I received my Canon 50mm f/1.4 yesterday and am not particularly impressed. It's not a bad lens, but it definitely seems like a compromise in every sense (contrast, build quality, bokeh, cheap micro USM, etc.). I guess I should have expected this based on the reviews...Anyway, I can't afford the 50L at this point, so the Sigma 50mm seems like the best choice. So I have a few questions:
-Is the 50mm shipping with the new finish? Specifically from Amazon as B&H is sold out.
-If you've sent one in for focus calibration, how long did you have to wait for it to be returned?
-What aperture do you consider the Sigma usable at (in terms of contrast and sharpness)? f/2-f/2.2 seems to be my limit on the Canon.
-How's the hood? Do you use it?