50mm 1.4 vs 50mm 1.8

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  1. JDP

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    So just how important is that extra half step aperature in the 1.4? Enough to warrant paying an additional $200 for it? ($140 for the 1.8 vs $340 for the 1.4). I like to do a lot of theater shots, and the 17-55mm 2.8 doesn't cut it because there's just a *tad* to much movement for it.
    So I was thinking of getting the 50mm 1.8, since it's so much cheaper then the 1.4 - but will I regret it?
    If it all works out well, I wanted to get the 85mm 1.8 as well (or the 105 or 135 f/2).
    I just don't want to pickup a lens, then learn I should have actually gotten the other one, ya know?

    So what I'm looking for is a lens that will work well for theater/dance/band shooting.
     
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    Try googling that...it's been discussed a million times over the Internet.

    In the case of Canon lenses (other are probably similar) the F1.8 is a cheap lens both in price and quality of build (although the glass quality is pretty darn good). The F1.4, is only a little faster...which will help with low light...but not a whole lot. The build quality however, is significantly better...and people say that the Bokeh (out of focus area) is nicer with the F1.4
     
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    Well your prices are a bit off... you can get 50/1.8II's for around $70-$80 and 50/1.8I's for around $125 if you can find one... the 50/1.4 changes from a regular motor to USM (quieter/faster) and adds 1/3 stop (I believe) on the fast end... so it really boils down to need vs. cash more then anything... I have had a 50/1.8I since I got into EOS cameras and its the one lens that has stuck with me from day 1...
     
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    There's also the new f/1.2 version for $1600 :confused::confused:

    I'd personally say save the money and go with the 1.8. The 1.4 has a more solid construction and a USM motor, but the optics aren't a whole lot better from what I've heard (I mean, they're better, but not a lot, unless you're really picky). I have the 1.8 and it's very sharp.

    Here's a link to a good comparison between the two.
     
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    Well, these are Nikon prices. Local camera shop price for the 1.4, Froogle for the 1.8.

    I was googling it, and found a lot of similar "Which one?" posts, so I thought I'd ask here. The camera store around here that rents lenses has the 1.4, but not the 1.8, otherwise I would rent both and see for myself.

    I was sort of leaning with a 50mm 1.4 and the 85mm 1.8, but a lot of people were asking me "WTF go with 1.4? It won't help you that much more" - but if the build quality is better and the bokeh is better then I'm more then happy to spend the extra cash on the faster lens. I just wanted something that captured more light and wasn't as bulky as the 2.8 zooms
     
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    In my experience, the Nikon 50mm f1.4 is awesome, but you generally have to shoot at f2 to get rid of the distortion and make the image sharp. I would definatly go for the f1.8. It is an extremly sharp lens at f2-f8. Brilliant and nice and cheapish.

    But if you go google this has been discussed since the dawn of time.
     
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    ahhhh sorry I thought you were talking about Canon lenses... my bad...
     
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    ditto...
     
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    You'll have to stop down at least one stop for clarity anyway, so you might as well go for the 1.8D over the 1.4 becuase with the 1.4D, you'll have paper-thin focus, and you'll be shooting at about f2 if you want any sort of sharpness anyway.

    The f/1.4D is really aimed for portraits, not the theatre.
     

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