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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Dec 26, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $70.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, compact, cheap
Cons:
Slooww focusing

This lens is just as sharp as my $300 Tokina 28-70 2.8 but it a fraction of the size and weight. Yes it does feel like a toy, but a heavier lens is also more likely to suffer impact damage if it takes a spill. Major problem is the degree of focus hunting. I recently used it with my 10D for an informal gathering and the inability to focus in low light (left the 550ex at home) had me looking like a rank amateur. Folks waiting around while the lens is hunting around aimlessly. I eventually went ot MF mode, which I personally try to avoid in low light situations as the small viewfinder display on the 10D makes it more difficult to judge focus. I'm almost wondering if my lens is defective as its not exactly fast when I use it with my EOS-3 either. Despite all that, I still give it high marks as the image quality is fantastic and its the fastest lens I own, which makes it great for dramatic DOF background blurring. All from the least expensive lens I own!