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Victor Nguyen
canon 50 mm f 1.8 ii or 50 mm f 1.4?
on Sep 19, 2011 at 6:14:12 pm

I was going to get the f 1.8 at first because of low cost and performance. However I start hearing that the focus is hard to adjust? is that true? if yes should I just get 1.4?


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Peter Burger
Re: canon 50 mm f 1.8 ii or 50 mm f 1.4?
on Sep 20, 2011 at 8:44:06 am

The 50 1.8 II is a great lens for an unbelieveable price, but the focus-ring is a bad joke... If you can afford it, get the 1.4 - faster and better overall quality.

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Victor Nguyen
Re: canon 50 mm f 1.8 ii or 50 mm f 1.4?
on Sep 20, 2011 at 1:51:01 pm

thanks sir 1.4 it is then. I guess the focus ring is 1.8 achilles heel huh? actually can you go into detail why the focus is so bad?


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Peter Burger
Re: canon 50 mm f 1.8 ii or 50 mm f 1.4?
on Sep 20, 2011 at 8:34:17 pm

[Victor Nguyen] " actually can you go into detail why the focus is so bad?"

Well, you can't relly grab the focus ring, that's a big problem. Also the lens itself is made completely out of plastic. Feels like a toy - if I might say so. Don't get me wrong: I like the 1.8 II, but if you have the money, get the 1.4. It's better built and more ergonomic (and faster).

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David Williamson
Re: canon 50 mm f 1.8 ii or 50 mm f 1.4?
on Sep 30, 2011 at 3:14:43 pm

Seconded 100%. I had the 50mm f/1.8 and it's fine, in fact awesome value for money. But I sold it recently and bought a 50mm f/1.4. Main reason wasn't to get an even shallower DoF but a) because the focus ring on the f/1.4 is larger and easier to use than on the f/1.8 and b) the build quality and feel of the f/1.4 is so much better. I plan to use it with a follow focus so lack of play (or backlash) in the focus ring is important to me as is ease of access and the f/1.4 wins hands-down in that respect. I have no regrets about the upgrade, in fact I wish I'd got the f/1.4 in the first place rather than trying to save $250 by getting the f/1.8!!


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