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Sigma 50mm f1.4 vs Canon 50mm f1.4?

 
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Jan 18, 2011 10:10 |  #16

This is good to know. So the Sigma lacks in AF...but since I shoot 99%+ in manual focus this will not be an issue.


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Jan 18, 2011 10:11 as a reply to  @ post 11665228 |  #17

I've had both. I've read the Sigma is better, the 3 copies I tried weren't so I stuck with the Canon. I need a lens that works, and the Canon does work.




  
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Jan 18, 2011 10:12 |  #18

Canon also exhibits the same focusing issues on some copies, it just doesn't seem as prevalent. And whatever focus offset issues there may be, it doesn't explain certain individual's tests where you shoot a burst of the same exact subject with the same settings, and get different results. That would be a body issue where it keeps twitching AF settings to the lens even though the scene hasn't changed, IMO.


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Jan 18, 2011 10:13 |  #19

rick_reno wrote in post #11665335 (external link)
I've had both. I've read the Sigma is better, the 3 copies I tried weren't so I stuck with the Canon. I need a lens that works, and the Canon does work.

3 copy's ? oh no, wait till you get attacked here on the forum by others...




  
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Jan 18, 2011 10:14 |  #20

^A little bitter? I've had 3 working copies that work absolutely fine. There are good copies out there just like any other lens. I've had better luck with Sigma than I had with Canon. The copies vary.


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Jan 18, 2011 10:16 |  #21

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^A little bitter? I've had 3 working copies that work absolutely fine. There are good copies out there just like any other lens.

lol... i meant it sarcastially in a humours manner, but hard to convey through font.




  
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Jan 18, 2011 10:24 |  #22

I have the Sigma, so without having a copy of the Canon, all I can do is tell about the Sig.
My copy has good AF. Some people get bad copies (I don't know what percentage, but I think it is small). I do recommend the Sigma. It has good sharp pictures. If you try it and get a copy that doesn't focus properly, be ready to send it in for calibration. Besides that possibility, you will have a great lens.


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Jan 18, 2011 10:57 |  #23

I wonder how many times this question has come up here on POTN...

I bought the Canon because I got it for $240 used, with the hood, about 7 years ago. Being a used lens and not having a date code on it, I have no idea how old it actually is or how tough a life it had before I got it. Still works great, somehow it's AF keeps working in spite of all I've read and heard. Like most lenses, it's not at its sharpest wide open so I usually just stop it down to f2.2 or smaller. Nice color rendition. Nice bokeh. Reasonably fast and quiet pseudo-USM AF. Decent "mid-grade" Canon build quality. All these are better than the Canon 50/1.8, but of course that lens costs a lot less.

I also appreciate that the EF 50/1.4 is reasonably compact and relatively lightweight. 2/3 of a pound, 58mm filter, 2 inches long, 3 inches in diameter. For comparison the Siggy is a bit over a pound, 77mm filter (?), 2.5 inches long, 3.3 inches in diameter.

Canon is long overdue to update the 50/1.4. They could simply update the optics a little and put "real" USM in it to resolve a lot of the "issues" (real or perceived) with this 17+ year old lens.


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Jan 18, 2011 13:33 as a reply to  @ amfoto1's post |  #24
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Ok, Im new here and Im from far away...Bosnia and Herzegovina, where photo equipment is ridiculously expensive according to average monthly wages ($400/a month is average monthly wage in country here)..I said that just to get to my point about sigma/canon.

I own 50 1.8 (which I dont use anymore because of 85 1.8 I LOVE IT!), 17-40L...Dont like it much, like its 17 end which I use 99,5% of the time (So Im a prime guy defintely) and an 85 1.8 which I absolutely adore!

So now I need something 'shorther' than 85 (on 40D) and Im mulling over canon 50 1.4 and sigma 50 1.4. I cant afford 35L 1.4 :(.
I shoot mainly wide open or wide shot. Rarely something in between. So Im buying the lens mainly for bokeh purposes, oh and sharpness :). I shot 50 1.4 canon on manual because AF was broken LOL :). But it is a very nice lens, not even close to soft from what I heard. I mean, I dont know what the hell you want for 300-400$? Its got decent sharpness, decent bokeh...nothing great but not bad by any means. Its way better than 50 1.8 I dont care what enyone says.

Anyways, my point is... Ive seen thousands of images (talk about research) from sigma 1.4 and I feel, I see its a better lens, I just feel..and I never shot it. And yet Im ordering one from outside country with no warranty. A new lens, but someone buys it for me. So If i get bad copy (focus issues) Ive thrown $550 (price here) away :(.

So to all of you thinking about it, just frikkin buy it! You CAN return it, I cant...:(
And I still want one badly, and Ill have one eventually! :)


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Jan 18, 2011 14:11 |  #25
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mdgrwl wrote in post #11665228 (external link)
Now for a little tangent - there's really NO solid 50mm choice out there for Canon!! Totally sux!

This is the great irony. 50mm is supposed to be an easy / straightforward focal length to design / build, yet all of the models we have today are flawed in some way.

You can pay a lot more for the Canon 50mm f1.2L and get a much better build quality plus better bokeh with the possibility of slightly slower focus and focus shift.

I've yet to use the 50L myself but what I've read about the focus shifting blows me away - it would seem that the 24-70 might actually make for a better 50mm choice.


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Jan 18, 2011 14:26 |  #26

There are a billions reviews some saying the Canon 1.4 is better some saying the SIgma. I have just sold my Canon 50 1.4. I will be replacing it with the SIgma. The reasons, newer design, better build quality and the three year guarantee. People I trust who have had both all say the Sigma is better. I will let you know when I get it.


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Jan 18, 2011 14:31 |  #27

MGiddings Photography wrote in post #11666929 (external link)
There are a billions reviews some saying the Canon 1.4 is better some saying the SIgma. I have just sold my Canon 50 1.4. I will be replacing it with the SIgma. The reasons, newer design, better build quality and the three year guarantee. People I trust who have had both all say the Sigma is better. I will let you know when I get it.

No kidding, I started reading all of those, and got really tired at review #1,223,511 where I finally got to a count of 611756 vs 611755 in favor of the Sigma, and I stopped reading and ordered my lens. ;)


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Jan 18, 2011 14:31 |  #28

I went through the same dilemma recently, Sigma or Canon. I went Canon because I felt I probably had a better chance of getting a good copy. I have not been dissapointed or regretted it.


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Jan 18, 2011 16:37 |  #29

Nice one TeamSpeed I gave up at 1,152,103.............​..:-)


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Jan 18, 2011 17:09 |  #30

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Nice one TeamSpeed I gave up at 1,152,103.............​..:-)

lol, so close, so close.... :)


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