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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Feb 12, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $160.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Best bang for your buck, image quality
Cons:
Build quality, noisy AF

This is the first lens I've bought after the horrible kit lens came with my XTi.

First of all build quality really disappointed me, but it clearly explains why this lense is so cheap. So I shouldn't be complaining about it but whatever. Also AF is a bit noisier than the kit lense and it seems a bit slow too, but I don't have any experience with the lense on daylight. Maybe AF won't get confused when the lighting is OK Smile

Image-wise, it is totally unrivalled for the price. Images are sharp and it creates beautifully blurred backgrounds. Sometimes f/1.8 becomes a little tricky to handle but generally it's the best feature of the lense.

Two test shots. I had the polarizer attached to my kit lense and was too tired to remove it Smile

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23040438@N05/2260277721/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/23040438@N05/2261071342/

I totally recommend it, it is definitely a must have. Don't even hesitate to buy one.