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Best alternative to Canon 50mm f/1.4

 
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Nov 10, 2014 15:40 |  #31

Sirrith wrote in post #17257072 (external link)
No way a 50/1.4 IS would cost $500 given that the 35/2 IS and 24 + 28/2.8 IS all cost over $800 at release. Maybe if it was f2 or f1.8 then $500 would be the price after half a year or so of poor sales as with the other 3 IS primes.

Heya,

Release and MSRP, sure.

But give it a little time and it settles, just like they did, around the $500 mark, where they are fluctuating now. I bought mine new from Amazon for like $550. Both are around that $550 mark now new from several places.

Sure a 50 F1.4 IS (though I doubt it will be F1.4, they probably drop it to F1.8 or F2... bleh) might be $800 on release MRSP. But real world after a few months, it will be $550ish for non-L 50mm glass. Too close to the 50 F1.2L would be a problem.

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Nov 10, 2014 16:02 |  #32

giving much though to the 35 1.4 as i find its a little more useful than the 50mm!i'm just saying' because people ether love it or hate the 35,to me its like a wider 50 and i am always using it on the streets,will not fall apart like the 50 ether! as lots of other people have had problems with it.


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Nov 10, 2014 18:36 |  #33

LeeRatters, yes, either unlucky in use or with purchase. I think mine was particularly fragile. Apparently it takes almost nothing with mine to disturb it.

Luck did come my way today, I've talked Canon into fixing it for free.




  
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Nov 10, 2014 20:50 |  #34

Nethawked wrote in post #17255218 (external link)
Thanks again for the guidance. I have to say, I'd use it much more often if I wasn't afraid to breathe around it. :) 50mm is still my choice for street photography.

I maybe should have read your post earlier, the more I read of the ART the more I want it. And so it goes...

The art is the better choice. You can calibrate it all by yourself. Non art is good too provided that you get a good copy. I had my non art for over a month now and its mounted on my camera since then. "I am now looking for a way to detach it actually." ;):):lol:

EDIT: By the way, I got a bad copy for my initial order, Sigma just replaced it with a better one.




  
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Nov 11, 2014 03:06 |  #35

I have the Sigma 50 1.4 non Art and I have had no issues with it. A minor tweak with the MFA and its good to go. It lives on my 5D2 as my walk around kit.




  
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Nov 14, 2014 14:42 |  #36

Sorry to thread hijack - the USM has gone on my 50/1.4 - how much will it be to repair?


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Nov 14, 2014 18:27 as a reply to  @ Keebert's post |  #37

I just got a Sigma 50mm f1.4 (non art) and really like it, no issues at all. It's an impressive piece of glass...

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Nov 14, 2014 18:30 |  #38

Keebert wrote in post #17272119 (external link)
Sorry to thread hijack - the USM has gone on my 50/1.4 - how much will it be to repair?

Around $150, I believe.


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Nov 15, 2014 00:56 |  #39

$133.70 I believe was the total.

I received mine back today, freshly repaired. After about 30 photos AF went out again. What fun.




  
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Nov 15, 2014 12:28 |  #40

My 50/1.4 has seen regular use since I bought it in 2003 or 2004. And it was used when I bought it. Still working great. It doesn't get any special care. Here's some easy as pie tips that might help to keep yours alive and working:

1. Always use the matching lens hood. When shooting, it nicely protects the front of the lens from bumps. When reversed for storage it nicely covers and protects the manual focus ring, which seems to be one of the lens' weaknesses, where the USM gets damaged if the ring gets bumped while the lens is in a camera bag, etc. To me this isn't any sort of special care. I use their respective hoods with all my lenses most of the time... and store them with their hoods reversed. So, for me it's just business as usual to do the same with this lens.

2. Before storing the lens, always set it to infinity to fully retract the front barrel inside the outer barrel. Bumps on the inner barrel reportedly are another weak spot. This is another thing that's nothing special... I pretty much do this with all my lenses, since retracting them makes them as small as possible for storage.

3. Try to avoid manually overriding autofocus with this lens. Even though it's a USM, which means it should allow what Canon calls Full Time Manual (FTM) override of AF, this lens uses a hybrid form of USM and folks who have overridden it a lot say it's prone to more rapid wear and failure. Once again, it's not something I've personally found to be a problem, since today's AF is faster and more accurate than I ever was shooting manual focus lenses. I might occasionally defocus a lens and use AF to refocus, just checking accuracy. But apparently I don't do this enough to damage this lens.

Note: Canon micro motor lenses are not FTM and must never be manually overridden without first turning off AF at the switch... Failing to do this and treating them like a USM lens will cause AF damage and failure. According to Canon, STM lenses are not FTM. However, some people use them that way and haven't reported failures. Because STM are "fly by wire" lenses, the only time you can override AF is when the AF is active... or by flipping the switch to manual. It's not like the USM lenses, where you can simply turn the manual focus ring any time and the lens will respond. As I understand it, the STM lenses need to either be "powered" or switched to the MF setting, for the focus ring to be at all functional.


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Nov 15, 2014 12:31 |  #41

Nethawked wrote in post #17272901 (external link)
$133.70 I believe was the total.

I received mine back today, freshly repaired. After about 30 photos AF went out again. What fun.

Your lens must have some sort of internal defect that Canon isn't repairing correctly. Their repair work is usually warranted, so it should cost anything (well, maybe shipping expenses), to have them look at it and fix it again. But it's a pain in the arse, I'm sure!


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Nov 15, 2014 12:33 as a reply to  @ amfoto1's post |  #42

How about the Pancake?


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