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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Jan 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $84.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: inexpensive, lightweight, short dof (for portraits)
Cons:
cheap build quality, slow & noisy af

This was my second lens after the EF-S 17-55mm that came with my XTi. I wanted a portrait lens with a short dof, a wide aperture, and something that was relatively inexpensive. A friend recommend this lens and when I saw the price, it wasn't even a question. The short dof makes shooting bokeh incredibly easy and the edges in focus come out incredibly sharp for such an inexpensive (dare I say "cheap") lens. I would certainly recommend this lens to anyone looking for a beginner's portrait lens. Next for me will more than likely be a 70-200mm F4L. Enough of the hard plastic, I want glass lol.