with lots of us buying expensive lenses, i am begining to believe that in most users mind, price equals performance. i do not deny that quality generally comes at a price..but there are some what I call 'evergreens'. these lenses do not command high price, have superb performance, but have become mundane. i am enjoying learning photography with the niikor 50/1.4. it takes me to the basics. it allows me to be selective, when needed. it can capture the magic light and be fast to stop the action or when the light is failing. it is superb for scapes ( all kinds ),full length portraits, and makes a wonderful walk-around..if fl suits one. just because a fl 0f 50mm was considered 'normal' on film does not mean one has to stick to its equivalent on cropped dslr sensors. i know of no better lens, to recommend as a must have in their bag. i love small alleys and streets in europe: day nears the end: Thanks for giving me of your time.