A Nikon not convert. ;)

Started Sep 24, 2009 | Discussions thread
martinmintal Contributing Member • Posts: 693
About 50mm lenses

Hi Jim,

reg. the 50L - many reviewers said, the 50L shows better results between f1.2-2.8, but otherwise the 50 f1.4 should be "better"... so, I would say, 50L is a specialized lens for big appertures...

"To this regard, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens turns in decent but not-as-good-as-I-expected sharpness. It is reasonably (and usably) sharp at f/1.2 and continues to get sharper as it is stopped down several stops. From f/1.2 to somewhere between f/2 and f/2.8, no other Canon 50mm lens is as sharp as this one at respective apertures. At around f/2.8 through f/5.6 or f/8, there are other Canon 50mm lenses that are sharper. "


Soo - I would buy/use the 50L only if you need that shallow DOF etc, or weather sealing...

I compared both the 50 f1.4 and the 50L in a local shop here in Bratislava and from f2.0, I would say, both lenses are on the same level with the 50 f1.4 being better from f2.8-3.2. So, for the $$$ I would rather buy the 50 f1.4 or perhaps have a look at the Zeiss MF lenses...


"The Zeiss Planar ZF T* 50mm f/1.4 is an anachronistic lens these days. It is fully manual both regarding focusing as well as aperture control on the lens. It is not even a perfect lens - the vignetting figures are in line with the rest of the gang and the level of distortions and CAs is even a little higher though still moderate in absolute terms. However, there're at least two aspects that are definitely -not- moderate. The most obvious one is the great build quality and the other one is resolution. At wide-open aperture you shouldn't expect great wonders - the Zeiss is in-line with the rest here - but from f/2.8 and up the resolution figures are truly brilliant. The price tag of the Zeiss is almost surprisingly affordable at 499EUR (about 650US$) ... which is still twice the price of the corresponding Nikkor AF lens which is only marginally inferior. Well, as always you have to pay bitterly for that final extra kick. "

Have a nice day !


85L gives fantastic results. The 50L on the other hand I found very disappointing for the money.

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Martin Mintal
Slovak Republic


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