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Is the Canon 50mm 1.4 good...enough...?

 
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Oct 09, 2017 22:19 |  #31

I believe I read somewhere that the 50mm f/1.4 is one of the sharpest lenses Canon has ever made. I had one. I like it. The AF broke. Now using a 50STM. Much better AF accuracy and consistency.




  
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Oct 10, 2017 00:33 |  #32

personally not a fan but i don't think anyone can answer whether or not it's good enough but yourself

go into a store and test a copy, if it fits your budget and you like the results who gives a damn what anyone else thinks


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Oct 10, 2017 00:45 |  #33

basketballfreak6 wrote in post #18469474 (external link)
go into a store and test a copy, if it fits your budget and you like the results who gives a damn what anyone else thinks

Or maybe reliability might be a concern. I am sure the lens won’t fail at the store... well... not so sure :p


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Oct 10, 2017 00:49 |  #34

CheshireCat wrote in post #18469476 (external link)
Or maybe reliability might be a concern. I am sure the lens won’t fail at the store... well... not so sure :p

haha that's true, i forget how break down prone that lens is


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Oct 10, 2017 05:24 |  #35

hait0622 wrote in post #18435582 (external link)
I read somewhere if doing prime you should do 35/85 and 24/50.

Interesting. I wonder if what you state is taken out of context. Quite a different meaning if you say "you should do 35/85 for full frame and 24/50 for cropped frame.

Commentating on the actual Canon 50/1.4 lens, over a span of about 20 to 22 years, I've had two of these exact lenses. The first was purchased in film days and used on a Elan IIE with eye controlled focus. It worked beautifully but being my main lens got pretty beaten up. Around 2011 I gave it to a local high school and replaced it with the same thing. Again it works beautifully. Having said that I am aware of some focusing issue which Canon fixes for free in the states on select serial numbers.

But, previous comments seem to downgrade this lens, almost to the point that I think people are negatively discussing the 1.8 which is really bad as compared to the 1.4. The 1.8 is virtually all plastic (mount included) and mediocre build quality. The 1.4 has lots of plastic and a metal mount. Hold them both and you will know immediately the 1.4 has the better build.

Do these comments from https://www.the-digital-picture.com …-1.4-USM-Lens-Review.aspx (external link) sound like the same lens that many are being negative about?

Ask a bunch of photographers what their favorite lens is - and you will likely hear the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens mentioned. It is sharp, small, light, inexpensive and with an f1.4 aperture, fast. The 50 f/1.4 finds a home with many photographers - from pro to casual - for several reasons.

A somewhat negative leaning long term review is at https://www.thephoblog​rapher.com …iew-canon-50mm-f1-4-lens/ (external link). But overall the reviewer still recommends the lens but states the Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art is worth looking at.

By the way the 50/1.4 currently has a $50 rebate in the States should anyone be interested.




  
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Oct 10, 2017 05:36 |  #36

The one I have is not very sharp at 1.4, it's ok at 2.0. I really like the way it looks for a lot of stuff.

I think it's good enough for general photography. There's more to photography than sharpness.




  
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Oct 10, 2017 09:49 |  #37

John from PA wrote in post #18469537 (external link)
The 1.8 is virtually all plastic (mount included) and mediocre build quality. The 1.4 has lots of plastic and a metal mount.

The first version of the 1.8 had also a metal mount. Then Canon decided to go all plastic when they “updated” the lens to v2. They finally got back to metal mount with the 1.8 STM, which is the lens to get if you want a cheap 50 with AF. If AF is not needed, get a used Zeiss 50/1.7 in C/Y mount.

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There's more to photography than sharpness.

Like colors. Unfortunately the lens in the subject is not very good at that either.

But sure, there’s so much more to photography that all crappy lenses from the last century are able to take great photos, although with several limitations :). Does this mean all of them are “good enough” ?


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Oct 10, 2017 10:13 |  #38

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Currently all my lenses are L-lenses, plus a Sigma 35 Art.

I am tempted to add a 50 prime and immediately went to the Sigma 50 Art. Unfortunately it is bigger, heavier, and more expensive than my 35. A bit too much to bite off right now, and makes it even tougher for travel (size+weight).

Which I think leaves me with the Canon 50 (is there something else to consider?). I've heard it's not so great 1.4-1.8, but how is it at 2.0?

Do you guys shoot with it and enjoy using it? I think I'd love the smaller size of it but worry I'd be too disappointed by IQ.

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- 16-35 F4L IS
- 70-200 F4L IS
- Sigma 35 1.4 Art
(as you can see, nothing in the 35-70 range...)

Maybe someone mentioned it already, as I only read the first few posts, but Canon is releasing a new 85 mm 1/4 L IS in November 2017. Since Sigma jacked their 50mm art lens above $1000, I'm considering adding the Canon.


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Oct 10, 2017 10:16 |  #39

John from PA wrote in post #18469537 (external link)
A somewhat negative leaning long term review is at https://www.thephoblog​rapher.com …iew-canon-50mm-f1-4-lens/ (external link). But overall the reviewer still recommends the lens but states the Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art is worth looking at.

The reviewer is actually referring to the old Sigma 50/1.4 (non-Art).
And by the way, that review is quite naive. My favorite part is:

It also resolves an insane amount of detail. So much detail is resolved that I’m not afraid of shooting at ISO 6400 and having to tweak the noise reduction in Lightroom 3.


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Oct 10, 2017 10:37 |  #40

mdvaden wrote in post #18469700 (external link)
Maybe someone mentioned it already, as I only read the first few posts, but Canon is releasing a new 50 mm 1/4 L IS in November 2017.

Yes, about to release it... since 5 years ago :lol:

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We won’t see it happening until people stop buying the crappy lens in the subject.


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Oct 11, 2017 12:08 |  #41

I have had the 50 1.4 twice in the past, never again. Both copies were very soft wide open, even at f/2.0 they had this halo and fuzzy look that i simply couldn't get used to. On FF it wasn't wide enough for me to use it as general shooting (like 24 or 35mm) nor was it long enough to isolate the subject (85 or 135mm), AF accuracy was horrific on both copies, the 50 1.4 is something i personally would never touch again with 10ft pole.


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Oct 11, 2017 22:03 |  #42

Guess I was lucky and got a good copy.


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Oct 11, 2017 22:34 |  #43

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Guess I was lucky and got a good copy.


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Oct 11, 2017 22:38 |  #44

f8andBeThere wrote in post #18470823 (external link)
Guess I was lucky and got a good copy.

Nice shot. This proves the point that any crappy lens can take a good photo if used by a good photographer.

But technically, f/4.5 in black&white ISO 12800 and web resolution is not exactly the best way to show how good your lens is :)


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Oct 11, 2017 22:50 as a reply to  @ CheshireCat's post |  #45

Ever try shooting live music in a dark bar? And technically, web resolution is all we have available here, no?


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