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is the 50 1.4 useful if owning the 24-70 2.8 (v1) ?

 
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Oct 31, 2013 05:52 |  #1

hi

i have been relying on the digital review website to compare these 2 lenses

it says that at 50mm, both lenses offer equal IQ

then, wondering if it is useful to buy the 50 1.4 if I already own the 24-70 (v1) ?

i'm asking because i was discussing with a salesperson this morning and he told me that he barely use this lens wide open as the nose would be very sharp but ears would be blurry...

had no time to test

what do you think ?

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Oct 31, 2013 07:01 |  #2

The 50mm f/1.4 is much smaller and lighter than the 24-70 f/2.8, so it will provide you a light weight alternative when you do not want to lug around the bigger lens. Alternately, if you do not need the faster aperture, the 40mm f/2.8 pancake is even smaller, lighter and less expensive than the 50 f/1.4. I bought a pancake to replace the 50 f/1.4 as a light weight walk around prime for my 5D3. I also own a 50L for when I need something with a wider aperture.


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Oct 31, 2013 07:40 |  #3

I have the 50 1.2 and the 24-70 2.8 both are good lens I use both but love my 50mm. I say get it


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Oct 31, 2013 07:43 as a reply to  @ jskaggs72's post |  #4

I would never re-buy the 50 1.4, it's only sharp from f2-f2.2.
Yes you can go to f1.4, but what's the point if it's unsharp...

Don't find the f2-f2.2 from the 50 1.4 vs 50 2.8 from the 24-70 MKI worth for buying this extra prime.
If you want sharp wide open portrait primes I advise you to go for the 85 1.8 or 135L.


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Oct 31, 2013 07:58 |  #5

Perhaps you had a bad one. Mine is sharp at 1.4, as was the previous copy I owned.

CanonYouCan wrote in post #16412979 (external link)
I would never re-buy the 50 1.4, it's only sharp from f2-f2.2.
Yes you can go to f1.4, but what's the point if it's unsharp...

Don't find the f2-f2.2 from the 50 1.4 vs 50 2.8 from the 24-70 MKI worth for buying this extra prime.
If you want sharp wide open portrait primes I advise you to go for the 85 1.8 or 135L.


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Oct 31, 2013 08:11 |  #6

Yes, it is useful.

Small, light. Always handy to have a spare lens in case the one you use all the time breaks on day one of your overseas holiday (happened to me). f/1.4 might not be the sharpest, but taking a slightly soft picture is awfully poor light is better than a supremely noisy picture or no picture.


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Oct 31, 2013 08:20 |  #7

jskaggs72 wrote in post #16412976 (external link)
I have the 50 1.2 and the 24-70 2.8 both are good lens I use both but love my 50mm. I say get it

have you noticed any significant difference in shooting portraits with both lenses ?


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Oct 31, 2013 08:22 |  #8

CanonYouCan wrote in post #16412979 (external link)
I would never re-buy the 50 1.4, it's only sharp from f2-f2.2.
Yes you can go to f1.4, but what's the point if it's unsharp...

Don't find the f2-f2.2 from the 50 1.4 vs 50 2.8 from the 24-70 MKI worth for buying this extra prime.
If you want sharp wide open portrait primes I advise you to go for the 85 1.8 or 135L.

i actually sold the 70-200 2.8 IS recently for many reasons including a need for money

now considering buying a 70-200 f4 IS because it's twice lighter and cheaper

and i don't have the budget for a second lens after this one, like a 85 or a 135, that's why i'm asking about 50 1.4


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Oct 31, 2013 09:29 |  #9

If you only have the 24-70, I'd forego the 50/1.4 or now and get either wider or longer lens that extends your options, rather than duplicating a focal length you already have covered. If you want a prime, maybe 20/2.8? 100/2? 135/2? Or vor the most versatility, a zoom such as that 70-200/4 IS, which is a really nice lens (though I'd say it's more like 2/3 the size/weight of the 70-200/2.8 IS).

But if you had good selection of other lenses, yes the 50/1.4 can be useful even if you have a 24-70/2.8. Besides being a lot smaller, lighter and much less attention grabbing, it's a full two stops faster and able to blur down backgrounds more heavily. Depth of field can be very shallow and it's a little soft wide open... Though I consider my 50/1.4 usable at f1.4, I do usually stop down to f2 or f2.2 (or smaller if needed).


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Oct 31, 2013 09:37 |  #10

i'm actually considering buying the 70-200 f4 IS and the 50 1.4

with upcoming cashbacks and rebates when buying the zoom, i could get the 50 1.4 at around half its price

but i'm having doubts about the use of having the 50 1.4


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Oct 31, 2013 15:40 |  #11

I sold my 24-70 mk1 in favour of sigma 35 & 50mm f1.4 primes. The barrel distortion on the 24-70 is terrible as is the weight. And the primes offer much more in terms of sharpness and artistic feel.


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Oct 31, 2013 15:49 |  #12

i know the weight of the 24-70 is terrible, but it is my walk-around lens and i would never think of getting rid of it

it would have been another story if i had prime lenses from the very beginning but i'm addicted to this zooming range


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Nov 01, 2013 04:06 |  #13

I have 24-70 v1 but I choose 28 1.8 as my prime,fortunately I got a sharp copy for this lens,keep using them till now
50 1.4,I heard a lot of AF fail cases and I don't really take lots on 50mm,so I choose 28mm


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Nov 01, 2013 06:28 |  #14

Daniel-san wrote in post #16414242 (external link)
I sold my 24-70 mk1 in favour of sigma 35 & 50mm f1.4 primes. The barrel distortion on the 24-70 is terrible as is the weight. And the primes offer much more in terms of sharpness and artistic feel.

How you feel about it? I'm thinking about doing the same move.:confused:


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Nov 01, 2013 06:49 |  #15

A zoom gives you a range of focal lengths (i.e. angles of view) at the flick of a wrist which a prime cannot do. A prime gives you better image quality at that focal length as compared to a zoom at that same focal length. Also, a wider aperture. So for me, these two lenses are slightly different tools. Having said that, I sold my 50mm because it was not sharp at all wide open (Sigma not Canon) and got the 40mm pancake again which is quite sharp.

When making lens purchase decisions, I think it will help if you list out all the lenses that you plan to eventually own, then prioritize them in order of need. That will help you avoid the cycle of buying and selling lenses without any direction.




  
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