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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2014, 04:37:53 PM »
I have had both and kept one, the 85 which in my opinion is the far better lens.
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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2014, 05:06:38 PM »
I own both and use them quite a bit, primarily indoors and when I want a light weight or less conspicuous lens.  As others have pointed out, the 85mm 1.8 is a better lens.  Sharper optically with faster AF, a terrific lens for the price.  But, 50mm and 85mm are different beasts and serve different purposes. 

I feel the 50mm 1.4 is the best price/quality combination 50 available with AF.  Hopefully, Canon enhances their 50mm prime lineup this year with a new IS lens that is of similar quality as the other IS primes introduced in 2012 (24mm, 28mm and 35mm).

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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2014, 05:59:26 PM »
I'd get the 85 and watch and wait for a new 50 from either C or S.
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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2014, 07:08:53 PM »
I'd get the 85 and watch and wait for a new 50 from either C or S.

Ditto this.

The 85MM is one of the best bang-for-buck lenses. My understanding is that the 50 1.4 has to be stopped down a bit to have good sharpness, which kind of negates the F/1.4 aperture. With rumors of a new 50MM flying around, I'd go with the 85 now and wait to see what happens in the 50MM focal length in the next year.

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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2014, 07:47:17 PM »
For what it's worth.. I bought an 85mm last summer for 275 and I sold it last month for 320 ish and my take away was around 295. 
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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2014, 08:20:23 PM »
i have the 50 1.4 and at the risk of sounding regretful, I kind of wish i had got the 85 and waited for a new internal focusing 50. the focusing barrel has some play in it that i cant imagine helps the lenses stay aligned, and it seems like a major weak spot. I havent got the hood for it yet but i am planning to just to protect the moving elements. the AF is grindy and loud.

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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2014, 10:10:26 PM »
I vote for the 85.  My favorite lens.
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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2014, 07:53:07 AM »
B&H has them both on sale now. I just pulled the trigger on the 85mm a few days ago.
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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2014, 04:54:09 AM »
Well... things changed a bit... I've gotten a bigger bonus at work then expected. So now it will be bothe the 50 and the 85, and selling the 40 later.

But I'll get the 85 first :)
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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2014, 10:08:09 AM »
Well... things changed a bit... I've gotten a bigger bonus at work then expected. So now it will be bothe the 50 and the 85, and selling the 40 later.

But I'll get the 85 first :)

good idea with good new 50's coming soon i would not bother with any current 50
and also consider the sigma 85 f1.4 its closer in performance to the 85 1.2L than the 1.8 if you can stretch the extra $
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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« Reply #25 on: February 25, 2014, 10:17:01 AM »
Well... things changed a bit... I've gotten a bigger bonus at work then expected. So now it will be bothe the 50 and the 85, and selling the 40 later.

But I'll get the 85 first :)

good idea with good new 50's coming soon i would not bother with any current 50
and also consider the sigma 85 f1.4 its closer in performance to the 85 1.2L than the 1.8 if you can stretch the extra $

I saw the rave reviews about the sigma 85 but I've stayed away from it because of the auto focus issues that have plagued the other lenses in the sigma line... any idea if the 85. Is better in that regard?
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

XS->60D->5d Mkiii:18-55->24-105L:75-300->55-250->70-300->70-200 f4L USM->70-200 f/2.8L USM->70-200 f/2.8L IS Mkii:50 f/1.8->50 f/1.4->100 f/2.8L->85mm f/1.8 USM->135L -> 8mm ->100L

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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« Reply #26 on: February 25, 2014, 10:24:23 AM »
Well... things changed a bit... I've gotten a bigger bonus at work then expected. So now it will be bothe the 50 and the 85, and selling the 40 later.

But I'll get the 85 first :)

good idea with good new 50's coming soon i would not bother with any current 50
and also consider the sigma 85 f1.4 its closer in performance to the 85 1.2L than the 1.8 if you can stretch the extra $

I saw the rave reviews about the sigma 85 but I've stayed away from it because of the auto focus issues that have plagued the other lenses in the sigma line... any idea if the 85. Is better in that regard?
my siggy 85 was way off right out the box needed +13 AFMA i sent it in to sigma and less than a week later it was back and basically neutral i've used it on 8 different bodies including ones with no AFMA and i have not even bothered to AFMA it on the ones that do, its probably 2 years old now and been used heavily, It is easily one of my favourite lenses its no action lens and doesn't do well in servo but single shot stuff it is awesome and for the price its unbeatable i got mine for $850 I think?
only problem with this lens is my wife has realised how good it is and has now confiscated it  :'(
so i'm now looking forward to sigmas replacement  ;D
if the 35 is any indication it will be AMAZING!

but focus accuracy I have no issues unless they are caused by the driver of the camera.
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Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« Reply #26 on: February 25, 2014, 10:24:23 AM »