I purchased this lens before shooting an event that was to take place in a small, dark restaurant, and boy was I glad that I did! It allowed me to get pictures in a low-light situation without too much distortion and still capture some of the setting. (My 50mm 1.8 worked well for close-ups, but didn't allow me to capture the whole scene.) The lens produces nice bokeh and the images are crisp. I have also found that it works well for shooting children as they are fascinated by the camera and are often running towards me. This lens allows me to capture them at a closer range.