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| p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Is the 50L worth it over the f/1.4 version |
I own both lens copies, the 50/1.4 and the 50/1.2. I simply bought the high end f/1.2 lens because 50 mm is one of my favorite focal lengths to go with, and I didn't want to compromise in the AF. The 50/1.2 is in my experience and in direct comparison with the 50/1.4 much more suited for low light work due to a different lens group system. Other than the half stop faster f/1.2 lens, you need to look very closely to see optically differences. Yes, the bokeh effect is excellent in the 50/1.2, but I also got very good ones with the 50/1.4.
Main difference is the built style of both lenses - the AF of the 50/1.4 at fast speeds is much less reliable, at least in my 5D MkII cameras (both lenses are microfocus adjusted). The AF of the 50/1.4 can easily get stuck or break, I saw both things happening. You need to keep the lens hood permanently on the 50/1.4 to protect the protruding front lens element.
The cheaper built style of the 50/1.4 can be an advantage in other situations where weight of gear is an issue. The 50/1.4 is so light weight that it is no hassle to fit it in any camera bag. Both lenses also have good macro capabilities in combination with extension tubes.