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jd7

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Re: Tokina Officially Announces the Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF
« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2018, 05:29:30 AM »
I now immediately think of ahsanford any time I see a new 50mm lens release. The universe has never trolled one person so well.

My heart is with a small (but modern) double gauss offering -- I don't want the big pickle jar retrofocus nonsense out there, and I don't want the crappy plastic fantastic f/1.8 STM.

I haven't looked at the optical designs of all these new autofocusing non-Canon 50s, but at first glance:

  • Sigma = definition of a pickle jar = no.
  • Tamron 45 = 2/3 the weight of the Sigma, but still largely a pickle jar size-wise = I get to carry a large lens around for... f/1.8?  Meh.
  • Tokina = needs published specs, but it looks pretty big

Eventually, I'll get weak and just grab a 50L and live with it's non-flat field, external focusing and flaky AF wider than f/2.  But it would just be so easy to modernize the 50 f/1.4 in an internally focusing design and please the world with a lovely little $499 50 f/1.4 USM II.

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I do like what the Sigma Art can do, but I picked up a second-hand 50 1.8 STM recently to try having a small and light lens in my kit and I have to say it's surprisingly good. It's not the Art, of course, but it's pretty good. Not sure if it's the extra aperture blades or newer coatings or what, but the IQ seems a real step up from anything I ever got out of the three or four copies of the 50 1.8 II I've used over the years.

Edit - used the 50 STM again today with trees/foliage in the background and the bokeh was disappointing. It's hard to complain for the money, but it does have its shortcomings (and that is before we get on to things like build quality and manual focusing). I have to say though that it has made me more interested in the idea of an Ahansford 50, ie something easier to throw in the bag than the Sigma Art which still has good IQ even if not quite at the top level.
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Re: Tokina Officially Announces the Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF
« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2018, 05:29:30 AM »

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Re: Tokina Officially Announces the Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF
« Reply #31 on: March 03, 2018, 02:20:29 PM »
^The 50 STM is optically great from f/4, but yes, both the quality and the rendering style at wider apertures is pretty horrendous. That's what you get for such a cheap lens which is now primarily sold as APS-C users' very first portrait prime. It's actually the best of the Canon autofocus 50s for studio, though; at f/8-11 it's the sharpest, most neutral, cleanest-rendering of the three.


Curious: are any non-(L or DO) lenses weather sealed?

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No, although IIRC the preproduction 17-55 f/2.8 and 35mm f/2 IS were both partially sealed.

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Re: Tokina Officially Announces the Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF
« Reply #31 on: March 03, 2018, 02:20:29 PM »