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| p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version |
I owned a Canon 50mm f1.4 for quite a few years before the 50mm F1.2L came out, and I was never particularly happy with it. I found the autofocus to be unreliable. It was often ok, but I couldn't rely on it. I tried using it on a 1D Mark II and 1D Mark III for indoor basketball, and it didn't focus fast enough for my needs. In contrast, the 85mm f1.8 was much better.
I've now owned the 50mm f1.2L for a few years, and without hesitation I would say that it is worth it over the 50mm f1.4, if you have the money. I used the 50L for indoor basketball, and I get fantastic results. It is so much more reliable than the 50mm f1.4. I don't use it at f1.2, because I find that the depth of field at that aperture is too shallow. But, at 1.6, it is much much better for me than the 50mm f1.4.