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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Apr 21, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: cheap, color
AF accuracy in low light, material quality

If you looking for outdoor portrait lens by budget, take it.
1.8 will attract you to use it in low light condition but AF can not hit the point and MF ring nearly unusable.
The best thing in this lens is price, the second is sweet color.

If Canon announce 50 1.8 III with better buid quality we will see lot of mkII in used market. And think about the price...

If you can take the 1.4, lookover this lens

Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

Review Date: Apr 18, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $375.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: fast, sharp, hood included, price
quite strong CA, reverse Canon zoom rotation

I bought it for my best friend's wedding photo. In the first trip I didn't expect it too much but a little bit upset when saw CA result on my PC. White T-shirt in Thailand's afternoon sunshine create visible purple rim.
Accuracy of AF is acceptable for me, at sunset shot I never miss the target. Fact is AF noise is quite lound and sharp.
The most CONs for this is zoom rotating direction was opposite to Canon lens. Even some weeks passed but I still belong to Canon's feeling.
At 50 mm. f/2.8 is not that very shap (but still sharp) to stick at f/4 is much more better.
Color is not that sweet as Canon's portrait prime lens.
Anyway compare to Canon's flagship EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM which 3x pricy without hood in the box. I prefer this lens and keep other 2x money to find something real for another spot (L prime or ultra wide zoom) Up until now, I would say it was optimized standard zoom for APS-C.