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Jay Khaos

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Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2013, 01:10:38 PM »
I think where others are impressed with the 1.2's picture over the 1.4, you will be left underwhelmed since you already own the 85 1.2.
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Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2013, 01:10:38 PM »

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Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2013, 03:02:07 PM »
I own the 1.4 and have been coveting the 1.2 for a while. I've just seen a mint condition 1.2 second hand for a decent price.


I mainly shoot street and family photos. pretty much exclusively @ widest aperture so I would be buying the 1.2 to shoot @ 1.2


does anyone have an opinion on whether the 1.2 is worth it if I already have the 1.4?

Is there much real world difference between the two? (ignoring the obvious like build quality, size, weight and weather sealing)

I like my 50 1.4. It's light, unobtrusive, and versatile. It does a good enough job in the dark. pretty good at f/2, and biting sharp by 5.6

Your money is better spent on a different focal length for variety. Maybe 35 f/2 or 1.4, or my next lens: 24L f/1.4  :)

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Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2013, 05:02:47 PM »
If you like the 50mm focal length and understand its flaws, I haven't found a better 50mm on canon.

That's basically my conclusion.  No other 50 on Canon gives you the gentle background with subject "pop" due to color and contrast wider than say f/2.0.  Below shot is at f/1.6.  ISO 100 meant long 1/16th shutter speed, but the 50L's relative lighter weight and shape lets me avoid blur.


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Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2013, 05:40:45 PM »
For IQ, there is very little difference between the two after about f/2.  Wide open, though is where the 50L really outshines the f/1.4  Build quality is also another consideration. The f/1.4 tends to be fragile and finicky.
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Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« Reply #19 on: August 09, 2013, 06:09:05 PM »
when my wife bought me my 50 1.2 the salesman referred to it as "god's eye". I think that sums it up pretty well.
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Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2013, 06:12:39 PM »
when my wife bought me my 50 1.2 the salesman referred to it as "god's eye". I think that sums it up pretty well.

Don't trust salesmen.  Rarely do they have your best interests in mind. 
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Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2013, 06:26:37 PM »
I have the 1.4 and rented the 1.2 from Vistek last weekend. As far as sharpness goes, in my opinion, it was a toss up between the two.

The 1.2, however, like others have said, has much better contrast and the bokeh is just incredible. If you think the 1.4's bokeh is something to brag about, the 1.2 will rock your world.

The downside is the price. I don't think I can justify the price difference for something that only myself and fellow camera enthusiasts would ever notice, and even then the difference isn't THAT big.

The extra durability and weather sealing is definitely a plus. If you think you need the durability and sealing with your work in the future, then perhaps the 1.2 is the best choice for you.

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Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2013, 06:26:37 PM »

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Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2013, 03:28:57 PM »
This whole discussion makes me happy, just to hear lenses described in terms other than their sheer ability to render sharpness or based on some DxO lab test. Makes me feel like the "character" of a specific lens might actually still matter!

The 50 f1.2 is one my favourite lenses, it's become my walk-around favourite even more than the 24-70 in that it forces the "sneaker-zoom" and more thought for composition. Wide-open takes some practice, but the effort is well worth it. The lens itself has been around long enough that it's profile is well-known and easily corrected in post with Lightroom or Optics Pro if you're into that sort of thing.

But I just love the pop this lens gives. If you can get a deal on one I'd say go for it, as the only real downside is cost.
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Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2013, 03:28:57 PM »