I have had a copy of this lens since a friend sold it to me for a rock bottom price a few years ago now. It’s absolutely fantastic for a number of reasons.
Firstly, it’s really small. When on the front of my 550D, it makes the whole camera really small and light, especially when compared to the EOS 15-85mm I usually keep on there. This makes it dead easy to carry around in your hand or around the neck without attracting any attention.
Secondly, it’s got a maximum aperture of f1.8, which means two positive things. It’s much easier to produce a nice blurred background than when using a lens with a smaller maximum aperture e.g. f3.5. It also helps by allowing more light into the lens during the photo, therefore allowing me to get sharper images in dim lighting (again, the low weight helps here too). Both of these characteristics help to give the impression that I know what I’m doing when I show off my photographs.
Finally, on the 550D with cropped sensor, the focal length becomes approximately the same as an 80mm lens, which is about right for flattering portraits.
Here are three of my favourites that I’ve taken recently…