A&P should i buy a 50 1.8 or hold off

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Essence, Dec 30, 2008.

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so should i?

  1. nope, keep saving.. money would be better spent elsewhere.

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  2. yep. great lens.

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  3. the 1.4 50 is better.

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  1. Essence

    Essence New Member

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    okay, well i have a little bit of extra christmas cash and am trying to decide what to spend it on.

    i currently have a d90, 18-200 vr, two camera bags, and a manfrotto tripod.

    i like the 18-200, but i feel like its a bit much on the zoom side and not so much necessary. i like it, but feel it falls short on both ends but is a good middle ground. i'm looking to take some closer shots without the added weight and was wondering what you guys think as far as maybe another lens for some more variety.

    granted i only have a couple hundred dollars to spend right now, so would it be worth it for me to get the 50 1.8 to play around with, or should i just save the money towards a better lens?:o
     
  2. Waddup you?

    Waddup you? OT Supporter

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    I have a 50mm 1.8 and rarely use it. I wish I should have known about the 30mm 1.4 by sigma when I got the nifty fifty. better bokeh, a little wider, and more fun. :hs:
     
  3. Essence

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    around same price range as the fiddy?
     
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    The 50 will bring out the artistic side of your photography. I personally really enjoy it.
     
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    xconverge OT Supporter

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    I love the 50 1.8, I just picked up a 35 f/2
     
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    the 50/1.4 isnt an astonshing amount better.
    30mm 1.4 is a good opion. the 35/2 is really nice as well, perfect general use lens.
     
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    thats kind of why i wanted to get a dslr to begin with. i need some more creative results when i go out looking for things to shoot.
     
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    i've been reading that a few people prefer the 100 dollar 1.8 to the 300+ dollar 1.4
     
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    i was playing with my sigma 135/2 this week. id forgotten how it just makes things that are not in focus, just dissapear. they are GONE vaporized.
     
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    dont be suprised, after all the 50/1.2 L isnt sharper than the 1.8 at all.
    you are paying for bokeh only, and getting low light performance on the side.
    after all these days, you can just pump up the ISO in camera to comepnsate
     
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    if I was in the same boat as you, I'd still pine for the 30mm 1.4
     
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    awesome lens, but you can probably find a nice used 50/1.4 D for around 200.

    I found one for 210 shipped a couple months back, and now a lot more people are selling them to get the 50/1.4 G AF-S
     
  13. Bloke

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    yes, id own the sigma 30/1.4 if they would have made it for full frame. :ugh2:
     
  14. 1.8

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    IMO sell the 18-200 and don't buy the 50, then just buy a nicer overall f2.8 lens in the 17/18-50/55 range.
     
  15. Uncle Phil

    Uncle Phil OT Supporter

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    check out sigma's 50 1.4, it looks amazing wide open
     
  16. OneTwo

    OneTwo me>you OT Supporter

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    loved the lens at first(canon), but its become pretty useless in the last few months.

    fun to get amazing bokeh and to almost be able to see in the dark, not to mention it cost like $52...but just an all around crappy focal range to me now.
     
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    Formula-95 2:32 PM 5-13-09 Never Forget, Hamburglar OT Supporter

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    wanna sell? :x:
     
  18. Sympathy

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    buy it. for me, the 50mm 1.8 was the 3rd lens that i bought.
    1. b/c of the fixed aspect, i think it helped me to compose my pics better.
    2. it helped me to see why the kit lenses are crappy. lens snobbiness came from spending time in otap :o
     
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    got an example? my local store has one but its not cheap there.
     
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    kit lenses used to be GREAT. basically any time you get a prime as a kit lens its excellent. however they got replaced with cheap zooms:greddy:

    kit lens example :bowdown:
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    my AE1-p kit lens was the 50/1.8, IT IS EXCELLENT :bowdown:
     
  21. Essence

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    holy.... i have one of those. i have an AE-1 laying here next to my computer. i need to clean it up. was a hand me down
     
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    You should see yours to Essence. :dunno:
     
  23. wizeguy4

    wizeguy4 New Member

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    I think for the price, that every camera bag should have this lens. I love to have this lens when I take my kids to the park. plenty of room to walk, it is genrally a nice day out and I can blur out all the other boogerpickers
     
  24. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    The 50 1.4 has a smoother bokeh and better AF mechanism due to the USM, though.

    That being said, I sold my 50 1.8 and got the 50 1.4, which I've used twice in the last 5 months.
     
  25. Essence

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    yea that just probably isn't going to be a 200 dollar justifiable difference between the two. for me at least. i think that would be money spent better elsewhere
     

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