A&P is the money worth it? f1.2 vs f1.4 vs. f1.8

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  1. robz

    robz OT Supporter

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    Looking for get a faster lens. I need a good lens for low light shooting and was thinking about picking up the 50mm lens

    Canon 50mm f1.8 - $75
    Canon 50mm f1.4 - $289
    Canon 50mm f1.2 - $1260

    is the money really worth it?
     
  2. CRC

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    is it worth it to you?
     
  3. mojito

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    1.8 is junk. piss poor design for MF, no USM, breaks easy
    1.4 is good, well made, USM,
    1.2 is :bowdown: but overkill for most. Its a specialty lens and really not needed for most applications
     
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    darkjedi Muay Thai expert

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    I love the 1.4
     
  5. ballz

    ballz Two of 'em OT Supporter

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    I've got the 1.4 and the 1.8(anyone wnat to buy it?) and the quality difference in the lens is night and day. never seen a comparison in image quality, but it should be a good improvement.
     
  6. robz

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    so i should fork over more dough and get the 1.4?
     
  7. tenplanescrashing

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    should've gotten a Nikon...the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 is sharp, not so flimsy like the canon counter part and only $100. Noisy? sure, but im not shooting in libraries.
     
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    planb itches in my teeth

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    I loved my 1.4 until the auto-focus stopped working.
    manual focusing on a digital camera is just... well it sucks.
    That said, I would still rather shoot with it than my kit lens, which is my only other choice.
     
  9. Jonny Chimpo

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    1.8 MKI is extremely well made, sharp as a tack, great color and contrast, cheap relative to 1.4 & 1.2 and a has a distance scale.
    1.8 MKII is a complete turd.
    1.4 is overpriced for what it is but it has USM. Not as sharp (edge to edge) as a 1.8 MKI.
    1.2 is a niche lens and fast as hell but it's pretty soft wide open. Great contrast though.

    For the money, the 50 f/1.8 Mark I (metal mount) is probably the best bang for the buck among Canon's 50mm lenses.
     
  10. Bloody Sunday

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    doesn't canon make an f/1.0?
     
  11. Jonny Chimpo

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    Jonny Chimpo OT Supporter

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    What part of ~$5000 for a lens that isn't sharp until it's stopped down to the equivalent of an $80 lens went past you?

    The 50 f/1 is anything but :cool: it's much closer to :ugh2:
     
  14. Jhegro

    Jhegro wtf is a jhegro?

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    my 1.8 MKII sucks balls. noisy as hell AF. cant focus for shit in low light conditions. that being said, its pretty damn sharp at anything past 2.8 and if its there is good light, AF locks spot on. and its only 69 bucks or so. its the least used lens in my bag, but i do like ti take it around when i dont want anything expensive or heavy on the cam, like going around the city. it can get knocked around and i dont care. bokeh isnt the greatest because of its 5 blades, but at 70 bucks, cant knock it.
     
  15. Bloody Sunday

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    i'm saying, it looks cool as in, cool for the bling factor
     
  16. Jonny Chimpo

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    gotcha.
     
  17. GregFarz78

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    I would get the f1.4 I'll probably upgrade from my f1.8 eventually, the f1.2 just seems like it would only be worth it for pro's...the f1.8 was good for the price to mess around with but its soft at 1.8 and hunts in low light :hs:
     

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