« on: November 14, 2014, 02:26:00 PM »
It's been a good year for the high performance 50s but not for the lower end stuff. The 50 1.8 is fine--an IS version might be nice-- but the lens is fast, cheap and sharp enough. The 50 1.4 is the current weak link. The 50 1.2 is even fine. It's really supposed to be a portrait lens, and its rendering quality is really nice for that. It doesn't need to be knife sharp. For the folks that want that, there is the Sigma or Zeiss. Give me a nice update to the 50 1.4 that's not in a huge package. I don't want a solid 50 that's as big as a zoom.
Excellent comments. Agree wholeheartedly.
The list of people who would want this new 50 f/? IS is pretty long:
- People prefer sharpness over draw. Heck, even the ancient EF 50/1.4 has sharper corners over the 50 1.2L -- imagine what a newer design will be able to do.
- People who prefer smaller primes, both in weight and size
- People who need IS for hand-held low-light or video work
- People who want modern, super-reliable USM focusing performance
The list of niggling little wants on the non-L 50 -- if addressed -- add up to a lens many people will want. Canon just needs to deliver it to us. Then we'd have a 50 for beginners learning about primes, a 50 for pros who want that magic wow pop factor, and the 50 that does eeeeeeeverything else.