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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 50L Shots?


Hey All!

I've recently started my first gear reshuffle in about 6 years. I was a prime shooter (24/35/85/135) and now have the 24-70 v2, 35, 135. I've been entertaining the idea of adding a 50L to shoot along side the 24-70. I'm aware that people love the Sigma 50 1.4...I owned one...but every Sigma lens I've owned has been hit or miss (great when it hits, unusable when it misses).

I'm interested to see how you are using the 50L. Post up your wedding shots taken with this lens and if you can give me your impressions. Thanks all!

Chuck



Jun 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 50L Shots?


Not to change the subject, but how are you liking the 24-70 II ?

Like you, I shoot mostly primes currently with 35/50/85/135 (and use 17-40 as my only zoom) and have thought about the 24-70 II more than a few times. I am renting it next weekend for a wedding to try it out. I have a feeling I am going to like it and then going to want it...but $2,100? Ouch



Jun 24, 2013 at 01:36 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 50L Shots?


easily my favorite lens. lives on my camera. i use it too much though and recently started forcing myself to use the 35L and 24L to get some variety in my photos.


Jun 24, 2013 at 01:52 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 50L Shots?


One of my top two lenses used for every wedding. I love it for intimacy. 'Nuff said.


Jun 24, 2013 at 02:17 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 50L Shots?


LOVE the 50L.

Got it about a month ago, did my first two weddings with it, I'll post some up here when I get more shots edited.



Jun 24, 2013 at 03:55 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 50L Shots?


Probably about the best behaved Canon lens I've used for contre-jour shooting, where you're shooting "against the light" with the light source in the shot.


Jun 24, 2013 at 04:15 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 50L Shots?


Personally I love 50 1.2 - it is the prime lens that I could shoot the whole wedding with if I absolutely had to do it with one lens. I love the bokeh and overall look of photos... and always reliable.
Here is a couple - both shots straight conversion from raw





f/2







f/1.8




Jun 24, 2013 at 04:30 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 50L Shots?


50L is a beautiful lens, I had it a couple of years ago and sold it to get a 50 1.4 and other stuff (I regret it so much).

I Will try to upload a few shots later on.

Note: if it is of any interest I have had two 50 1.4 in a year and the both of them got the AF system f...cked though a nice lens while in shape.

Jaime



Jun 24, 2013 at 08:40 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 50L Shots?


I have it and have owned two copies - I find it tends to back focus at close distances to the subject though.


Jun 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 50L Shots?


Chuck, how do you like the 24-70 II? I'm just asking because I found that I liked it much more than I anticipated. Could just be the honeymoon phase, but I used it probably 80% of the time in my past 2 weddings. I haven't regretted selling my Sigma 50 at all (though, not quite the 50L)

I do still have my 35L and 85L for shallow DOF though



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · 50L Shots?


we LOVE the way that it looks but it's not the fastest focusing canon lens out there and can be a little off at times because back focusing. if we use it - it's usually during controlled portraits, but otherwise we're probably using either the 35, 85 and 24-70 instead.


Jun 24, 2013 at 02:00 PM
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Edited on Jun 24, 2013 at 05:28 PM · View previous versions



Jun 24, 2013 at 02:00 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · 50L Shots?


The only 50mm lens I've ever liked. There is a lot of focus accuracy variation in copies though, so buy one from someone you can return to.

- trr



Jun 24, 2013 at 02:05 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · 50L Shots?


Honestly the way you shoot I would get a 50 1.8 plastic fantastic and save 1200$ to take your kids on vacation or your wife out to dinner. If it is not going to be your main go to lens and with all the variations between copies I think a 50 1.8 would work just as well and only cost like 150$.


Jun 24, 2013 at 02:19 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · 50L Shots?


I agree with Doug, if it isn't your go to lens there is no reason to spend the big bucks. I have both the Sigma 50 and 85 1.4's, but I rarely use either of them. I'm thinking of rounding up to the 24-70II (have the I), and lightening up my load. Personally, I've owned the 50L, and I much prefer the look of the 35L. $.02


Jun 24, 2013 at 03:03 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · 50L Shots?


hardlyboring wrote:
Honestly the way you shoot I would get a 50 1.8 plastic fantastic and save 1200$ to take your kids on vacation or your wife out to dinner. If it is not going to be your main go to lens and with all the variations between copies I think a 50 1.8 would work just as well and only cost like 150$.

I just visited my grandson and his family. I shot a lot with the nifty fifty. When editing I noticed how sharp this guy is, it keeps up with my 85 1.8, which I love. If I owned a 50L I'd never shoot with it other than wide open. Stop down a half stop and you're at the nifty fifty. Yes the 50L has better bokeh, but not to the tune of $1200.



Jun 24, 2013 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · 50L Shots?


Brian Virts wrote:
I agree with Doug, if it isn't your go to lens there is no reason to spend the big bucks. I have both the Sigma 50 and 85 1.4's, but I rarely use either of them. I'm thinking of rounding up to the 24-70II (have the I), and lightening up my load. Personally, I've owned the 50L, and I much prefer the look of the 35L. $.02

You're right that the 35 is a completely different look than the 50. I'm pretty sure Chuck knows the difference between the two, haha. I shoot with both the 50L and the 35L - both see a lot of use at weddings. The 50 is probably my favorite lens.



Jun 24, 2013 at 04:02 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · 50L Shots?


dmacmillan wrote:
I just visited my grandson and his family. I shot a lot with the nifty fifty. When editing I noticed how sharp this guy is, it keeps up with my 85 1.8, which I love. If I owned a 50L I'd never shoot with it other than wide open. Stop down a half stop and you're at the nifty fifty. Yes the 50L has better bokeh, but not to the tune of $1200.

Of course it's not just the bokeh. I shoot in environments (not just weddings) where the 1.2 saved my ass. You don't always need 1.2, but it sure is nice to have it when you do. And let's not even compare build quality and focus speed between the 50L and nifty fifty (or the 1.4 for that matter). When's the last time anyone here pulled out the nifty fifty to shoot a wedding? Now don't get me wrong, I used to own the nifty fifty and it was a fine budget lens that one could get pretty nice results from. The 50L , imo, is indeed worth the $1200 more. Now, I think congratulations are in order for my avoiding the usual car and fine restaurant/chef analogies.



Jun 24, 2013 at 04:10 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · 50L Shots?


I remember when I had my nifty. I couldn't sell it fast enough. lol There's something to be said for quality glass. That said, it would work well for B&W work. I just couldn't stand that cheap paperweight. The 85 was at least tolerable. Of course, once you go L, you never look back.


Jun 24, 2013 at 04:33 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · 50L Shots?


50L only if you remain in f1.2. Else the Sigma 50 1.4 is just as sharp, faster AF and rounder specular highlights.

There are some comparisons on the 50L and Sigma 50 in FM Canon's forum. It's a revelation. I think the 50L itself has focus-shift problems.



Jun 24, 2013 at 05:07 PM
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