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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Aug 13, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: price, bokeh, speed. (if you want to shoot sports indoors, f/ 1.8 is perfect.)
build quality, feel, AF speed, minimum focus distance is a bit far.

I am in a love-hate relationship with this lens. I love the ability to shoot fast-moving things indoors without having to resort to using the flash. I love the bokeh my lens produces. as far as taking photos is concerned, it's amazing.

but living with it is a struggle sometimes. I am not excessively hard with my lenses, I will admit that I live with them. they are going to get jostled, knocked around a little bit, and they are going to get used.

People will say this lens feels cheap. well, its 100 dollars, it IS cheap. and it shows. The plastic feels very low quality, and is prone to rattling. I've only had the lens 6 months, and the manual focus feels grainy and constrained, as though there were sand inside it. I honestly think the lens may in fact be falling apart. I know somehow, something has affixed itself to one of the inside elements, and it bothers me to look at it.

I know this lens is better than the kit lens. I know I'll get more use out of it, and I know I'll be able to use it in more places. but when I hold it, I think. this thing is a toy. it's a bit of a joke. it feels about as solid as a sushi roll.

by all means, buy the lens. it will never disappoint. but if you're like me, and want it for longer than a few years, buy an upgrade. I know I plan to.