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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Feb 7, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast and quite focus, lightweight, build quality, flare control
Cons:
No weather seal, front cap hard to use when hood is attached, price, CA wide open

I have been using 35L for the past two years and can't tell you enough. First and most important for me was the weight and build quality which exceeded my expectations as well as the image quality is second to none. I use this lens for half&full length body portraits including environmental portraits with minimal distortion which can be fixed in LR with ease. This is a great indoor lens be it for family, events or wedding. I found the large focusing ring rotates with little effort and with great precision. I found this lens has impressive macro capability.
The only small con I found was the lens cap is is tough to take off and put on when the hood is attached but I can live with that.
All in all this is a must have and truly deserve all the hype.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Jun 18, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $130.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Cheap, Light, Fairly Fast Focus, Good results @ f1.8
Cons:
None really

If you just bought dSLR and looking for your first lens GO and BUY this lens right now you wont regret it. I have learned so much about photography by using this lens over my kit (Canon 18-55mm IS) lens. Don't be disappointed by this lens until you know how to use it and first rule is 1/focal length is what your shutter speed should be or else you will get blurry pictures due to hand shake but you already knew this right.
Anyways the IQ is great and tack sharp at f5.6. I hope you will enjoy this lens as much as I do.
Cheers and happy nifty-fiftying!


 
Canon EOS Rebel XSi (450D)

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Review Date: Jun 4, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Low Noise vs Price, Photo Quality, Intuitive Menu, Spot Metering, 3" Bright LCD, Ergonomics, RAW+JPEG@12MP Mode, Live View, SDHC,
Cons:
Non yet!

This is my first DSLR camera and I got to say I am glad I picked Canon XSi as it blew my socks off after the difference I saw between the P&S I was using.
My learning curve with this camera was very fast as the kitted material was easy to understand and given examples which helped newbie like me visualize. I am now mostly shooting in Av or Manual modes but if I get lazy Program mode will definitely give you some great results.
Overall controls are nicely positioned on the camera's body so a person with medium or small hands can comfortably navigate all the menus and settings.
Supplied lens (18-55mm IS) which comes as a kit feels very plasticky and cheap but don't underestimate its power as it can produce some great photos comparing to a prime lens like 50mm 1.8 which I bought without a doubt, great lens and must have if I Cannon fan. I have not yet tried any of the "L" glass on my XSi but am waiting for a surprise I hope.
Battery life is great on this camera I was able to take close to 500 photos on one full change. Built in E-TTL flash works great wanders indoors.
I recommend this camera to any beginner like myself.