Canon: 50mm f1.4 or 50mm f1.2 ?

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  1. elrafo

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    Hello,

    I am wondering if the 50mm 1.2 is worth the price, 4 times the 1.4...
    do we really get better bokeh and sharpness?
    I use a lot my 50mm 1.4 on my 5D MII I love the angle of it. So I would be ready to spend more money for better lens, I just don't know if it worth the price!

    thanks alot


    Raph
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Worth it to some...but not to others. I know one or two who use it a love it.

    From everything I've heard...the 50mm F1.4 is already a very good lens so the F1.2 would have to be really, really good to be worth the upgrade.

    I've heard that it doesn't have a floating element, so when it stops down the aperture, the focus shifts ever so slightly. Probably not an issue in real world shooting....but I know some who are wary because of it.
     
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    I don't know, maybe a different lens then. I am getting a 85 1.4.
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    And just how is this related to the OP's thread? Clarify, please.
     
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    Don't bother man. Just click the report post button. It's a bot.As far as the 50mm f/1.4 vs f/1.2, I took the f/1.4 because of the price and corner sharpness. I'd rather spend the money on the 85mm f/1.2 and have the 50mm f/1.4. The bokeh is undeniably better on the 50mm f/1.2 though. It doesn't bother me enough to justify the price. The 85mm f/1.2 on the other hand is a completely amazing lens and a hands down winner in the 85mm range. It's all a matter of what is important to you in what focal length.
     
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    Yeah, I was going to move it to the Spam bin (I can do that here) but wanted to give xburial a chance to reply.

    I'll do that if s/he doesn't reply.
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Nevermind, moved xburial's post in the Spam, wasn't even his/her picture.
     
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    RyanLilly No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Have you considered the Sigma 50mm 1.4? check out the review on dpreview.
     
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    for the price, i wouldnt say tis worth it, but if you have the money for it, go ahead and buy it...and you cna even sell your f/1.4 to help pay for it.

    I would say if its considerably sharper and has better bokeh, then yes go for it, if its barely noticable unless ytou zoom in 400% and still have to look...no its not worth it.
     
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    Hi, woops ive changed my colour!
    Anywho.. depending on location obviously, if you are getting 1/1000 with your 1.4 you are probably going to get a 1/2500 in the 1.2 , even tho these apertures are so close you will get ALOT out of that extra .2

    You'll also take a rather nasty hit to your bank account
     
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    I have a few photographer friends who used it and loved it VS. the f/1.4
     
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    Clearly the OP has never used a f/1.2 lens. Forget sharpness and bokeh, IT'S A 1.2 and a damn good one at that.

    Frankly if you need to ask this question then you should borrow the lens and play with it. If you still need to ask this question after that then you don't need it and would be more than happy with a 1.4.

    Guitarist at f/1.2 on a very very not sharp (old AI-S Nikkor) 50mm f/1.2
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