decent general purpose lens.
I could feel the difference when I first lifted it up from the box. Very decent build quality. fast focus, ultra silent focusing motor. It's the lens I take out with me most of the time, which implies it being a decent general purpose lens. On my 5D mrk II, it works perfectly. I do a bit portrait with this lens on my canon 40D, which is convenient. However, it does have front-back focus problem with my 40D. Mind you though that it is not a good macro lens. It's very soft with a dreamy effect from f-stop 1.4 to 1.8. The sharpness is greatly improved from f-stop 2.0 I figured that if you shoot in a restaurant with soft ambient light from the artificial light source, the lens actually generates very sharp images at f-stop 1.4 Overall, it's a very good decent lens.
Takes fressshhhhhh DOF photographs. 10/10 for build quality, focus speed etc. Fantastic in low light conditions even with a cropped sensor which is in the 7D.
Alright constrution. Focus ring feels very cheap. But performance is great! Does what I expected! Great choice for photographers on a budget!
Excellent lens for all photographers..a must have .
I'm using the 50mm 1.4 as my everyday lens at the moment. Picture quality is so great and as expected, works excellently in low-light situations.
The fifty thats cheap on price but packs a very solid punch
This is one of those "must have" lenses... the standard prime with a 1.4 aperture really brings out the creative side of photography while still being very cheap. If you dont have one of these then go get one now :)