50mm 1.8 lens v. 50mm 1.4 lens

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  1. davidquillin

    davidquillin TPF Noob!

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    Which of these lens will produce better quality photos? Is each of them more suitable for certain shots? lighting etc...?
     
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    Optically they are very similar in capability.

    Some say (assuming you are talking Canon) that the 1.4 has a nicer bokeh (out of focus effect).

    There's a bit of light gathering difference, but the DOF at 1.4 is extremely shallow and lenses aren't at their best wide open.

    In most cases, Canon especially, the 1.4 is a better made lens. The Canon 1.8 has a plastic mount and the nastiest manual focus ring in the world. However, it's very cheap and is capable of excellent sharpness and optical accuracy. I bought one, and use it all the time.

    Personally I'd get the 1.8 (I did!) and a cheap zoom lens, for the same price as the 1.4.

    Rob
     
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