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Looking for a 50mm f1.4. Are there any good ones?

 
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Jan 23, 2013 10:33 |  #16

I've had two Sigmalux (50mm/1.4) before and they were wonderful. I only sold them for the 50L upgrade. If you don't mind with MF thent the SMC Takumars are very good. The colour swirls are very nice addition. Of course Zeiss 50/1.4 ZE is just stunning with it's microcontrast.

If you need AF just go with Sigma or maybe just wait till Canon does the 50/1.4 II update which is... (not so sure when)


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Jan 23, 2013 10:42 |  #17

I have and love the Sigma version. Sure, maybe I got lucky and got a good one, but who knows. Here is a shot that Ive spammed all over the rest of this board. :D This is at 1.4 and is plenty sharp enough for any reasonable sized print. Its razor razor sharp by 2.0

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Jan 23, 2013 11:37 |  #18

Yea I think if canon ever releases the 50mm 1.4 with is it might be good. But I bet the price will be 900 dollars.

On Nikon's side you have the 1.4d,1.8d,1.4 g and the 1.8 g. The 1.8g is sold out in all places the 1.4 is 500 and takes fine pics but its made very cheap filling.

The sigma I had was pretty nice very should feel. Had to get used to the shallow dot of 1.4 on ff. I would get a used copy is my advice.


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Jan 23, 2013 14:16 |  #19

+1 on the Sigma if you get a good copy without focus issues. It renders such a wonderful image. The bokeh is so smooth. :-)

I bought a new one from Adorama that was very soft and had a terrible focus shift when stopping down the aperture or changing distances. My 50 1.8 outperformed it side by side. Instead of shipping it to Sigma (costing ME money with no guarantee of return with satisfactory performance), I returned it and waited for a good used copy to go on sale.

So far, the used copy is working well around the house with a minor MFA (+1 or -1). I haven't taken it out for "real world" testing yet, but I'm confident it will be a keeper. THANKS smooth3000!


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Jan 23, 2013 14:26 |  #20

I had the Canon version and while it was accurate with focus & pictures were sharp I just didn't like the images I got with it. I already had a Sigma 85 f/1.4 which produces terrific images so even with the risk of getting a dud I sold the Canon & brought the Sigma. The first copy was a dud, but I swapped it with the retailer - that is what warranties are for. The second one is terrific, focuses spot on & I love the images it produces. I just like the overal bokeh, colous & contrast Sigma primes give. The hassle was certainly worth it. So + about 999 for the Sigma.


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Jan 23, 2013 14:32 |  #21

I got the Canon and it has been my favorite lens since and I've never had any issues with it, but I can't speak to the Sigma or any other 50mm that might be out there. I assume the f/1.2 is more than you (or I) were Looking to spend?


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Jan 23, 2013 15:10 |  #22

nope


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Jan 23, 2013 15:14 |  #23

rivas8409 wrote in post #15523972 (external link)
I haven't bitten the bullet on a 50 1.4 yet, mainly because my 50 1.8 mk1 is just fine. Sure, it's a bit soft at 1.8, but stop it down to 2.2 and it's good-to-go! Is the Af a bit slow and noisy? You bet it is! I mean seriously, what prime isn't soft wide open, and for a $100 lens can you really expect super quiet focus? That's a rhetorical question by the way. None-the-less, I still get great results with it a 1.8. So the way I see it, why am I going to spend $300 on a 50 1.4 if I have to stop it down to 2.8 to get it to "work" when I already have a 1.8 that does the job just fine? I havne't been able to justify it to myself.

So I guess I'm trying to say that you may want to consider, or at least look at, a 50 1.8 mk1 (with the metal mount). They run used for about $150, but you can probably find one for less if you're patient. I was able to pick mine up for $100 about 4 years ago.

how is it that you have to stop a 1.4 down to 2.8 for it to work, yet your 1.8 works @2.2? you make no sense. The 1.8 is just toy for beginners to play with the world of thin DoF.


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Jan 23, 2013 15:39 |  #24

Thank you all for your input! It is much appreciated. Still undecided, but a lot of good information.

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I shoot people portraits 99% of the time and I never understood why people would want skin sharpened where you can see their pores. If the eyes aren't as sharp as I want them to be then that's why I invested in pp software. I can then sharpen only what needs to be sharpen and skin isn't one of them. Futhermore I love the softness that the canon provides for portraits.

I'd rather have too much detail and blur it than trying to reclaim detail from the blurry sections ;)


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Jan 23, 2013 16:28 |  #25

frankwite wrote in post #15524052 (external link)
I shoot people portraits 99% of the time and I never understood why people would want skin sharpened where you can see their pores.

I agree with the general notion that a great photo isn't a great photo just because it's crazy sharp BUT here's a little bit of shocking information for you: Not everyone shoots people portraits 99% of the time.

Here's another little bit of shocking information for you: Skin retouching is far superior to sharpening detail that isn't there, if you know what you're doing.


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Jan 23, 2013 16:59 |  #26

On crop, the Sigma 30mm is the best 50mm! If you buy from a seller that accept returns, you should be alright.


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Jan 23, 2013 17:33 |  #27

I love my 50 1.4, very sharp lens. Even happy with it wide open. Maybe I lucked out, I dont know but it hasnt let me down yet. Go to a local store and test out a copy before you buy to make sure sharpness is to your liking.


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Jan 23, 2013 18:55 |  #28

vspector wrote in post #15525206 (external link)
The 1.8 is just toy for beginners to play with the world of thin DoF.

The 1.8 is perfectly capable of producing stunning images, and it doesn't require any additional effort or skill over the more expensive versions to do so. Comments like these make you sound ignorant and as though you think gear makes the photographer.


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Jan 23, 2013 19:02 |  #29

I agree that the 50mm f1.8 is a great little lens. My copy is very sharp. A bit slow and noisy to focus but what do you expect for 80$?

It's the perfect beginner prime and I just love the light weight.


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Jan 23, 2013 19:21 |  #30

I have the Canon version. It is sharp at apertures larger than F2 (f1.6, 1.8, etc.) with accurate AF. I always keep mine stored with hood on in the normal position to prtotect the front lens assembly. It never comes off the lens.
Once any of these lenses are stopped down to F2.8, they are going to be very sharp.
According to Photozone.de the Sigma has pretty hefty focus shift, which may or may not be a problem for you.




  
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