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Jun 14, 2013 07:01 |  #31

Scott M wrote in post #16026801 (external link)
Once I bought a 5D3, I wanted something better and picked up a used f/1.4 to try (and sold the f/1.8 to a co-worker). The bokeh was better, and the AF performance was better, but still not as good as my ring-USM lenses. I planned on living with the AF performance for awhile, but found a good deal on a new 50L so pulled the trigger.

The 50L solved all my issues with the previous two primes. It's only downside for me was the size and weight, so I hung onto the f/1.4 for those instances when I was traveling and wanted to pack a small, light prime. However, I recently picked up a refurbished 40mm f/2.8 pancake that now meets that need, so I will eventually sell the f/1.4.

Just curious. Could you more completely identify the "50L" that solved all your issues? Lenses, I have noticed, have such similar names, it's easy to confuse.


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Jun 14, 2013 08:51 |  #32

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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:

While I appreciate that you did a test, I am not sure one test proves anything. ThatNikonGuy also did testing and even at f/1.8 for all 3 Canon 50s, the f/1.2L comes out looking much softer (and then it is considerably better when opened up). Here is a comparison video, but I have it linked to start just as he reveals the side-by-side at f/1.8 for all 3 lenses: http://youtu.be/PUmA2g​bUXFo?t=4m16s (external link)


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Jun 14, 2013 08:56 |  #33

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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Very good test for BKG blur performance!
You know why 99% wouldn't tell? Because all three are kind of dull... :rolleyes: Kind of monochromic. Where is no way Nifty-Fifty is the same in terms of colors rendering as 50L is.

hiketheplanet wrote in post #16024492 (external link)
I'm trying to gather a consensus as to what the *absolute best 50mm prime* by any manufacturer that is compatible with Canon in terms of IQ.

At f2.8-5.6 Zeiss ZE glass seems to be noticeably better compare to 50L in terms of IQ.
More 3D effect, much better colors and more micro-contrast.
Zeiss works extremely well under harsh mid-day sun. Colors coming so vivid, it was the only lens I want to desaturate.

But. I traded my Zeiss for 50L, because I still need AF, f1.2, sharp images right at 1.2 and I prefer weather sealing.
With 50L it is easy to get sharp images at 1.2-1.8, compare to Zeiss 50 1.4 ZE and 50L bokeh at these apertures is just "no name". Compare to crazy bokeh from Zeiss at 1.4-1.8. It is getting too crazy sometimes on Zeiss.
The rest of modern Canon and Sigma lens, IMO, isn't in the same league with L and Zeiss in terms of colors rendering.
On extreme cheap side, OM Zuiko 50 1.4 has very good IQ. 50 1.8 II is just as dull as old coat button compare to it.


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Jun 14, 2013 12:36 as a reply to  @ kf095's post |  #34

I've owned the 50 1.8 II, Zeiss 50 MP, and 50L.

The zeiss is great and sharp, but just didn't give me the bokeh I wanted. With the 50L I sacrificed a little sharpness, but the razor thin DOF and great subject isolation more than made up for it.

The 50 1.8 II is a fantastic starter portrait lens and probably the first lens photographers start to really understand how to use depth of field.




  
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Jun 14, 2013 13:12 |  #35

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

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!

My Leica Summicron beats my Canon 50 1.2 but for a Canon camera the 50 1.2 is hard to beat.


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