I hope the focus adjustment system is better than what was used on the 1
William W., Amazon
22 December 2014
Summary: Cheapest way to get a Canon 50mm lens. The 1.4 has a fatal flaw that results in not being able to focus. Canon should have issued a factory recall on the 1.4. We use this lens at a university so the 1.8 is acceptable. I hope the focus adjustment system is better than what was used on the 1.4....we had three of the 1.4 lenses fail. The plastic parts warp, so the focus mechanism quits working. Would have cost more to repair the 1.4 than the cost of the new 1.8 lens.
Excerpt: I bought this lens for those occasions when I wanted a wide open aperture for low light situations and it really picks up a lot of light. That said, without IS I think you need either really steady hands or a tripod for clear pictures. And the focus is slow and noisy. But for the price, I don't think these are things to complain about.
Conclusion: I love this lens and I hate this lens. The images you get with this lens are amazing. But this is NOT military grade design. Handle this lens the way you would an egg and it will work wonders. I made the mistake of putting the lens in my camera bag without a hard cover case for the lens -- bad idea. Apparently there must have been a little jostling of my camera bag while I was walking and the next time I examined the lens it was essentially in 2 pieces. Darn.
Excerpt: Perfect for a starter's kit, the 50mm is a must-have. Wouldn't recommend it for professional work, though. It's focus is a little slow, and the body construction feels too fragile for hard work. But for students and enthusiast it's perfect. Also, it doesn't have any Image Stabilizing System.
Excerpt: I gave this lens a shot because of all the glowing "must have" reviews but came away disappointed by its limitations. This lens is a good low-cost option for taking pictures of static/stationary subjects in low light conditions. The extra speed you gain from the lower f-stop is useless however when trying to take indoor action shots (sports in a gym) because the basic AF cannot keep up with the glass's capabilities.
It's not a metal or hard plastic body like the 1.4f - It does the job but Autofocus seems to be pretty slow.
23 April 2014
Summary: All the extra stuff it comes with is nice. I'll never use the blower. I'm using the lens keeper and UV filter. UV filters are pretty good for protecting the lens, but other than that, it was a nice addition. This package is better than buying the lens outright. You get all this extra stuff with it, so it's more fun.
Summary: Apart from the filters and the tulip, I'm not using ANY of the stuff that came with my new lens. Its all collecting dust. Its a good little collection, if you actually use it. Also, I talked to a specialist who advised me never to clean my camera on my own... so I probably won't be trying out all of these gadgets.