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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Sep 5, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $325.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great portrait/headshot lens. Excellent quality for the price. Colors pop.
Cons:

I'm constantly amazed that I use a $325 lens for professional portraits. For any other type of professional photography I'd have to spend at least a grand to start up. Wild life? Sports? Wedding? Forget about it. But here I can show up with a lens that costs about the same as my session fee and produce amazing beautiful results.

The colors this lens produces are second to none. They just seem richer and fuller than the colors on my mid-range zoom lens.

My one complaint is the lens doesn't look very impressive on my camera. From 10 feet away I can't tell if my 50 1.8 is mounted on the camera or the 85 1.8. I've yet to get confused and shoot a session with the wrong lens, but it's not really going to impress a client like the 85 1.2 will. This isn't a real complaint, it's just an observation.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Aug 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $72.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Dirt cheap, sharp, good clean images.
Cons:
Stiff manual/AF switch.

I don't understand why people would stick with the horrid kit lens that comes on the XT when they could have this baby. Where else are you going to get an aparature of 1.8 for anywhere near this price?

The cheap "feel" of the lens that people complain about is silly. It's not a 600mm lens that needs to be built like a tank. It's small, lightweight and perfect for what it is.