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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Jan 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: cheap, fast AF, sharp, compact, light
dull contrast/colors

i bought it primarly to shoot indoor sport
the AF is at least as fast as my 70-200L 2.8, though the colors aren't as good.
it is sharp from f2.2, a tad soft wide open but still very usable.

the build is something i can really get used to it after using a 70-200 2.8 or a 300 2.8. its very light and compact on my 1D2.
the only real bummer beside the colors is that canon doesn't include a hood. unfortunately those aren't cheap either :/

i gave it an 8 only because colors can be better, its too soft wide open and the hood is missing. then again, the price-performance-ratio is very high, you can always go with the 85L if you wanna get a great 85mm with stunning colors and sharpness

tested equipment: 20D/1D2 - compared to 70-200L 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 100 2.0
tested environment: indoor sport, portraits