The Canon 50mm 1.4 Gulps Light
Why spend $420 on the 50mm f/1.4 when you can buy the similar 50mm
f/1.8 for $125? The f1.4 will likely have a much longer life than the
cheaper plastic build of the Canon 85mm f1.8, and retain more resale value.
It's an investment, rather than a commodity. Then there's the
difference in bokeh, which is based on the
number of aperture blades within the lens. The f1.8 has five, and the f1.4 has eight. The f1.8 will portray out-of-focus lights more
as a two-dimensional geometric figure formed of five sides and five angles, the f1.4 more roundly. (In focus, those same lights will be eight-pointed stars with the f1.4,
and ten-pointed with the f1.8. But more importantly, the
blur from the f1.8 can be
especially at wide apertures, while the f1.4's is consistently more
An f/1.4 lens is not usually as efficient as the same manufacture's
f/1.8 or f/2 lenses, even when both are stopped down to f/5.6. the
lens with the wider aperture is heaver and more expensive, so don't
choose it as your standard unless you are planning a great deal of
photography in poor light conditions. There' plenty of reasons for
using a wide aperture, but avoid buying a lens with an aperture
wider than you need.
aren't used for their optical perfection, but because they are f/1.4.
The Canon 50mm 1.4
prime lens gulps light. It opens up a world of indoor photography that is not possible with
most other lenses. The 50mm focal length combined with
produces natural-looking results. It is exactly as your eye sees it. Shadows and highlights are
integral. It is a revelation. if you're used to the unforgiving drop shadows and evenly-lit faces
produced by flashes. This is a
strident step up in quality from
snapshot to sensation.
Having said that, on an APS-C camera this lens is the
35mm equivalent of a moderate 80mm
telephoto lens. if you have an
want "NORMAL" I'd opt for the
Canon 28mm f/1.8 (44.8 equivalent ) street price
$472, or perhaps the Sigma 30mm f/4
at (48mm equivalent) street price $439.
The 50mm f/1.4 is a standard lens featuring superb quality and portability. Two high-refraction lens elements and Gaussian optics
eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference. Crisp images with little flare are obtained even at the