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Canon 50mm f1.4 is it worth it at $390 brand new?

 
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Sep 23, 2013 19:40 |  #1

Right I know I like the focal length and for my shooting, even on crop it works for me. So I'm wondering if I should buy it or not. Not to say I'm against buying the lens but the whole AF not working thing does somewhat worry me.


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Sep 23, 2013 19:59 |  #2

Rumor has it Verson 2 will be out before long, so you may want to wait 6 months to see. I've owned version1 for a long time, and it's a great lens for the value. During the film days the 50mm was the lens to have, but it's sunk a bit to longer focal lengths.

Just beware, this lens does have some focus issues where the auto focus drive may lock or get stuck. Also, this lens exibits a lot of Axial CA, but shooting around it isn't too much of a problem.

One other thing I can think of is this lens may not be ideal or as ideal on a APS-C camera as opposed to a 35mm digital camera, so keep that in mind.


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Sep 23, 2013 20:17 |  #3

davidc502 wrote in post #16319823 (external link)
Rumor has it Verson 2 will be out before long, so you may want to wait 6 months to see. I've owned version1 for a long time, and it's a great lens for the value. During the film days the 50mm was the lens to have, but it's sunk a bit to longer focal lengths.

Just beware, this lens does have some focus issues where the auto focus drive may lock or get stuck. Also, this lens exibits a lot of Axial CA, but shooting around it isn't too much of a problem.

One other thing I can think of is this lens may not be ideal or as ideal on a APS-C camera as opposed to a 35mm digital camera, so keep that in mind.

These we're selling new for $300 last year. Wait for a deal IMO.


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Sep 23, 2013 20:22 |  #4

davidc502 wrote in post #16319823 (external link)
Rumor has it Verson 2 will be out before long, so you may want to wait 6 months to see. I've owned version1 for a long time, and it's a great lens for the value. During the film days the 50mm was the lens to have, but it's sunk a bit to longer focal lengths.

Just beware, this lens does have some focus issues where the auto focus drive may lock or get stuck. Also, this lens exibits a lot of Axial CA, but shooting around it isn't too much of a problem.

One other thing I can think of is this lens may not be ideal or as ideal on a APS-C camera as opposed to a 35mm digital camera, so keep that in mind.

version 2 rumor has been circulating for a while now, I wouldnt hold my breath, that said, I'de wait to score a deal since the holidays are coming up real soon.


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Sep 23, 2013 20:28 |  #5

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version 2 rumor has been circulating for a while now, I wouldnt hold my breath, that said, I'de wait to score a deal since the holidays are coming up real soon.

I dont' know.... The f/1.2 and f/1.4 as well as the f/1.8 are due for a re-fresh. If Canon does follow through with 3 new 50mm lenses, I'm sure they will all have IS, and cost twice as much as they do now.

I'm looking forward to 2014 as there may be some shockers out there.... like the rumored Sigma 24-70/f2.


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Sep 23, 2013 20:34 |  #6

I know you're saying that APS-C will make the lens "tighter" but for my uses I don't need anything wider. I just need a lens that can do lower light and let me do shallow depth of field shots. Also I'm in Canada so the prices are way higher than in the States. I just wanted to know how much I should worry about the AF dying on me.


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Sep 23, 2013 20:35 |  #7

I wouldn't wait too long. Get it and enjoy it. I love mine for low light shots.




  
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Sep 23, 2013 20:54 |  #8

shuter113 wrote in post #16319924 (external link)
I wouldn't wait too long. Get it and enjoy it. I love mine for low light shots.

I was thinking of picking it up Friday after my shift at work because that's why I'm getting it cheaper.


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Sep 23, 2013 21:27 |  #9

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I know you're saying that APS-C will make the lens "tighter" but for my uses I don't need anything wider. I just need a lens that can do lower light and let me do shallow depth of field shots. Also I'm in Canada so the prices are way higher than in the States. I just wanted to know how much I should worry about the AF dying on me.

Sure, no problem getting shallow DOF on APS-C. Here's one that was taken on my 550D/T2i. The Canon 50mm f/1.4 can provide pleasing, diffused bokeh, but at times can be a little harsh (not quite so buttery). As for the AF... well, it's a bit of a crap shoot. For the price of this lens, it's probably worth the risk. I've sent mine to canon twice, and the third time I fixed it myself. Since working on it, I've had absolutely no problems :) In high contrast areas Axial CA is noticable. Can you see where the CA affects this photo? It's easily correctable, but still needs to be done.

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Sep 23, 2013 22:19 |  #10

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Sure, no problem getting shallow DOF on APS-C. Here's one that was taken on my 550D/T2i. The Canon 50mm f/1.4 can provide pleasing, diffused bokeh, but at times can be a little harsh (not quite so buttery). As for the AF... well, it's a bit of a crap shoot. For the price of this lens, it's probably worth the risk. I've sent mine to canon twice, and the third time I fixed it myself. Since working on it, I've had absolutely no problems :) In high contrast areas Axial CA is noticable. Can you see where the CA affects this photo? It's easily correctable, but still needs to be done.

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I can see it a little and I don't mind editing, in fact I find editing relaxing. So it's a good deal for 390?


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Sep 24, 2013 01:18 as a reply to  @ Ilovetheleafs's post |  #11

Buy the lens hood and keep it on 100% of the time so the front element cant get jammed back in forcefully and the risk of AF failure is greatly reduced.


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Sep 24, 2013 01:28 as a reply to  @ FEChariot's post |  #12

I have owned the 50MM 1.4USM and untial very recently 50 1.2L and I feel the 50 1.4 is a better value overall and performs very well The 50 1.2L is highly overrated and not worth the asking price. I have also tried the Sigma 50 1.4 did not like that either. I am now on to the new Sigma 35 1.4 Art lens (and so far it seems like a keeper). Buy it use it you simply can’t go wrong with the 50MM 1.4 USM its a good sharp lens.




  
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Sep 24, 2013 07:29 |  #13

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I can see it a little and I don't mind editing, in fact I find editing relaxing. So it's a good deal for 390?

IMHO 390 is almost a flat retail price, so I wouldn't catagorize it as a "good deal". A good deal in my mind would be 325 or better. Still the lens itself is of good value at that price, so you might really consider it.


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Sep 24, 2013 11:11 |  #14

it's selling for $270+ tax when in stock at canon's refurbished store

as others have said, it's not a good idea for wait for canon to replace lenses that many think are in need of replacement...they don't care what people think :)


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Sep 24, 2013 12:25 |  #15

FEChariot wrote in post #16320474 (external link)
Buy the lens hood and keep it on 100% of the time so the front element cant get jammed back in forcefully and the risk of AF failure is greatly reduced.

^^^ THIS


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