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yinlij
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Should I keep 50L


Please help me to decide whether I should keep 50L or 50/1.4. I am struggling...

I definitely love 50L. I could see its improvement over 50/1.4 easily but the improvement is marginal. The photos taken by 50L have better contrast and slightly better out-of-focus.

What bothers me is the price. The performance/price ratio of 50L is BAD. If I keep 50/1.4, with the extra money I could buy another L lens like 135L or 100L, though I don't want them eagerly right now. I don't care much about the building quality or the weight as I will mainly use this 50mm lens indoor. I mainly use aperture 2.0 indoor to take photos of my daughter. Sometimes I will use larger aperture when the DOF is fine. My camera body is 5d Mark II. Thank you!

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I have 35L, 40/2.8, 50L, 50/1.4, 85/1.8, 24-105/4L and 70-200/4L IS. Lenses over 1000g are too heavy for me, so many L lenses are out of my consideration. I mainly take photos of a toddler indoor and sometimes outdoor.

Currently 100L interests me in micro shooting, but that could be another waste of money. I'll only use it to take photos of Legos and something like my daughter's hand. 135L is another superb lens for portrait, but I doubt I'll use it much as I don't use my 70-200/4 often. I could also upgrade my 5dmk2 to 5dmk3, but personally I don't want to invest over 2k on a camera body.


Alice


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Mar 24, 2013 at 04:36 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Should I keep 50L


If you hardly use it below f2 sell the 50L.


Mar 24, 2013 at 04:59 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Should I keep 50L


RogerC11 wrote:
If you hardly use it below f2 sell the 50L.


Thanks.

I like the boken of 50L, but for the sake of depth of field, I only use aperture below f2 when I am fairly far away from my daughter.



Mar 24, 2013 at 05:10 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Should I keep 50L


yinlij wrote:
I could see its improvement over 50/1.4 easily but the improvement is marginal.

What bothers me is the price. The performance/price ratio of 50L is BAD. If I keep 50/1.4, with the extra money I could buy another L lens like 135L or 100L, though I don't want them eagerly right now. I don't care much about the building quality or the weight as I will mainly use this 50mm lens indoor. I mainly use aperture 2.0 indoor to take photos of my daughter. Sometimes I will use larger aperture when the DOF is fine.

Alice


I think you answered your own question here. Free up the money and sell the L. Keep it for a purchase of something you will be happy with.



Mar 24, 2013 at 07:19 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Should I keep 50L


Was this thread posted on an impulse?

If so, make sure you give it some time - don't do anything for a couple of weeks and let your mind cogitate on the idea of selling the L first.



Mar 24, 2013 at 07:24 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Should I keep 50L


I love the 50L. If I had one lens it would be the 50L (or maybe the 24-70II). Now if you are building a system, I can see compromise that gives you a 50 1.4 plus other lenses. What do you have now and what do you shoot?


Mar 24, 2013 at 07:24 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Should I keep 50L


I couldn't go back to canon or sigma 50 f1.4 now that I have been using 50l for a while. Too much of an improvement in overall look of photos, besides contrast/sharpness.


Mar 24, 2013 at 07:48 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Should I keep 50L


Sold my 50l and bought THE 24-70II

I'm very happy. Struggled for Many years with 50



Mar 24, 2013 at 09:56 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Should I keep 50L


Paul Mo wrote:
Was this thread posted on an impulse?

If so, make sure you give it some time - don't do anything for a couple of weeks and let your mind cogitate on the idea of selling the L first.


I think you are right. I'll use both of these two lense in the next couple of weeks and then decide. 35mm and 50mm lenses are my most used ones, that's why I want better glass for 50mm.



Mar 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Should I keep 50L


A third possibility is the Zeiss 50mm f/2.0, and a fourth is the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4. Both manual focus, so maybe not for everyone, especially for people photography. For image quality, either one is a potential superior choice. They have different character, with the former being more bitingly sharp.


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saneproduction wrote:
I love the 50L. If I had one lens it would be the 50L (or maybe the 24-70II). Now if you are building a system, I can see compromise that gives you a 50 1.4 plus other lenses. What do you have now and what do you shoot?


I have 35L, 40/2.8, 50L, 50/1.4, 85/1.8, 24-105/4L and 70-200/4L IS. Lenses over 1000g are too heavy for me, so many L lenses are out of my consideration. I mainly take photos of a toddler indoor and sometimes outdoor.

Currently 100L interests me in micro shooting, but that could be another waste of money. I'll only use it to take photos of Legos and something like my daughter's hand. 135L is another superb lens for portrait, but I doubt I'll use it much as I don't use my 70-200/4 often. I could also upgrade my 5dmk2 to 5dmk3, but personally I don't want to invest over 2k on a camera body.

Thank you.

Alice


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Mar 24, 2013 at 12:14 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Should I keep 50L


For me the 50L has magical qualities and I won't ever let it go. Sure, it has it's faults but I recognize and understand them and I'm fine with that. The other magic lens is that 100L, not too many faults with this lens as it's another keeper.

Good luck with your decision, I just like what the 50L does wide open, or nearly wide open. Dreamy bokeh.

Roger



Mar 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Should I keep 50L


I own both 50 mm lens versions, and I am keeping both. The 50/1.4 is light weight and a comfortable add-on into every gear bag. Its optical quality is very good, main drawback is its AF. My copy suffered after several years of usage the same problem often described here that the AF got stuck. Fortunately I was able to free the mechanism again, but now I keep the lens hood on this lens all the time to avoid that the protruding front element can be accidentally pushed back and harm the AF.

The 50/1.2 is one of my favorite lenses. I wouldn't let it go - the AF at least with center spot on my camera is very reliable. The only con I observed so far is its pretty long MFD for close-ups. A small Kenko tube is advantageous for those compositions. I am using this lens from f/1.2 up to f/16 in all kind of scenarios. What I personally love is that this lens can be used without hot spot creation at small apertures in infrared.



Mar 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Should I keep 50L


My 50L has benefited the most from going from the 5D2 to the 5D3. The AF improvement has resulted in a very high success rate for me.

How long have you had the 50L? It took me a while to get used to it's shallow DOF etc.



Mar 24, 2013 at 01:43 PM
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EyeBrock wrote:
My 50L has benefited the most from going from the 5D2 to the 5D3. The AF improvement has resulted in a very high success rate for me.

How long have you had the 50L? It took me a while to get used to it's shallow DOF etc.


Not long. I should use it for more time before I make my decision.

50L rocks on 5dmk3. My copy is sharp on my friend's 5dmk3. After some MA, it's sharp on my 5dmk2, too. But the success rate is at best 1/2 when wide open in poor light.



Mar 24, 2013 at 02:10 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Should I keep 50L


yinlij wrote:
But the success rate is at best 1/2 when wide open in poor light.



That's understandable - it does have a very thin D.o.F.



Mar 24, 2013 at 02:26 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Should I keep 50L


I really like the 50L. I had the 50 1.4 for many years and just got fed up with the bad AF. The 50L is superb and I use it even in the studio at f8 and it is blisteringly sharp. Stunning actually. I was surprised since I also have looked at tests online and they dont show this. I guess it depends on focus distance but at least at the typical portrait distances I have used it at its just superb.


Mar 24, 2013 at 03:37 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Should I keep 50L


Based on your kit, just keep the 50L. Sell the 50 1.4 and put the money twords the 100 macro (non IS) since that is half the cost of the L.


Mar 24, 2013 at 06:02 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Should I keep 50L


Thank you.



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Mar 24, 2013 at 06:15 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Should I keep 50L


If it bothers you so much you have to ask us, I think you probably need to ditch the 50 1.2L. Otherwise you'll feel cheated and your enjoyment will be compromised. Lenses, like fine musical instruments, tend to have increasingly higher price tags for increasingly smaller improvements. If that wee improvement is significant it to you, it's a worthwhile purchase. I upgraded from the 50 1.4 to the 50 1.2L in 2008 and didn't regret my purchase for one moment. I agree, optically the improvement was small overall--greater under F2.0--but the bokeh heavenly and AF a notch better.

If IQ bang for buck is paramount, the 50 2.5 CM is the sharpest 50 you can get.



Mar 24, 2013 at 06:19 PM
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