Great lens for video, not the sharpest for wide aperture pictures.
12 August 2012
Summary: Brand new. Seems like it's going to serve me very well. Have noticed issues with image sharpness at wider apertures. Also, focus ring is a little grainy, but still consistent and not jerky. Lens is hefty, strong, and feels well built.
Summary: Reasonably priced, fast standard lens! Bought this for my Canon 7D. Center sharpness at f1.4 is much better than canon f1.4. Works well against direct and bright light, no flare or ghosting.HSM is a bit louder than I would have thought. All in all I am happy with the lens for my uses.
Pros: Great solid heavy build, Nice Bokeh, Smooth and weighted focus
Summary: It's tough to get a fast and wide lens for an APS-C sensor camera. I tested a few other comparable lenses in this price range and this seemed to be the best pick. At 30mm, it's not super wide but wide enough for me considering it's 1.4. I use it for video on my T2i and the only downside to this lens is that the focus ring is a little bit stiff (when manual focusing). Overall a great lens.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction