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Is 50L much better than 35L for model photography due to focal length?

 
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Mar 08, 2013 16:15 |  #1

So from which aperture is 50L sharp?
This lens intrigues me a bit due to negative advices for an expensive L


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Mar 08, 2013 17:40 |  #2

I rented one and found it decently sharp. It is sharper than the other Canon 50mm lenses if you're shooting at wide apertures, but it doesnt improve as quickly stopping down as the other Canon 50mms which overtake it at f2.8/f4.

Overall if you're shooting at apertures like f2 or wider, its the best Canon 50mm. If not the other choices might be better.

Its a special lens though, I can see why some people love it. Its highly flare resistant and retains good contrast in harsh conditions.


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Mar 08, 2013 17:53 |  #3

I am waiting for a Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art Series personally. If they can replicate the IQ of the 35mm, it's going to kill anything from the competition.

If I were to buy right now, I would probably go with the 50mm f1.4 just as a temporary measure.


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Mar 08, 2013 19:04 |  #4

i'm selling my 50 L and have gone for the 50 1.8 ii as a temporary measure until sigma release something.

I can't justify keeping the 50L and the 50 1.8 is actually really nice and sharp, even wide open. Sure it's noisy and plasticy, but even the focus speed is really snappy so i'm not complaining.


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Mar 08, 2013 21:50 |  #5

First time I am hearing someone say AF on 50mm f1.8 is snappy.:)


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Mar 08, 2013 23:19 |  #6

rampanthamster wrote in post #15693435 (external link)
i'm selling my 50 L and have gone for the 50 1.8 ii as a temporary measure until sigma release something.

I can't justify keeping the 50L and the 50 1.8 is actually really nice and sharp, even wide open. Sure it's noisy and plasticy, but even the focus speed is really snappy so i'm not complaining.

focus speed kept me from being able to use the 1.8; i might have had a bad copy though


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Mar 09, 2013 00:08 |  #7

bobbyz wrote in post #15693857 (external link)
First time I am hearing someone say AF on 50mm f1.8 is snappy.:)

I don't think people give it a fair chance. Focus speed on the 50mm f/1.8 II is quite snappy. My old f/1.8 was faster than my new EF 50mm f/1.4. Of course, it sure didn't focus very well after I broke it. It's rather fragile.


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Mar 09, 2013 07:06 |  #8

Do you have an 85mm? if you do I would say get the 35mm. I gave my nephew my 50 1.4 and got me a 35 1.4L.
The 85 is for head shots or if I'm outside and the 35 is for full body indoor or multiple people shots.


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Mar 09, 2013 08:13 |  #9

Dillan_K wrote in post #15694160 (external link)
I don't think people give it a fair chance. Focus speed on the 50mm f/1.8 II is quite snappy. My old f/1.8 was faster than my new EF 50mm f/1.4. Of course, it sure didn't focus very well after I broke it. It's rather fragile.

I had 50mm f1.8, 50mm f1.4 and sigma f1.4 and to me canon 50mm f1.4 was faster of all of them. 50mm f1.8 the slowest.


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Mar 09, 2013 08:18 |  #10

I would use the 35 L for low light indoor shots and the 135 f2 or 70-200 for outdoor portraits. For outdoor full body portraits, I prefer the 85 L II on full frame.


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Mar 09, 2013 08:52 as a reply to  @ jrscls's post |  #11

Then I have 2 choices as inside a castle there is not so much light :
- 24-70 2.8L MKI with strobist setup (as f2.8 is not enough)
- 35L without flash

Best 24-70 I guess as flash pics have more punch in the eyes and the skin is better lit + ability to zoom up till 70mm. So definitely not 70-200 II inside for 70mm - close-ups ?


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Mar 09, 2013 10:24 |  #12

Yes, it is quite snappy... It's not Ef 70-200 MkII snappy but I could buy 24 nifties for the price...

Sharp? At f2.8, oh yes... :D anything wider than this... pffft...


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Mar 09, 2013 12:00 |  #13

bobbyz wrote in post #15693857 (external link)
First time I am hearing someone say AF on 50mm f1.8 is snappy.:)

impossible!

ive always claimed it to be fast!


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