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09/04/2004 01:32:28 PM · #1
so... how much better is the 1.4 over the 1.8 canon 50mm's? is it really worth that extra 200+??? and what about that 1.0 that's $3000 O_O!!!
09/04/2004 01:37:05 PM · #2
I wouldnt think so since it's just one stop more.
I have the 1.8 & its only $60 bucks & I use it for everything from portraits, landscapes & reverse it for macrofotog.


09/04/2004 01:44:05 PM · #3
For $60.00+shipping I would try the 50mm 1.8 for yourself and see if you like it. I did. I really like it. I haven't had a chance to use it in my studio yet but plan to this week.
09/04/2004 02:11:33 PM · #4
Anyone know where I can get these lens?
09/04/2004 02:28:13 PM · #5
Originally posted by Rooster:

I wouldnt think so since it's just one stop more.
I have the 1.8 & its only $60 bucks & I use it for everything from portraits, landscapes & reverse it for macrofotog.


This site, Lens Test Guide, rates the optical quality of the f/1.4 at 3.96 and the f/1.8 at 3.91. Both very good scores. Interesting that the expensive f/1.0 only rates a 3.64. I guess you're paying for the speed there.

By way of comparison, the Sigma AF 2.8 50mm Macro EX earned an optical rating of 4.65, which they called "outstanding".

I purchased the Tamron f/2.8 28-75mm LD XR Di last night. It's rated at 4.14, which is really good for a zoom lens, and even more so for a lens in this price range (I paid $350). The only two lenses (in this zoom range) that they rated above it were two Canon "L" series lenses at 4.16 and 4.15 and they cost a whole lot more.
09/04/2004 02:29:19 PM · #6
Originally posted by djscarrd:

Anyone know where I can get these lens?


I like Adorama and have used them on several occasions. Good prices, excellent service.
09/04/2004 02:34:41 PM · #7
I got the 1.4 because it was badasser. That, to me, is worth $230 more.
09/04/2004 02:38:51 PM · #8
The main thing I was thinking would be better when I looked at the 50/1.4 and 50/1.8 was focus speed. According to the reviews on fredmiranda.com the focus of the 1.4 wasn't a lot better than the 1.8, so I opted for the 1.8.
09/04/2004 02:39:08 PM · #9
Badasss! Baaaadasss I say!
09/04/2004 05:11:08 PM · #10
Originally posted by kyebosh:

so... how much better is the 1.4 over the 1.8 canon 50mm's? is it really worth that extra 200+??? and what about that 1.0 that's $3000 O_O!!!


I would pay the extra for the aperture advantage, USM, build quality, bokeh advantage (more blades in the diafragm).

Here is a comparisson between the 50 F1.8 Mk1 and Mk2, 35 F2 and 50 F1.4:

//www.seittipaja.fi/data/Pontification/b_Photography/g_Fifty_versus_fifty/a_Fifty_versus_fifty.html
09/04/2004 06:00:04 PM · #11
Originally posted by dwterry:

Originally posted by Rooster:

I wouldnt think so since it's just one stop more.
I have the 1.8 & its only $60 bucks & I use it for everything from portraits, landscapes & reverse it for macrofotog.


This site, Lens Test Guide, rates the optical quality of the f/1.4 at 3.96 and the f/1.8 at 3.91. Both very good scores. Interesting that the expensive f/1.0 only rates a 3.64. I guess you're paying for the speed there.

By way of comparison, the Sigma AF 2.8 50mm Macro EX earned an optical rating of 4.65, which they called "outstanding".

I purchased the Tamron f/2.8 28-75mm LD XR Di last night. It's rated at 4.14, which is really good for a zoom lens, and even more so for a lens in this price range (I paid $350). The only two lenses (in this zoom range) that they rated above it were two Canon "L" series lenses at 4.16 and 4.15 and they cost a whole lot more.


I'll be interested to hear what you think of that lens once you've had a chance to try it out. I have a cheaper Tamron but it strikes me as kinda soft. Then again, maybe it's just me :-O
09/04/2004 06:08:56 PM · #12
Originally posted by Rooster:

I wouldnt think so since it's just one stop more.

Heck, it's not even a full stop different. Still, if you like to do a lot indoor shooting (low ambient light or concert shooting for example), that little bit goes a long way.
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