The Canon 50mm f/1.4 is a wonderful lens at a reasonable price point. The build quality is not "L" lens quality but it is a hundred times better than the f/1.8 version. Nice and solid like a tank. The ability to shoot wide open at f/1.4 is a godsend. Most people would agree that f/1.8 should be good enough, but the fact that the f/1.4 has more aperture blades produces round circle bokeh that we all love so much. The background is beautifully blurred to isolate your subject. It also has a full-time manual focus ring so you don't have to worry about flipping any switches. I paired this on a Canon 5D Mark II and couldn't be happier. I have had my eye on the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 but really don't see the need at this point as my feet becomes my zoom. Too tight? Take a few steps back. Too wide? Then get closer! I love that the size of the lens itself is not over-powering like the f/1.2. It sits nicely balanced on my 5D. This is a very versatile lens that anyone will love right away. It is absolutely amazing how small the plane of focus is and the ability to blur out the background is incredibly beautiful. Don't even think twice about it. You'll be getting a completely better lens all around.