Summary: I recently purchased the new Zeiss Otus 50mm and I needed a simple portrait lens so I got this canon Lens! I was very pleasantly surprised by both the sharpness and Bokeh of this lens! Actually the image quality is about equal or better than any canon lens that I have used, however just like the Canon 85 f 1.2 and the Canon 70-200 its has a soft blur when u use it between F 2 to 4, making skin tones too soft for my taste (when zoomed in at %100) In the past I have had...
Excerpt: This lens does a great job at getting reasonably closer to a subject without having to be in their face to get a good shot. Lightweight, great depth of field. Solid prime lens. I wish the F-stop was 1.4 like it's 50mm cousin to do even better in low light, but I'm sure that would kick the price up quite a bit. For what you do get, the price is great on this lens.
Summary: This lens is a great buy for the money. I can't afford a super "high end" glass, and after reading the reviews thought I'd give this one a try. It turned out to be a great addition to my arsenal; whether I'm shooting stills or video.
Summary: Good bang for the buck -- it's like the 50 1.4's Uncle Jim-Bob. Unfortunately, it's a somewhat awkward length, at least on full-frame, and I ended up selling it a few months later because it graced the front of my camera just once in that time. The one time it did was at a concert, and I got some phenomenal shots out of it. Truly impressive, I just never found a need for it after that.
Conclusion: Despite its age, that's still an amazing lens. Unfortunately, it lacks the stabilizer and the AF is not up to the best Canon lenses, but other than that, this lens is just great. Distortion is negligible, vignetting is very well controlled and sharpness is very good throughout the whole frame even at f/2. Bokeh is nice even stopping down. Build quality is good and the quite large MF ring is very helpful if you use the lens with a follow focus.
Excerpt: I just bought a canon eos 1dx this lens fits perfectly and goes very well with full frame, a quick lens for a reasonable price. us focus works very well given the incredible servo focus the eos 1dx has.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: It's not a telephoto lens with which you can rely 100% of the time to photograph your subject without it noticing it, yet it places you at an interesting distance in which you don't intrude in the subjects space. But at the same time the pleasingly silent, fast and accurate auto-focus allows you to capture vivid moments.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Silent Focusing, Strong Construction