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...
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.
Conclusion: I no longer have this lens, but I really enjoyed it while I did. The quality it produces is really excellent. AF is very quick and responsive and it works great in low light. My only complaint is that the build quality could have been better. When I sold the lens, it must have been dropped or something during shipping because upon arrival the focus ring was jammed (though my shipping box and materials were still perfectly intact) Could have been a fluke scenario, I don't...
Pros: Sharp wide-open, fantastic bokeh, responsive AF, physically a small and compact lens for the focal length.
Summary: This lens is razor, razor, razor sharp in ideal lighting conditions. You won't find any difference between this lens and any L lens when shooting in ideal lighting conditions (outdoors on a sunny day or indoors with lighting equipment/flash). I find this to be noticeably sharper than the 85mm f/1.8 in this respect. In less than ideal conditions, however, the lens starts to falter.
Summary: Perfect Telephoto for those candid shots ! I'm not sure why people rave about the 100mm f2.8 macro when this lens has bigger aperture, smaller size, & metal mount. I love this lens on my 7D. Along with the Sigma 30mm 1.4, I'm all set. If only i could afford the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II ! BEST BANG 4 YOUR BUCK ! Without sacrificing Build or Image Quality ! UPDATE: I sold this due to in poor lighting i couldn't get sharp shots. I wish it had IS.
Summary: I Love this lens. The bokeh is amazing, great contrast, colors an focusing speed. Plus is very small and light. Lighter than my Tamron 17-50 f2.8. I wanted a cheap telephoto for weddings and a fast lens with a big aperture for portraits. I didn't have the money for a Canon 70-200 f2.8 and the 50mm f1.4 didn't seem very useful to me. This lens fits my two needs. Great portrait lens (a little long for my cropped camera, wich makes it a 160mm lens)and life saver telephoto.