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Nifty fifty, unnecessary?

 
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Sep 11, 2009 21:00 |  #1

I currently have a canon 18-55mm IS kit lens and a Sigma 50mm macro.

I was thinking of getting a "nifty fifty" canon 50mm f/1.8, just because it is cheap (~$85 new).

Good because it has f/1.8? Unnecessary purchase, and I'm just feeding my addiction? Any advice?




  
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Sep 11, 2009 21:06 |  #2

When your using you 50mm macro, how often are you wide open and wishing for more? Are you missing shots because your at 2.8 and the shutter is still too slow and you have no more ISO to give? If so, it might be worth it. If not than the 1.8 is a waste of $85


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Sep 11, 2009 21:07 |  #3

If you've already got a 50mm prime there would be no real benefit going for the Nifty unless you're in a situation where you would absolutely need the light... I saw the nifty as a cheap way to get into the 50mm bracket and in that regard its done very well for me, but If you've already got a 50mm prime I dont see it being a worthwhile purchase...


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Sep 11, 2009 21:09 |  #4

It can be right and wrong for a variety of occasions. Many would say that its unnecessary and that if you are truly after a 50mm prime then you should be looking at the 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.2 However, the DOF that you can get can do some pretty cool things for a shoot. The autofocus also suffers in low light and can be very "unpredictable". I am in the process of selling mine, only because I have found that I dont use it that much and could use the money to purchase a flash. PM me if interested.


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Sep 11, 2009 21:30 as a reply to  @ iAMB's post |  #5

I guess I wanted to experiment with the more shallow DOF, but I just looked at some comparisons and there isn't enough of a difference for me.

Off-topic @ iAMB: how do you like your tokina 11-16?




  
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Sep 12, 2009 01:37 |  #6

Only for low light, that's the only reason I could think you might need a 50mm f/1.8 when you already have a 50mm macro. Yes, f/1.8 is nice but it's situational I find.


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Sep 12, 2009 15:35 |  #7

I have a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8,, you guys this in should get the 50mm f/1.8? I have an opportunity to get 2 for $150. So i'd sell one (brand new). How is the IQ compared to my Tammy? I have the 50mm range covered 3 times lol. Out of those 3,, my Tamron has the best IQ @ 55m


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Sep 12, 2009 17:25 |  #8

tester3000 wrote in post #8632319 (external link)
I have a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8,, you guys this in should get the 50mm f/1.8? I have an opportunity to get 2 for $150. So i'd sell one (brand new). How is the IQ compared to my Tammy? I have the 50mm range covered 3 times lol. Out of those 3,, my Tamron has the best IQ @ 55m

The Tamron is pretty unique for a consumer-priced 2.8 zoom in sharpness. Mine is very sharp in the middle of its range.

But, it can't do f/1.8. If you find yourself needing faster shutter speeds or shallower DoF than the Tamron can provide at 2.8, it's a no-brainer for the price of the 50/1.8.



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Sep 12, 2009 20:30 |  #9

The ISO options on the XSI aren't very flexible, so I always welcomed the possibility of the F1.8 if it meant not having to go up to ISO 1600. Your situations may vary . = )


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