Canon 50mm f/1.8 or f1.4 ?

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  1. Guinness

    Guinness TPF Noob!

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    Whilst looking for a 50mm f/1.8, which I have heard good things about, I came across the 50mm f/1.4, would this be a better lens? It costs a bit more but would I notice / benefit from the difference? :cyclops:
     
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    No, you would not, outside of having a faster lens. Most Canon users agree that the 50/1.8 is a better lens than the 50/1.4, so save your money and put them into something else. :)
     
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    The main difference, from what I can gather...is build quality. The F1.4 is a more sturdy lens. However, you can buy 3 or 4 of the F1.8 for the same price.
     
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    I've had both; 50mm f1.8 mark I and now 50mm f1.4. Much better build quality, f1.4, USM, and faster AF. At f1.4 the lens is a tad soft. Mostly due to the really shallow DOF. As with almost all lenses, it gets better stopping down from max. Speaking of DOF, I like the bokeh produced by the f1.4. Noticable differences in bokeh and image quality but all are subtle. Is it worth the price difference? On a budget... nope. Not on a budget.. you decide.
     
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    Thanks everyone, i'll save a few pounds and go for the f/1.8 then. I've just bought one on ebay for a 35mm SLR but i'm not sure if It will go on 350D?
    I'm going to be looking for a new 35mm soon anyway so it will keep untill then.:)
     
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    yeah the 50mm f/1.8 will work fine of the 350d
     
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    In that case i've bagged me a bargain, i've been watching these lenses go for around £70 in the 'Digital Lenses' section on ebay. I bought one in the 'Film Lenses' section for about £15 :)
     
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    Is that an FD fit or an EF?

    If it's FD it won't fit your 350, if it's an EF then you have a real bargain!
     
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    :grumpy: Turns out it's an FD lens. Why didn't he say in the advert?:grumpy:
    Now I have two of them to put on ebay.:er:
     
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    That's why I went with the 1.4, and I'm glad I did.

    This might help: http://www.photo.net/equipment/canon/ef50/

    My brother has the 1.8 that he uses with the 350D. We each picked the right lens for what we wanted.
     
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    The f1.8 version has been shown to have harsher and more distracting bokeh, it also lacks USM. It's very sharp and good value for money though.

    If you can afford it, go for the f1.4, otherwise grab the f1.8 and upgrade later when you have the money.
     

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