canon 50mm f1.4 vs sigma 50mm f.14


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hi, is anyone can give me idea or advice canon 50mm f1.4 and sigma 50 f1.4 which one is better, mostly i use this len for postrait?? appreciate for our advice. :)
 

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hi, is anyone can give me idea or advice canon 50mm f1.4 and sigma 50 f1.4 which one is better, mostly i use this len for postrait?? appreciate for our advice. :)
The Canon 50/1.4 is infamous for having the USM break down. Read more here:

http://photo.net/canon-eos-digital-camera-forum/00PQvO
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=32546687
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=798111

The Sigma 50/1.4 is famous for front/back focusing isssues. So if your copy shows FF/BF, then you need to bring it into Sigma Service Center for a AF calibration. So I seriously suggest you buy a local warranty copy.
 

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Other than the focusing problems(which can be fixed),the sigma is also more expensive than the canon
 

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The Canon 50/1.4 is infamous for having the USM break down. Read more here:

http://photo.net/canon-eos-digital-camera-forum/00PQvO
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=32546687
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=798111

The Sigma 50/1.4 is famous for front/back focusing isssues. So if your copy shows FF/BF, then you need to bring it into Sigma Service Center for a AF calibration. So I seriously suggest you buy a local warranty copy.
AGREED! A friend of mine has had similar probs after some months of use and has already sold his Sig 50 off and has now replaced it with the EF 50 1.4 instead
 

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AGREED! A friend of mine has had similar probs after some months of use and has already sold his Sig 50 off and has now replaced it with the EF 50 1.4 instead
Front/back focusing can be adjusted in SCS leh...
 

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The Canon 50/1.4 is infamous for having the USM break down. Read more here:

http://photo.net/canon-eos-digital-camera-forum/00PQvO
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=32546687
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=798111

The Sigma 50/1.4 is famous for front/back focusing isssues. So if your copy shows FF/BF, then you need to bring it into Sigma Service Center for a AF calibration. So I seriously suggest you buy a local warranty copy.
AGREED! A friend of mine has had similar probs after some months of use and has already sold his Sig 50 off and has now replaced it with the EF 50 1.4 instead


sigma one calibrate one time at service center can le..
canon one can fix but prone to spoil more than once...


you take your pick ba~!
 

torak

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just use your camera's micro adjustment to correct front and back focusing issue. Takes a few mins only, no big deal :)
 

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u use 1.4 often?... why not consider the 50mm F1.8 instead?
some people may not be fond of the 50mm 1.8 bokeh effect.

that aside, i went with the sigma. solid lens, fine after calibration.

and if im not wrong, micro adjustment can only be done with canon lenses
 

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The Sigma is really good for portrait use as it focus rather quickly and the bokeh is rather smooth.

OT: Another option....Contax N 50 f1.4. You got to love it for the colours. And you can do in-lens micro-adjustments of the near, mid and far distances unlike any other lens.

 

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here are some side by side photo comparisons ( of course we can only assume the lenses compared arn't lemony , but hey it is better than no comparison ) As always , read with pinch of salt

http://www.neutralday.com/sigma-50mm-f1-4-ex-dg-hsm-field-notes-comparison-with-canon-ef-50mm-f1-4/

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/717198/

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1029&thread=28521872

and here is the poll results of the bokeh competition video that rooshphotog posted:

http://blog.digitalrev.com/2010/08/04/battle-of-the-bokeh-canon-50mm-f1-4-vs-sigma-50mm-f1-4/

ryan
 

Anthony Lee

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MWP, so you finally got it. How's the AF speed compared to your Siggy? Sure love to see some nice portraits by this unique lens.

The Sigma is really good for portrait use as it focus rather quickly and the bokeh is rather smooth.

OT: Another option....Contax N 50 f1.4. You got to love it for the colours. And you can do in-lens micro-adjustments of the near, mid and far distances unlike any other lens.

 

ManWearPants

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MWP, so you finally got it. How's the AF speed compared to your Siggy? Sure love to see some nice portraits by this unique lens.
The AF of the N is slow, steady but almost silent. The Sigma AF jolts to the subject faster but is noisy. For tracking kids, the Sigma will be better. For colours vibrancy, the N cannot go wrong. The bokeh of the N is characteristic of Zeiss so some may not like it for portrait. However, the pop of the subject makes this lens very compelling. So both lenses are winner in their own rights.

Another sample - focus is on the water trail, not the statue.
 

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The Canon 50/1.4 is infamous for having the USM break down. Read more here:

http://photo.net/canon-eos-digital-camera-forum/00PQvO
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=32546687
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=798111

The Sigma 50/1.4 is famous for front/back focusing isssues. So if your copy shows FF/BF, then you need to bring it into Sigma Service Center for a AF calibration. So I seriously suggest you buy a local warranty copy.

Hi,sorry to have to tag on to this tread but does the Nikon 50/f1.4 have the issues mentioned above?

Cheers
 

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i've had the chance to use both the EF 50 1.4 and the sigma 50 1.4 and IMHO, overall i like the sigma better...

Apart from the above, if you are open to experience manual lenses, then there's a wide variety of options before you, such as contax carl zeiss planar T* 50 1.4, Leica Summicron 50 2, Zuiko 50 1.2, Nikkor 50 1.2 etc etc etc... all can be used on your canon eos body via an appropriate adaptor!
 

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ManWearPants

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if your application is portrait.....then go for the Sigmalux. It won't go wrong. Sorry to those who have seen these photos many times.

 

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