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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Feb 16, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: beautiful background blur, incredibly fast autofocus, sharp pictures
Cons:
on a cropped sensor there's less in the frame than ideal.

great price, great lens. on a cropped sensor it doesnt leave much in the frame and i constantly found myself wanting to move further and further back and sometimes not having that option became frustrating. otherwise the lens produced incredible quality images. great color, great contrast, beautiful bokeh. and on a full frame this lens would be the absolutely perfect combination of price, performance and size. i'd highly recommend it for full frame cameras, otherwise if you're sticking to a cropped sensor i'd sooner recommend the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 at about the same price and performance.

 
Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Feb 16, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $285.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: beautiful bokeh, sharp, great in low light and at night.
Cons:
in very low light the lens hunts a bit, ive had to switch over to manual from time to time.

it's seriously an amazing lens, and at $285 it's an incredible bargain. i got lucky finding this deal and am very very pleased with its' performance. night portrait shots came out beautiful with incredible background blur. i tried taking a sample picture of a glass in a dimly lit bar and it hunted endlessly, that's been the only downside. it works flawlessly in anything above the dimmest of places and ive had not a single autofocus issue with it. i took my canon 50/1.4 off and i'll probably be leaving this on there exclusively as the 50 just didn't have enough of the kind of images i like to take, in frame. this is perfect. i'd highly recommend this lens to anyone on a budget. buydig/b&h and adorama consistently have deals on this lens and they usually can be had for under 300. you won't be disappointed.