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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


In terms of sharpness, over all quality, and price is the 50L worth it over the 50 f/1.4. You only gain 1/2 stop of light, and for that price you could buy multiple 50 f/1.4's.

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Jun 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


This is one thing I sure wonder about.
Quality on the 50L is much better than any of the others, bokeh is better, better AF drive (not faster), and weather sealed with filter.
It is also a half stop more light compared to a f/1.4.

I've owned the Canon 50mm f/1.4, f/1.8 and the Sigma 50mm f/1.4. Overall, my favorite was the Sigma hands down.
I've been wanting to try the 50L though!



Jun 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


Yes, it is worth it. That is if you have the need and want to pay the price.

There was a thread here a couple weeks ago with discussion of these lenses. I ranked the 50L at the top of lenses I'd used, followed by the 50/2.5 macro, 50/1.4, and finally the 50/1.8.

I currently own the 50L, 50/2.5 Macro and Contax/Zeiss 50/1.4 (manual focus). The 50L is my favorite for its look with wide apertures.



Jun 13, 2013 at 11:50 PM
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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.



Jun 14, 2013 at 01:24 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


Well yes and no. Definitely much nicer lens, and has real USM, nicer rounder 8 bladed aperture, better build, bokeh, background blur. But not worth $1.5K IMO, especially when you can get the Sigma 50 f/1.4 for $500 or so and IMO that's a superb lens. If I could write off the expense of the 50L, I'd take that for the f/1.2, otherwise the Sigma is a good and is sharp from the get go.


Jun 14, 2013 at 01:43 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


gome1122 wrote:
for that price you could buy multiple 50 f/1.4's.


How many can you use at one time?

I've never owned a 50L but I do have a 50 1.4 and you definitely need to stop down a little bit for sharp images. Maybe not so with the 50L.

There's no way that I can justify the cost of a 50L so I'm good with what I have for now.



Jun 14, 2013 at 02:04 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


IMO, the 50/1.2L and 85/1.2L are peers, and peerless.


Jun 14, 2013 at 02:09 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


I bought the 50L but sent it back it was just not right for me for the money

the wide open look was great but I could not get the focus right - could have been me or my 5d2 idk



Jun 14, 2013 at 02:37 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


It has better build, better colour, better rendition and can do f1.2. Slightly more sharp but from f2 my good copy is not much better than my 50mm 1.4 was.

It is much heavier, hugely more expensive and doesn't particularly focus any faster.

If you don't need f1.2 or L colour then I wouldn't do it. Buy (cherry pick if necessary) a 50mm 1.4, put a hood on and leave it on to protect the motor from being killed by a drop and if you're a pro buy a 2nd one for backup.



Jun 14, 2013 at 08:30 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


I had the 50 1.4 for about 3 years and loved it, most used lens in my bag, due to a fall (myself 5D and lens) the auto focus stopped working so I replaced it with the 50L. everything is nicer about the lens, its faster by .5 stop, its built better, its focuses more accurately, colours are better, bokeh is better.......its just a nicer better lens. This is not to say the 1.4 is bad cause its not but you do get what u paid for and in this regard your milage may differ.....


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


I'd say yes, but this is subjective of course.
The 50L surely is better than the 50/1.4, but the 50/1.4 already is a good lens. So it is up you each individual if the difference in quality is worth the price difference.



Jun 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


I guess I am in the minority here. I just never warmed up to the 50L. I did not find it sharper, nor did I find it focused any more accurate than the 50 1.4. I have used the 1.4 shooting in very low light (iso6400 f1.4) and have a good keeper rate. Not that the 50L was any worse but not really any better. The 50L has a more robust feel to it but to tell you the truth matching the 50 1.4 with the 6d is a very comfortable package to carry around. My results pretty much mirrored the results in the tests via "the digital picture". I really cound not find a difference except the borders where I found the 1.4 better.


Jun 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


gome1122 wrote:
In terms of sharpness, over all quality, and price is the 50L worth it over the 50 f/1.4. You only gain 1/5 stop of light, and for that price you could buy multiple 50 f/1.4's.


I have no doubt that it could be "worth it" for a few people, but I also have no doubt that there are a good number of people who get it because they believe that buying the biggest, baddest looking, and most expensive lens is what you are supposed to do.

For all of the bashing of the less expensive alternative, the 50mm f/1.4 works really well in virtually all situations.

YMMV.



Jun 14, 2013 at 12:59 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


Before the 50 L I owned the 50 1.4 for several years, and before the 50 1.4 I owned the 50 1.8 II. So having gone through all those three lenses I feel the 50 L is a better lens than his little brothers. I have to confess though that in terms of quality increase, the change from 1.8 to 1.4 was higher than 1.4 to 50L. Anyway, if you have the money I would take the 1.2L over the 1.4 anytime, but the 1.4 is a lens that I am proud of and an excellent compromise for the price.


Jun 14, 2013 at 01:21 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


I think for many talented wedding, fashion, portrait, lifestyle, etc photographers it is definitely worth it, especially when that is what they do for a living. This same argument could be said for other lenses at a number of focal lengths/ranges. The premium is high for getting that little bit of extra.



Jun 14, 2013 at 04:08 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


gome1122 wrote:
You only gain 1/5 stop of light


Isn't it 1/2 a stop?



Jun 15, 2013 at 04:45 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


Yes it is 1/2 stop faster; this is an f/stop table (1/2 stops):

f/No. 1.0 - 1.2 - 1.4 - 1.7 - 2 - 2.4 - 2.8 - 3.3 - 4 - 4.8 - 5.6 - 6.7 - 8 - 9.5 - 11 - 13 - 16 - 19 - 22

They are based on powers of the square root of 2. You will sometimes see certain f/stops rounded up or down.

There is a detailed article at: f/stops

Jim



Jun 15, 2013 at 05:51 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


gome1122 wrote:
In terms of sharpness, over all quality, and price is the 50L worth it over the 50 f/1.4. You only gain 1/5 stop of light, and for that price you could buy multiple 50 f/1.4's.


It's not 1/5 stop of light. I suppose you belive it's one stop when going from f/1,0 to f/2,0. But that's a lot more than one stop of light



Jun 15, 2013 at 06:32 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


Lasse Eriksson wrote:
It's not 1/5 stop of light. I suppose you belive it's one stop when going from f/1,0 to f/2,0. But that's a lot more than one stop of light


Yes that's two stops.

Anyway f/1.2 could actually be 1/3 stop faster or it could be 1/2 stop faster, it all depends on how Canon have rounded the numbers; up means half a stop, down means 1/3 stop.

You would have to take each lens and do an actual exposure measurement at f/1.2 on the 50L and f/1.4 on both the 50s in controlled lighting.



Jun 15, 2013 at 08:14 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version


gome1122 wrote:
In terms of sharpness, over all quality, and price is the 50L worth it over the 50 f/1.4. You only gain 1/5 stop of light, and for that price you could buy multiple 50 f/1.4's.


If the f1.4 were not that bad in terms of AF/MF quality then probably no but regardless of the f1.4's shortcomings the 1.2L is a stunning lens. One of the best primes made. It has good weather sealing / build quality, really good AF and really nice image rendering. Can be used at any aperture whereas the f1.4 is basically good from f2.0 and above. The 1.2L is a LOT better than most tests suggest.



Jun 15, 2013 at 09:41 AM
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