Canon 50 F1.4 vs Canon 50 F1.8

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  1. beetle_slayer

    beetle_slayer TPF Noob!

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    OK, night time wedding candid shots....Canon 50 F1.4 or Canon 85 F1.8....both EOS, price is very similar. Is there a better one in general for all purpose or quality, sharpness, focal length? I am torn between the 2. Is there that much difference in F-stop? Is there that much difference in Focal length? Help me make up my mind please.
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    I would go with the 85 lens. I think it will work better for candids. The difference in F-stop will be minimal.
     
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    That's is my first choice....I think it might be built a tad better too. I guess I can buy a 50f1.8 for cheap and decide on whether the focal length is better to suit my needs.
     
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    I own and love them both. The 50mm is great for broad, photojournalistic shots, while the 85mm is wonderful for more personal head-and-shoulder portraits. They both have great bokah.
     
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    50mm is considered "all purpose", but the 85mm would be considered "portrait". The difference between f/1.4 and f/1.8 is about 1/2 a stop.
     

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