Very bright and affordable lenses. I have primarily used it to portrait and where it can deliver great results, but the lens has its flaws.
+ Sharpness is absolutely superb.
+ Prize. Especially in the current situation (799kr, I gave a couple of hundred more).
+ The weight is very low.
- Build quality. Plasticky.
- Autofocus is the simplest kind and lets a lot. It does not bother me so much, but what bothers me the more is that it misses the focus sometimes. Footwork man with f1.8 means that the tip of the nose is sharp instead of eyes, as the focus point carefully sieved.
With f2.8 usually work better.
+ - One might remark that bokehn not look great, the lens lacks image stabilization, and the focusing distance could have been better. But given its low price, it is quite reasonable deficiencies.
It would be nice if Canon could make this objective in an STM version with IS and maintaining brightness. The price would probably go up some course.
There are of course alternatives, like the Canon EF 50 1.4 (too expensive, lacking IS) and not least the new EF 40 2.8 STM that I think is hyper interesting despite weaker brightness.
UPDATE July 2015:
Now when the lens is in an updated STM version is a better buy, even if it costs a few hundred more. Still very cheap considering the optical quality.
Fantastic good lens in terms of price. A must for all beginners. Fine blur and bokeh at f1.8. Suitable for portraits but also for many other things. The disadvantage lies with the auto focus that is both slow and noisy.
Good pictures in daylight or indoors with lit lighting.
Need to stop down to F1.8, you will get much blur off- center.
+ Good photos in normal lighting.
+ Ability to F1.8
+ Good sharpness at f2.8 and higher
+ Extremely affordable lens for the average user who wants to try a different lens than the standard 18-55.
+ Works great for portrait photo
- Terribly plasticky
- Loud so be sure to shoot with it if you do not add the audio after the fact.
- Slow autofocus
- Poor närgränsläge
- Try not to shoot moving subjects with this.
Very affordable, purchase!
This was not on my radar (the first time) but when I went and bought it so I was very surprised.
+ The sharpness. Absolutely amazing for the price.
How bright it is.
- Build quality is comparable to a better toy from Fisher Price.
AF any hunting in low light / bright.
But on the whole this is a must for anyone who wants a bright, solid, sharp lens.
I paid 799: - the Elgiganten. Buy now!
I had before I bought it only used the standard lens. What a difference it gets, no zoom, however, but for it to get get one for Lens. Get great shots indoors in a way I did not manage to before, it does not get blurry images anymore.