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Old May 20, 2008, 2:42 PM   #1
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As a new shooter, would the F1.8 be good enough or should I spring for the more expensive F1.4?
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Old May 24, 2008, 3:16 PM   #2
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Both are very good. I personaly have the 1.4 but if I did not get it at a very good price I would have bought a 1.8. As far as sharpness and color rendition I don't think there is any difference. The extra stop is the deciding feature in the 1.4

If you don't need the extra speed you don't need the extra expense.

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Old May 24, 2008, 3:46 PM   #3
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The defferance between 1.8 and 1.4 is only a half of a stop. Now how much is that worth.
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Also depth of field is so paper thin at F1.4, getting everything you want in focus is difficult, especially at closer distances. I think you also have to consider how much you'll use this lens. It's a bit of an awkard length indoors, and a bit short for outdoors. Unless you're doing alot of outdoor portrait work, or have a need for speed, it doesn't matter which is better, because you'll rarely use it. I'm not on the "the 50 is must have lens" bus anymore.

I think the f1.8 is the better, and more practical choice.
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