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sigma 50 1.4 v Canon 50 .4. Your thoughts please?

 
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Jun 02, 2013 03:02 |  #1

As the title says. Torn between these two and would like advice please?

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Jun 02, 2013 03:13 |  #2

Had the Canon, wouldn't recommend it. Soft wide open, inconsistent AF, poor build, annoying bokeh.


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Jun 02, 2013 05:26 |  #3

Sirrith wrote in post #15991014 (external link)
Had the Canon, wouldn't recommend it. Soft wide open, inconsistent AF, poor build, annoying bokeh.

The Sigma fixes the last of these issues, the bokeh is beautiful. The rest apply to it however.
But I strongly recommend the Sigma, it has some of the most beautiful bokeh of any lens I've used. Colours are good too.
However it seems to suck up dust like a suction cup, I have a bunch of specs under the front element.


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Jun 02, 2013 06:02 |  #4

Mornnb wrote in post #15991130 (external link)
The Sigma fixes the last of these issues, the bokeh is beautiful. The rest apply to it however.
But I strongly recommend the Sigma, it has some of the most beautiful bokeh of any lens I've used. Colours are good too.
However it seems to suck up dust like a suction cup, I have a bunch of specs under the front element.

I actually think the Sigma has nice build quality. It isn't near as sharp as the S35, but it is still sharper wide open than the Canon 50 1.4 I had.


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Jun 02, 2013 06:32 |  #5

I'll take a Canon 0.4 anyday ;)

I also had both, got rid of both. The Sigma I only had for a few days, it had horrible autofocus issues and was pretty soft at f/1.4 (as to be expected tbh). Couldn't justify the price tag. The Canon on the other hand was a nice little lens, but I found I rarely used it wide open, the minimum focus distance was quite long, and the build quality worried me. Sold it on ebay a while back.


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Jun 02, 2013 06:37 |  #6

Had both, sold both only to go to the 50L. I think the Sigma rivals the 50L in many ways and is far superior to the Canon 50 1.4.
It's a solid lens and if you get a good copy, it can be tack sharp. As with any lens, there can be manufacturing errors and it can be out of spec when you get it. There was a time that Sigma was having issues with their lenses having problems, but I think this has mostly been resolved.

I did have a little more dust inside my sigma than the canon, but I also got both of them used.

If you are in the market for a 50 prime, the Sigma does a fantastic job for a reasonable price.


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Jun 02, 2013 08:24 |  #7

I only use MF so any issues with Af don't affect me. No brainer - Sigma 50/1.4. Sold my Canon the day I got the Sigma.


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Had both, sold the Canon. My Sigmalux is soft thou, and AF is flaky therefore I just can't rely on it.

It's been gathering dust since I got the s35...


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Jun 02, 2013 09:27 |  #9

I absolutely love the Sigma, hated the Canon, simply because it sucked at 1.4, whereas the Sigma is glorious at 1.4.


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Jun 02, 2013 09:31 |  #10

Take a look at the image quality samples shown in the link below. It shows the Canon having a edge, in the edges, between f/1.4 and f/4, but the Sigma slightly sharper in the center wide open. However, from experience the Canon has really bad axial CA, and the Sigma is very clean in comparison. That alone might be a determining factor for you.

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Jun 02, 2013 09:38 |  #11

Mr Luvpants wrote in post #15991008 (external link)
As the title says. Torn between these two and would like advice please?

JOHN

I've owned the Canon 50 f/1.8, Canon 50 f/1.4 and the Sigma 50 f/1.4 so I will give you my thoughts on the three different lens.

Of the 3 50 f/1.4 lens the Sigma "looks" the sexiest with the 77mm front element and nice sleek finish on the body. You'll sure look like a "Pro" with that lens on your dslr body. The 2 canon versions don't quite measure up if looks are what your after in the sexiness category.

When it comes time to actually use the lens and get pin sharp images is where the 2 Canon offerings leave the Sigma and it's auto focusing difficulties in the dust. Of all the Sigma lens offerings the 50 f/1.4 is the worst at front and back focusing.

It's like being married to a supermodel that's schizophrenic. In the beginning you think you can deal with the issues and it will get better with therapy, or in this case sending it in for calibration. But no matter how many times she comes back from therapy, or in this case being re-calibrated, she still suffers from the same behavior until you dump her on some poor unsuspecting sole. Then you finally realize you would have been better off with the hometown girl you grew up with. She may not have initially appeared as beautiful in your eyes and hands, but she's loyal in that she's always there for you and helps you succeed, which in this case means getting the shot.

Image quality is a wash overall because both lens are sharp. While the Sigma image may have slightly different colors straight out of camera, the Canon versions will be in focus far more often.

Here are the 2 threads for the Sigma 50 f/1.4 (LINK) & the Canon 50 5/1.4 (LINK). Hopefully this helps.


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Jun 02, 2013 09:41 |  #12

had both at same time, both were very good at f1.4. AF of canon little faster, sigma looks much better build. Canon has motor failing issues. Sigma has inconsistent AF issues. None is perfect.

BTW - What I have seen is that fast glass works much better on 5dmk3. On 5dc/5dmk2 there are more AF inconsistent issues than on 5dmk3.


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Jun 02, 2013 09:44 |  #13

Here's an image I took recently with the Sigma 50mm, at 1.4, on the 5D II:

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The Canon could NEVER do this, believe me, I tried. A lot.

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Jun 02, 2013 10:01 |  #14

Depending on the body you have and the way you may be using the lens, the Canon 85 f/1.8 may be the better choice albeit a different focal length.


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Jun 02, 2013 16:49 |  #15

Sigma all the way. Wonderfully sharp wide open (except in extreme corners) with unbeatable bokeh.

The Canon 50 isn't really that great of a lens, only marginally better than the 1.8. The AF isn't better than the Siggy after it's been calibrated. I had plenty of 'wtf' misses on one shot using the Canon. The Sigma actually focuses really well after calibration, though its a bit shifty in servo mode. It's a bit wider than the Canon as well in field of view which I like. The feel is just nicer from the Sigma pictures. Also I have no idea why people say the Sigma is soft wide open. I find it very sharp, on par with the 50L.

Not to mention that my Canon 1.4 crapped out on me after about a week or two of light use. It's a bad design and needs to be replaced. Terrible build quality, the Sigma easily takes the cake here.




  
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