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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Apr 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Bitingly sharp. Light. Fast.Good colour. Good bokeh.
It doesn't have a red stripe around it.

If Canon didn't produce a 1.0 lens, this is the standard lens that would have the red stripe round it. I got mine slightly used, sold by some poor fool who thought that 50mm lenses were old tech and wanted a zoom. It's brilliant for everyday photography, and superb at low light. Because of it's lightness you can hand hold at speeds you wouldn't think possible. If was given a choice of only having one lens in my collection, this would be it because the quality means that even if you really needed a short telephoto, you'd still be able to do a selective enlargement with minimal loss of quality. Of course, me going out with just one lens is completely in the realms of fantasy Smile