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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

Review Date: Aug 12, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great bokeh, sharp pictures, nice macro and great for portraits
Autofocus sometimes slow, and focuses back and forth and few seconds, but once it finds its spot, it takes wonderful pictures.

I just broke down and bought the Canon 350D over the 20D because I wanted a compact SLR that I could throw in my bag with a small lens. After realizing the kit lens 18-55 was junk, I decided to put on this lens, which I formerly used only for macro back with my Rebel G film camera.

Boy was I impressed with this lens! I have taken absolutely beautiful portraits of my daughter, along with sharp macros of a ladybug, all with a beautiful creamy background.

I have decided to keep this lens on my body as a general purpose lens, though I may have to invest in the 85 1.8 for those low-light situations (school plays and ballet performances) when I need a faster lens.

I also purchased the Tokina 12-24 wideangle, and I will post my thoughts on this later.

All in all, buy the 50 2.5. It's a great lens!