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Canon 50mm 1.4 or 1.8: Is it worth the difference

 
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Jan 23, 2007 13:35 |  #1

Need a nifty-fifty, and needed a non-salesperson opion. I've heard the 1.8 is better because of price. Then again they also said $499. for the 1.4. Of course B&H has it at $289. Using it on a XT, and also an A2. Thanks for the input.


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Jan 23, 2007 13:52 |  #2

First of all, do not pay $499. Someone out there is on crack. Order from B&H or Adorama for the price you just mentioned.

Second, the 1.8 version is good, but the 1.4 version is a much better lens in my opinion. I owned both versions and the 1.4 is worth the price. If money is an issue, don't hesitate to get the 1.8.

What is the difference? Well, the 1.4 has better build, USM, more accurate focusing, and better bokeh.

The only reason I sold mine was to fund the 17-55 f2.8 IS EF-S which comes in tomorrow.


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Jan 23, 2007 13:54 |  #3

bokeh on the 1.8 is downright ugly sometimes when compared to other lenses.

go for the 1.4 and never look back, unless money is tight....then the 1.8 will just have to work i suppose :)


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Jan 23, 2007 13:57 |  #4

I havent used the 1.4, but i love my $68.00 1.8!!


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Jan 23, 2007 13:58 |  #5

The 1.8 is a great introduction to fast primes, but I had to replace mine with the 1.4 because too many shots were missing focus. It was fine when I was shooting for myself, but for client work it's not up to par as the best shots would invariably be OOF. Plus, the 1.4 with a hood looks much more professional. I always was a little self conscious with the 1.8 (Hey, we all have our hangups ;))


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Jan 23, 2007 13:58 as a reply to  @ twicklund's post |  #6

There is no question the 50 1.8 MK II is crap compared to the 50 1.4, just an excellent value lens, the real question is should you go for the 50 1.8 MK 1 or 50 1.4.
My friends 50 1.4 had some pretty bad focusing issues.


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Jan 23, 2007 14:00 |  #7

My 1.4 works great. Focusing is fairly fast, though full-featured USM would be nice. Therefore I can't imagine using the buzzy 1.8 :D


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Jan 23, 2007 14:06 as a reply to  @ km4066's post |  #8

The 1.4 is better than 1.8 in every way, except price...
But at that price, it's not that expensive for a 50 1.4...

I got mine used for around the same price, but it came with a hood and UV filter...

I love it...

Time to sell my Nifty. I knew this day would come. But the nifty served me well in the early days. (which was not too long ago!)




  
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Jan 23, 2007 14:58 |  #9

The 1.8 is not bad at all, and when you consider the price it's a bargain .. the bokeh is pretty good, but the AF is slow and noisy.

But some reviews on the 50 1.2 are saying that the bokeh is perfect, and the flare control, contrast & color blows the 50 1.4 away .. there is a Castlemen review showing a backlit comparision and the 1.2 is clearly superior.

So it depends on how deep your pockets are and how much of a bokeh aficionado you are .. I happily have the 50 1.8 and am saving for the 1.2 :-)
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Jan 23, 2007 15:28 as a reply to  @ mmahoney's post |  #10

YES!!! Totally worth the difference! I just sold my 1.8 because I never used it. It was great as an intro to primes but less than a week later I upgraded. Seriously. I'm thrilled with the 1.4 and it rarely leaves my camera. I got it for a great price with the Canon rebates and am thrilled with it.


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Jan 23, 2007 15:47 as a reply to  @ kcp1377's post |  #11

Yea, I guess I was given that "special price" I can understand a maybe 20% mark-up , but over a 60% is crazy. I'll be signing onto B&H shortly. Again, thanks for all the info.


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