Jerobean wrote in post #16840926
it's great you like the lens, but lets be real, the difference between the thrifty 50 and a 50L or 50A is huge.
Absolutely. Especially regarding price, and of course the L and Art are better performers. But I don't need L or Art quality. For me it's a principle thing (and practicality - I don't use a 50mm enough to justify spending a grand on a lens). Truthfully, I don't really like the 50mm f/1.8 II (except for the performance/$ ratio), but it will serve most of my needs until Canon can come up with a replacement for their current f/1.4 offering. The Sigma f/1.4s that I had were no better overall than their Canon counterparts.
I'm gonna have to sit down with the 1.8 II and the 1.4 (since I have both) and see just how much difference there is in performance, since I haven't used the 1.8II in a while. But, if memory serves, the 1.8II should handle my needs (the main one being a lens that can consistently and accurately focus at wide open). As I recall, my 1.8II is at least as accurate as my f/1.4...
One last thing, I just moved from a 1DsII to a 1DsIII, so now I have micro-adjust. I'll see if that will make a difference in focus reliability.