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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Sep 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $375.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp, awesome bokeh, weight, build.
Cons:
none

Wonderful lens, sharp at all aperatures above 2.0, great color and background blur. This lens feels so great, it is sturdy, fast, and quiet, and so cheap! I would definately feel comfortable paying 500 for this lens, all it needs is a red stripe around the front.

Definately pick up this beautifuol lens if you want a medium telephoto for a great price. This lens on a 1.6x sensor is about 135mm, which is really nice for street photography or portraits where you want alot of background blur.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Sep 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $330.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp past f/2.5, quiet, moderately fast USM, nice weight, great bokeh.
Cons:
Not very sharp at f/1.4, AF could be a bit faster.

I just bought this lens yesterday, and I definately recommend this lens to anyone who wants a good lens and wants one relatively cheap. At 1.4 this lens has such a small DOF it is really hard to get things in focus, especially when you are trying to focus on something small, I think I would need to use a tripod if I wanted to get the best image possible.

The thing that really blew me away about this lens was when I set it to f/5.0 and shot in low light, the image was so sharp I could barelly believe my eyes! It was incredible, I put the image on my computer screen and it looked as if I was actually seeing through my camera lens, I cant explain it. Again, this lens is PERFECT for anyone on a budget.