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85 1.8 AND 50 1.4 worth it?

 
loque187
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Feb 12, 2012 09:28 |  #1

I am just getting back into photography and will be purchasing a 60D this week. I already own a 85 1.8 and was wondering on my second lens purchase. The top choice for me right now is the 50 1.4 but I am wondering if its worth the purchase, already owning the 85 1.8.

I will be doing mostly portraiture/editorial work indoor and out. Thanks in advance!




  
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Feb 12, 2012 09:30 |  #2

hm.. 50mm on crop is still pretty long for indoor work
depending on your space..it may work but i'd suggest something a little wider

sigma makes a nice 30/1.4


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Feb 12, 2012 09:34 |  #3

Depends on how much room you have to maneuver. If you plan on sticking with a crop for a while maybe 35 or 30.


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Feb 12, 2012 09:34 |  #4

The Canon 50mm f/1.4?

I would not do it. I bought that lens first and I never enjoyed it. In my experience it is very soft wide open, loses a lot of contrast wide open and the AF is very inaccurate.

The 85mm f/1.8 is a whole different thing. I got it last week and it's a joy to shoot with. Really sharp wide open and very accurate AF. I'm going to sell the 50mm f/1.4.

Only advantage of the 50mm vs. the 85mm are the minimal focusing distance (0.45m on the 50mm, 0.85m on the 85mm). Oh, and the 85mm of course has the purple fringing issue, but that can be easily fixed.


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Feb 12, 2012 09:36 |  #5

Since all you own is the 85f/1.8 I'd recommend you look at these thress lenses. All three of these are really good all purpose/versitile lenses with really good Image quality.

Canon 17-55f/2.8
Sigma 17-50f/2.8
Tamron 17-50f/2.8


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Feb 12, 2012 09:36 |  #6

Yes it was the Canon 50mm f/1.4 I was looking at. Taking a look into the 30mm f/1.4 Sigma as we speak. It's worth noting I did own the 50 f/1.8 prior and I agree, It was a little too-zoomed in for my preferences for indoor use.




  
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Feb 12, 2012 10:14 as a reply to  @ loque187's post |  #7

I have the 50 1.8 and 85 1.8 and never use the 50. If I had a prime in the 24-30 range I think it would be on the camera 95% of the time indoors.


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Feb 12, 2012 10:39 |  #8

i had the 50mm f/1.8 before, i loved it alot!

But since i have my 85mm f/1.8, i left the 50mm at home most of the time. When i need a wider focal length, i use my 18-55 kit lens.


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Feb 12, 2012 11:25 |  #9

JaapW wrote in post #13873100 (external link)
The Canon 50mm f/1.4?

I would not do it. I bought that lens first and I never enjoyed it. In my experience it is very soft wide open, loses a lot of contrast wide open and the AF is very inaccurate.

You should have taken it back or sent it off to Canon, because it sounds like you had a terrible copy.

The 50mm 1.4 is a beautiful lens, tack sharp and the AF is fast and accurate.




  
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Feb 12, 2012 12:36 |  #10

loque187 wrote in post #13873108 (external link)
It's worth noting I did own the 50 f/1.8 prior and I agree, It was a little too-zoomed in for my preferences for indoor use.


+1
I agree it is nice to have something wider indoors and you already have the 85 which is a great lens.




  
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Feb 12, 2012 13:41 |  #11

JaapW wrote in post #13873100 (external link)
The Canon 50mm f/1.4?

I would not do it. I bought that lens first and I never enjoyed it. In my experience it is very soft wide open, loses a lot of contrast wide open and the AF is very inaccurate.

This was my experience with the lens as well. Couldn't rely on it at all as 80% of the time, the shot would be OOF. Multiple trips to Canon didn't fix the issue and they even replaced the lens once - same thing happened with the second copy. Third copy I sold BNIB. Seems as if the lens has some serious QC issues.


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Feb 12, 2012 14:06 |  #12

Think I'm going to try the sigma 30 f/1.4

I'm somewhat bias towards primes. I used to own the tamron 17-50 as well so I have a good idea already of what those zooms can do.




  
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Feb 12, 2012 15:00 as a reply to  @ loque187's post |  #13

I have the Canon 28 f/1.8. Fantastic lens for an APS-C sensor camera.


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Feb 12, 2012 15:09 |  #14

loque187 wrote in post #13874142 (external link)
Think I'm going to try the sigma 30 f/1.4

When I had my 50D I had the Canon 50mm f/1.4 and found it too long indoors, so looked at the Canon 28 f/1.8 and Sigma 30 f/1.4. I came away with the Sigma and never looked back. It was a terrific lens and a great "fit" for the the crop body, inside or outside. I hardly used the 50 once I had brought it until I changed to the 5D2, now I use the 50 again.


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Feb 12, 2012 18:38 |  #15

I find my Sigma 30mm and Canon 85mm f1.8 are a great pair of primes to own with my 40D




  
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