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JohnDizzo15

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Re: Want to get a 50
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2013, 12:21:27 PM »
If you can in fact pick up the 1.4 for $256 or the 1.8 for under 100 bucks, you could easily get 80% of your investment back fairly quickly on the used market (or more if you are patient). Not to mention the fact that it will be peanuts in the grand scheme of your journey through kit building.

I still remember when I first purchased the 1.4 almost a decade ago and felt like it was a big deal for me to spend $400 on a lens. Many lenses and a few bodies later, that 25% loss I took on the 1.4 after using it for 5-6 years now seems like less than a fart in the wind.

In hindsight, it was a complete waste of my time to even mull over the decision. Just get the lens as you will not regret it.

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« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2013, 12:21:27 PM »

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Re: Want to get a 50
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2013, 12:59:45 PM »
Don't buy a lens because you can resell it later. Buy a lens because you want to use it now. However, if you are cash-strapped, the f/1.8 II is a bargain. If it's DoF you're after, suck it up and buy the f/1.2 L.
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Re: Want to get a 50
« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2013, 02:26:02 PM »
Don't buy a lens because you can resell it later. Buy a lens because you want to use it now.
+1; indeed just buy what you want to use and what you can afford.
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Re: Want to get a 50
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2013, 09:30:11 PM »
Thanks everyone for your help. I've used the Canon 1.4, and I do like it, though I've been warned to stop down. If the new Canon 1.8 IS or Sigma 1.4 is better wide open, it sounds like it would be worth paying for, when it comes out. Everyone's been so impressed with Sigma lately, I imagine their new 50 will be a very nice lens.

But in the meantime, all I have is a 14mm Samyang, which doesn't really qualify as a normal walk-around lens.

Sounds from you guys like if I get the the Canon 1.4 refurbished, and in a year I'm thoroughly impressed by some new lens, it won't be a huge monetary loss if I sell it. I have to keep reminding myself that the more important part is getting out and taking good pictures.

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Re: Want to get a 50
« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2013, 11:43:17 PM »
Consider the almost legendary Shorty McForty, the 40mm f/2.8 Canon Pancake.

Mine is a better thing than my now departed EF 50 f/1.4 which didn't deliver the goods below f/2.8 anyway.
Then I got the Sigma 50 f/1.4 which was stellar on the odd occasions that it locked focus in the right place.

The 40 is a gem, most copies are sharp wide open and will set you back less than $200.

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Re: Want to get a 50
« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2013, 09:40:55 AM »
Don't buy a lens because you can resell it later. Buy a lens because you want to use it now.
+1; indeed just buy what you want to use and what you can afford.

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Re: Want to get a 50
« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2013, 09:40:55 AM »