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Sigma 14mm f2.8 EX Aspherical

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Review Date: Apr 14, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $480.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality. F2.8. very sharp
Cons:
front element unable to use "focus/recompose"

Not a whole lot to say about this lens.
If you can grab one over it's "L" counterpart do it.

A few times i thought the lens was back/front focusing, but realized that you CANNOT use Focus/Recompose technique with this lens.

Other than that, if you can stay within the rules of this UW angle lens, the payoff will definitely be worth it.
I can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fast ultra wide lens.



 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Jul 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: 1.4, small, light, price
Cons:
price, cheapish feel, old USM, CA

This lens has some of the worst CA i've seen, and it's especially visible at 1.4 in good light.
if this is not something that bothers you by all means get it.

I still use the lens for my wedding work as it is 1.4, and 50mm is a very workable distance as opposed to 85mm L which requires a little more leg room, however, this is comparing apples and oranges.


It's a nice little lens and i do recommend it if you can live with the Chromatic Aberrations