6 out of 10 points and recommendedFast, easy to separate subject and backgroundsoft at most apertures
For the price, its just not worth changing over from the 50 f/1.8. I own both as well as a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 and the sigma is sharper all the time, at every aperture. This lens is light, and comfortable on the camera, and its nice to be able to hand hold in low light without resorting to insane ISOs, but it just doesn't measure up for the additional cost over the f/1.8.reviewed January 5th, 2007
8 out of 10 points and recommendedCheap, Fast, SharpUgly Out of Focus Highlights, Feels as cheap as it is.
This is a damn fine lens, its sharp (reasonably so even wide open), its fast, and you can get good subject background separation. The only problem I have with it is the bokeh on the out of focus highlights, they are extremely angular and displeasing to the eye. Other than that, I worry I'm gonna break the thing because of how weak its construction feels, but no sign of that yet, so no worries.reviewed January 5th, 2007 (purchased for $80)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedGreat Sharpenss, Solid Bokeh, Good Construction, Fast-Silent AFFocus can be hunty more than I would like
I own the Nikon version. An excellent piece of glass! This has mostly replaced my 50mm f/1.4 for all the same uses. Getting used to the view of the lens can be awkward at first, but it is well worth the effort. This lens is fantastic at indoor parties, you can easily spend the whole night hand held.reviewed January 6th, 2007 (purchased for $343)