« on: September 12, 2013, 02:52:40 PM »
Thanks for another nice review, Justin. I have own multiple copies of the lens and it isn't in my kit now...for two reasons. One of those was highlighted ironically in my favorite picture in the review: the lovely lady with the cool temperature blossoms in the background. The photo is great on all technical merits save one thing beyond your control; the very nervous lining on the bokeh of the blossoms. In this the lens behaves more like a wider angle fast lens, nothing like the much softer bokeh rendering of even, say the 85mm f/1.8 and certainly nothing like the 100L or the 135L. Secondly, I find that the image quality can't beat my old lenses in the focal length, like, say, a Helios 44-2 (LOVE!) or SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.4. The 40mm pancake also fills the void, too.
I will continue to use other options at this focal length until someone releases a 50mm prime with fewer compromises. I know it can be done; there are great 50mm primes that are 50 years old. I have faith that we will see one from someone in the next year or so.
P.S. I will confess that I am also one of those oddballs that likes a 35mm focal length better than a 50mm. I didn't hate the 50mm f/1.4; it just didn't get out of my bag all that often.