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littlepilotdude:
Hello,

I am thinking of purchasing a 50mm. The thing is, I don't know which one. I have heard that the Canon is all right, the Sigma is pretty good, and I know the Zeiss is very good. The thing is, I don't know if I should spend $750 on the lens.

Any advice anyone?

Thanks,

littlepilotdude

drjlo:
I would recommend reading this first..

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/01/the-great-50mm-shootout

samhodde:
The Nikon AI series primes are definitely worth a look. You can pick them up pretty cheap, but they require an adapter and are all manual.

dirtcastle:

--- Quote from: drjlo on November 09, 2012, 12:07:47 AM ---I would recommend reading this first..

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/01/the-great-50mm-shootout

--- End quote ---


Thanks for the link! The comparison shows what an amazing price/performance ratio the 50mm f/1.4 has, particularly in the < f/2 range.

I'm in the camp of people who want to add the 50mm f/1.2 L to my quiver. But the f/1.4 generally gets the job done. While shooting with the 50mm f/1.4, I often bump it up to f/1.8-2 range for a small performance boost.

Nishi Drew:
I just moved to FF, and my canon 50mm 1.4 isn't so grand anymore, it's still sharp where it needs to be, but the bokeh really could be a lot better. On crop the lens performs nicely wide open, the center sharpness and what bokeh you get is smooth, but with the whole image circle I don't like the harsh background, also need 8+ afma. My Sigma 70-200 OS is beautiful in comparison, and convinces again that the Sigma 50 would be nice, sharpness is important, but I would rather have creamy bokeh than the best sharpness when I'm already shooting wide open. Since, if I'm going to be stopping down so often then why not get a zoom lens, one gets a fast prime to shoot fast right?

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