Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II VS 50mm F/1.4 VS 50mm F/1.0L

Charles Kozierok has posted an interesting thread at FredMiranda comparing the Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II with Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM and Canon EF 50mm F/1.0 L

Crop comparison, near the center-bottom

Canon 50mm test_cropcomparison

Bokeh comparison

Canon 50mm Bokeh test_cropcomparison
Please click on the images above to enlarge

He writes:

“#1. The 50/1.8 II has much more DOF than the other two lenses at the same aperture. This probably helps with its reputation as being very sharp for its size and cost. Overall it held up VERY well compared to its more expensive brethren.

#2. Because of the vaguaries of AF at low apertures I have to call the crop comparison close to a draw. What is most noticeable to me is the much greater contrast on the f/1.0L. Also notice how much better it handled the hot area near the letters “TE” in “INTERCOM”

#3. The bokeh comparison surprised me, as the cheapest lens had the roundest highlights.

#4. The L lens seems to be longer than the other two.

Source: Test: 50/1.0L v 50/1.4 v 50/1.8II discussion

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Comment by David Figueiredo
2005-12-14 16:28:01

IE. Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II VS 50mm F/1.4 VS 50mm F/1.0L

Sheesh! how can you compare bokeh with all the lenses set to 1.8. This gives the advantage to the 1.8 as it does not have any blades in the picture. Do the bokeh test at f2.8 or f4 and the 50mm1.8 will start to look like crap compared to the others.

Comment by Boris Mitov
2008-10-31 10:53:47

True true


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