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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Aug 20, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Light and versatile, Cheap!, Great for portraits with blurred background and sharpness is fantastic. Oh Yeah it's so Cheap!
Cons:
Needs a little post processing but easily fixed with WB, I am just trying for the perfect picture with a $100 lense! Almost achieved. This lens takes a little practice as different light and scenes will really test your choice of setup though if achieved the results are pretty fantastic.

I am definatley a new learner with SLR photography and wished someone had told me about this lens when I bought my camera a few months ago(It was Hong Kong), should have done my research with this site instead.

I bought a Sigma 18-50mm originally and for the money it's a good zoom lense though it lacks the characterics that make the 50mm 1.8 such a good lens. I picked it up my new lense today and havent been able to stop wowing over the sharp pics and great contrast the same I've seen on some of the $3-4k lenses.

Definatley a must own if you cannot afford the 1.4 USM. Here is a some pics I captured from f1.8-f22 outside in lower light.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/72313710@N00/sets/72157594245124955/

As you can see the blurred background with aperature open wide is impressive and though in these conditions the lens doesnt start to perform until it reaches f3.2. An Indoors shot which I took didnt look good until f2.8. I bought this lens for a better picture not to use specifically as a low light lense and it certainly hasn't disapointed.