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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Nov 6, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Low light focus, "Normal" lens on crop (7D), lightweight, Accurate AF (my copy)
Cons:
soft below f2.8

I wanted a "Normal" "low light" prime for my 7D that I could use on FF if I choose to upgrade. Overall I am somewhat satisfied with this lens. At 5.6 and above it is just fine. At f2.8-4 it takes good pictures. However, If you expect any "keepers" at f2.0 or f1.8, forget it. It is sadly soft. I wasn't expecting L lens performance for this price range, but I was surprised at just how bad it does perform at 1.8/2.0. Having said that, It does let in more light for low light AF and will AF in very dark conditions. I like that part so as long as I shoot 2.8 and above, I get the AF performance I wanted and a good shot. My recommendation for this lens is on the condition that you don't expect to actually use it at 1.8 or 2. Also if its bokeh you want, this is not your lens. If you intend to stick to a crop format get the Sigma 30mm f1.4.