like someone else said- i could give a crap what kind of 50 they make, but for the love of god, let the damn thing focus properly.
hands down the worst canon lens ive ever used in terms of AF. It actually is usable as a manual only lens...because i dotn have a choice at this point.
ps- these "why IS?" arguments is think is ludicrous. IS helps. THAT IS ALL.
Yes, agree with you on both points.
I owned 2 copies of the 50mm, and the AF of it was terrible (better on my 7D than my 350D, and yes I've also used on FF) - but in all copies of the 50mm lenses, each was generally slow, inconsistent, inaccurate, hunting in poor light. That's not what I want a fast prime for! I need it to nail focus.
There were other non 50mm - lenses that I have used with AF (eg f/1.8 with USM) - which nailed focus consistently. So it's not me being unable to use a shallow depth of field. The 50mm occasionally would nail focus, but most of the time focus was not good enough. And trying to use the lens MF doesn't work well enough for my critical needs (focus ring = terrible).
And as per my other posts, yes - IS does help. I may buy a new Canon 50mm without IS if it's good and they release it indicating there won't be an IS version, if it meets all my other needs. (I won't need IS in most situations, but certainly would take IS over a non-IS version, as at times IS will allow me to get the shot I want).
I may even consider Canon's 35mm f/2 IS over the 50mm non IS is released. Just I know that I prefer the 50mm focal length for my style of photography rather than a 35mm. Just none of the current 50mm lenses from any manufacturer meets what I need.
Let's see!! C'mon Canon, please please please give us a great 50mm f/1.8 (or even f/2) with IS, USM and great IQ wide open! Eventual pirce under $1000 AUD. Pretty please.