Before I bought this lens, I was only using the kit lens. This baby lets me blur out the background a heck of a lot more and really focus on the subject and get a cool depth of field effect. Definitely recommend all Canon SLR owners to buy one of these. Even if you aren't a serious photographer, if you have a Canon SLR, you owe it to yourself to get this lens. It's called the nifty fifty by many enthusiasts for a reason.