #12319965 (external link)
yup, mine was the same ended up selling it.

mine wasnt :D


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Apr 29, 2011 23:22 as a reply to  @ ArinX's post |  #5

I went thru two 50mm 1.4. It was a bit soft as expected at 1.4 but not bad. What I didn't like is how the lens would hunt in low light when the purpose was to use it in low light.


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Apr 29, 2011 23:25 |  #6

I have one and love it, it's a bit soft at f1.4 but acceptable.
What apperture are you using?


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Apr 29, 2011 23:26 |  #7

hmmm i felt my 50 1.4 was sharp... is it my eyes?!!?!


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Apr 30, 2011 00:10 as a reply to  @ .thach's post |  #8

It is quite sharp at 1.4. The problem is the halation which can decrease contrast.
At 2.0 it is superb!


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Apr 30, 2011 00:10 |  #9

99% of prime lens being soft is due to focus shift


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Apr 30, 2011 00:16 |  #10

I love my 50 1.4, a tad soft at 1.4 sure, but over 2.0 it is a great lens imo


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Apr 30, 2011 00:23 |  #11

1.8 is quite good enough. not to mention it's a fraction of the cost of the 1.4




  
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Apr 30, 2011 01:07 as a reply to  @ jdubz photography's post |  #12

It's a great lens.. One of my most used lenses.


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Apr 30, 2011 04:22 as a reply to  @ yogestee's post |  #13

I have both the 50mm f/1.4 and f/1.8 and prefer the f/1.4 far more than the f/1.8 for sharpnes and bokeh. Yes stopped down it's performance is better ( like almost all of the lenses ) but stil gives good results at f/1.4 .

For sharpnes i found it better working at f/1.4 on my 5DII than on my crop 50D.

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Apr 30, 2011 05:05 |  #14

I used to have 50 f/1.4, then buy the f/1.8 and end up keeping the f/1.8. I found the sharpness f/1.4-2.2 not good enough.


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Apr 30, 2011 06:06 |  #15

After having two 50mm f1.8's, I was unsatisfied with them so I bought a 50 1.4.

I absolutely loved that thing. At 1.4 it was a tad soft, and I wouldn't even really say it was soft I would say it wasn't as sharp as 2.0+. All of the lenses I've ever used are softer wide open, so that doesn't really bother me. It was sharper at 1.4 than my kit lens was at any aperture.

At 2.8-4.0 the thing was unbelievable. I think it outperforms my 70-200 2.8L. Perhaps, you should send the lens to Canon to be checked out.


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