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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

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Review Date: Sep 19, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $135.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Light weight, nice than the mkII (which I also own). It has a distance meter on it, which the mkII does not, and the build quality is noticeably better than the newer version, and focuses much faster. The IQ is slightly better than the newer version, but the mkI is noiser fer sure ... I am not bothered one bit by the noise.
Cons:
None. For the money and the selection, this is my favorite choice of the Canon 50mm lenses!

It seems quite a few people confuse this lens with it's successor, the 50mm f/1.8 mkII.

I am quite happy with this little gem. I have read a few reviews from users of the mkII that say there's not much difference, but it's not true. THERE IS QUITE A NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE between the two versions. I think if it wasn't true there wouldn't be so many people out there still trying to find one!

It's much quicker to focus than the mkII, and hunted less than the mkII (which I also own). It IS noiser than the mkII, but again, much quicker to focus, without a doubt. It's sharp as sharp could be. The mkII has it's moments, but was often producing softer shots than I'm used to. Some might say, well, what do you want for $90 bucks, but what I want is faster focusing and sharper photos! The color seems a bit richer and slightly better on this older version, too.

It's light, compact and is the perfect lens on your DSLR for a quick outing. It's great for indoor low-light portraits, too. Grab one of these little beauties if you can still find one. I don't know why the header to this review thread says the lens is under $100. Good for you if you find one cheaper than the newer version.

I paid $135 for mine and it came with a rubber hood which I like, also. In my honest opinion, t's a fair price for this 'better' version, and I'm delighted that I got my hands on one. I think I prefer it over the 50mm f/1.4mm, too!