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Offline cel

It's about time I extend my lens collection and I'm thinking of saving up for this lens:

Sony 50mm F1.4

I've been using the standard two lenses I got when I purchased my camera and feel like I need a nice bright lens which will be great with a cp filter in lower light aswell.

I'm starting to feel that a lot of my pics get noisy very fast.

Does anyone have any experience with a similer lens?




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50mm Primes are like a staple of a photographers Kit, almost every photographer has one.

They take some getting used to though, you'll love shooting at f/1.4 as well, so much fun to be had shooting with such a shallow DOF.

The whole, "Move your feet" thing for zooming effectively, can throw people off primes though, id suggest getting your hands on one and having a go with it first, but Primes are wicked lenses to have in your arsenal...
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Well, I've used both the Canon 50mm f/1.4 and f/1.8s pretty extensively, also had a play with an f/1.2 for a few weeks at one point and I have nothing but positive things to say to people about the "Fiddy Mills".

Bright (as you said) and very practical, highly versatile. No real limitations (that I can think of) apart from the 50mm sometimes being too close... I guess this could be seen as a minor problem with automotive photography, with emphasis on the minor part.



Offline cel

That is my biggest concern, not being able to zoom in/out will take some getting used to, but I'm sure the photo's will be worth it with the DOF and clarity.

Hopefully I'll have it within 2 months or so, enough time to save up and find the best deal



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f/1.2 is amazingly fun to mess around with, the 85mm 1.2 Canon do is an amazing lens, wish i could afford one! Might have to settle for the 1.8 instead...

On a Tangent....Cel, i didnt know you shot Sony, thought you shot Canon?
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Offline dkabab

whats the sony 50mm cost? nikon and canon both have several versions.... but starting from 150 - 400ish...



Offline cel

Chris, nah I've had the Sony A100 for several years now :)

Dave: on the sony site it's advertised for $699, but I've found several places quite a bit cheaper ($370 on a hong kong import site)

Sony also has a F1.8 lens for $299 on the Sony website, but I've read the F1.4 is worth getting over that one



Offline dkabab

i have 2 primes in my kit... love both of them!

the 20mm f2.8 is the newest addition.... on a full frame it makes for some ultra wide angle shots, pretty good DOF but extremely sharp.

the 300 f2.8 is in a league of its own... razor sharp in all corners, amazing DOF, and super fast at focusing  worth every cent.... (lots of them!!!!)



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Dave: any specials at your work?  :tilt:



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But Dave.... if you listen to the drift photographers, their 18-200 is better ;)
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