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Gagan S. Matharoo

member since: 1/11/2010

Canon 50 mm lens


I am planning to buy a 50 mm lens for use with a Canon 7D and a 5D Mark III

Which one would be better the 50 mm 1.8 or the 1.4

Do let me know


5/8/2013 6:06:15 AM

Susan Williams
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  The 1.4 is more expensive and worth the money because of its solid build compared to the 1.8. Both are great in low-light and you'll learn a lot about creative in-camera composition. The 1.8 is a decent lens, but I upgraded to the 1.4 and don't regret it. Reading the reviews on Amazon should be of some help in deciding.

5/8/2013 8:39:28 AM

Grant A. Bergmann
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member since: 5/17/2013
  I'd suggest you consider a zoom like the 24 to 105mm or a 28 to 135mm. They are a lot more versatile unless you have a specific use in mind. Of course they are more expensive.

5/19/2013 1:32:16 PM

Ian Cassell
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  I think the Canon 50/1.8 is one of the best bargains on the planet. It is inexpensive, light, small, and has terrific IQ. Of course the 1.4 is a quality lens but, unless you need that extra aperture, you'll be very happy with the 1.8. If you can find a Version I of the 1.8, it was made more durable with more metal in the construction, but it tends to be a bit more pricey on the used market than a new Version II.

6/15/2013 11:19:36 AM

Mary Iacofano

member since: 10/12/2005
  I bought the sigma 50mm prime lens. Use it on my canon 30D. great lens, lightweight, luv it.

7/9/2013 11:08:10 AM

Vanessa M. Lee
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member since: 8/31/2012
  I have a 5D markiii and really like the 50mm 1.8 but have not tried the 1.4 for comparison. I also have the 24-105 and use it all the time with excellent results from everything to landscapes to portraits.

7/22/2013 4:46:22 PM


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