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

 
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Jun 03, 2013 15:05 |  #31

I used to have the Sigma until it was stolen. When it worked, it was awesome. I loved the size and feel of it, the pictures were sharp, and CA was minimal. HOWEVER...it missed the focus at least 1/3 of the time. The inconsistency was consistent in that when it missed, it was because it was focusing in the lower left corner (landscape).

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When it was stolen I thought long and hard about replacing it with another Sigma and for the price, I settled for a Canon. I had rented the canon before and I found a new one for sale for under $300. It wasn't worth the extra $200 for the Sigma IMHO. I may upgrade if I feel that I can get a Sigma that works consistently or I win the lottery, but for now I am quite happy with the Canon 50 1.4.

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Jun 03, 2013 15:45 |  #32

Here is one from the "crappy" Canon 50 f/1.8. A picture taken with a $100 toy lens that I never could have been able to take with my $500 Sigma 50 f/1.4. I know, I tried.

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In the end I am happy that I bought my first cheap prime that was the "nifty-fifty" lens. It really opened up my eyes to what a good lens can be capable of once you know how to use it. I wish Canon would actually make a few other really cheap versions of the more expensive primes. Can you imagine a 135 f/2 for $250?

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My sister, the professional baker and cake decorator once told me that my camera takes great pics. My reply was that I thought her oven baked great cakes.:lol:

  
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Jun 04, 2013 20:28 |  #33

Here is a shot taken with the Canon 50 f/1.4. I just shot about 40 pics of this young lady and 38 came out sharp as a tack. This one was a f/2.8.

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My sister, the professional baker and cake decorator once told me that my camera takes great pics. My reply was that I thought her oven baked great cakes.:lol:

  
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Jun 04, 2013 20:32 |  #34

The Canon was fine except at 1.4, for me.


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Jun 04, 2013 20:49 |  #35

philodelphi wrote in post #16000479 (external link)
The Canon was fine except at 1.4, for me.

I find I can shoot at f/1.4 without a problem if I pay attention to what I'm doing and the conditions. Any lens at such a wide open aperture is prone to miss focus if there is any movement whatsoever from the subject and or camera prior to acquiring the shot.

I do like my primes however more than my zooms in that I can back off to f/2 to f/2.8 and the primes are razor sharp when I need it. What drove me nuts about the Sigma was the camera was on the tripod quite often and it still missed focus even at f/2.8.


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Jun 04, 2013 20:56 |  #36

It wasn't like that. I finally set up a controlled test, as you would to calibrate focusing. I also had the lens serviced by Canon. I pretty much never miss with the Sigma at 1.4, it's a joy to use. That's my experience on my 5d2.


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Jun 04, 2013 20:59 |  #37

I have not tried the Sigma, but I love my Canon 50 1.4. I find it's on my 7D more than any other lens.




  
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Jun 05, 2013 00:20 |  #38

Tmuussoni wrote in post #15993709 (external link)
Both Canon (50mm f/1.4 USM II ?) and Sigma (Art-series) should release their new 50mm lenses if you ask me. It's just that Canon should do it much faster (really old optical design). Well, in my opinion the Sigma is the better lens, if IQ is what matters the most. Bokeh, micro contrast, saturation, out of focus highlights, CA, all better. In short, things you appreciate the most on a 50mm standard lens. Sharpness is really a tie, you probably won't see a difference here. Getting the Sigma even at the risk of getting a badly focusing lens - then you simply exchange it to new since Sigma has better warranty anyway. And in this case, I am not sure if I'd say Canon focuses better, I did have plenty of erratic behavior with my Canon 50/1.4, until it broke one day (micro-USM is kinda terrible and ancient design anyway). Now I have the 50L and Sigma was quite close to 50L in IQ, while in same time the Canon 50mm f/1.4 is really much below to 50L...

If manual focusing is ok for you, then also take a look at these:
- Zeiss MP 50/2 (fantastic lens, really has that 3D-pop)
- slightly older design, Zeiss Contax 50mm f/1.7
- rokkor 58mm f/1.2

+1 on the Zeiss Contax 50mm f/1.7

I have one and I paid $125 for it on eBay and it rivals my Sigma 50mm f/1.4. It's really a stunning lens and since the 50mm focal length isn't "in vogue" right now there are deals to be had.




  
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Jun 05, 2013 05:11 |  #39

I like my Sigma 50 lens, focuses well, good bokeh, come on guys it's a good lens.




  
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Jun 05, 2013 07:09 |  #40

I'm in the market to update my 50 1.8. I'm considering the sigma version: better construction, 77 m filters so I can use my CP and ND filters on it. I also own three other sigma lens and I'm really happy with them.


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Jun 05, 2013 07:51 |  #41

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Jun 05, 2013 08:08 |  #42

From an IQ perspective I would go for Sigma. However I am still struggling with inconsistent AF from time to time (esp under low light). I am hoping its a user error.


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Jun 05, 2013 08:47 |  #43

I haven't tried the Sigma, but I have and like the Canon. Just chiming in because I noticed that the Sigma is on rebate over at B&H for a final price of $350, so if you're thinking about it, now's the time!
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Jun 06, 2013 08:26 |  #44

schris wrote in post #16001755 (external link)
I haven't tried the Sigma, but I have and like the Canon. Just chiming in because I noticed that the Sigma is on rebate over at B&H for a final price of $350, so if you're thinking about it, now's the time!
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ma-savings-on-lenses.html (external link)

I see it for $399. Is there another rebate in addition to the $100 instant?


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Jun 06, 2013 11:09 |  #45

i have a sigma 50 and I like it but I did have to send it in and have it adjusted. It was tack sharp when i bought it but it got knowck out of alignment evidently. its back to good as new now...


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