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Jun 13, 2013 15:31 |  #16

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I have owned the 50 f/1.8, the 50 L, and the sigma 50 f/1.4.

The best is the 50L hands down. If you own 2-3 lenses, and if you shoot a lot in the 50mm focal length, this should be one of those lenses. However, the sigma 50 is a great bargain, especially second hand, in my opinion. Just make sure to shoot a load of test shots on your own camera with it beforehand to check for back/front focus issues. I chose the sigma over the canon f/1.4 because it is smoother in it's rendering, especially for out of focus areas or bokeh. I don't have any experience with manual only focusing lenses for a Canon dslr.

May I ask why is the 50L the best hands down? I have a sigma but still wondering what quality makes the 50L better?


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Jun 13, 2013 15:37 |  #17

Kylemorgan88 wrote in post #16026172 (external link)
I take my post back, the correct answer is Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux.

It's a soft lens that's succeptible to flare... in terms of image quality.

Best 50 would be a leica summicron. You can get adapters to modify the lens to fit EOS system. http://www.pebbleplace​.com/Personal/Leica_db​.html (external link)

Second best would be zeiss MP

And if you actually use the lenses in the real world, any AF lens will perform better because the AF will be more accurate. ;)


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Jun 13, 2013 15:57 |  #18

If you could combine the image produced by the Sigma 50 f/1.4 with the focus ability of the Canon 50 f/1.4 you would have one cracking lens. That said the Sigma 50 is still the way to go for an autofocus lens I reckon.


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Jun 13, 2013 16:25 |  #19

Leica R 50/2, Nikon (not Leica as previously mentioned) Notilux 50.


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Jun 13, 2013 21:46 |  #20

Are there any common issues with Canon's 50L? I own the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 now, but I've been thinking of upgrading to the Canon 50L. Once Sigma repaired the initial AF issues, my lens worked great. However, it still front focuses a little wide open, it's soft, loses contrast, and has lots of color fringing. At f/2 and smaller, it focuses great, it's sharp, good bokeh, contrasty, etc. The issue is that I find myself only shooting wide open as a last resort because of this. The AF also seems a little less accurate all around when compared to my Canon L lenses.

Is the Canon f/1.2 sharp and accurate wide open? I read some mention of focus shift. Does the 50L suffer from that? I want to be able to confidently shoot at f/1.2 and not worry about missing focus or other quality issues. Is the 50L the right choice or should I just learn to live with the Sigma?


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Jun 13, 2013 21:54 |  #21

snake0ape wrote in post #16028294 (external link)
May I ask why is the 50L the best hands down? I have a sigma but still wondering what quality makes the 50L better?

I find the 50L slightly sharper and its rendering of out of focus areas significantly smoother. If you are shooting wide open a lot and with much of the background out of focus, then it is makes the picture a lot more pleasing to the eye as a whole. I think the sigma is the better bargain for the price, as it's performance is very good, but if one can afford it, then the 50L provides that little bit extra quality. I wish I still had it, but because my funds need to be spread across two camera systems, i had to sell it. I'm actually thinking of picking up the sigma again though.




  
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Jun 13, 2013 22:10 |  #22

I've tried Canons 1.8 II, the original 1.8, then the 1.4. I didn't like any of them! I'm Leary of trying the L because maybe the problem is partly just not liking that focal length. Although its been neglected lately, I like the Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 SL II.


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Jun 13, 2013 22:28 |  #23

I have had the Nikon 50/1.8 (when I had a D70, so that doesn't count really). On full frame, I've had the Sigma 50/1.4, the Canon 50/1.4 and ended up deciding to go with the 50/1.2L on my 6D. I love the way it renders out of focus areas the most. I love how well it performs in low light. The 50/1.2L gets my vote. I am sure there are some manual focus lenses that can compete, but I wanted AF or I would have gone with a different system (e.g., sticking with the Sony NEX system and all of the legacy glass - I do have the Canon FDn 50/1.4 and like it very much compared to the other 50s, though).


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Jun 13, 2013 23:44 |  #24

kepa wrote in post #16029190 (external link)
I find the 50L slightly sharper and its rendering of out of focus areas significantly smoother. If you are shooting wide open a lot and with much of the background out of focus, then it is makes the picture a lot more pleasing to the eye as a whole.

Apologies for those who have seen this before as I posted it about a week ago already, but I did a quick and dirty test comparing the 50 f/1.8 @ 1.8 compared to the 50 f/1.2 @ 1.2 for background blur performance

I think to 99% of non photographers, they wouldn't be able to tell a difference:

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Jun 13, 2013 23:57 |  #25

Thanks for the comparison! It might be very OT but the 85mm just feels better.


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Jun 14, 2013 00:01 |  #26

It truly does, love the 3D feeling it gives. Well that and her legs.


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Jun 14, 2013 00:56 |  #27

I posed the model extremely poorly in first 2 photos :(


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Jun 14, 2013 01:14 |  #28

smorter wrote in post #16029430 (external link)
Apologies for those who have seen this before as I posted it about a week ago already, but I did a quick and dirty test comparing the 50 f/1.8 @ 1.8 compared to the 50 f/1.2 @ 1.2 for background blur performance

I think to 99% of non photographers, they wouldn't be able to tell a difference:
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You are right, most non-photographers and maybe some amateur ones would not be able to tell the difference, but for the rest .... In the end, quality of blur is subjective, and as an amateur, I do notice the difference between the 50 f/1.8, the L, and the sigma. Though the sigma and L are a lot closer than their price tags would suggest. But even in your pics there is a difference, and if those images were larger, those differences would be magnified. However, the quality of out of focus rendering can only be decided by trained/untrained or experienced/unexperien​ced eyes, and photographer's own preference.




  
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Jun 14, 2013 01:30 |  #29

Thanks for feedback! Just a note though the lenses from L-R are:

(all wide open):

Canon 50 1.8 II
Canon 50 1.2L
Canon 85 1.2L II


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Jun 14, 2013 02:48 |  #30

smorter wrote in post #16029570 (external link)
Thanks for feedback! Just a note though the lenses from L-R are:

(all wide open):

Canon 50 1.8 II
Canon 50 1.2L
Canon 85 1.2L II

I love the fact that you popped the nifty on for the 1.8 shot. Avoids any illusion that the L somehow made 1.8 different/better.

BTW - I really like that third shot. I keep trying to convince myself that the 85 1.8 is the smart choice for FL v cost, but shots like that have me reaching for the wallet.




  
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