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Mar 25, 2015 20:37 |  #901

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Mar 30, 2015 15:33 |  #902

This threads really slowed down. Did everyone jump to sigma? I'm thinking of the 50L as my next purchase so wishing for more pics in here :-)


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Mar 30, 2015 16:30 |  #904

xpfloyd wrote in post #17498338 (external link)
This threads really slowed down. Did everyone jump to sigma? I'm thinking of the 50L as my next purchase so wishing for more pics in here :-)

Dont hesitate...will never regret this, the 50L reigns supreme


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Mar 30, 2015 17:09 |  #905

britinjapan wrote in post #17498426 (external link)
Dont hesitate...will never regret this, the 50L reigns supreme

Just getting the funds sorted. Looking to enjoy everyone else's pics in the mean time


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Mar 30, 2015 17:28 |  #906

I'm waiting to pull the trigger on one but my biggest worry with getting the 50L vs the Sigma is the fringing. Its pretty bad on my 35L at times but I hear the sigma fares better than the canon here.. Can anyone try and produce some bad fringing at f1.2 just so I can see it at its worst? If its not terrible then I'm fully on the canon boat.


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Mar 31, 2015 08:50 |  #907

britinjapan wrote in post #17498426 (external link)
Dont hesitate...will never regret this, the 50L reigns supreme


I agree. I like it better tan my 85L


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Mar 31, 2015 13:48 |  #908

EchoShotz wrote in post #17498486 (external link)
I'm waiting to pull the trigger on one but my biggest worry with getting the 50L vs the Sigma is the fringing. Its pretty bad on my 35L at times but I hear the sigma fares better than the canon here.. Can anyone try and produce some bad fringing at f1.2 just so I can see it at its worst? If its not terrible then I'm fully on the canon boat.

50L will fringe, but from what I remember the 35L is a bit worse. The thing with the 50L is that I don't get fringing in every shot, it has to be pretty harsh (like my attached crop). Not to mention, most large aperture primes will fringe when shot near to/or wide open. Plus side: easily correctable in Lightroom. I don't think CA has ruined any of my shots taken with this lens.


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It's softest lens of my lineup by far, but that really doesn't matter to me in the slightest bit because it returns some brilliant shots that the others cannot. It locks focus in ridiculously low light, it's AF is decently quick, it's weather sealed, and it has a great MFD. The focus shift is a bogeyman to most potential buyers, but once they try the lens out, most people will agree it isn't as bad as it's made out to be thanks to simple work arounds and a knowledge of how and why it happens.

If I were in the market for a new 50mm I'd also just as soon own a Sigma 50A. That lens is the real deal (crazy sharpness!), and it's quite a bit more affordable. Since I already own a 50L though, I won't be switching out :)

Anyways, just my thoughts on this piece of glass.


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Mar 31, 2015 15:14 |  #909

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If I were in the market for a new 50mm I'd also just as soon own a Sigma 50A. That lens is the real deal (crazy sharpness!), and it's quite a bit more affordable. Since I already own a 50L though, I won't be switching out :)


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Not trying to start a 50A vs 50L argument here but from looking at LOTS of sample pics from both lenses I personally feel the sigma is too clinical (not sure if thats the best word) but what I mean is, yes its crazy sharp but it seems to lack the magic you seem to get from the 50L. Just my humble opinion


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Mar 31, 2015 20:40 as a reply to  @ xpfloyd's post |  #910

Most definitely agree that sharpness isn't everything, else I think most 50L owners would have jumped ship long ago :)


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Mar 31, 2015 22:44 |  #911

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Apr 01, 2015 00:22 |  #912

MatthewK wrote in post #17499958 (external link)
Most definitely agree that sharpness isn't everything, else I think most 50L owners would have jumped ship long ago :)


I honestly think that, for me at least, the charm is in the game of cat and mouse trying to get a perfectly sharp shot out of the 50L. Don't get me wrong, I get a vast majority of usable shots out of the lens with any body on which I've mounted it, even at F/1.2. However, there's something absolutely remarkable about those rare shots you come across in post (external link) that are simply tack sharp and still retain the dream-like bokeh that only 1.2 can give you.

I know lots of folks harp on the fact that a lens at this price-point should give you consistently exceptional results – with which, in many ways, I completely agree. However, I think I've personally come to terms with the 50L's limitations, and even after spending several weeks with two different copies of the 50A, I just haven't been able to give up the 1.2L.

That said, I only shoot professionally on occasion, so my constantly-evolving kit is based more on random impulses and anecdotal reasoning than anything else... :-D


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Apr 01, 2015 00:45 |  #913

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Not trying to start a 50A vs 50L argument here but from looking at LOTS of sample pics from both lenses I personally feel the sigma is too clinical (not sure if thats the best word) but what I mean is, yes its crazy sharp but it seems to lack the magic you seem to get from the 50L. Just my humble opinion

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Apr 01, 2015 13:00 |  #914

I just need to work out the best way of making the purchase now without the wife realising :)


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Apr 02, 2015 00:07 |  #915

Keep an eye on the focus-to-blur transition, even when stopped down (@ F/2.0 in this shot from earlier today.) Even shooting at an aperture smaller than 1.2, the quality is still very noticeable. Also, this was a good example of the 50L's weather sealing offering just a bit more confidence near the water. As solid as the 50A's build-quality is, the shiny metal that it leaves visible between the body and lens isn't overly reassuring.

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