Better Low Light Lens?

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    I was wondering which type of lens would be better at capturing images in low light situations, a 50mm f/1.8 or a 50mm f/1.4? Thanks!
     
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    Obviously the f/1.4 but whether the difference is worth the cost is up to the purchaser.
     
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    ok, thanks! f/1.4 it is.
     
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    There are also quality features to take into consideration as well. Just because the f1.4 is a "faster" lens, it doesn't necessarily mean it's the best lens.

    Which 50mm f.18 and 50mm f1.4 are you comparing?
     
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    I just don't know anything about lenses, so I was trying to figure out which lens lets in more light, and then figure out what a good lens would be. I am new to DSLR and trying to figure out a good setup to buy.
     
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    if your new, and just a hobbist, the 1.8 will likely be enough for you..
     
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    the 1.8 is a very nice lens. But the 1.4 is an amazing piece of glass, that I personally wouldn't live without.
     
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    I say if you have the money go for the 1.4
     
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    Don't mean to start something here, just have a question about that comment. Even if you're new, and currently a hobbyist, shouldn't one get the better lense if they can? I think of it as buying a good quality lense now and not having to 'upgrade' later if/when the 'hobby' becomes more serious.
     
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    After you learn more about lenses, you may noticed that sometimes, it is hard to say one lens is better the other. There are a lot of factors and diffferent photographyers rate the factors differently. Especially when cost is one of the factor.

    If just for low light alone, of course F/1.4 is better than F/1.8 being able to open the aperture wider.

    But when you compare 50mm F/1.4 vs 50mm F/1.8, I do not think I can tell you which one is better for you. I know which one is better for me at this moment.
     
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    I knew someone would say that.. my thought is yes, and no.. the truth is, you wouldnt need to upgrade from the 1.8 to the 1.4 you may want to add the 1.4 to your bag, but, the 1.8 is an amazing lens, and is used by professionals and hobbyists alike..
     
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    Ok then.. that makes more sense :) Speaking of lenses I use a Sony, have the kit lense 18-70 and the zoom 75-300. I've been thinkg about getting a 50mm sometime this fall/winter. Would that be the next logical choice in lenses?
     

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