canon 50mm??

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  1. JohnMF

    JohnMF TPF Noob!

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    quick question:

    is the canon 50mm f1.4 worth the extra cash over the 50mm f1.8?

    need to know before i splash the cash

    thnks
     
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    There have been a lot of threads on this already. Its just a matter of opinion. For $70 you get a cheaper-built, plastic, loud lens that takes nice pictures. For $350 you get a sturdy, metal, USM lens with an extra stop.
     
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    darin's got it.

    50mm 1.8 II:

    Pros:
    Lighter/smaller
    Cheaper (!)
    slightly better distortion
    good sharpness, little bit less than the 50mm 1.4 (not noticeable...it's surprisingly sharp after f/2.2)

    Cons:
    Almost too light
    terrible build quality (worst ive ever seen)
    bokeh is rough at times
    fast but not really fast autofocus, noisy
    no focus scale

    50mm 1.4 USM:

    Pros:
    much better build quality, easier to use
    extra stop
    smooth bokeh
    lightning fast, silent AF

    Cons:
    more expensive
    slightly more distortion (Both have low distortion...not REALLy low, but low)

    like i said, darin got it. i was going to go with the 1.4 but when with the 1.8 because i needed it for something in a hurry and I couldn't find a 1.4 nearby (go figure). the 1.8 II's image quality makes up for some of its downpoints, but it really boils down to what you need or want in a lens.
     
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    And you can buy 5 f/1.8s for the price of 1 f/1.4. Sort of makes up for the build quality
     
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    I can't offer a comparison between the two, but I can say I love my 1.8, even if the build quality is ****. If you have the extra money, then go for the 1.4, but if your pressed for cash, don't hesitate to get the 1.8.
     
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    ope, you're right. can't believe i didn't catch that :er:
     
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    thanks for all the advice. I think im going to go with the cheaper one
     
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    as i have them both, i can say personally, i didnt notice too much of a difference in how they preformed.that extra stop does help you in low lighting situations, but not so much more that it constitutes spending an extra 250 bucks. but as it has been said, it is a MUCH better build then the 1.8
     
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    I bought the 1.4 for the bokeh. After comparing it to my brother's 1.8, I'm glad I did, as I do most of my shooting with shallow DOF. For a lot of people, they either don't see a difference or don't shoot wide open often, so it's not an important factor for them.
     
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    If you want some of the advantages of an f1.4 but can't afford a brand new one you could always buy the f1.8 as your standard lens, and get an old manual focus f1.4 cheap - maybe a Nikkor, Takumar, or whatever else you can stick on the Canon with a suitable adapter - and use that when you feel the need for the extra 2/3 stop, nicer bokeh etc. You'll get the better build quality, but obviously you won't get a fast AF or any other kind of AF. Just a thought anyway.
     
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    this is the thing. I already have an L24-70mm f2.8 which i use for almost everything, but i fancy getting that extra shallower DOF for portrait stuff. I ve seen some great portraits taken with those 50mm's, need to add one to my collection
     

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