I had all the 50's... first the 1.8 shortly after acquiring my first EOS (Rebel T1i 3 years ago) and I quite liked it for the first while despite its lack of build quality and the focus often not really hitting home. I then sold it and bought a 50 1.4, which definitely was my favourite lens on the old Rebel, I was satisfied with the performance. Then I got my 5D3 and suddenly was not so satisfied anymore. Pictures were quite soft at open apertures, of course they also were on the Rebel but when upgrading from a Rebel T1i to a 5D Mark III the difference really hits you in the face.
So, I tried the Sigma 50 1.4 which of course achieves a good sharpness and overall has great image quality but as many others I got one where the focus was completely off, it focused wrong and even differently wrong depending on the focal distance. Trashed it and the idea of sending my body to Sigma to adjust the lens to my camera. I decided to wait for a new Canon 50, which just has
to happen in the near time after new 24, 28, 35 and 40 and probably will also sport an IS. There were rumours of an upcoming 1.4 IS, I don't think it's realistic, 2.0 IS is more likely. But, as we all know, that rumour has been out there for months now, there is nothing on the horizon. So... what to do?
I always - always
- glanced at the 1.2L, but steered clear from it because I was blinded by test charts like the one on the first page where one is lead to the assumption that the 1.2 is not any better, no even worse than the 1.4 or even the 1.8.
Nevertheless, I took the jump and bought it. I tell you, once you use it, you won't notice. Bokeh, AF, the overall build quality and just that special look
of the pictures make up for every lower result in some test chart. If I need sharp, I put on my 100L or 135L. Weather sealing is just another gimmick I love, it's a perfect walkaround lens for walks or snapshots and it's exceptional aperture also makes an IS quite obsolete for me and furthermore it's a perfect toy for indoor portraits, when the light is not-so-great. I love it and won't exchange it now if a new 50 comes out.
A new 85 on the other hand could be something for me