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EF 50mm f/1.8 vs EF 50mm f/1.4

Ewellman
Contributor

which is better for normal use?


Have 24-105 f/4 L and looking for a lens to do night astrophotography with as well as an indoor lens if/when needed.

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David
Enthusiast

Of the two the f/1.4 is the better lens. The EF 50mm f/1.8 II is built like a toy and has a tendency of breaking into two pieces with the slightest bit of mishandling. The EF 50mm f/1.4 has a much better build, USM (micro) focusing motor, 8 blade aperture (5 on the f/1.8), and a better manual focusing ring.

 

If you end up with the f/1.4 I highly recommend purchasing a lens hood, it can help protect the fragile micro-USM.

LJG
Contributor

I started with an f/1.8 and hated the pentagonal shaped bokeh highlights it gave. Plus low light focus was poor. The f/1.4 is a much better buy that will give you more pleasing bokeh and it is well built for the price.

Cheers
Lloyd
5DII | 40D

iND
Contributor

I use the 50mm f/1.4 for indoor low light shots, usually half body portraits.

It has excellent image quality and a close focus distance of about .45 meters.

I am very pleased with the lens, have considered upgrading to the 1.2 but can't think of a reason why.

 

BrickR
Enthusiast

Never had a problem with the IQ of ability of my 50 1.8. It's my studio portrait lens so I don't have to worry about bokeh shape or focusing in low light. It is one heck of a bargain IMO. It is built like a toy and I doubt it would survive a drop, but I haven't dropped it or any lens so it has more than earned its keep. For $100 it's been a steal.

 

If you need a better build or something sturdier, the 1.4 is definately the way to go. If not, the 1.8 is a great bargain.

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