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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

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

 
Pros: Great bokeh, sharp pictures, nice macro and great for portraits
Cons:
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!