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Deciding Between Canon 50 1.4 and Sigma 50 (non-Art)

 
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Dec 17, 2014 09:41 |  #1

I shoot a 5D3, mostly with my Canon 24-70 2.8 II. I am considering a prime to use as a general walk-around lens rather than always taking the much larger/heavier 24-70. Would like to get feedback on the Canon 50 vs Sigma 50. (The Art is out if my budget and a bit larger than I want.) I'd also consider the 40 Pancake.

Any experiences or opinions are appreciated.

Wm.


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Dec 17, 2014 09:47 |  #2

I've sworn off the Canon 50 1.4. It might just be bad luck but I've experienced less than stellar reliability with several copies. 2 issues with the USM and one other which I can't recall exactly what the issue was. This is something I hear fairly regularly about the Canon 1.4. I've never owned the Siggy but I've never heard about reliability issues.


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Dec 17, 2014 09:50 |  #3

If it's the weight the concern, buy a black rapid or any spider/cotton carrier system like, instead to have your camera around your neck


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Dec 17, 2014 12:34 |  #4

I just bought a 50 1.4 and really like it. Just remember that on theses type of forums you only ever read about the bad copy's and not the thousands of good ones.

The dof can be so shallow that people think they are mis- focusing and therefore have a focusing issue.
They do take a bit of getting used to.
I took some night shots the other night and they were amazing. I also found that at 1.4 the lens was quite sharp.

I leave the lens hood on 24 -7 to protect the lens

You will find that 2.8 on the pancake lens is a little slow for handheld night shots.


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Dec 17, 2014 16:42 |  #5

The Canon produces great images but is very fragile, my focus system has been repaired 3 times. The Sigma, from what I gather, is another very good choice but may have some AF issues on Canon body.




  
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Dec 17, 2014 19:33 |  #6

I had the Canon version, didn't like it; poor AF, soft wide open, bad build, reputation for dying after a while and costing ~$150 to fix.

Sold it after a few days of testing.


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Dec 17, 2014 19:45 |  #7

wmcy wrote in post #17337586 (external link)
I shoot a 5D3, mostly with my Canon 24-70 2.8 II. I am considering a prime to use as a general walk-around lens rather than always taking the much larger/heavier 24-70. Would like to get feedback on the Canon 50 vs Sigma 50. (The Art is out if my budget and a bit larger than I want.) I'd also consider the 40 Pancake.

Any experiences or opinions are appreciated.

Wm.

Heya,

Between the two, I'd get the Sigma for the cost. It's just the better lens and costs the same.

But otherwise, if you don't need F1.4, the 40 F2.8 really is fantastic for walk around. That slight wide field of view is great on full frame, F2.8 is fast enough with the ISO ability of the 5D3 for light gobbling and F2.8 still offers decent isolation if that matters. Super small and light. And cheap. Very well made lens.

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Dec 17, 2014 22:14 |  #8

Thanks to everyone for your feedback. Lots of different opinions. I purchased the Canon 1.4 today. We'll see how it works.

Again, I really appreciate everyone's perspective.

Wm.


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Dec 18, 2014 20:46 |  #9

A couple of tips.

Always, always retract lens completely into the body before adding or removing lens cap, adding a filter, cleaning the lens or storing it in a bag or case. Or breathing near it. Get into this habit.

Never, ever remove the lens hood. This lens needs the added protection.

Do these two things and you should get a lot of use from it.

The lens is soft wide open, but sharpens nicely at f/2 and above. The softness bothered me at first but its actually a nice effect for the right application. Never had a problem with AF (when it wasn't broken).

Congrats! Have fun.




  
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