This was the first lens comparison that started me down this path of looking into the different qualities of lenses that were really very similar on paper. After you’ve bought your Canon Rebel T5 or T6, you start realizing that you’d like to expand your lens selection from the standard zoom which comes with the camera. You’d like something faster, sharper, more street. So, after a quick google search you land where so many others do the Canon 50mm f1.8.
Canon has a bunch of different flavors of 50mm. On the low end of the price range you have the f1.8 and f1.8 STM. These are the famed “plastic fantastic” lenses that kick off most budding photogs lens collection.
Of course, the savvy shopper that you are, you start to wonder about the Canon 50mm f1.4, which is only a couple hundred more, and how it compares to the f1.8. Even though it’s out of range for many, I even started to wonder about the super high end Canon 50mm f1.2.
After seeing professionals show up to shoot after shoot with the little plastic fantastic 50mm f1.8, I feel more that confident in my eventual purchase. Although, it does feel cheap and the weight of the f1.4 makes one feel a little more like they have a solid tool on their hands.
I’ve shot the f1.2 only on a couple of occasions, and even though the image results of that beast are amazing, it is a brick of a lens to lug around even for a little while. However, if you have the money, live the dream, man!
Here’s the link roundup:
Adorama goes deep into the hardcore specs of the Canon 1.8 and 1.4
Digital Rev does a comparison of all three levels of the Canon 50mm lineup.
And Digital Rev’s super funny Kai does a video review of the three Canon 50mms.