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canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.8- Distortion
Old 05-01-2012   #1
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Question canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.8- Distortion

I am tempted to have again a canon 50mm for my IIIf.
I had the 1.8. Lovely lens but had the coating auto-destruction feature.
I had the 1.4, and it was almost perfect (too big for a barnack though). I sold it after I saw the level of distortion it can deliver (I'm allergic to barrelled doors), but I know that apart of that it is an excellent performer.

I would like to ask the specialists here if the 1.8 is better than the 1.4 in terms of distortion...


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Old 05-01-2012   #2
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Why not look at the great Canon 1.5 Sonnar ?


I'm waiting for mine to arrive, got it for 300$ , from what i have gathered it's a nice lens and the pictures in the thread show it.
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Old 05-01-2012   #3
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I've never had the Canon 50/1.4, but I've never noticed any distortion on my 1.8. The 1.5 is a wonderful lens, but a very different beast than the other two 50s.

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I have used the Canon 50mm 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 1.8 lenses quite often. I sold the 50/1.4 to raise cash to buy another lens, and I kept the rest. I find each of these lenses to be excellent overall.

It is interesting that distortion is an issue.
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