Which lens: 50mm 1.8 or 50mm 1.4 ?

Started Jul 29, 2010 | Discussions thread
nikons52
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Re: Which lens: 50mm 1.8 or 50mm 1.4 ?
In reply to Philoups, Aug 31, 2010

Philoups wrote:

Hi,

I just bought the 50mm 1.8 nikkor lens for $120. As I was browsing B&H website, I just realized that they also have the imported 50mm 1.4 at $275. I can absorb the price difference.

I am thus now left wondering which one I should take.

I intend to shoot portraits; and may shoot at night (maybe 1/3 of the time); I probably won't use my tripod a lot for portraits shot at night. I generally like sharp portraits with blurry backgrounds.

(1) Is the 1.8 decent for shooting at night or it just won't do ?

(2) What other edge (besides bokeh), for my purpose, does the 1.4 give, if any ?

(3) Finally, assuming I want to get a better lens in the future, would the resale value of the 1.4 lens be less affected by use than that of the 1.8 (as the 1.8 is very cheap) ?

Thanks !

P

I've had the 1.8 and currently own the 1.4 and wouldn't trade it for anything. Love the lens. And for the price difference you are seeing I'd jump on it.

Best,

Don

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