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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Feb 5, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $330.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: "Sharp as tack" images, fast and quiet USM focusing, lightweight and versatile, incredibly strong build quality
Cons:
somewhat soft at f/1.4 (but can be avoided through Manual)

I had a hard time debating between the f/1.8 and f/1.4 50mm versions, but I settled with the f/1.4 for several reasons. First, I plan to use this lens for a long time, and its outstanding build quality meant it would be a long-term investment. Second, its quieter and faster USM (Ultrasonic Motor) focusing makes AF (auto focus) incredibly speedy in almost all lighting situations. It also allows me to manually adjust the focus after locking on, something the f/1.8 does not allow. And the pictures I've gotten from this lens have been OUTSTANDING. It's my carry-around lens, all my images come out tack sharp even without the aid of IS (image-stabilization). For those interested in an awesome alternative to the kit lens or serious portrait photography taking, this is the perfect lens!

Here are some sample shots I did for friends:

http://newdra24.deviantart.com/art/Grace-72465774

http://newdra24.deviantart.com/art/My-Little-Eskimo-72465395

http://newdra24.deviantart.com/art/Smiles-From-Any-Angle-73921860

http://newdra24.deviantart.com/art/Swing-Away-73921658

I hope you find this review helpful!