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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2012, 08:37:34 PM »
My copy of the 50 f/1.4 seems to focus just fine and at a decent speed.  IQ is is mush better than the price would lead you to expect.
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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2012, 08:37:34 PM »

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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2012, 10:49:12 PM »
The 50L is the sharpest 50mm from 1.2-2.8. After that the 1.4 is better but yes, once I bought the 50L I never wanted anything else. 8)

Its AF was slightly faster than the 1.4 IMO, and hit better.


2X the price?  Where are you shopping.  I got mine new for < $400, love it.
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50L = 3x price of 1.4
1.4 = 3x price of 1.8
1.8 = cheap as chips. 8)
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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2012, 11:43:31 PM »
No question, the 50 f/1.4 gives you the best IQ for the money in their entire lineup. But it's finnicky and can be fragile. Learn it's little quirks and treat it gingerly, and you should be ok.
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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2012, 01:37:48 AM »
No question, the 50 f/1.4 gives you the best IQ for the money in their entire lineup. But it's finnicky and can be fragile. Learn it's little quirks and treat it gingerly, and you should be ok.
If you are not comfortable with Canon 50mm F/1.4, go with Sigma 50mm F/1.4.  It's much better than Canon 50mm F/1.4.
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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2012, 12:11:43 AM »
No question, the 50 f/1.4 gives you the best IQ for the money in their entire lineup. But it's finnicky and can be fragile. Learn it's little quirks and treat it gingerly, and you should be ok.
If you are not comfortable with Canon 50mm F/1.4, go with Sigma 50mm F/1.4.  It's much better than Canon 50mm F/1.4.

Build quality, maybe, but the difference in IQ is negligible from what I've seen. Plus, I'm reading a lot that the Sigma AF is inconsistent. Not that the Canon's AF is stellar, though. There's some give and taken no matter what you do.
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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2012, 12:56:46 AM »
I'm about actually to upgrade to the 50L I have the 1.4 and used to have the 1.8 each lens is better and what it comes down to are you a professional or a hobbyist. Being that I am a professional I need to have the best in order to get those shots at 1.2 if its near dark and can't use flash and still get that sharp picture. If you are a hobbyist and and just having fun I'd go with the Sigma 50 1.4 (For Full Frame) or the 30mm 1.4 (For cropped sensored)

I use the 30 1.4 on my 7D when I travel and love the lens, it comes back with some pretty amazing shots even at 1.4 but I don't count on that lens for the money shots. Especially the ones that you only get one picture of....
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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2012, 12:58:40 AM »
I'm about actually to upgrade to the 50L I have the 1.4 and used to have the 1.8 each lens is better and what it comes down to are you a professional or a hobbyist. Being that I am a professional I need to have the best in order to get those shots at 1.2 if its near dark and can't use flash and still get that sharp picture. If you are a hobbyist and and just having fun I'd go with the Sigma 50 1.4 (For Full Frame) or the 30mm 1.4 (For cropped sensored)

I use the 30 1.4 on my 7D when I travel and love the lens, it comes back with some pretty amazing shots even at 1.4 but I don't count on that lens for the money shots. Especially the ones that you only get one picture of....

Going from the 50 f/1.4 to the 50 f/1.2L isn't what I'd call an upgrade.  It's a downgrade in sharpness beyond f/4.  Upgrade in sharpness f/1.2 to f/2.8 and build quality.  It's 50/50 (YES I KNOW, I'M AWESOME!  I'M HERE ALL NIGHT!).

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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2012, 12:58:40 AM »

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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2012, 01:28:51 AM »
It's 50/50 (YES I KNOW, I'M AWESOME!  I'M HERE ALL NIGHT!).

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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2012, 01:43:20 AM »
Think about it this way:
Would anyone who has had the 50 1.2 for some time give it up and swap it to the 1.4.
I don't know of anyone would. The 50 1.2 spends the most time on my camera.

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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #24 on: September 01, 2012, 01:52:57 AM »
I haven't tried either but bought the Zeiss 50mm f2.0 Makro Planar which some people claim to be the best 50mm.
Since I do not care about AF and have other lenses that are faster than f2.0 I am sure that I got the 50mm that suits me best. Just love its sharpness and the special Zeiss bokeh...
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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #25 on: September 01, 2012, 01:55:33 AM »

If you are not comfortable with Canon 50mm F/1.4, go with Sigma 50mm F/1.4.  It's much better than Canon 50mm F/1.4.

Build quality, maybe, but the difference in IQ is negligible from what I've seen. Plus, I'm reading a lot that the Sigma AF is inconsistent. Not that the Canon's AF is stellar, though. There's some give and taken no matter what you do.
Do you really own both?  I have used both Canon 50mm F/1.4 and Sigma 50mm F/1.4.  For me Sigma is better than Canon.  I don't know how other Sigma 50mm lenses, but my AF is very consistent.  I have even used FoCal to adjust AF.  From the test numbers, I can tell the AF is very consistent as well.  You should try it out by yourself.

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I just remember one thing.  Sigma 50mm F/1.4 has reversion in year 2010.  In many forums people report that the new  version has improved its AF.
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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #26 on: September 01, 2012, 02:55:58 AM »
I'm about actually to upgrade to the 50L I have the 1.4 and used to have the 1.8 each lens is better and what it comes down to are you a professional or a hobbyist. Being that I am a professional I need to have the best in order to get those shots at 1.2 if its near dark and can't use flash and still get that sharp picture. If you are a hobbyist and and just having fun I'd go with the Sigma 50 1.4 (For Full Frame) or the 30mm 1.4 (For cropped sensored)

I use the 30 1.4 on my 7D when I travel and love the lens, it comes back with some pretty amazing shots even at 1.4 but I don't count on that lens for the money shots. Especially the ones that you only get one picture of....

Have you actually tried using the 50L at 1.2? I wouldn't exactly call it sharp, plus the DOF is razor thin. I wouldn't actually use a 50L at 1.2 to get 'money shots', especially when its near dark and I can't use flash on a 7D. On that kind of conditions using f/1.2 with the 7D's AF your keeper rate will be extremely low.

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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #27 on: September 01, 2012, 03:04:48 AM »
Ok, so my 2 cents.  I've only been shooting Canon for about 4-5 months, and full frame about the same amount of time.  I used to shoot Pentax (que boo's).  I have a very prominent wedding photographer friend that shoots the 50 1.4 on a 5d mkii like 70% of the time and loves it, but the main difference beside sharpness below 2.8 and build quality is CA's (we recently di a direct comparison with in camera compensation off).  for a wedding photographer high contrast outdoor shoots are a dime a dozen and the 50L kills the 1.4 in CA's, by a HUGE margin.  Either way if you can afford the 1.2 go for it, you will love it (1.2 and huge glass is addictive).  Here is my money in my mouth, just a couple snap shots I've gotten with it since I bought it a few months ago.  It truly is my favorite walk around, by a mile (I'm too cool for zoom now;)


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Spring by @!ex, on Flickr


The Edge of America by @!ex, on Flickr


My Hood by @!ex, on Flickr


Available Light... by @!ex, on Flickr


A Night @ Red Rocks by @!ex, on Flickr


Japanese Bokeh Garden by @!ex, on Flickr


Through the Cracks… by @!ex, on Flickr


Into the Sun by @!ex, on Flickr


Confederate Cloth. by @!ex, on Flickr


Out of the Mist by @!ex, on Flickr


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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #27 on: September 01, 2012, 03:04:48 AM »

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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #28 on: September 01, 2012, 10:29:29 AM »
Think about it this way:
Would anyone who has had the 50 1.2 for some time give it up and swap it to the 1.4.
I don't know of anyone would. The 50 1.2 spends the most time on my camera.

I did.  And I'm happier with my 50 prime.  Let me explain though.  I never shoot wider than f/2.8 with it.  That is my unique useage.  If I needed it in low light and did that type of photography, absolutely wouldn't have sold my 50L.  But the majority of my shots are f/4 and narrower, and quite frankly, this lens at those apertures is sharper than the 50L.  I can certainly see uses for the 50L though, don't get me wrong, it is a great lens.  I enjoyed it while I had it.

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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2012, 02:22:51 PM »
I'm about actually to upgrade to the 50L I have the 1.4 and used to have the 1.8 each lens is better and what it comes down to are you a professional or a hobbyist. Being that I am a professional I need to have the best in order to get those shots at 1.2 if its near dark and can't use flash and still get that sharp picture. If you are a hobbyist and and just having fun I'd go with the Sigma 50 1.4 (For Full Frame) or the 30mm 1.4 (For cropped sensored)

I use the 30 1.4 on my 7D when I travel and love the lens, it comes back with some pretty amazing shots even at 1.4 but I don't count on that lens for the money shots. Especially the ones that you only get one picture of....

Have you actually tried using the 50L at 1.2? I wouldn't exactly call it sharp, plus the DOF is razor thin. I wouldn't actually use a 50L at 1.2 to get 'money shots', especially when its near dark and I can't use flash on a 7D. On that kind of conditions using f/1.2 with the 7D's AF your keeper rate will be extremely low.

Yes I have, tho it was with a 1D3, but I would be using the lens on a 5D3 not the 7D. But I don't trust the 50 1.4 unless I use it above 2 and I shot 1.4 with the 50L and the images were just butter.... And I shoot a TON of low light or no light and there are times where I need that extra light of the 50L
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Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2012, 02:22:51 PM »