Summary: This 50mm 1.8 is a great piece of glass. This on a DX body acts as about a 75mm lens. Because of this, it is a very good and affordable portrait lens for DX users. This was the first lens I bought with my D5200, and I have gotten very good and very sharp results. At times, the image can look a little soft when at 1.8 (or at least close to 1.8). I will admit that sometimes this is my fault, but there are other times I would put the blame on the lens.
Excerpt: As someone new to photography, I was looking for a set lens that would help me in my learning process. When I went on the B&H website, I realized there were plenty of options. I was able to compare 3 very similar lenses side by side. It made choosing a lens easy. I was able to eliminate one that wasn't compatible to my camera. The price was competitive. The entire B&H experience was great!
Excerpt: I haven't used the 50mm f/1.4, but I find this lens to be very sharp. The build is a little "light" for me so I don't know how durable it will be, but I think this is a great buy and can't imagine it being much better in sharpness and overall image quality.
Excerpt: If you need every bit of Bokeh then get the 1.4. If you have to have the sharpest lens get the Zeiss Otus. If you want a great lens at a great price that gives good bokeh and is sharper edge to edge than the 1.4 then look no further. Now go spend the other $3800 you saved not buying the Zeiss on a trip to an exotic location to take pictures of something other than test charts.