Just what we need.....an eight hundred dollar 50mm f/1.8 lens. Oh boy!
+1. I don't know of any shooters who say they need IS on a non-telephoto. Definitely doesn't justify a $700 jump in price.
While some may desire a direct 1.4 replacement with IS, I think Canon may want some separation between the EF 50 f/1.2L and the next 50 in the lineup.
Maybe I'm not understanding this correctly, but is CR suggesting Canon might simply offer the f/1.2 and then the f/1.8 IS, skipping f/1.4 altogether (once it's phased out)? The window for a 3rd party to kill it with a decent 1.4 already exists, but this would literally pave the way. Here's hoping Sigma updates their 50mm 1.4.