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

 
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Oct 12, 2017 23:24 as a reply to  @ post 18471523 |  #61

I would love a 50 f2 IS.

I do like primes, but I have also realized I really don't need anything faster than f2. IDK if it is the subjects I shoot vs distance or what but I use f2 on my 50 and f2 on my 135 (I guess I need the 200 f2 as well). But alas, no bueno on the 50 f2 IS from Canon. I'm going to try the Tamron primes and see if I can get one with good AF.


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Oct 13, 2017 01:13 |  #62

ejenner wrote in post #18471589 (external link)
I would love a 50 f2 IS.

I do like primes, but I have also realized I really don't need anything faster than f2. IDK if it is the subjects I shoot vs distance or what but I use f2 on my 50 and f2 on my 135 (I guess I need the 200 f2 as well). But alas, no bueno on the 50 f2 IS from Canon. I'm going to try the Tamron primes and see if I can get one with good AF.

Browsing through flickr and 500px, tamron 45mm photos look head and shoulders above ef 50mm 1.4 for almost same price; bokeh is definately much better but overall rendering is still not close to 50L.




  
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Oct 13, 2017 05:56 |  #63

Just to totally derail this thread, and not compare apples with apples and not answer the original question... which is usual forum behaviour ..Even though I don't mind the 50 1.4... I think the 40mm 2.8 pancake is a better lens for less money... if 2.8 is fast enough of course. Here is a picture of some dudes bulldog when I was out walking. I sometimes take my camera with the 40mm because it is so light.


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Oct 13, 2017 05:59 |  #64

mdvaden wrote in post #18471063 (external link)
Like that shot you posted earlier, whatever the resolution.

Honestly, if all I had was the 50mm 1.4 I had 6 years ago was the only lens in my bag, I'm certain I could get plenty of good shots. And it's worth adding, that I've gotten some crappy shots from my best lenses too. I'd rather have my better lenses, but I wouldn't be ashamed to shoot with a 50mm 1.4 either.

This is from around 2012 when I started learning, but I still enjoy the photo. Canon 50mm 1. 4 @ f/1.6 - ISO 125 and 1/2000 sec
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Oct 13, 2017 16:19 |  #65

George Zip wrote in post #18471713 (external link)
Just to totally derail this thread, and not compare apples with apples and not answer the original question... which is usual forum behaviour ..Even though I don't mind the 50 1.4... I think the 40mm 2.8 pancake is a better lens for less money... if 2.8 is fast enough of course. Here is a picture of some dudes bulldog when I was out walking. I sometimes take my camera with the 40mm because it is so light.
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Seems very much on topic actually.

Couple days ago reading this thread, that very lens came to mind as closely related to the discussion.


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Oct 13, 2017 21:39 |  #66

I just got the Tamron 45 1.8. Wanted IS. 2/3 stop slower, but I only really need f2. Bokeh on the Canon is very iffy, Tamy is in a different bokeh league. Also $200 instant rebate until tomorrow.

The Tamy is a nice lens IMO, tested the copy and AF is accurate and consistent (albeit not exactly fast).

I had looked at the 40 2.8, but wanted something a stop faster. Had also considered the 50 STM, but it seemed like it was/is going to be soft at f2 where I am going to position my subjects (at the edges of the AF area).

I think just looking at the pics from the Tamy, my copy of the 50 1.4 must be fairly sharp, certainly at f2 where I mostly shot it but the Tamy is better, more consistent in Al-Servo, nice Bokeh in general.


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Oct 21, 2017 12:47 |  #67

artsf wrote in post #18471147 (external link)
that bokeh is crazy distracting and draws all the attention away from otherwise beautiful subject

Yes, I agree that the bokeh is very distracting, and actually rather ugly ......... but, wow - what an absolutely stunning subject!

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