50mm 1.8 vs 1.4

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  1. Beth81

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    There is a lot of hype going on around my office about the new 1.4 lens? Now what's the difference from the 1.8 vs 1.4? Is the 1.4 going to be that much better?
     
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    If you're talking canon, then YES. My friend just got the 50mm 1.4 and said it was a world of difference from his old 1.8. Clearer, Amazing pictures. He's been in photography for almost a decade now.

    Although, I don't know how new the canon 1.4 is?
     
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    Nikkor is the brand
     
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    The NEW 50MM F/1.4 is not worth the premium over the older 50MM F/1.4 in my book.

    If you are however strapped for cash, neither can beat the 50MM F/1.8 in price AND performance (the F/1.4 beats the F/1.8 in performance if you ask me).
     
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    Ok so I should buy the Nikkor 50mm 1.4?
     
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    What body do you have? If you have a D40/D60, go for the 50mm f/1.4 AF-S. If you have a better or older body, go for either the old 50mm f/1.4 AF-D or the f/1.8, depending on your budget. They're both good. The 1.4 is a tad better optically but costs twice as much, so you decide.
     
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    I haven't tried the new 1.4, but i have a 1.8, 1.4 and 1.2--if $$ is of any concern stick to the 1.8.
     
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    couldn't justify the cost of a 1.4, i love my 50mm 1.8 it almost never comes off the camera.:mrgreen:
     
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    i was agonizing about this just couple days ago, ended up with the 1.4 thinking i'll probably eventually get it someday

    my canon 1.4 just came in the mail today... i'll see what's what in a few hours
     
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    I don't know if I would pay double for the 1.4. The 1.8 suits me just fine.
     
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    I heard the 1.8 is built extremely cheap compared to the 1.4. Then again, I'm speaking of the Canon lens. don't know about that other brand.
     

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