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Am I the only one who hates 50mm 1.4??

 
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Mar 10, 2013 14:38 |  #1

I used to own Canon 50mm 1.4 (got stolen), never liked the bokeh - just seemed so harsh.
Normally I don't pay much attention to such details, but this one is really bothered me, because you get kinda doubling unsharp effect. Your brain finds it annoying, because it things your eyes are not aligned properly.

I use an old Pentax 50mm 1.7 with an adapter (doesn't work on 5D :( ), for some reason it had pleasant bokeh. Never noticed any artifacts. Now I borrowed a Canon 50 1.4 from a friend of mine - the first thing I noticed, was this ugly bokeh :(

It has nothing to do with aperture blades, because this effect remains even if the 50 1.4 is wide open.

So I wonder - what's the point of a prime, if the main advantage you are getting makes your dizzy?
(Not to mention that it DOF is way to shallow on 1.4 and it can't even focus right most of the time).

Also - people say that this focal length "always looks right" - but I find it boring as hell!

I'm doing a small photo-shoot tomorrow for a girl I know - I'll be comparing it vs 24-105 and 70-200. Will post pictures.


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Mar 10, 2013 14:52 |  #2

The 50/1.4 is certainly known for bad bokeh. It's one of two Canon lenses that usually come to my mind as among the worst for bokeh (the other being the 24-105L).

That said, it wasn't the bokeh the ultimately brought me to sell my 50/1.4. It was the poor AF behavior in low light. I never found the AF of the 50/1.4 to be very good in low light.


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Mar 10, 2013 14:56 |  #3

I also could never get to really like my Canon 50 f/1.4 either. It was sharp, accurate focus, in fact never ever missed but just did not produce images that I really liked. I sold it and brought a Sigma 50 f/1.4 and I love the images it produces. They seem to have more depth and a more pleasing bokeh so that did the trick for me.


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Mar 10, 2013 15:07 |  #4

The bokeh is a little spiky....but I actually kept the 1.4 over the 1.2. I think for the cost, the 1.4 isn't a bad lens.


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Mar 10, 2013 16:03 |  #5

On the other hand, if you are not shooting the 50mm F 1.4 EF wide open all the time, it is outstanding from F 2.8-F8. It is as good as a 50mm F 1.7 C/Y Zeiss that I have, at those aperture settings.


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Mar 10, 2013 16:09 |  #6

I had the 50 1.4 long time ago (my 40D period) and it was only sharp from f2.2, but there you don't buy an f1.4 lens for. Sold it.
I like (L) primes but they must be almost perfect for me (no hassles for the expensive price, they must be sharp wide open and fast focussing).

Now I have only 35L & 135L primes (in past I had 85 1.2L but too slow focussing).

You should buy a 85 1.8, this one is best price/quality!!
I had this lens twice and sold it as I switched back to a 24-70 2.8L, but possibly I'm going to re-buy it in future, not a negative word of this lens.


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Mar 10, 2013 17:17 |  #7

I agree with you, the 50/1.4's bokeh isn't that great. And I agree with you on finding the 50mm FL boring, haha.

I would add the lack of ring USM to the list of dislikes. The AF is also a bit indecisive at times. And finally it's a bit dreamy/soft wide open until about f/2 or so.

That said, once you stop it down, not many lenses match it.

It's gonna stay in my lineup for awhile, maybe until Sigma QC shapes up or Canon releases an updated version. Can't really justify the 50L since I don't shoot 50 enough.


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Mar 10, 2013 17:26 |  #8

The 50f/1.4 is bad for axial CA... no doubt, but I've never considered the bokeh to be that bad. Compared to the 135mm f/2? it's not that nice.

Here's the deal though....... at F/4 not many lenses compare in resolution as it's way, way up there....

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Mar 10, 2013 17:38 as a reply to  @ Sfordphoto's post |  #9

I have the F1.2 (which is now for sale) it is a great lens but not so at f1.2/1.4, its also heavy for a 50mm and also 50mm is not my most preferred FL so having £££ tied up in a lens that could go to better uses is the reason for sale.
Once sold I might buy a 50mm f1.4, not because its great but it handles f2.0 up quite well for the amount I would use it and is also light compared to the f1.2..

At a wedding quite a while ago I used a friends 50mm f1.4 and below image was f1.8, bokeh might not be the creamiest but it can still take a decent image even at this aperture.

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Mar 10, 2013 18:01 |  #10

I don´t "hate" the EF 50mm f/1.4.
I don´t like to use it. Have one on a EOS 5D for my wife. And every time I have to use this camera, I hate the autofocus. It is that slow, and didn´t work at low light, and I don´t want to compose the image thinking about the AF focus points of the camera.

I use a converted Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2. Much faster focusing for me.


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Mar 10, 2013 18:52 |  #11

I don't hate it, but I dislike it. I had one alongside both versions of the 50/1.8. I ended up selling the 1.4 and the Mk II and keeping the 50/1.8 Mk I because I preferred that lens.


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Mar 10, 2013 18:56 |  #12

I like the bokeh. It has character.


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Mar 10, 2013 18:58 |  #13

I liked my 50 1.4 a lot more back before I started shooting with it on a DSLR. The focusing motor has since gotten crankier as they tend to do with that lens. I do like it a bit better on a 5D3, it focuses more consistently than with a 1d2 in my experience.

That being said I will upgrade to a new one if Canon releases one, or possibly a Sigma if they re-release theirs and it's as good as their newer lenses have been.


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Mar 10, 2013 19:00 |  #14

tkbslc wrote in post #15699761 (external link)
I like the bokeh. It has character.

Not enough character for me ;-)a
My Trioplan 100mm/2.8, Sigma YS 135mm/2.8, Helios 40 85mm/1.5, Helios 44 58mm/2.0 and Vivitar 35mm/1.9 have all more special bokeh character.


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Mar 10, 2013 19:00 |  #15

I'm a huge fan of the bokeh:

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