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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Jan 24, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $120.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Sharp, cheap and light
Cons:
Durability is an issue

Got this one for my Canon 350D and it followed me to the 30D and on to the 1D Mk III.

Its fast, cheap and light and a great tool when first trying out DOF and DSLRs. Durability is an issue though - after one year some plastic came loose on the inside, but it doesn't show up on the pictures (probably because of the 1,3x crop factor).

AF is a bit slow but I still use 50 mm from time to time - especially for product shots. But will not replace it when it finally breaks - instead I will look for a 50 mm 1.4 or a 24 mm 1.4L (nice but expensive)