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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Nov 26, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Allows you to take better pictures.
Cons:
Not a zoom

This is by far the best portrait lens i've ever touched. I dont care about the 85 1.2, i'm not interested. This focal length and aperture (great wide open, better at 2.8) is perfect. If you are on the fence and need a lens, buy this.

The only regret is that it is rather expensive (but L glass costs L price). I might have picked up the 100mm L macro if I didnt feel like this FL might give an advantage. I will update when i buy the macro to give an honest comparison between these two clearly great options.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Nov 26, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: cheap, decent bokeh, understandably slow focus
Cons:
this is your standard lens; what your eye sees. must have for budget consumers, but if you are willing to double down (i recommend for this focal length if non-redundant with other lenses you may own), consider a sigma or zeiss.

This will get the job done.

Will this leave you wanting more? If you never try a better 50, probably not. If you try a zeiss or sigma art 50, you will realize (as i have already) that this tool is only "decent". I'm not a pro, i'm not trying to talk pure sharpness. I just think that this lens (IMHO) is not anything special.

For the price (>$100 refurb), you will not find a better deal. If you are not so price concerned, look at the zeiss 1.4 or the sigma art.