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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jan 16, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $560.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Weight, Sharpness, $Price$, build
Cons:
Sometimes hunts in low light

This is an exceptional lens and my first "L". It is VERY sharp, gives great color and contrast. There are f2.8 versions and the f4 IS version, but you have to pay for those things. Can the 2.8IS get shots this lens can't? Of course and that's what you pay for. I wanted an outdoor "backyard" lens for photographing my son and this lens delivers on that within my budget. This lens weighs next to nothing. I have shot the 2.8IS a few times and this is just a different lens altogether when it comes to weight. The focus has been very fast and accurate. Few shots are missed and the ones that are missed tend to be error on my part (back focus on BG, etc). I would recommend this lens to anyone looking for a lens that regularly shoots outdoors in decent light. If you want to shoot weddings in dimly lit church's or indoors you need to get a more expensive version (2.8 or IS) or have a body that can shoot at ISO 6400+. As for low light hunting I do not believe this lens to hunt any more than any other lens. AF requires light and a contrasting object. Without both of these locking on is hard to do for any lens.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Mar 24, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness at and above f4.0. Lens speed (f1.8). PRICE. IQ. Color.
Cons:
Build quality. AF Speed. AF noise. (All of which I am ok with considering the price)

My favorite lens. I love the speed of a f1.8 prime for indoor photos around the house. I use this on my 400d mostly for photographing my son (now 10months old). The colors and sharpness are top notch. The cost is so low there is no reason why a canon DSLR owner shouldn't have on in the bag. You can preview my EF50mm f1.8II photos here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vbossi/sets/72157603541955996/

The AF is a little slow and loud but I cannot complain at all for $80. As for sharpness this lens is best in the f4.0-f11 range and starts to get soft as you open it up. However I still shoot it wide open when needed and the images are still great for my needs.