Bad rap on Canon 50 1.4

Started Nov 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
graphikal
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Re: Stop it down to f/4, then see how you like the results
In reply to liquid stereo, Nov 12, 2012

liquid stereo wrote:

graphikal wrote:

You can't compare a fast consumer-grade normal prime to a pro-level f/4 zoom with both wide open. It's kumquats and oranges.

The lenses I compare Canon's 50/1.4 to are (1) Sony/Zeiss 85/1.4, (2) Minolta 35/1.4 G, (3) Minolta 28-70/2.8 G, and (4) Sony 50/1.4. These are all relatively fast lenses.

Another lens which blows it out of the water is Fuji's 35/1.4.

Cheers!

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=121&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=481&CameraComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

It's also apples and oranges to compare a 35mm lens to an 85mm lens, since the designs are so different. But compare away-- I'm not seeing an actual huge difference here.

In your original post, you were lamenting the optical differences between f/4 pro-grade telephoto zooms to an f/1.4 consumer-grade prime.  Compare them at f/4, and you may change your tune-- and that's the only way you can possibly compare them for sharpness.  And contrary to your assertions above, test results show you're wrong there as well.

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