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In the market for a pro 50mm lens ... which one do you like and why

 
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May 15, 2015 21:15 |  #1

I am looking for the best 50mm lens canon mount.... fast focusing... tack sharp.... accurate.... budget is under $2K

I heard the Sigma Art series is better than the canon 50L but it's not weather sealed.

Would like to hear from owners of 50mm lens.

thanks in advance.


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May 16, 2015 22:53 |  #2

I've owned all of them (multiple copies). You'll have to compromise with each choice. I currently own the canon 50 1.4 and I'll keep it until something new comes up. I shoot professionaly.


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May 16, 2015 23:41 |  #3

Tis true, I really like the 50mm ART, but man on man, it is a beast, very big and heavy.


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May 17, 2015 00:46 |  #4

Phil,

I got lucky recently and snagged the Canon 50mm f/1.2L for $900 used. Came with a hood & filter to complete the weather sealing, too. As much as I don't like to adulterate L glass, I don't want dust getting needlessly sucked in either. Anyhow mine doesn't seem to back focus that much so I guess I got a good copy. I met the dude, shot some samples, went home and looked on the compy, and then met him on the way to a wedding to pick it up :lol:

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May 17, 2015 01:24 as a reply to  @ pixel_junkie's post |  #5

thanks for the reply. I currently have that too. I've had it for 5 years. I have the 70-200 F/2.8L II and its sharper (of course). I love the distance of a 50mm in a full frame. What I'm looking for is a 50mm that is sharp as my 70-200 F/2.8 II.


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May 17, 2015 01:26 as a reply to  @ vertigo235's post |  #6

I can live with heavy :-) as long as the len's focus is fast and accurate....and of course sharp as a tack.


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May 17, 2015 01:26 as a reply to  @ Silver-Halide's post |  #7

sweet.


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May 17, 2015 03:23 |  #8

Phil,

I can PM you a couple of shots I got with the 1.2 if you'd like. the primary photog hasn't released the photos to the clients yet and even though I retain personal use rights to my photos its probably better to not post them out of consideration for my boss. :-)


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May 17, 2015 05:57 |  #9

From everything I've read the L isn't going to be as sharp as the 70-200 mk2. The Sigma Art comes closest (and possibly exceeds it IMO). For wedding type shots (where you're not near MFD and so don't have to deal with focus shift to any noticeable extent) I think the 50L has a better reputation as far as focus accuracy and consistency goes. I don't have problems with my 50 Art but I have a Nikon mount so don't know if my experience translates to Canon


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Jul 27, 2015 14:15 as a reply to  @ PhilF's post |  #10

I went through plenty of 50mm. I would have to say that the Sigma Art is your best bet. Yes, at f2.8 this lens is as sharp as my 70-200ii at f2.8. At f1.4, it is plenty sharp and is sharper than my 85f1.2 and especially at the corners. The sig50 also has far less CA too. For sharpness, I think you will be very happy with it. However, I have the USB dock and have calibrated my Sigma to 1,1,0,0. If you get the sigma50, get the dock if you are looking for absolute autofocus reliability.

Before, my go to primes were the 35mm / 85mm pairing. Now, I only bring my sigma 50mm. The autofocus is fast, consistent and trustworthy. My 85mm has again became a specialty lens. My 35 is my indoor specialty lens. The 50mm is really versatile and the SigArt50 is the first 50mm that I am truly happy with.

As far as auto focus speed, I would say the sig50 is as fast as the 35L but not as fast as the 70-200ii. But it is plenty fast. I never had an issue with the AF speed.


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Jul 28, 2015 21:22 |  #11

I originally had the 50 1.4 canon for 2 months and went the two copies of the 50Ls and they were good but soft wide open and focus shifts. Then i went with the sigma 50 1.4 and quite happy with the 2nd copy till they introduced the 50A last fall and i couldn't resist. Pairing with the 135L, it's the secret that only the owners know :D


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Jul 28, 2015 21:51 |  #12

50 Art here. I love the 50L too. I just value the sharpness and price difference of the Art over the f/1.2 of the L. I see others deliver great results with the EF 50 1.4, but it just never delivered for me on a consistent basis--EVERBODY's MMV. My formative years in photography were spent shooting 35mm film almost exclusively with a 50mm lens. After I transitioned to digital, I struggled with that FL for years because of mixed results. The search is over for me--I'm in love with 50mm again.

I have a number of samples here in my gallery and on my flickr if you're interested.

PS: I think too much fuss is made over the weight of the Art. Yes, it's a biggie. But the weight doesn't bother me on a job or if I'm walking around with it exclusively. I don't think I would pack it as a maybe lens with 2 or 3 other lenses on a trip. There's other options for that.


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Jul 29, 2015 00:26 |  #13

It's not that heavy. It's the second lightest of my lenses that get used as walkaround - behind the 35A. The 24-85, 15-30, 150, 70-200 are either more bulky or heavier (or both)


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Jul 29, 2015 17:32 |  #14

If what you want is the sharpest, then the Sigma is the best on the market right now. Why do you need weather sealing? Nothing on your websites indicate to me that it's critical to your photography.


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Jul 30, 2015 00:21 |  #15

Sigma 50/1.4 Art if you need AF. Zeiss Otus 55 if you don't. Sony/Zeiss 55/1.8 is practically a mini-Otus with AF if you shoot E-mount.




  
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