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5D and 50 1.8 Mk i or Sigma 50 1.4

 
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Oct 18, 2011 15:08 |  #1

Hey guys,

I just bought a 5D and I'm waiting for it to come in this week. I currently just have the nifty 50 mark i and trying it on my 40D it was exactly like my mark ii.

I guess, I'm still loving my 40D and Sigma 30 combo, but I just upgraded so they're already in the process of being sold.

Of course I'm still waiting on the 5D to get in, but does anyone have any experience with the 50 on the 5D or Sigma 50 on it?

I'm weighing whether or not it would be worth the upgrade. I loved the balance and ergonomics on the 30 and 40D, and of course low light performance and silent focus.

Main thing is image quality in all situations, but it's gonna be my main lens for a while.

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Oct 18, 2011 15:22 |  #2

I would definitely take the 30mm sigma over the 50 1.8.


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Oct 18, 2011 15:27 |  #3

I love my sigma. The fifty mark I is good too, so if you already have it. Use that....


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Oct 18, 2011 16:36 |  #4

50 1.4 on 5D = 30 1.4 on 40D, close enough for FoV, except 50 has better bokeh because of compression.

I had a Canon 50 1.4, not bad, bokeh was good, good for all around. But my guess is that Sigma 50 is sharper than Canon 50 for a hundred buck more in cost.


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Oct 18, 2011 18:19 |  #5

Hmm, guess I'll save up some money then lol I really want to get the same experience out of what I got out of my 30. I guess I'm on the same route with a friend of mine, who's only shot with a 50 and 5D in the past year haha Now he has a 35 f/2 though, thinking about what I would use more, just a 50 or if I need the wide on a 35...

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Oct 18, 2011 19:50 |  #6

You're only going to be "losing" what? 2/3rds of a stop?

It's pretty much the same type of experience, and the Canon's AF may be a hair faster (IMO) than the Sigmalux. However, it's still a 50mm and is great on full frame.

You don't NEED to get the Sigma. I did, because I *did* have the 30mm, and immediately went to buy the 50mm Siggy when I upgraded bodies. If I already have the Canon 50mI lying around though...I would use that for the time being unless you really feel choked by that f1.8.


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Oct 18, 2011 19:56 |  #7
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Um no contest? The sigma 50 is a class above the nifty fifty.


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Oct 18, 2011 19:57 |  #8

Paolo.Leviste wrote in post #13270485 (external link)
You're only going to be "losing" what? 2/3rds of a stop?

Or put another way, 67% of the light.

It's pretty much the same type of experience, and the Canon's AF may be a hair faster (IMO) than the Sigmalux.

I think you're confusing the 50mm f/1.8 that the OP has with the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is substantially faster to focus than the EF 50mm f/1.8. HSM vs. micro motor. Plus, the 50mm f/1.8's bokeh is kind of crappy compared to the 50mm f/1.4 lenses.


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Oct 18, 2011 20:26 |  #9

Tony-S wrote in post #13270529 (external link)
Or put another way, 67% of the light.

I think you're confusing the 50mm f/1.8 that the OP has with the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is substantially faster to focus than the EF 50mm f/1.8. HSM vs. micro motor. Plus, the 50mm f/1.8's bokeh is kind of crappy compared to the 50mm f/1.4 lenses.

You're right, I got confused. Thanks for the catch.


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Oct 18, 2011 20:48 as a reply to  @ Paolo.Leviste's post |  #10

I have the nifty fifty for my 5D and it's unusable under f/2.2 IMO. If I shoot at f/1.8 I'm always highly disappointed in the clarity. Outside stopped down to f/4 and higher it's awesome and I still use it a lot. My guess is the Sigma is much better. I've seen some samples from it and like someone else said it's a class above the nifty.




  
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Oct 18, 2011 21:07 |  #11

I've used the original EF 50mm f/1.8 lens on my 5D quite a bit and it works fine. Mine seems quite sharp.

I've never used the Sigma but I do know that it is much larger and heavier, uses expensive 77mm filters vs 52mm filters for the Canon, and although both have a min focus distance of 45cm, the Canon gets 1:6.6 magnification vs the Sigma's 1:7.4. The Canon can be stopped down to f/22 whereas the Sigma only goes to f/16.

The final consideration would be financial. The Canon 50mk1 that you own isn't going to depreciate any further while the Sigma probably won't holds its value as well. Besides which you already have the Canon. Why not use it for a few months and then decide if you really want a different lens?


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Oct 18, 2011 21:22 |  #12

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The final consideration would be financial. The Canon 50mk1 that you own isn't going to depreciate any further while the Sigma probably won't holds its value as well.

I'm pretty sure the Sigma will hold its value compared to the 50mm f/1.8. Plus, there are plenty of other considerations, such as focus speed, quality of the out of focus areas, edge and corner performance, full-time manual focus and a few others. The Sigma wins all of those compared to the 50mm f/1.8


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Oct 18, 2011 21:47 |  #13

Wow, so much to consider. I guess the wisest choice would be to use it for a few months, then when I do have extra money, maybe consider the Sigma. I'm gonna miss the ergonomics, real-time focus, and bokeh haha




  
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Oct 18, 2011 21:47 |  #14

On the 5D my Sigma is very usable at f/2; the vignetting is very noticeable but that's easily fixed in post. It's tack sharp at that point though.


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Oct 18, 2011 23:05 |  #15

....another option....I know, I know.....aNOTHER?????

There are many manual focus 50/1.4 lenses out there for $100 or so....most of the good ones are fine at 1.4, VERY good at F2 and excellent at F2.8

....and MF is fun too...


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