New toy - emphasis on the "toy" part. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II has very nice sharp optics, but a so-so and mostly plastic build. I can report that the autofocus sounds a bit like an elderly tractor transmission. It is however, very, very cheap ($NZ 195), and therefore worth a go. I'm liking the extra couple of stops of light (and bokeh!) so far, and I wish I'd had it last week for the bellydance shoot. It would have put paid to that unspeakable blue blind.