whats so good about the prime lens that similar to the kit lens?

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  1. rufus5150

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    If you're talking about the canon, it's not just the more light, faster autofocus, subjectively more pleasing bokeh and vastly higher build quality.


     
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    And when talking about that it's the difference between a lens that looks like it may fall apart if you pick it up the wrong way, compared to a lens which looks like it would easily survive a fall onto the floor.

    There's far more in top grade lenses than build quality. Sealing, gearing, more accurate manual focus, less play in controls, smoother operation, and that's beside the build quality. That said wide open is also the worst place for a lens in terms of sharpness. Stop the f/1.4 down to f/1.8 and you end up with improved sharpness and reduced CA as well.
     
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    I have switched over to a prime lens from my kit lens, Canon 50mm f/1.8 - I love it. Love the background blur mostly, and I plan to try it out on family pictures this summer :) I recommend getting something like this to start ya off.

    But yeah, pretty much what everyone else said! :p
     
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    The most significant difference is build quality (metal vs. plasic). As for the difference in aperture between 1.4 and 1.8, and if that's worth the $$--for a pro, definitely, but for a hobbiest probably not.
     
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    I would agree if you are talking about the difference between the 1.2L and the 1.8, but the price difference between the 1.4 and the 1.8 is not that great. From my prospective, if you want a 50mm to have around and you use it every once in a while then go for the 1.8

    If on the other hand if it is a lens that will see a good amount of use, buy the 1.4. With the difference in build quality, it will last where the 1.8 will in all likely hood fall apart. If you end up buying more than 2 in the lifetime of the system, you have paid for the 1.4 and not got the value the 1.4 would have given.
     
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    I got my grandfathers film equipment after he passed away. The nikon 50mm 1.8 is just about my favorite lens in my kit. I use it for practically everything. I obviously cant have any "regrets" about getting it per se, but didn't know if purchasing the 1.4 would be at all beneficial.
    I'm just gonna stick with this lens, it's fantastic and has a lot of sentimental value to it as well for me - makes everything that much better.
     
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    is the 50mm 1.8 simliar to the 18-55 is kit lens in build quality??

    it's such a hard decision determining which lens to get..
    at first.. it was the macro/tele for me.. now its
    50mm 1.8
    50mm 1.4
    85mm 1.8
    100mm 2.8 macro

    I really can't decide which to buy first anymore..

    and btw.. in terms of focal length ratio
    is 55mm vs 85mm the same as
    25mm vs 55mm??
     
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    Well, I bought the 50mm 1.8 because it was cheap! Maybe you can buy a cheaper one AND another lens? :p
     
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    i just got a Minolta 50mm 1.7 to replace the kit lens of my Sony a200...and boy what a difference... :)
     

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