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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Jun 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: cheap, very sharp (starting from f/4), light
Cons:
terrible AF system, always hunts for focus in low light, soft under f/4, CA wide open, no hood, ugly

One think I hate about this lens is the AF mechanism, specially in low light. If you have the time, the light and the patience you can make technically wonderful pics above f/4.
Yes, you can shoot at 1.8 with this lens, but when you are looking for perfection you will find that this lens give you soft pictures wide open. It's better at f/2.5... and much better at f/4.0

I'm trading it for a 85 f/1.8 USM for portraits