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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · The 1.4's


I've watched this


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pfyrGfqZQ-A


And read nearly all the reviews that I can find, but wanted to get some real world opinions.

Which do you prefer? And why is the Nikon cheaper than the Sigma?



Dec 05, 2012 at 06:10 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · The 1.4's


Sigma is the best IMO, but at over 2x the price of the Nikon, it really depends on your budget. I had both at different points in time (the 50mm length just isn't for me) and enjoyed them equally.


Dec 05, 2012 at 06:16 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · The 1.4's


The Sigma definitely has a special look to it when capably used, I've been looking forward to trying it out. From what I've seen IMO it may be the best 50 1.4 available if you don't mind the bulk.

Currently have a Nikon 50 1.8G, which is a great value but I like it a bit less than my previous 1.4G. Haven't tried the D but if it's available for pocket change used go for it...

Next 50 for me will be the Sigma, which sells used for about the same as the Nikon 1.4G and takes 77mm filters, which is nice since it's such a common pro lens filter size and easily steps down to other sizes with cheap adapter rings. My filter kit is nicely simplified with 77mm CPL, UV, several ND's, and several step rings.



Dec 05, 2012 at 06:35 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · The 1.4's


50 is my fav focal length.

I have:

50/1.8 Series E
50/1.8 AIS Pancake
50/2 AI
50/1.4 Pre-AI
55/1.2
50/1.8 AFD
50/1.4 Sigma

I got the Sigma because I knew I would love it and I wanted the best AF lens at that length. I would have paid more than the asking price, really a fair value IMO. From what I have seen, I really have no desire for the 1.4G. Maybe I'll pick up a 1.8G one day if I can find one cheap.

The only other '50' I really want is Noct, and one day I will have one.



Dec 05, 2012 at 06:39 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · The 1.4's


^ how 'bout some favorite shots for comparison?


Dec 05, 2012 at 10:18 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · The 1.4's


DTOB wrote:
50 is my fav focal length.
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Looks like it is!!

I second the comparison shots! Have any to share?



Dec 05, 2012 at 10:26 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · The 1.4's


I had a 50 1.8D that I brashly gave to my dad even though he'll never use it, and I miss that lens -- it was great. W

I will probably grab the 1.4D, G, or the siggy at some point, but it's not high on my priorities list. I have an 85 1.4G that pretty much never comes off the camera, a 50 1.4 AIS to mess around with, and a mid-range 2.8 zoom for doing real work at wider angles than 85. In the meantime, I can honestly say I haven't missed shooting 50mm much. I was primarily shooting 50mm on DX, and the 85 has filled that space just fine (actually, far better) on FX.



Dec 05, 2012 at 10:45 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · The 1.4's


FWIW, I have the Nikon 50 f/1.4d and the Sigma 50 f/1.4. The Sigma is about 4 years old and the Nikon is about 8 years old.

Both are good lenses, but I prefer to use the Sigma, primarily for the bokeh. Here are a couple of bokeh comparison shots that I did back in 2008, on the d700, both at f/1.4.

the Sigma






the Nikon 1/4d






Then just for sake of comparison, the Sigma 30 f/1.4 and the Nikon 105 f/2 DC. Both are wide open.













These are nothing special, just some quick shots to see how the bokeh transitioned from near to far on some very difficult subjects for bokeh.

Don't tell the wife that I posted her photos. She hates doing photo test shots before she puts on the makeup.

Kerry



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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · The 1.4's


I have the 3 Nikkor Manual 1.4 lenses and here are examples of the bokeh on each

35mm 1.4


50mm 1.4


85mm 1.4



Dec 05, 2012 at 11:45 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · The 1.4's


Hmmm...comparison shots...

I could flood this thread with 55/1.2 shots, it is my favorite by far. Even over the Sigma. Love its imperfections.

Want a few from the 55 and the Sigma? Maybe a couple of oddballs thrown in?



Dec 05, 2012 at 11:51 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · The 1.4's


Come on Dylan post that 55mm 1.2 bokeh example!


Dec 06, 2012 at 01:23 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · The 1.4's


The 85/1.4 looks to have a misaligned aperture control. It is stopped down a bit.

EBH



Dec 06, 2012 at 01:41 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · The 1.4's


Hopefully your wife never googles your name and finds this post.

Kerry Pierce wrote:
FWIW, I have the Nikon 50 f/1.4d and the Sigma 50 f/1.4. The Sigma is about 4 years old and the Nikon is about 8 years old.

Both are good lenses, but I prefer to use the Sigma, primarily for the bokeh. Here are a couple of bokeh comparison shots that I did back in 2008, on the d700, both at f/1.4.

the Sigma
http://www.pbase.com/kerrypierce/image/107511826.jpg

the Nikon 1/4d
http://www.pbase.com/kerrypierce/image/107511824.jpg

Then just for sake of comparison, the Sigma 30 f/1.4 and the Nikon 105 f/2 DC. Both are wide open.

http://www.pbase.com/kerrypierce/image/107511825.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/kerrypierce/image/107511823.jpg

These are nothing special, just some quick shots to see how the
...Show more



Dec 06, 2012 at 02:03 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · The 1.4's


I shot the 85mm at 2.8


Dec 06, 2012 at 02:07 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · The 1.4's


IMO, the 50 was always too short or too long. So, I use Nikon's 35 and 85 G 1.4. BTW, from what I've heard, the Sigma 50 1.4 is only good in the center. Soft outside the center and quite poor on the edges and corners.


Dec 06, 2012 at 02:30 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · The 1.4's


Ok, a couple of random photos from the Sigma:













And a couple from the 55/1.2













One from the 50/1.8 AIS







MDoc9523 wrote:
Come on Dylan post that 55mm 1.2 bokeh example!


Which one?




Dec 06, 2012 at 02:51 AM





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