Repair EF 50 1.4 or buy?

Started Nov 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
Lemming51 Forum Pro • Posts: 14,596
Most economical is have the 50/1.4 repaired.

brussell wrote:

I have a 50 1.4 that won't focus - surprise, surprise. Canon wants $133 plus shipping to fix. Would that money be better spent on a new 1.8 or a different lens all together.

I shoot with a 7D and will probably stick to APS-C as long as my kids are around - 90% of what I shoot is there sports. I already own a Tamron 18-270 which is a little flaky since my son dropped it and a 70-200L II which has my wife saying "no more money for lenses!". I would like to have a good low light lens for indoor stuff though. A small zoom seems appealing for flexibility but I know that to get anywhere close to the speed of the 1.4 in a zoom is more than I can justify right now.

Any advice would be much appreciated!


  • Have the EF 50 f/1.4 USM repaired.  Much preferred over replacing it with EF 50/1.8 II.
  • If you don't have it already, get and use the ES-71 II (or cheap clone) as protection against future AF breakage.
  • Add in the EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS to also have a cheap but sharp small zoom.  Total for all 3 is less than a new 50/1.4.

Could even pay for all 3 above by selling the 18-270, which is mostly redundant with 18-55 and 70-200.


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