Prime Lenses

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  1. fotogenik

    fotogenik TPF Noob!

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    Hello all,

    More input is needed

    I have been looking at 50mm prime lenses for the past couple of days and I am curious, is it worth the extra expense to look for a f1.2 50mm prime lens or is it that much of a difference from an f1.8 50mm prime lens?

    Take these two lenses for example:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=247091&is=USA&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation

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    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=97413&is=USA&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation

    Is there enough justification in image quality to spend the extra $165 bucks for the .4 fstop increase (decrease depending on how you look at it) of the second lens?
     
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    kfoster TPF Noob!

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    The extra money isnt for better image quality. You will get tack sharp images with either lens. The extra money is for build quality. The f/1.4 has a more rugged body, metal mount, and even though that .4 or 1/2 stop doesnt seem like much, it takes an extra piece of glass to get it. And that 1/2 stop could mean alot if you are shooting in low light.

    But at the end of the day, if you want sharp photos and dont need the extra quality, the 50mm f/1.8D is an excellent choice.

    K
     
  3. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    I HEARD the 1.4 is a bit softer actually than the 1.8

    both are good and should suit you fine, since you beginning.

    a lot of very good photographers shot with just a 50/2 or 50/2.8 for many years. they didn't complain.
     
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    I got a Nikon 50mm 1.8 a couple of years back and have been very pleased with it. Great for low lite photography. Between the 1.4 and 1.8, I would choose the latter because of the price difference.
     
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    Thanks a lot. I appreciate everyones advice.

    Xion, love the writeup you have done on setting up a small home studio.
     
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    I don't use digital, but I recently purchased a Nikkor 1.8 AIS for $60.00 in like new condition. The 1.2s seem to go for around $180.00+.
     
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    what would be a good 50mm prime for a minolta??
    from what you guys are saying i now REALLY REALLY want one but i dont know where to start looking....
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    hmm...thanks! that was quite easy....
     
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    1.2 means the lense lets in more light with means it is faster and takes better pics witout a flash
    if you are shooting indore get the lowest light rating (meaning closest to one) you can aford
     
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    I also have that question. Does anyone know of a good 50mm lens for a canon?
     
  12. hobbes28

    hobbes28 Incredible Supporting Member

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    Here's one.

    You can also do a search on eBay for a 50mm 1.8 for Canon. The older ones have a metal mount where the new ones are plastic. Not really that big of a deal, just a matter of preference. :D
     

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