CANON EF 50MM F/1.4 USM £219 @ portusdigital
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CANON EF 50MM F/1.4 USM £219 @ portusdigital

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Found 11th Dec 2014
CANON EF 50MM F/1.4 USM
Best price I have seen. Just £219 for that quality lens.

£277 on amazon, currys, jessops
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Probaby is a good price. But for a majority of photographers the nifty fifty will be the better lens to buy taking into account the price to features as an overall comparison.

cmangi

Probaby is a good price. But for a majority of photographers the nifty … Probaby is a good price. But for a majority of photographers the nifty fifty will be the better lens to buy taking into account the price to features as an overall comparison.



It's a good starter lens, but it won't stand up to heavy use, the autofocus is very slow/noisy and it hunts in low light. The bokeh is a little harsh as well. The extra 2/3rds of a stop of light gathering ability and shallower depth of field are a plus as well. Plenty of reasons to upgrade.
Edited by: "SaltyCDogg" 11th Dec 2014

It depends what kind of photos you take. It's not a general purpuse lens as it use to be with 35mm.

pet2000

It depends what kind of photos you take. It's not a general purpuse lens … It depends what kind of photos you take. It's not a general purpuse lens as it use to be with 35mm.



Depends what camera you mount it on

Good price for a lovely lens, but that photo's for a 50mm f1.8. Also a great lens, but would be daylight robbery at anything more than £80.

the pic is of the 'Plastic Fantastic' 1.8, the 1.4 has a lot more body to it....

Don't know anything about this trader but (a) they don't show their physical address anywhere, and (b) the way the site is written you cannot see their terms and conditions as the link is inactive (overwritten by other text both in Chrome and IE)

This link claims that it's a grey importer with a Welsh private home address. There are a few posts to say that orders have come through OK but these are all from first-time posters and longstanding forum members think they smell a rat.

Caveat emptor

This is a worthy upgrade on the 50mm 1.8 as the Bokeh is better and it is better in low light. Plus a little sharper wide open in my opinion
however don't expect stellar build quality. it's just as plasticky as the 1.8

gourmetguy

however don't expect stellar build quality. it's just as plasticky as the … however don't expect stellar build quality. it's just as plasticky as the 1.8



That's not fair. It's not got amazing build quality at all, but it's at least got a metal mount and will take a knock or two without falling to bits.

SaltyCDogg

That's not fair. It's not got amazing build quality at all, but it's at … That's not fair. It's not got amazing build quality at all, but it's at least got a metal mount and will take a knock or two without falling to bits.



Unfortunately mine had a stuck focus issue when the front had a knock. my 1.8 has been through worse and survived. I think the heavy front element of the 1.4 was to blame. I would still have the 1.4 though for image quality alone. plus the USM is much quieter

Really great lens - the first thing I did when I bought mine was to buy a third party equivalent of the Canon Lens Hood - model ES-71II.
As others as mentioned the AF components are delicate in this lens and can be damaged by a knock to the front element. Having the hood on, both in use, and when in storage means that the chances of this are reduced.

Hope this helps!

SaltyCDogg

That's not fair. It's not got amazing build quality at all, but it's at … That's not fair. It's not got amazing build quality at all, but it's at least got a metal mount and will take a knock or two without falling to bits.



I'd agree that the build quality feels better on this lens (for a start, having an actual focus ring to grip rather than terrible plastic front ridge (a la 50mm f/1.8) is a definite plus.

However, I'd be wary of knocking it (due to the front element). I'd perhaps go so far as to say I'd expect my f/1.8 to come off better from small-medium knocks!

You've got to remember, if you're using this on a crop sensor, which most people do, it's actually a nifty-80 rather than a nifty-fifty.

SaltyCDogg

Depends what camera you mount it on


If you can afford a full frame camera, you probably wouldn't buy this lens
Edited by: "pet2000" 11th Dec 2014

pet2000

If you can afford a full frame camera, you probably wouldn't buy this … If you can afford a full frame camera, you probably wouldn't buy this lens



How so? I think the 50mm focal length works best on a FF body, and it's a good compromise between not being too plasticky (1.8), and not hideously expensive (1.2L). Of course, there are some very good Sigma 1.4 alternatives, but they're generally not as cheap as this still.
Edited by: "FatalSaviour" 11th Dec 2014

Full frame cameras are relatively cheap nowadays and this is a great lens, the difference is image quality between this and the 1.2L is definitely not worth the extra £900+.
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