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p.1 #1 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


hello guys,

i am wondering which bokeh is better with Canon or Sigma 50mm 1.4. I used to use Sigma one on Nikon d700 and Canon 5d mk ii, but have never used Canon one.

is there any topic here for this or review on any website? if not, can you please show some samples from Canon 50mm 1.4?

thanks!



Dec 25, 2011 at 02:25 AM
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p.1 #2 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


I recall numerous threads on this....


Dec 25, 2011 at 02:47 AM
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p.1 #3 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


There should be plenty of threads on this but I have some samples on my flickr in a dedicated Sigma 50/1.4 set. Bokeh is smoother with the Sigma but it also exhibits onion bokeh.

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Dec 25, 2011 at 02:55 AM
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p.1 #4 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


I call onion bokeh, brokeh.

The only worse bokeh is bro keh, and that's when the bokeh tries to give you a case of natty light.



Dec 25, 2011 at 02:58 AM
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p.1 #5 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


digitalrev did a YT video on this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uaOC-q6nP8


Dec 25, 2011 at 04:19 AM
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p.1 #6 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


thank you all. i will look into them!


Dec 25, 2011 at 06:42 AM
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p.1 #7 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


The Sigma has a really great dreamy bokeh, but often the lens mis-focuses . I have gone from Canon 1.4 to Sigma 1.4 and back to Canon 1.4 as i would rather have more pics in focus.

Shot on Canon 1.4







Dec 25, 2011 at 03:30 PM
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p.1 #8 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


i used to use Sigma one. mine also had focusing problem. i am thinking to go Canon one this time. thank you for sharing sample!



Dec 25, 2011 at 06:27 PM
 

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p.1 #9 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


I have the 50L, Sigma 50, and EF 50 1.4. IMO:

Sharpness
EF 50 1.4 > Sigma = 50L

Background Bokeh
Sigma > 50L > EF 50 1.4

Foreground Bokeh
50L > EF 50 1.4 > Sigma

Build Quality
50L > Sigma > EF50 1.4

Focus Ring Stiffness
Sigma > 50L > EF 50 1.4

Size of Bokeh Balls
50L > Sigma = EF 50 1.4

Weight
50L > Sigma > EF 50 1.4

Canon 50 1.4 @ f/1.4






Canon 50 1.4 @ f/2.2






Sigma 50 @ 1.4






Sigma 50 @ 2.2






The canon 50 1.4 exhibits a decidedly nervous bokeh, though it settles down slightly when stopped down. The Sigma, in comparison, is much creamier. The sigma also has a wider FoV than either of the Canon 50s, in addition to a slightly warmer color temperature. Unfortunately, the Sigma has the potential to have foreground bokeh that's as nervous as the Canon 50 1.4's background bokeh and this was kind of a game breaker for me.

The build quality is leagues better on the sigma than the canon 50 1.4, the latter of which feels as if the focus ring is prone to fall off at any given moment. However, the sigma takes the opposite end of the spectrum here with the focus ring being TOO stiff. The amount of effort required on the focus ring makes using it for video or manual focusing slightly awkward; the 50L, however, is just right.

The biggest issue is that the 50L and Sigma both suffer from focus shift when stopping down. In my experience the canon 50 1.4 is the only one that focuses consistently across f-stops. If you're looking for a do-it-all prime then the 50 1.4 is probably your best bet. The 50L and Sigma 50s are a bit more application specific (read: wide open, all the time).



Dec 25, 2011 at 09:30 PM
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p.1 #10 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


Huge thread on Sigma 50/1.4 bokeh here:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/661966/

Personally, I find the Canon's bokeh to be OK, but I'm not a bokeh aficionado.
Many prefer the Sigma's bokeh; it is more diffuse than the Canon's.

There were numerous Sigma 50/1.4 threads in the Alterative board in
2008 and 2009.



Dec 27, 2011 at 07:14 AM
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p.1 #11 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


Had 3 50s
Canon 50 1.8---sharp at around 2.8 and very good for the price
Sigma 1.4 HSM---Sharpish after 2.0, very erratic AF and not impressive for my taste. Bokeh is very good but onion rings all around
Canon 1.4--------Sharp after 1.8 and very sharp once passed 2.2, bokeh is nervous but clean. AF works, contrast is better on this lens. So I remained with this one, which is also lighter than the sigma.

My conclusion is that I wish to have a Sigma build with Canon optics, real USM and 9 blades for better bokeh.



Dec 27, 2011 at 10:09 PM
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p.1 #12 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


Fingers crossed for canon to bring out a new 50....

I went from a f1.8 canon to the 1.4 sigma. Its OK but does have focus(shift?) issues that seem tricky to dial out. Bokeh is lovely.



Dec 27, 2011 at 10:39 PM
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p.1 #13 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


cool. thank you for all replies.

canon 50 is cheaper than sigma and guess bokeh on them almost same(when it resized). i think i am going to buy canon.



Dec 28, 2011 at 05:25 AM
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p.1 #14 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


Like my Sigma a lot, as far as onion bokeh you can also find this even on 50L.


Dec 29, 2011 at 04:38 AM
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p.1 #15 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


I suggest checking flickriver.com to see which you prefer. I like the onion effect and the overall smoothness in comparison to the canon 50 f/1.4, plus the highlights are more round than the 50L. The 50L, OTOH, has a more 3D look partly because of the effect of NOT-rounded highlights toward the edges.


Dec 29, 2011 at 04:44 AM
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p.1 #16 · bokeh with Canon 50mm 1.4 vs Sigma 50mm 1.4??


Canon 50f1.4 at 1.4 the bokeh makes me dizzy, yuk


Dec 30, 2011 at 01:34 AM





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