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50mm 1.8 to 1.4? Is it worth it?

 
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Mar 26, 2012 05:23 |  #16

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Mar 26, 2012 06:57 |  #17

mike_311 wrote in post #14151943 (external link)
...the 50mm1/4 is worth it for the AF improvement alone.

Yes. I loved my nifty-fifty. It was my first prime, and first "fast" lens. However, that thing's AF hunted like crazy (with an awful sound that irritated you while praying it would find focus). I loved that lens for what it was, and what it did for my photography, but I'm glad I made the move to the 1.4.

I've considered the 50L, but I'm really looking hard at the Sigma.


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Mar 26, 2012 07:08 as a reply to  @ post 14154017 |  #18

i have both
i like the 50mm 1.8 for the image quality very sharp and for the lightweight
and i like the 50mm 1.4 only for the build quality but i dont use it
i think i will sell it
so many people says that is an old lens
and they go for the sigma 50mm 1.4 on the FF cameras and the sigma 30mm 1.4 on the crop


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Mar 26, 2012 07:48 as a reply to  @ moltengold's post |  #19

i will not sell my 50mm 1.4 :D
i saw now Lens Image Quality Comparison
its sharper than the nifty-fifty at 2.8
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Mar 26, 2012 08:56 |  #20

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an example of the terrible 50mm 1.8 military bokeh pentagons -

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we were talking about night shooting. here is an example.

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Mar 26, 2012 10:40 |  #21

Just wanted to point out that if you don't need autofocus, you can grab a 50mm 1.4 Pentax K-mount lens off of eBay for $100-$150. Then you just need a Pentax K-mount-to-Canon EOS adapter (also off eBay), which costs $10-$20. The lens is totally manual, of course, since it dates from the 1970's...but the optical quality is excellent (get a clean one). That's a significant cost savings over Canon's 50mm 1.4.

I just bought one of the aforementioned Pentax lenses with adapter, and it's been fantastic. PARTICULARLY if you're into video in dark places.

I think (haven't researched this all that much) that you can also use a Pentax 50mm 1.4 with M42 mount, grab a M42-to-EOS adapter, and use that as well.

If you have a full-frame camera, I've heard you need to shave some bits off the aperture lever on the lens. On crop-factor cameras the lens works without any issues.


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Mar 27, 2012 14:41 |  #22
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Mar 28, 2012 12:13 |  #23

I went through several 50mm 1.8 first. I kept dropping or bumping them and they broke. I finally bought the 1.4 and could not be happier. It takes much nicer photos, I have less issues with lighting and the build quality is much better. I've roughed mine up taking pics outdoors and it still works great. It was a great choice to upgrade.




  
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Mar 28, 2012 12:50 |  #24

mike_311 wrote in post #14155088 (external link)
we were talking about night shooting. here is an example.

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Mar 28, 2012 13:07 as a reply to  @ kf095's post |  #25

In sports shooting, I need a lens that focuses quick and accurately. The 50mm f/1.8 is my least favorite lens.

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Mar 28, 2012 17:34 |  #26

I have a mk I 50mm 1.8. Spent some time with the ef 50 1.4 version. Can't see much of a difference in fact it felt the same. So not bothered. Got the Siggy 50 1.4 instead. Far better than the 50 1.4. In par if not better than the 50L in some respect. Imagine that.


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Mar 28, 2012 20:30 |  #27

I have a MK I version of the 1.8. With its distance scale, real focus ring and metal mount, I can't justify the 1.4.


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May 05, 2012 13:59 |  #28

Moin wrote in post #14154369 (external link)
I love Kai!

Yeah - he makes reviews interesting to watch.

I sometimes feel sorry for what he does to his camera-man, though.

FWIW a good friend of mine who does big-time fashion photography says the 50 f/1.8 is one of the sharpest lenses Canon makes..

I suggest you just go shoot with a loaner or go to a photo shop and test them out and buy which one you like best. Nothin' beats good ol' hands-on testing.


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May 05, 2012 16:00 |  #29

I am using my 50/1.8II for 3yrs at the moment, and i am planning to buy some 50/1.4, but i think it will be the Sigma. My 1.8 started to limit me in some aspects (light, quality). EF50/1.4 is not worth that switch (don't like the af, bokeh & sharpness). Sigma gives much nicer quality and that is most important for me.


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May 05, 2012 16:39 |  #30

tylerpaulphoto wrote in post #14148734 (external link)
1000x yes If you use the 50 a lot

nice little website you got there...i havent upgraded but i love 50mm 1.8 i wanna go with sigma but the lottery on that lens is pretty scary!


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