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p.1 #1 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


Hi,

I own the 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8 and I like to use them for the reception, mainly the dancing floor.

I do find that the focus on both of them is pretty inconsistent at wide apertures, it's a bit of hit and miss... Is this consistent with your experience or are my lenses sub par? I use 5D MKII.

Thanks for input



Oct 14, 2012 at 07:02 PM
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p.1 #2 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


the Canon 50 1.4 was my most hated lens ever. The only dancing bits that I could ever see using it for would be the "formal" dances where it is just two people.

I much prefer zooms when working on the dance floor for the flexibility. For dancing, I like to be stopped down to 5.6 or 8.0 so that I can zone focus and forget about auto focus. Even with my 5DIII, focusing in low light sis hella slow, and besides...I like having more in focus for dancing rather than less. I am usually using a 24-70 or 17-40 during the dancing, and I love the way they work for how I shoot that part of the day.



Oct 14, 2012 at 07:11 PM
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p.1 #3 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


Yeah my 50 1.4 misses focus all the time in low light. I'm actually going to sell that lens to upgrade to the 35L. I go for my 16-35L for most dance shots and sometimes also a 35mm f2 or 100mm f2 for tighter shots of the first few formal dances.

I use 5d classic and 5d mk II btw.



Oct 14, 2012 at 07:18 PM
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p.1 #4 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


I use the 50 1.4 and I do miss some shots but not always, it is my most use lens, my second most used lens is the 135L


Oct 15, 2012 at 02:14 AM
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p.1 #5 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


I just did a wedding and stuck with the 85mm 1.8 @ 2.5-3.2 on my 40D and it worked pretty well. The focus was slow because of the low light, the flash unit infrared did help but it was still slow i tried keeping the center focus on and just using that and it worked pretty well.
IDK about the 1.4 but my 50 1.8 didn't do as good and struggled to focus accurately or quickly. But in low light its many times a matter of hit of miss regardless of the setup youre using.



Oct 15, 2012 at 03:28 AM
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p.1 #6 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


eddie725 wrote:
IDK about the 1.4 but my 50 1.8 didn't do as good and struggled to focus accurately or quickly.


The 50/1.4 has a little better accuracy than the 50/1.8 based upon my controlled tests of both.



Oct 15, 2012 at 03:46 AM
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p.1 #7 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


one problem with low light is usually your shooting close to wide open which makes the DOF very thin so any movement after focus is locked ends up making the image OOF. That being said my 100mm f2 and 35mm f2 provide I'd say twice as many images in focus than my 50 1.4 does in low light. In good lighting images shot with the 50 are practically always sharp.


Oct 15, 2012 at 04:19 AM
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mccallmedia wrote:
one problem with low light is usually your shooting close to wide open which makes the DOF very thin so any movement after focus is locked ends up making the image OOF. That being said my 100mm f2 and 35mm f2 provide I'd say twice as many images in focus than my 50 1.4 does in low light. In good lighting images shot with the 50 are practically always sharp.


So, "in theory" I would double my in focus piictures with a 35mm F2?



Oct 15, 2012 at 09:49 AM
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mccallmedia wrote:
one problem with low light is usually your shooting close to wide open which makes the DOF very thin so any movement after focus is locked ends up making the image OOF. That being said my 100mm f2 and 35mm f2 provide I'd say twice as many images in focus than my 50 1.4 does in low light. In good lighting images shot with the 50 are practically always sharp.


+1

It's about technique at some point. You can't count on 1.4 if your or subject move. I would say it's not the fault of the lens as much as it is in how the photographer keeps in mind the DOF with a particular FL.



Oct 15, 2012 at 01:35 PM
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p.1 #10 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


I just tried out another 50mm 1.4 in daylight, with my 5D MKII and another 5D MKII, and the results were the same, very inconsistent at 1.4/1.8.

I guess I'll just cross out the 50mm 1.4 for very low light situation. Looks like it wasn't made for this...

Do I have to spend 3X more to get the 35mm 1.4? And will it give me the results I want?

Thanks for your help guys!



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p.1 #11 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


I dont know why you're not getting sharp images in daylight, I understand that it is not as good as the 50L but it is a pretty good lens.


Oct 15, 2012 at 07:00 PM
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p.1 #12 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


It sounds like maybe there is a problem with the lens or technique because my 50 in daylight will give me sharp focus all day long even at 1.4.


Oct 15, 2012 at 07:55 PM
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p.1 #13 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


^Same here


Oct 16, 2012 at 12:47 AM
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p.1 #14 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


zalle wrote:
I just tried out another 50mm 1.4 in daylight, with my 5D MKII and another 5D MKII, and the results were the same, very inconsistent at 1.4/1.8.

I guess I'll just cross out the 50mm 1.4 for very low light situation. Looks like it wasn't made for this...

Do I have to spend 3X more to get the 35mm 1.4? And will it give me the results I want?

Thanks for your help guys!


...but there is only one constant. That might be a clue. Seriously, think about it.



Oct 16, 2012 at 12:50 AM
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zalle wrote:
I just tried out another 50mm 1.4 in daylight, with my 5D MKII and another 5D MKII, and the results were the same, very inconsistent at 1.4/1.8.


With a 5D classic [center focus point, one-shot, invisible focus points de-activated] I get 80 to 90 percent in focus at 1.4 on stationary objects indoors with medium-bright light.



Oct 16, 2012 at 01:21 AM
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p.1 #16 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


cordellwillis wrote:
...but there is only one constant. That might be a clue. Seriously, think about it.


Not really, when I did these last tests yesterday, both me and the other guy were shooting and comparing results, which showed the same.



Oct 16, 2012 at 08:53 AM
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p.1 #17 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


Double post, sorry.

Edited on Oct 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM · View previous versions



Oct 16, 2012 at 08:53 AM
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p.1 #18 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


35L


Oct 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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p.1 #19 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


zalle wrote:
Not really, when I did these last tests yesterday, both me and the other guy were shooting and comparing results, which showed the same.


Did he have problems prior to? I say this because 1.4 can be tough to shoot with if not done correctly. Distance from subject can make a significant difference compared to distance from subject when shooting with a 1.8 same FL lens. You and your subject basically can't move without proper compensation when shooting close. Further away helps "hide" the out off focus elements.

There are suggestions to go with the 35L, but the FL of this lens makes matters a bit different because it's wider and more forgiving for a situation; in other words, you can be a little less careful shooting it wide open.

Note, I'm not defending the Canon 1.4. It's just that people don't realize how important technique is with such a lens. I use the Sigma version and love it....when I shoot with it the way I should.



Oct 16, 2012 at 01:45 PM
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p.1 #20 · Canon 50mm 1.4 for reception?


cordellwillis wrote:
Did he have problems prior to? I say this because 1.4 can be tough to shoot with if not done correctly.


Well, strange as it may seem, the guy says this is the best lens he has under 500, but he usually shoots in a studio at F5.6 or F8, so it's a completely different story.

You own the Sigma version, many people say that one is good.

I like the lens (the Canon), but it's not suitable for my specific need. I sold it today to someone who thinks it's just fine, and I told him about the 1.4 focus problems I was having.

Will keep trying the 50mm 1.8 and the 85mm 1.8 before I make my next move.



Oct 16, 2012 at 04:32 PM
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