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Thread started 24 Nov 2012 (Saturday) 08:02
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Which 50mm lens and why?

 
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Feb 08, 2013 15:04 |  #61

Dillan_K wrote in post #15587773 (external link)
I think getting accurate, sharp photos wide open has much more to do with the skill of the photographer than the limitations of his or her equipment.

True to a point. There is a technique to shooting at large apertures (part of that is knowing when to shoot wide open), but even with good techique, unless you're manually focusing, you're ultimately at the mercy of the AF drive to nail the focus with such a shallow depth of field (where the margin of error is extremely small)....the AF drive determines how consistently you're able to nail the focus, even with good technique. No amount of technique can correct the fact that the AF occasionally drive misses. I've owned the 50 1.8, 1.4, and 1.2. The 1.2 fairs better than the 1.4 and 1.8 in terms of auto focus accuracy, but even it is far from perfect.

The 85L is an example of a lens that has an extremely reliable, and extremely precise AF drive. It's AF drive is horrendously slow, but it very consistently nails the focus wide open, and very easily pops out sharp photos at an extremely shallow depth of field. My hit rate with the 50 mm's is much lower, though again the 50L fairs much better than the other two.


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Feb 08, 2013 17:20 |  #62

50mm F 1.4 Yashica ML-a great lens if you can find it "cheap". Throw a long hood on it, and you are good to go:)


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Feb 09, 2013 23:07 |  #63

Of course the question is what are you going to shoot with your 50? For me the priority is landscapes, and I have been exceptionally happy with Zeiss 50/2 makro planar. I owned the Canon 50/1.4, sent it back to Canon a couple of times but was never enthusiastic to use it.
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Feb 10, 2013 00:52 |  #64

Sigma AF can be dodgy but it's a dream of a lens when it's calibrated right. Much better rendition than the Canon 50... I had to send mine in but I'm very happy with it now. The AF is still a bit dodgy compared to my other lenses (especially in servo) but I'd have this over the Canon 1.4 any day, which crapped out on me after one week. The AF just gave up.

For the price it's got to be the best of the choices.

Edit: Also the siggy is a bit wider than the Canon 50mm 1.4, in field of view




  
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