Canon compatible prime with autofocus?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Chris7, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. Chris7 macrumors 6502

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    Looking for an autofocus full sensor sized prime that looks good at f/2.0 (or faster), for under $500. I would prefer 35mm or 50mm. Is this available through other manufactures?

    From the reviews, it's looking like the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is unreliable (the autofocus stops working and needs frequent repairs), and the EF 28mm f/1.8 USM is soft at f/1.8, and shows slight vignetting on a full sensor camera at f/1.8 (should I ever buy full size sensor DSLR).

    (Thanks to the people who helped me find a decent point and shoot. For now, I've decided to get a point and shoot and borrow an a friend's Rebel XS when he doesn't need it...)
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    My EF 50mm f/1.4 seem perfectly reliable and well made? Anyway you could just get the f/1.8 version and not care if/when it breaks as it's < $100. Or you could buy a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM which comes in EF mount for about $500.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    The 50mm/f1.8 is an OK lens, but frankly I think it's a bit overrated. Trying to use autofocus on that sucker in anything less than broad daylight is like trying to make a cat jump in a bath.
     
  4. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    I'm not sure where you read that the 50mm f/1.4 was a sub-par lens. It is a fantastic one, and well used and reviewed by many. Take another look around -- it is a great deal for ~ $350.
     
  5. auero macrumors 65816

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    Sigma 30mm 1.4 If you can find a good copy. AMAZING lens. If you order it at B&H you can always return it for a full refund.
     
  6. al256 macrumors 6502a

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    Amen. I never regretted finding mine on Craigslist.
     
  7. Chris7 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Bought the Sigma

    Thanks for the rec. I just ordered the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for $500 from B&H. After reading some of the reviews, it seemed like the best sub $500 full sensor prime for Canon.
    I was deliberating between the 30mm and 50mm, but decided I wanted full frame (just in case) and the greater focal length. Thanks, though. I may end up with one of these in the future
    I donno. The user reviews right on the Canon site show a lot of complaints regarding reliability with this lens in particular. I know people who have bad experiences are more likely to post a consumer “review,” but the user reviews of the other lenses on the Canon site did not generally talk of reliability problems. Plus the Canon is said to be a little softer at f/1.4 than the Sigma.

    Thanks for everyone's help. We’ll see how it turns out...
     
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Just so you know, I was talking about the Canon 50mm/f1.8- the cheap version. I haven't used the f1.4 .
     
  9. compuwar macrumors 601

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    The single sample I've seen was of a very good build-quality and the owner had upgraded from the Canon version (over time, not directly,) and was significantly happier with the Sigma. I think you'll be pleased.

    Paul
     

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