First, thanks for looking to try and help. Okay, I don't have L glass but I have heard the 50mm is really sharp and yet I don't see it or my lens is not right. Or I stare at so many L threads that I'm even more disappointed... I have some photos to share to help determine what's the issue. If you guys don't feel I took the right kind of photos (these are a little on the macro side) tell me and I'll do something more portrait style and post pics. Tripod, center dot focus point in Aperture Priority: Link=photobucket "full size" I really should find a way to host full size photos. Canon 28-135mm @ 50mm & f4.5 1/60 100% Canon 50mm f1.8 MK1 @ f4.5 1/80 100% At the crop I'm surprised to see the 50mm is actually sharper. But the point of the 50mm is the f1.8. Here's what it looks like: Canon 50mm f1.8 MK1 @ f1.8 1/60 100% I thought the shutter might be open too long, so I shortened it. No appreciable difference. Canon 50mm f1.8 MK1 @ f1.8 1/200 What's going on?