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50mm 1.8 to 1.4? Is it worth it?

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May 05, 2012 22:47 |  #31

The 1.4 is a huge difference. The AF alone is enough. The faster glass creates better bokeh but also let's in almost twice as much light which is huge. The 1.4 is my new favorite lens. The 1.8 was one of my least favorite mostly due to the AF.

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May 05, 2012 23:08 |  #32

Would be nice to either have friends with a big collection of Canon lenses to play with, or to live in a city with a large camera store with all the lenses in stock, wouldn't it? The internet is good for buying things cheaply with unlimited selection, but some things really do need the hands-on thing.

You should check out the excelent lens comparisons on this site, OR you can try the "Tools" tab on The Digital Picture site, which shows basically all Canon and Nikon lens shots on test targets in great detail. Not quite "hands-on" but at least you can see results.

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May 06, 2012 02:25 as a reply to  @ ScottyP's post |  #33

Absolutely yes for the Canon 1.4.

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May 06, 2012 02:33 |  #34

I had the 50 1.8 for all of half a day... Absolutely horrible bokeh. Build quality is laughable. It feels disposable. However, it is REALLY sharp and for most normal uses is just fine.

Never owned the 1.4. It's much like the 1.8 except better in almost every regard. It also costs that much more.

I would rather have a softer lens with beautiful bokeh than a tack sharp lens with horrible bokeh. That is just me though.

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May 06, 2012 23:44 |  #35

I just saw a stock photo on one of those nature screensaver sets on a Mac and it had a harsh pentagon bokeh and I immediately thought "50 1.8!!!"

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May 07, 2012 04:04 |  #36
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Canon 50mm 1.8? yes. Canon 50mm 1.4? NEVER! Canon 50mm 1.2L? NEVER! Canon screwed up all of their 50mm’s. So why did I choose a 50mm 1.8? Because it’s the lightest & Cheapest option for travel or just about anything. If you want something better than 1.8, get lucky with a Sigmalux. I not, get a zeiss 50mm.

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May 07, 2012 13:20 |  #37

i agree the 50/1.4 bokeh isn't that great, but it is better than the 50/1.8's plus the AF is way faster, that's why i upgraded.

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May 07, 2012 14:17 |  #38

When i had the 50mm 1.8, i liked it.

Fast and sharp but the build quality is $100 build quality. It really does feel like a toy.
if i were in the market for 50mm, i would def. get the 1.4, everything that 1.8 is and More with much better solid build quality.

but the 1.8 is so cheap that if you were to drop it and break it, you can pick another one up and still spend lot less than 1.4.

But i would go for 1.4

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