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Old 24-10-2008, 16:36   #1 (permalink)
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I've been looking for a 50mm fast prime for portrait work to be used on a Canon 5D and shortly 5DII.

Although I would love the 50f/1.2 - the issues with non floating elements and focusing stop me from dropping 1000+

The 50 f/1.4 would be OK but the OOF areas can be quite harsh.

I have been reading about the Leica 50mm Summicron R F/2 and would like any feedback on this in everyday use. I realise it will be manual focus - but there is an adaptor now that allows focus confirm.

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Re: Portrait lens advice

I haven't got any experience of Leica but by all accounts it is the mutts nutts. Have you considered the 85mm either in f/1.8 or f/1.4. I have the f/1.8 version and use it on the full frame D3 and love it for portraits. I just missed out on a f/1.4 version today, the bokeh on that is to die for and the Canon f/1.2 version is just exquisite.
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I used to have the 85 f/1.2 - but got rid as I didn't use it enough ....... the Leica can be got off ebay quite cheap and the convertor is 14 ..... so thought in a studio environment it would be a good choice.

May just suck it up and get another 85 ....
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He has the 85mmF1.2 and he wont let me lend it even though he lives round the corner
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Quite wise of him..........you will love it and then have to spend.....He's a good friend....
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The 50 f/1.4 would be OK but the OOF areas can be quite harsh.
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the Leica can be got off ebay quite cheap and the convertor is 14 ..... so thought in a studio environment it would be a good choice.
The question you have to ask is , will the client who is paying for the shot see the difference between 50mm f/1.4 OOF areas vs another lens ?? Sometimes as photographers, we are our own worst enemies in being over critical of end results
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The question you have to ask is , will the client who is paying for the shot see the difference between 50mm f/1.4 OOF areas vs another lens ?? Sometimes as photographers, we are our own worst enemies in being over critical of end results
Possibly quite right ........ On the flip side - if we as the photographer aren't 150% happy with a picture ... does that transmit to the client? and does it stop our advancement?

Then again it could all be down to gear lust
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