REM1100 wrote:It's weakness is it is not a true 50mm but more like a 75mm with the crop factor and it does not do macro very well, also for distant wildlife shots beyond 10 yds it has no benefit..however it does do landscape shots and is good for close indoor shots where lighting is dim as it is a fast lens and works good at about two f stops stopped say f3.5 ( at wide open it is a little soft and blurred) There are not many lens that can
give a sharp picture for so little cost factor.
1) Yes, it is a true 50mm, that refers to its focal length, not how it might look on your cropped sensor
2) Of course it doesn't do macro shots, it's not a macro lens
3) It isn't intended as a telephoto, so it won't do far off wildlife shots either.
The purpose of the 50mm is sharp, fast pictures of a moderate distance - just like the ones posted in this thread. The "weaknesses" you pointed out aren't weaknesses at all, rather strengths of its intended purpose. If you want macro shots, buy a dedicated macro lens. For wildlife, buy a telephoto. The beauty of a DLSR system is the ability to change lenses for a desired result. There is no single lens that "does it all". Lenses that attempt this always
have compromises in specific areas.