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Which lens: 50mm 1.8 or 50mm 1.4 ?

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

Philoups wrote:


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 !


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.



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