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Need to pick between 50mm 1.8 II or 50 1.4 ......

 
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Sep 10, 2009 09:37 |  #1

I'm wanting a 50mm lens for my 1D Mark II, but don't know whether to get the 1.8 or 1.4 version. I talked to a Canon rep that really recommended the 1.8 because of it's sharpness and stuff, but I've also heard good things about the 1.4. Which do you personally have and why did you pick one over the other?


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Sep 10, 2009 09:43 |  #2

I've owned both. They are both sharp lenses. I recommend you taking a look at these reviews. I think they are adequately thorough to help you decide.

http://photo.net/equip​ment/canon/ef50/ (external link)
http://www.the-digital-picture.com …f-1.8-II-Lens-Review.aspx (external link)
http://www.the-digital-picture.com …-1.4-USM-Lens-Review.aspx (external link)


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Sep 10, 2009 09:44 |  #3

I have a 50 f/1.8 for sale if interested.


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Sep 10, 2009 09:45 as a reply to  @ Nathan's post |  #4

I went with the 1.8 and I am very happy.


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Sep 10, 2009 09:50 |  #5

I actually owned the 50 1.8, sold it, and bought it again affter deciding against the 1.4. Both are equal in sharpness by about f2.5, both are softer wide open, both have reliability issues, both have been said to have harsh bokeh. So why would I pay an extra 3x to get a lens that still isn't perfect. At least that was my rationale.

Many would say the Sigma 50 1.4 is the best choice, but many also have AF issues with that lens.


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Sep 10, 2009 09:58 |  #6

Thanks for the links Nathan.


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Sep 10, 2009 09:59 |  #7

iAMB, how much are you wanting for it?

Is the noise really bad the 1.8 since it doesn't have USM? just wondering.


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Sep 10, 2009 10:11 |  #8

The nifty 50 was great when i used it at f/2.2. My 50 f/1.4 is sharp wideopen.

The 2 Sigma 50's I owned both had AF issues (front focus) BUT photos past 5 feet had incredible inaccuracy issues and were all over the map from useable (stopped down aperatures) soft to completely OOF. My Canon 50 f/1.4 nails the shot all of the time.


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Sep 10, 2009 10:15 |  #9

Trying to stay away from Sigma as much as I can. I'd rather spend the extra on Canon.


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Sep 10, 2009 11:48 as a reply to  @ exodusfman800's post |  #10

I'd consider comparing the lens blur that they both offer taking into account the difference in f-stops.

In addition, you should have a look at the build quality of both lenses to see if they are important to you. The f/1.8 is absent of a distance scale, metal mount and body, better manual focussing ring.


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Sep 10, 2009 11:52 |  #11

exodusfman800 wrote in post #8618188 (external link)
iAMB, how much are you wanting for it?

Is the noise really bad the 1.8 since it doesn't have USM? just wondering.

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Sep 10, 2009 12:21 |  #12

Between those two, the 50mm 1.4 for sure.


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Sep 10, 2009 12:59 as a reply to  @ Mr. Clean's post |  #13

Where the F/1.4 wins over the F/1.8 is in build quality.. Image quality is a toss of the coin..


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Sep 10, 2009 13:11 |  #14

I would agree. I had the 1.8 for 6 months and it came apart. Had to send it back to canon. They fixed it, but still scared it will happen again.


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Sep 10, 2009 13:13 as a reply to  @ gillilandj's post |  #15

Mines been holding up really well after 3 years.. Then again I don't use it alll that often..When I do and I nail the focus and exposure, it still has a wow factor for such a little insignificant lens..


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