Canom 50mm f/1.4 v. 50mm f/1.8


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Jul 27, 2010
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I'm looking to buy a prime lens for my SLR. There's a $200 price difference in these lens. Is it worth it to spring for the f/1.4? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Yes. Better build quality, USM, Manual Focus override, etc. Totally worth it.
I did get the 1.8 (nikon) and got myself another sb-600 with the money :p
It varies from person to person whether it is worth to spend the extra money for the f/1.4.

If you get the f/1.4, you spend the extra money for ..

- Wider aperture
- Better build quality
- Metal mount
- Distance scale
- Full Time Manual Focus
- Better manual focus ring
- More aperture blades (better out of focus blur looks)
- Faster autofocus with USM
- Sharper at f/1.8

Is it worth the extra $200? You may need to decide yourself.
I have the 1.4 and love it. Its sharp, fast enough, and its so tiny. Great for walkaround street shooting or places where you want to blend in like a typical tourist and not a serious photographer. Build quality is great too. The 85mm 1.8 is the same build quality and as stated in another post, I fell on that one in the woods and it still worked like a champ. I think its the best canon product for under $400.
Awesome! Thanks for all the advice. I bought the f/1.4.

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