Canon 50mm Questions...

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  1. hacksaw35

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    So I was able to get an older copy of the 50mm 2.5 Macro for cheap from a friend and it is nice to have the "macro" ability, but the AF is really slow and LOUD.

    Will the 50mm 1.8 be much of an upgrade, or will I be disappointed and want the 1.4 or the 1.2....not really in the market right now for the 1.2 ;)

    I will be shooting some street stuff and some baby portraits. I have the 85 1.8, and it is awesome shooting portraits outdoors, but I think I would like to be closer to my subjects when shooting inside.

    Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It will still be slow and loud.... but not as bad.

    A nice upgrade would be the f/1.4 because of build, more aperture blades, USM and faster aperture. Its closer to your 85mm f/1.8.

    f/1.2 is not for everyone.. more of a niche lens.



    To tell you the truth, the 50mm f/2.5 isn't an impressive lens. It does macro (1:1 with the life size converter) but focal length is a bit too short. I have the 1:1 life size teleconverter for that lens though.. if you do decide to keep it...PM me if you are interested.
     
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    I think the 50 1.4 is the best balance between cost and quality. It has 7 elements, 8 diaphram blades, and a micro USM motor and the 1.8 has 6 elements, 5 blades (harsh bokeh) and the standard micro moter. The 1.4 has less lens flare too. The 1.2 is overkill for most people.
     
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    USAYIT beat me to it. lol.
     
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    Also, keep in mind that poor AF and Macro pretty much go hand-in-hand.

    That may be part of the problem you're experiencing. I haven't used that lens, so I can't say for sure.
     
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    you have a full frame and 85mm f/1.8 is still too far for you? That is almost the same as my 50mm with my 1.6x sensor right? Or did I just make a noob statement. I feel like 50mm is close enough and not too far.
     
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    No, I think that's accurate.

    50mm on a crop body and 85mm on a full frame body have a close enough field of view that it's hard to tell them apart.
     
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    When I'm shooting the babies inside I need to be close to keep their attention and interact with them. The 85 has a focusing distance of 2.8ft, which is pretty far away. When I threw on the 50mm macro it worked out a lot better, but the AF was terrible.
    Thanks for the comments everyone. I think I'm convinced to sell the macro and get the 1.4
     
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    So, should I hold out for this new Canon 50mm 1.4? It seems like this rumor has been going on for over a year now. Is it ever going to come?
     
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    I would use your 16-35 for street photography, Garry Winnogrand used to shoot at 28mm
     
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    gary,
    If you read some of the other comments, I'm more concerned about focusing distance for the indoor baby portraits...and the 16-35 from 1.5ft is way to distorted for those.
     
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    I vote to not work off rumors and just get the 50mm f/1.4. Even if it is replaced it doesn't mean the old version is suddenly bad. If anything, the new version will cost significantly more as with the recent 70-200L II (versus the MI).
     

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