A&P What should I get 50mm 1.8 or 1.4

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  1. robz

    robz OT Supporter

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    Should i get the 1.8 and save the cash and get a flash (I have no flash)

    or just get the 1.4?
     
  2. PUREVIL

    PUREVIL More Money Than Brains Croo

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    I haven't used the 1.8, but I love the 1.4. So thats what I got. I do alot of shooting at night so the 1.4 is nice for that. :dunno:
     
  3. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    if you NEED a 50 prime, get the 50/1.4

    if you don't NEED a 50 prime, get the 50/1.8 and that way when you start feeling unhappy with it, you won't bother spending $300 to upgrade to the 1.4
     
  4. Fucker

    Fucker out of the fast lane, bitches

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  5. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    I've a 50/1.4 for 2 years, and I absolutely love it, but I would have benefited far more from a wide zoom during these past 2 years.
     
  6. Spurious

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    Do you have other lenses? Do you find yourself shooting at 50mm a lot or doing portraits? Are you lacking a flash?
     
  7. ///Mik3

    ///Mik3 New Member

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    To me the price difference isn't worth it. I have the 1.8 and couldn't be happier w/ it. It's one of my favorite lenses to shoot w/ actually.

    If you absolutely need the extra half stop, then sure go for the 1.4, but if it's not an absolute, then the 1.8 definitely gets the job done, and done well
     
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    how much more is it for 1/3 of a stop? :hsugh:q
     
  9. NOR*CAL

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    i like my 1.4. had the 1.8 before, didnt like the plastic so much.
     
  11. NOR*CAL

    NOR*CAL OT Supporter

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    I recently picked up the 1.4. From the little usage I've had with it, it seems to be a nice solid lens. The USM is quiet, and focuses much faster than my Tamon 28-75 and 17-50 2.8 lenses.

    Sample from my 1.4 @ 1.4. hyperfocal distance is extremely narrow, but I love how fast it is

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  12. Budha

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    If I buy a used 30d and get a nifty 50mm 1.8, would that be adequate for a few months until I could save up for a better lens? I hear that its only a good portrait lens, but I was looking on flickr and did a search for 50mm 1.8 and I saw some pretty cool shots done with it.

    I'm more into "moody" kind of shots, and pictures of still non moving objects/landscapes. Thanks.
     
  13. e.pie

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  14. twinturboteddy

    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    I have a 50mm F/1.4

    Honestly It is VERY hyper focal or whatever just like someone else said. For a subject that stands say 3 feet from you. Adjusting focus to say his nose will result in his nose being in perfect focus while his ears are completely blurry. The depth of the range that is in focus is EXTREMLY narrow. However almost every shot out of this lens is like magazine quality.

    I rarely ever use 1.4 Realistically I use it at 2.8 90% of the time. I would recommend to get the 1.8 since it is 1/3 the cost.
     
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    2/3rds, plus psudo-USM focusing, 8 bladed aperture, sharper at 1.8, and better build.
     

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