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Old 08-31-2007   #1
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Cool Did I mess up or do the right thing?

I had a 50mm 1.8 mk II that I loved to hate (or hated to love).

I mean, IT COST $90 and was plastic! It takes UNBELIEVABLY sharp pict, but it is FREAKIN PLASTIC (save the glass of course).

I simply could not stand it any longer however and bought the "real" 50mm 1.4. It finally feels like I am shooting with a real lens.

Did I mess up? What are your experiences? I was tired of my camera buddies laughing at me. I have a 20D now and will be upgrading to the 40D when it has been out for a few months (Christmas or so).

Thanks for you answers (I expect them to be entertaining).

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Not used the 1.8 but had the 1.4 for a while. The question is whether the 1.4 is any less of a lens than the 1.8 - if so, then yes you did mess up . If not (much more likely), then you now have that extra half stop to play with and a better built lens into the bargain.

Now if you'd sold a mark1 1.8 for a mark2 1.8, that would be a different thing and - yes you would have messed up .
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The f/1.4 is an upgrade over both the f/1.8 models in regards to AF. The mechanism in the f/1.8s are both the same, and sloppy. Bottom line, the f/1.4 is a huge upgrade.
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The 1.4 is a fantastic lens. Yes, the 1.8 is highly regarded, especially for the money, but you made the right choice.

Now, IMO, a "stupider" move would have been to go from a 1.4 to the 1.0, but not if you really have to be that specialized.

I also love my 1.4 on 1.6x crop cameras. Really a nice portrait lens on those bodies.
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well about that 1.0:

I had the priviledge to shoot with a 50 mm f/1.0 lens, and now I'm hooked: masses of light, very small dof and great bokeh!

I have the 1.8 version and am extremly happy with it, So for me buying a 1.4 would be messing up: the money could better be spent on the (alas now out of production) f/1.0.
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You could always contemplate the f/1.2 Rense? I have the 85 f/1.2 mk2 and it is a really lovely lens, and because of that can't justify the 50mm f/1.2 to myself. I keep hearing different things about the 50mm (both good and bad).
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well about that 1.0:

I had the priviledge to shoot with a 50 mm f/1.0 lens, and now I'm hooked: masses of light, very small dof and great bokeh!

I have the 1.8 version and am extremly happy with it, So for me buying a 1.4 would be messing up: the money could better be spent on the (alas now out of production) f/1.0.
The EF50F1.2L is in production, and is a far better lens. On your 5D, either the EF35F1.4L or the EF85F1.2L (I or II) IMHO are nicer options...

...but that's *me* and *my* 0.02...

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I have used the 50F1.0L quite a few times, and found it frustrating for most applications. Slower focus, heavy. I can certainly see how it has applications for some photographers, but i would much rather put the money elsewhere.

But it's the differences that make this country great.
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The number for "laughing at plastic lenses support group" is 555 666 9991

Am surprised that they were laughing at you actually, the lens is pretty capable, smaller and lighter than the 1.4 version, and it pretty good where it counts, the results.

I only added the 1.4 version recently, but I find I am looking for things to use it on, looking for excuses. I do use it for sports, basketball and boxing and its superior AF can be a benefit, unfortunately its AF accuracy is not, ironically as good as the humble but slower 1.8 Plastic!!!! Go figure!!!

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unfortunately its AF accuracy is not, ironically as good as the humble but slower 1.8 Plastic!!!! Go figure!!!
Sounds like you have a bad copy, as this goes against my, and just everyone else's personal experience. You might want to send it in.


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