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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Jul 26, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $79.99 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, light, large maximum aperture, PRICE!
Cons:
No distance scale. Other than that this is fine.

I bought this recently because I hadn't ever owned a prime and figured that a standard 50 was the way to go. I couldn't justify spending around $280 more for a 1/3 stop gain, USM, or distance scale. Not having a metal mount is not a disadvantage. It's not like this lens is so heavy the mount will bust. Besides, not having a meatl mount saves on weight. Which I love when backpacking. Basically, it's a great lens for your bag, and is indespensible when it comes to low light shooting.