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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 1.4 vs 1.8


Just wondering how many prefer the 1.4 primes vs 1.8 primes for wedding work. It seems that there is the argument for both. The 1.8s are light, fast focusing and good iq. The 1.4s are heavier, more expensive, better bokeh, faster and slower focusing. I wonder how many are chosing each


Oct 17, 2016 at 06:57 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 1.4 vs 1.8


I buy whatever the "pro" version is, unless it's a lens I'll use very little.

As a Canon shooter, that means L glass
If I was a Nikon shooter, that would mean G glass (or whatever they call it)

For wedding work, reliability trumps everything.




Oct 17, 2016 at 07:05 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 1.4 vs 1.8


The 1.8 and 1.4 are both G-series lenses.

To answer the question it depends on the specific lenses in question. Reviews seem to show the 85 1.8G is a bit cooler and lacking the character of the 85 1.4G, so I have the 1.4G... The 50 1.4G is an old lens not great at focusing and the newer 50 1.8G is actually an improvement upon the original, so I have the 1.8G.

Sooo it depends. Certainly the 1.8s are sufficient though, in many cases.



Oct 17, 2016 at 07:17 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 1.4 vs 1.8


It depends so much.
How do you shoot? Do you carry 2 bodies with maybe one extra lens on your hip or do you have a load of lenses in a mesenger bag? For the latter I'd highly recommend the 1.8 lenses because of weight, if you shoot with Nikon, the IQ of the 1.8 lenses is just exceptional.
What I currenly like in therms if 1.8 vs 1.4: 20 1.8, 35 1.4 (sigma), 58 1.4 and 50 1.4 (sigma), 85 1.8, 105 1.4.

If money is no object, then get both the 1.8 and 1.4 lenses . They each serve their purpose. IQ is never a compromise, it's just about the look vs the weight you want to lug around. Sigma 24, 35, 50 and 85 1.4 weigh a ton and I wouldn't want to lug them around all day. And neither would I trust to leave them unguarded.



Oct 17, 2016 at 07:53 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 1.4 vs 1.8


TTLKurtis wrote:
The 1.8 and 1.4 are both G-series lenses.

To answer the question it depends on the specific lenses in question. Reviews seem to show the 85 1.8G is a bit cooler and lacking the character of the 85 1.4G, so I have the 1.4G... The 50 1.4G is an old lens not great at focusing and the newer 50 1.8G is actually an improvement upon the original, so I have the 1.8G.

Sooo it depends. Certainly the 1.8s are sufficient though, in many cases.


Maybe then have to go with calling them the gold ring versions then.



Oct 17, 2016 at 08:00 PM
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playerofwar wrote:
It depends so much.
How do you shoot? Do you carry 2 bodies with maybe one extra lens on your hip or do you have a load of lenses in a mesenger bag? For the latter I'd highly recommend the 1.8 lenses because of weight, if you shoot with Nikon, the IQ of the 1.8 lenses is just exceptional.
What I currenly like in therms if 1.8 vs 1.4: 20 1.8, 35 1.4 (sigma), 58 1.4 and 50 1.4 (sigma), 85 1.8, 105 1.4.

If money is no object, then get both the 1.8 and 1.4 lenses . They each serve
...Show more

Why 50 and 58?



Oct 17, 2016 at 08:06 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 1.4 vs 1.8


<-- 1.4. Bokeh is pretty. Not ashamed. Sorry PJ apologists.


Oct 17, 2016 at 08:28 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 1.4 vs 1.8


^ +1.

It's just an 8-10-hour day a couple times a month. I'm not about to let an extra pound or two spoil my photo-geekery fun. The slower focus isn't ideal, but 90% of what we shoot ends up being pretty mild in terms of focusing difficulty.



Oct 17, 2016 at 08:34 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 1.4 vs 1.8


I don't mind wide angle 1.8 but for telephoto, def. 1.4 or faster...


Oct 17, 2016 at 10:02 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 1.4 vs 1.8


Nikon 58 1.4 is best of both worlds.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · 1.4 vs 1.8


If Canon had some decent 1.4s (besides 35), I'd be all over them. The difference between the 85 1.2 and 1.8 is too big to have swinging from your side all day... missing pictures.


Oct 17, 2016 at 10:53 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · 1.4 vs 1.8


I went fron lugging around sigma 24, 35, 50, 85, 45 tilt, and 135dc. Im down to 28 1.8, 58 1.4, 105 1.4, and 45 tilt and life is way better then it was before. I am
Missing less because its just to easy to move quicker. I have more energy for longer which means I'm more fun and get better energy from couples also. I brought my 24 1.4 and 35 1.4 and shot them along with my 28 1.8 at my last wedding just to see for sure what I was missing when I got home to review. I missed nothing except the time I lost switching lenses. Time wasted switching lenses and energy lost swinging around extra weight isnt worth the extra stop on the wide. My 58 is awesome and is so much better then carrying 50 and 85. My 105 is about as heavy as my other sigmas, but it feels lighter for some reason.



Oct 17, 2016 at 11:33 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · 1.4 vs 1.8


Depth of Feel wrote:
Nikon 58 1.4 is best of both worlds.


Mine broke 2 weeks ago and while it was getting fixed they only had a 50 1.8 available to lend me. The difference is crazy. The 58 is every bit as good as the Canon 135, which is my favorite lens I've ever used.



Oct 18, 2016 at 12:35 AM
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Tony Hoffer wrote:
Mine broke 2 weeks ago and while it was getting fixed they only had a 50 1.8 available to lend me. The difference is crazy. The 58 is every bit as good as the Canon 135, which is my favorite lens I've ever used.


Im surprised you haven't tried the 105 1.4 yet. Its very much like a cross between 135 f/2 and 85 1.2.



Oct 18, 2016 at 01:03 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · 1.4 vs 1.8


Canon really needs to refresh their 50's. What they did to the $100 1.8 is astonishing, now we need a 50IS and 50L version for 2017.


Oct 18, 2016 at 01:32 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · 1.4 vs 1.8


1.0 is where it's at.


Oct 18, 2016 at 02:45 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · 1.4 vs 1.8


Actually, my current favorite lens is the Sony Zeiss 135mm f1.8 mated to an A7RII. My Canon 135L has become a paper weight.


Oct 18, 2016 at 02:47 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · 1.4 vs 1.8


Depth of Feel wrote:
Im surprised you haven't tried the 105 1.4 yet. Its very much like a cross between 135 f/2 and 85 1.2.



You know, you mentioning that does make me consider whether I should try the 105 1.4 and give the 58 1.4 another shot... 35, 58, 105 is not a bad combination... or maybe I could give the 24 1.4 another try.

50 and 85 are just so damn close to one another, and I'm pretty comfortable using the quickly enabled DX-mode on the D750 or D810 so I can pretend a 50 is like a 75 (and 58*1.5 is 87...)

Interesting.


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Oct 18, 2016 at 03:01 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · 1.4 vs 1.8



Funny enough, My paying clients can't tell the difference between a 1.8 or 1.4 or the size or speed of ANY lens I use.

They don't ask, they don't complain, I don't worry. :0)



Oct 18, 2016 at 03:03 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · 1.4 vs 1.8


glort wrote:
Funny enough, My paying clients can't tell the difference between a 1.8 or 1.4 or the size or speed of ANY lens I use.

They don't ask, they don't complain, I don't worry. :0)


Might be true, but corner sharpness, CA, distance to subject, contrast and bokeh quality all play a part... even in how you tag/sort as acceptable, great or a throw away. What does the eye go to first?

I'm a huge proponent of 'the picture is there or it isn't', and that bokeh isn't going to make a picture more of a picture, but there are subconscious things that happen when viewing photographs... be it from the photographer or client's perspective.



Oct 18, 2016 at 03:25 AM
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