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    Default Nikon 50mm.. 1.4 or 1.8?

    I'm deciding between these 2 lenses, 1.4 is almost 4 times the price of the 1.8 from what I've enquired at MS Color.

    Is it worth the price? Is there a very significant difference? (if anyone has apple-to-apple comparisons between the 2.. could u direct me to a link)

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Nikon 50mm.. 1.4 or 1.8?

    There are many threads discussing this matter, you can check some of the out:

    A simple search in CS will return the threads you need.

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showt...2B+1.4+%2B+1.8
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showt...2B+1.4+%2B+1.8
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=356580
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=350863

    For me, I find it worthwhile to pay the extra $$ for F/1.4.

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    f1.8 abt $170
    f1.4 abt $440 .. not 4 times la

    for me, i started with f1.8 and later sell and bought f1.4

    if hav known earlier i wld go straight to f1.4, worth the extra $$

    value-for-money choice many pple go for 1.8
    D80 | 50 f1.4 | 85 f1.8

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    Default Re: Nikon 50mm.. 1.4 or 1.8?

    Thanks, sorry missed the search button :P

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    Default Re: Nikon 50mm.. 1.4 or 1.8?

    Quote Originally Posted by foxxkat View Post
    f1.8 abt $170
    f1.4 abt $440 .. not 4 times la

    for me, i started with f1.8 and later sell and bought f1.4

    if hav known earlier i wld go straight to f1.4, worth the extra $$

    value-for-money choice many pple go for 1.8
    eek.. i got a quote, $120 for 1.8 and $450 for 1.4. Near to 4 times le mah.

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    Default Re: Nikon 50mm.. 1.4 or 1.8?

    S$120 for the F/1.8 is a very good price! IIRC a new one is about S$170-190.

    You can reference the prices new F/1.4 in the Buy & Sell or Mass Order threads. Should be in the region of S$400-S$440. An used F/1.4 would be in the S$350-400 region.

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    Default Re: Nikon 50mm.. 1.4 or 1.8?

    Go for the 1.4 if u have the budget.
    Apart from being faster, it saves u from buying a 1.8 and keep looking back at the 1.4

    Ryan

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    Talking Re: Nikon 50mm.. 1.4 or 1.8?

    Quote Originally Posted by loboclerk View Post
    I'm deciding between these 2 lenses, 1.4 is almost 4 times the price of the 1.8 from what I've enquired at MS Color.

    Is it worth the price? Is there a very significant difference? (if anyone has apple-to-apple comparisons between the 2.. could u direct me to a link)

    Thanks!
    I'm using a 1.8, so far it meets my needs for now lah. Its just a question of if you can afford the 1.4 and will really use it, so that its worth the extra dollars..
    Life is too short, enjoy it!

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    put it this way, either way its a great investment. i use a 1.4. to me having a 1.4 means unless the situation doestn allow for it ie: alot of light. shoot 1.4 lar! i usually shuffle between 1.4 f 4 and f8. damn freaking sharp at f8 and loads of light and beautiful bokeh at 1.4 and balance of both at f4 hahhaha
    nikon d700 nikkor 50mm f1.4 nikkor 55mm micro ais f2.8 nikkor 35 f2 sb 600 sb800 leica m4

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    Default Re: Nikon 50mm.. 1.4 or 1.8?

    I just got my 1.8 two days ago, not regretting it.

    I reckon by the time I want a 1.4, I'd still want to keep the 1.8 anyway.

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    Not shooting at 1.4 very often, I will take the 1.8 anytime. The extra $300 can go for a SB600.

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    I started oout with a f1.8.. then found that I am using this for like 80% of the time indoor.. and in the end sold it and got the f1.4.. and since then it was a gem.

    f1.8 is in fact a very good lens.. price vs value.. no horse run one... but the f1.4 is just that bit more sharper and faster...

    my advise is get the f1.4 if u will be using it a lot.. or has the budget.. else f1.8 is a very good lens for that price.
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