I've been looking at this lens for a long time. I wanted either this or the 85mm 1.2l and based on many reviews I ended up buying the more expensive 85mm 1.2l. I love the 85mm and was really happy with the purchase I still use it a lot. But the 85 was always just a bit heavy and a bit too limited for wide shots. Too often I was unable to frame the shot I wanted when I was indoors or in tight quarters.So now that I own the 50mm I can definitely confirm what people say. It is a bit soft wide open and more soft on the edges compared to the 85mm. You have to zoom in to really see but it is clearly softer. But, I think this lens has a very unique look. The background blur is smoother on the 50 with a little less contrast making it have a unique look. This look will be subjective but to my eyes it does look a little better. The background blur on the 85mm is amazing, but compared to the 50mm it is just a little bit harsh looking and you can see onion rings on bright highlights. Also, for portraits, even though the 50mm is a bit softer it may actually be better with less post work to remove blemishes or other things like that. The pictures with the 50mm just look dreamy and beautiful straight out of the camera. Again though, this is subjective.I also love extreme details and sharpness in images, so for those kinds of things the 85 is a bit better at 1.2. Both the 50 and the 85 get sharper stopped down a bit so for me this really doesn't matter too much. I use other lenses anyway if I am going for extreme detail.I think the 50 is designed well. Not too heavy. Autofocus is not perfect but I expected this and works well enough. The images are dreamy and the background blur is creamy. I love it.