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Re: 50mm lens. I Need advice!!
« Reply #30 on: August 24, 2012, 11:39:09 AM »
Thanks for all the comments and advices guys!!

I think I'm leaning towards the Sigma now. But I really want the f/1.2 50L too!! just not sure if its the right investment right now since its my first 50mm and first "aftermarket" lens.

The reason I choose the 50mm focal length as my first lens is because I like shooting street photography and I shoot quite a bit at that focal length.

If you're going Canon, you'll be much, much less disappointed with the 1.4 lens.  I NEVER miss with the 1.4, but the 1.2L is just too hit and miss.  I don't know why, but it is.

Still can't decide which one to choose!! Lol

I wus reading about the Canon 50mm f/1.4 somewhere last night and some people were saying that the Canon has a tighter field of view than the Sigma? Is it because it has a smaller glass or it's not an exact 50mm?
It's rare for anything to hit it's exact focal length, but the canon is closer to 50; the sigma is more like 46 I believe

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« Reply #31 on: August 27, 2012, 11:29:48 PM »
I found another 50mm f/1.4 that I'm very interested with. Has anybody have experience with the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 lens?

Do you recommend it? How the image quality?

Is the Manual focus only Lens really make a big difference?

Just curious if it's worth the extra cost over the sigma or canon.

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« Reply #32 on: August 27, 2012, 11:36:38 PM »
I found another 50mm f/1.4 that I'm very interested with. Has anybody have experience with the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 lens?

Do you recommend it? How the image quality?

Is the Manual focus only Lens really make a big difference?

Just curious if it's worth the extra cost over the sigma or canon.

I think the Canon 1.4 is going to be the best bet.  The Zeiss isn't better enough than the Canon, so why pay more than $350ish or so?  I'd say given the performance of the Canon lens, it couldn't be worth the extra cost.
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« Reply #33 on: August 28, 2012, 12:36:45 AM »
The Zeiss looks awesome tho! love the all Metal Look of it.

After seeing some more  Street shots on the Canon 50mm f/1.4 I'm impressed of the Lens can do. This lens is gunna be mostly for Street and some portrait use.

I dunno what I'm gunna end up with theses 3 50mm f/1.4 lenses.


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« Reply #34 on: August 28, 2012, 01:19:07 AM »
I'm another +1 on the idea that 50mm is not quite wide enough to be versatile. Even on my full frame, I'm leaning toward a 35mm for my walkaround.

I've got the Canon 50mm f/1.4 and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Even when it's soft, it has a great look to it. Yes it has weaknesses under f/2, but even below f/2 it still retains a lot of the character that has made it one of the best selling primes of all time.

For me, the thing that really makes the 50 f/1.4 is the reliable focusing (under reasonable conditions, of course). Focus comes first. The prospect that a lens might have any trouble with focus (relative to the Canon 50 f/1.4) would completely rule it out for me. It's just not worth the hassle of focus issues for minor increases of IQ or build. Just IMO though.

That said, if you were able to find a focus-reliable copy of a Sigma... I agree it would be worth considering (based on the reviews).


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« Reply #35 on: August 28, 2012, 10:32:18 PM »
The canon 1.4 is very susceptible to damage. This is due to the old poorly designed front element focusing gearing and drive. I treat my gear well, mine still broke after a few years. Was gonna cost half it's price to fix two parts, not one but two parts. I bought the sigma, it is sharper and much better built. Research it.

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« Reply #36 on: August 29, 2012, 09:20:31 AM »
Oh yes, all the (imperfect) 50mm choices. I feel your pain. If you are really interested in 50 on crop maybe you could add the Ed Mika choices into the mix. With his adapters you can use two of the excellent old Canon manual focus lenses for the FD system. Those are pretty special lenses in my experience and his adapter/conversion kits are great. I bought the chipped adapter for my 500mm FD lens and it's great quality. He writes here in the forum as well and is a nice fellow up in Canada.
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Re: 50mm lens. I Need advice!!
« Reply #37 on: August 29, 2012, 09:58:18 AM »
The canon 1.4 is very susceptible to damage. This is due to the old poorly designed front element focusing gearing and drive. I treat my gear well, mine still broke after a few years. Was gonna cost half it's price to fix two parts, not one but two parts. I bought the sigma, it is sharper and much better built. Research it.

You speak the truth. The 50 f/1.4 creates some beautiful images, but you have to take extra safeguards with it. Things you wouldn't even think about, like storing it in infinity mode, front element always pointed up, etc... Mine is in the shop right now...and I'm not guaranteed I'm going to get it back in one piece. After this whole ordeal, though, I will still likely replace it with another copy.
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Re: 50mm lens. I Need advice!!
« Reply #38 on: August 29, 2012, 10:17:03 AM »
Whenever I pick up the Canon 50 1.8 or 1.4



I feel like I'm gonna break the damn thing!

I happen to own both. The 50 1.4 focus ring is starting to make grinding noises after less than a year. I slammed my 50 1.8 in a car door once (long story) and it's holding together just fine, but has the worst IQ of the bunch at 1.8. The Sigma has onion ring bokeh and focus / QC issues. The 50 1.2 is heavy and expensive. Your best bet is to flip a coin or consult the I Ching.

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« Reply #39 on: December 28, 2012, 11:34:53 AM »
Hey guys I know I haven't posted for quite a while now.

On my 50mm I decided to wait a couple months more and picked my self up a 50mm f/1.2 L for christmas :)

Here's some sample shots I've taken so far. (feel free to critique please be honest)



EOS 7D 1/30, ISO 800, f/1.2



EOS 7D 1/200, ISO 400, f/1.2



EOS 7D 1/2, ISO 100, f/4.5



EOS 7D 1/200, ISO 400, f/1.2

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« Reply #40 on: December 28, 2012, 12:23:23 PM »
I'm definitely a fan of the 50L if you like f/1.2 to f/2.  I've never seen better color rendition and sharpness at those wide of apertures.  Unfortunately I don't shoot at 50mm that wide, so I couldn't make use of the lens.  I like your photos!
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« Reply #41 on: December 28, 2012, 12:45:45 PM »
Not a big fan of 50L ... but if it works for you, just have fun!  :)
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« Reply #42 on: December 28, 2012, 09:17:48 PM »
I'm definitely a fan of the 50L if you like f/1.2 to f/2.  I've never seen better color rendition and sharpness at those wide of apertures.  Unfortunately I don't shoot at 50mm that wide, so I couldn't make use of the lens.  I like your photos!

I Love this Lens! the 50mm is perfect for what I shoot and the f/1.2 is just awesome!!

But I feel like my 7D is holding back the potential of the lens.

and thanks! I'm glad you like my pics. :) I've only been shooting for like a couple of months! lol

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« Reply #42 on: December 28, 2012, 09:17:48 PM »