Summary: After borrowing the Canon 1.2L lens from someone I knew, I decided that I wanted a 50mm lens in order to take beautiful portrait photographs. This lens fit the bill, and when I first got it it worked beautifully!
Summary: First off I want to say, the reason for the poor review is not because of the quality of the images it produces. On the contrary, this lens is utterly fantastic, especially at f1.4. If you had asked me last year what I thought of this vs the 1.2, I would have said "are you crazy?
Summary: I would have bought f/1.8 ii instead. I started to hate this lens even more after the new f/1.8 STM has released. This is USM but not super fast as it is not the ring type. f/1.4 is not sharp but i have extensively shot in f/1.4. above f/2 is ok.
Excerpt: I have owned two of these...both have had AF cease to function twice on each lens. Repaired by Canon Irvine CA. Both broke down again. I think as this was a very early design, the mechanics of the AF are weaker than current designed lenses. .
Summary: I'll cut to the chase: this lens is seriously lacking. It's better than nothing, though, which why I gave it two stars. Between 1.4 and 2.8, this lens is easily the worst out there. The field curvature is extreme, so focus-recompose shooting styles are basically impossible.
Summary: I have a love/hate relationship with this lens. It's a beautiful lens, the bokeh is gorgeous especially for the price, and it is light, practical and very useful, however there is a big issue when it comes to the build of this lens.
Excerpt: Not sure why I can give it 2 stars as my copy lasted just 18 months and was used MAYBE 15 times in those months. I shoot primarily with long teles but wanted something to have on hand for an occasional close up. I am told after NUMEROUS chats and calls to Canon...sorry...nothing we can do.
I am quite disappointed with the flash as it is so hard to ...
Parama Pradana Suteja, Amazon
20 March 2015
Summary: I am quite disappointed with the flash as it is so hard to put in the battery inside..and the lens extension is not good because it does not fit that perfect to the lens... What I like is just the canon lens... I ve should buy it separately instead
Summary: Ive owned this lens for 2-3 years and while its been good for low light with a Canon 5dMk 2, its build quality and reliability has not been good. Problems with focus jamming and rough manual focus was intolarable. I regretted not paying a bit more and buying a Sigma 50mm F1.4.