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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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

Pros: Very sharp, awesome bokeh, weight, build.

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

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.
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.