Prime 50mm - 1.4 vs 1.8

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  1. OpticMemory

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    Hey Folks,

    I just found out that there are 2 versions of the 50mm (please pardon my noobity).
    50mm 1.8 cost about a THIRD of the price of 1.4... My eyes almost popped out..

    1.4 = $379 (B&H)
    1.8 = $120 (Bestbuy)

    Anyway... is there a major difference between the two?
    Pros / Cons?

    Thanks,
    Wil


     
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    It depends on the specific lens [You didn't specify the brand\mount], but if I could get a 1.4 over a 1.8 cheaper [assuming not in horrible\broken condition], I'd get it in a heartbeat.
     
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    f1.4
     
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    The extra cost of the Canon 50mm f/1.4 over f/1.8 gives you the following:

    - Better build quality (better plastic). But I do not think the f/1.8 really that bad. It just feel very plastic.
    - Metal mount vs plastic. I don't like plastic mount. But that is just personal preference.
    - Faster Autofocus (micro-USM AF drive). Of course, faster the better especially when taking photos of kids. But it does not mean the f/1.8 is slow. Just slower.
    - Full Time Manual (FTM) focus. If you do not use manual focus anyway, it is not a deal breaker.
    - Manual focus ring is NOT at the front of the lens. Don't know why Canon move the manual focus ring to the front of the lens in f/1.8. If you never use manual focus, it is not an issue at all.
    - Distance scale. Comes in handy sometimes, but most of the time, I do not use it.
    - 8 Aperture blades (instead of 5) More blades = Better out of focus blur look. Take a look at here. Scroll down to Bokeh and read about it.
    - A little sharper at f/1.8
    - And of course, you can stop down the lens to f/1.4. (Wider aperture to allow more light to enter)
     
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    I just sold the 1.8 to get the 1.4, the 1.4 can be used in much lower light and focuses much faster
     
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    This.


    Ive owned both.
    the 1.8 is great, and i was completely happy with it

    but i saw a 1.4 for sale for $225, so i sold my 1.8 and grabbed the 1.4, and its just a little bit better in every way.
     
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    $225 is a steal!!! I paid $275 for mine. (bought used as well)
     
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    In the use market, you may be able to find the first version of the EF 50mm f/1.8 lens which I think is better than the version II.

    Difference between ver. I and ver. II

    Version I is better because
    - It use better plastic.
    - It has metal mount.
    - It has distance scale.
    - The manual focus ring is not at the front of the lens.
    - Build quality is better.

    But they are usually cost more than the new version II. unless you are lucky.
     
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    +1. I just did the same. It's just an overall better build as well
     

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