This is something I consider, as the value for the money was quite decent. But GAS is also calling...
Oh, I know that feeling all too well!!! If you're not in a hurry, why not try and track down a 1.8 mk1? They're about halfway in price between the 1.8 mk2 and the 1.4, you get way better build quality, none of the AF woes, you can still satisfy the GAS monster and have a bit of money left over for something else
i have the 1.4 and it is broken now for the 2 time, in 4 years.
i changed to a manual one because i dont need af.
the quality of the lenses is ok but the overall rating is not so good
FWIW, my 50mm f/1.2 has broken twice from collisions that my FD 55mm f/1.2 (and probably the EF 50mm f/1.4) would not even have sneezed at. It does feel well built, like the whole L lens line, but it has a definite Achilles' Heel: The front retaining ring (the piece that has the name of the lens on it) is made of plastic, not metal, like it is on most L lenses. The lens hood mounts to this piece. My lens hood twice took an impact that broke the ring. $45 for the part ordered directly from Canon in New Jersey, and $35 to put it on each time. I wish they would design a new (metal) retaining ring and issue a repair recall for the lens.
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I own the plastic mount 50mm 1.8. This is easily my most favorite lens. It is super sharp and very light. It has held up well too. My camera backpack once tore open and it fell from about 5 1/2 feet to stone and bounced down another 8 feet. (I was climbing boulders). I would recommend getting another one or a metal mount one.
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