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The merits of the 50L, and why it's worth the $1000 premium

 
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Sep 11, 2014 21:28 |  #46

hiketheplanet wrote in post #17149006 (external link)
Soooo a sharpness comparison. Whoop-dee-doo. Yes, many people will not buy the 50L because it's not sharp enough, whatever their measure is, and that it's kinda quirky in use. Bryan obviously didn't want to fiddle with it, and I respect that, like anyone else who doesn't care for this lens. But sharpness isn't everything, and the 50L has it over the 1.4 & 1.8 in every other aspect. I like mine. Wouldn't part with it. The 1.4 & 1.8 aren't in the same league. Maybe the Sigma Art is close, and sharper, but I still prefer the way my 50L renders.

Amen. I dont shoot test charts all day so I cant comment how the L compares to the rest. Hands in outside in the real world prefer the L by a country mile.


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Sep 11, 2014 21:37 |  #47

Ahhhhhhh... this old topic again. Comes up every few months, with the same results. 50L isn't for pixel peepers. I wish Canon made a 50L that had the same characteristics as the 85L (aside from the gigantic minimum focusing distance, and slow AF, and lack of weather sealing), I bet we'd all be singing a totally different tune, eh?!

If I were in the market for a new 50mm prime right now, I'd get the Sigma 50mm Art. It comes close to the bokeh of the L, but as we all know, it utterly CRUSHES the L in the sharpness department. AF dependability of the Sigma is another story though...

The 50L is over priced, IF YOU ARE PAYING MSRP. Who does that? I got mine as a refurb for $11xx. New ones have rebates, sometimes double (from B&H), depending on the time of the year. Even still, it is kind of over priced when you run it against the SigArt.

Get what makes you happy... if that's sharpness, there's greener pastures. If it's character, the 50L has it in spades. I usually don't share examples of my 50L stuff in threads like this (that's what the Lens Sample Archive is for), but what the hell, why not:

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Sep 11, 2014 21:39 |  #48

Its clear in a thread like this who buys the lens and who its meant for, and who is better off saving cash and grabbing the Sigma or non-L variants.


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Sep 11, 2014 21:59 |  #49

jmai86 wrote in post #17140737 (external link)
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Now granted, I did use a few copies of the 50L over the years, so I'm certain this is not a result of a bad copy of the 50L. Needless to say, I'm done with the 50L and will be sticking with my $350 Sigma.

Well, you just can't handle it on 1.2, then.
1.2L means 2x500mL + 2x100mL.

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Sep 11, 2014 22:02 |  #50

kf095 wrote in post #17149220 (external link)
Well, you just can't handle it on 1.2, then.
1.2L means 2x500 + 2x100.

Cheers.

If I can handle the 85L at 1.2 I'm sure I can handle the 50 at 1.2. Put up some 85L stuff on 2nd page. Used the 85L for around a year and mostly shot at 1.2 or 1.4 with no issues. Loved that thing!




  
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Sep 11, 2014 22:04 |  #51

kf095 wrote in post #17149220 (external link)
Well, you just can't handle it on 1.2, then.
1.2L means 2x500 + 2x100.


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Sep 11, 2014 22:09 |  #52

jmai86 wrote in post #17149226 (external link)
If I can handle the 85L at 1.2 I'm sure I can handle the 50 at 1.2. Put up some 85L stuff on 2nd page. Used the 85L for around a year and mostly shot at 1.2 or 1.4 with no issues. Loved that thing!

Who cares about 85L, you admitted you have failed with several 50L.


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Sep 11, 2014 23:30 |  #53

kf095 wrote in post #17149236 (external link)
Who cares about 85L, you admitted you have failed with several 50L.

Relax man, no need to throw out insults. I merely made a thread expressing my opinion, and asking others for theirs. Simple stuff really! Do you talk this way in real life too?

This is why I don't regularly go on forums anymore, hah.




  
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Sep 11, 2014 23:33 |  #54

I wonder if in ten years some AI program in the cloud will auto merge threads. One example is the 50 vs 50.

Personal goals and taste surely apply across the glass choices. I really like the way the 50L renders images. Others think something else looks better. Or just as well. But at least for me, yes, it was and is worth the premium.


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Sep 12, 2014 00:46 |  #55

Reservoir Dog wrote in post #17148912 (external link)
All lenses will look good at these very small size ...
There is absolutely No need to buy a L for internet and the 1200x800 size ...

You want to show us the capabilities of your lenses > Put a minimum of 3000 pixels by 2000 pixels ;)

You know, this sort of tedious nonsense really sours the discourse on this board. I'm really not interested in impressing anyone with the sharpness of the upper right 2% of my photographs.


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Sep 12, 2014 04:59 |  #56

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You know, this sort of tedious nonsense really sours the discourse on this board. I'm really not interested in impressing anyone with the sharpness of the upper right 2% of my photographs.

bw!

Well put. But without the nonsense part, it just wouldn't be the same.


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Sep 12, 2014 07:25 |  #57

jmai86 wrote in post #17149346 (external link)
Relax man, no need to throw out insults. I merely made a thread expressing my opinion, and asking others for theirs. Simple stuff really! Do you talk this way in real life too?

This is why I don't regularly go on forums anymore, hah.

Are you ESL person as I'm? Yes, I wrote as I speak. You came on this forum to BaSh Canon most interest lens, zero pictures provided to prove it.
Here is third picture from me, also at 1.2, where it serves its purpose for low light.
All three pictures were taken by same 50L, but by three different (skills included) people.
This photo shows what I think about 50L mockers like you. But wouldn't write it here, since you are very sensitive.

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Sep 12, 2014 12:40 |  #58

Reservoir Dog wrote in post #17149101 (external link)
And you're right about the customers, they care how they look, better bokeh or not > they don't care ... but mostly/all they want sharp pictures ;)

Maybe if your client is Victoria's Secret or Ralph Lauren... the average client would be happy with shots made from a 75-300iii on a 20D.

This shot was a client's favorite and I almost didn't give it to her because I missed the focus slightly and to my eyes it was less than ideal...

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Sep 12, 2014 13:52 |  #59

MatthewK wrote in post #17149170 (external link)
The 50L is over priced, IF YOU ARE PAYING MSRP. Who does that?

I bought mine new last year from Adorama. On sale for $1250, no strings attached. Best price I've seen for a new 50L with full warranty.

Great lens, BTW. Fast AF, doesn't flare, built like tank, not nearly as large as the 50 Art which, for me, stepped over the line in terms of useable size for a 50mm lens.


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Sep 13, 2014 00:03 |  #60

People are just jealous of it's fast aperture and our financial capability of buying a 50L. You really can't explain that to a non-50L owner :rolleyes:


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