« on: April 23, 2014, 12:32:57 PM »
But without having used the 40/2.8 I am not sure the improvement provided by the 35 f/2 will knock your socks off. You are much better off getting a good copy of the 50/1.4 in my opinion.
While I liked my 50mm f/1.4 for particular things, and having bought it for the improved quality over the f/1.8, I regret to say that I fell into the same problem sooooo many others experienced. Even though the lens has been out for years, it has continued its habit of a failing focusing mechanism. 19 months after I bought mine, I started having inconsistent focus on shots over 10 feet away. I ignored advice found on many forums that said to avoid the lens. I 'hoped' that newer lenses had hardware tweaks that solved the mechanical failure. Not so. And the price of repair is too high to justify. It would be smarter to buy a new lens with warranty if I desperately felt the need to replace it with the same 50mm f/1.4 model. Instead I'm putting that money towards other desires, and only very seldom miss the 50 when I want to do something very particular.