Wednesday, April 30, 2008

canon ef 50mm f/1.8 II vs 50mm f/1.4

This post is a reply to Calvin's query on my c-box. Since it's a little long to type everything in the c-box, I might as well make it an entry to reply him.

I own a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, which cost me about MYR 310, if I remember correctly. On the other hand, I haven't tried using 50mm f/1.4, so I don't have first hand experience with the f/1.4. I wouldn't know how the lens performs.

Based on my personal usage, I find f/1.8 is fine enough, providing excellent photo quality. I believe f/1.4 should have better edge in producing the bokeh. Price wise, f/1.4 costs about 4 times more than f/1.8. Based on Shashinki's price list, a f/1.4 costs about MYR 1200. The notable difference between the two is the built, f/1.8 is a standard auto lens, while f/1.4 has a USM built in. (f/1.2 is of the L series).

I managed to google on the lens comparison, the exact comparison, between the two lenses, 50mm f/1.8 II vs 50mm f/1.4 USM. Here's the entry I found on the comparison, which will eventually lead us to this forum.

There isn't much input from my own experience, but I sure hope the information would assist you in your findings.

2 comments: said...

50mm f1.8 is the most affordable prime lens you could find in town. The effect is superb enuff to give a big shout of 'wow'!

But... ... I dont even have one tho is only RM300++. :(

allen said...

you should get one. Hehehe.. :-D it's like.. 10% of what you paid for your big macro lens there.