Ok firstly I apologise for the bad quality and composition of the below photo but I was a bit rushed for time
Anyway today during a model shoot I thought, "I'm disappointed how some posters and I always get ridiculed when we say the 50mm f/1.8 II holds its own wide open even against L primes like the 85mm f/1.2L II, 35mm f/1.4L and Supertelephotos like the 300 f/2.8L IS and 400mm f/2.8L IS"
Many posters are adamant the 50 f/1.8 II is soft as vaseline till at least f/2.5 or f/2.8. It makes my blood boil (I'm kidding)
I really beg to differ so I grabbed the poor model today (who probably thought I was a weirdo), and told her to stand still whilst I mounted my 5D Mark II, put on my 50 f/1.8 II lens, opened Live View and zoomed in to 10X, manually focused, and took a photo of the model, focusing on her face. Yes I'm a sad pixel peeper, I know
The unaltered, straight out of camera RAW conversion is shown below (DPP Raw conversion, standard settings) of the lens at f/1.8 wide open. If you do not believe it you are welcome to right click and save the file, and examine the EXIF
I don't know why some 50 f/1.8 II are soft wide open but I suspect either sample variation or AF errors (or user errors). But I don't think this lens should be dissed for IQ based on these poor performing copies. Dissed for QC, certainly, but not IQ
Let's be honest, the lens is an AF and build quality disaster, but at least it's sharp
I will try and debunk the bad bokeh myth some other day, I can only take one weird shot of a model per day