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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Feb 1, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $70.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Cheap, sharp, small, light.
Cons:
Slow focus

This lens is FANTASTIC. I did a sharpness test against my lenses at 50mm and f/5.6. This lens was the sharpest by far, I was amazed by its ability to show the detail on the $5 dollar bill that I used.

The test was compared against the Canon Kit lens and the EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6. These lenses are not great performers by any means, but they are around the same pricepoint.

That into account, this lens is the BEST value in Canon's lineup.


 
Canon EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6 USM

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Review Date: Feb 1, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Cheap, Light, Great Focal length range
Cons:
Cheap, Light, poor sharpness.

I have the Non-USM version of this lens. I've had it for about a month, and it served me well in Mexico during a business trip, and taking photos at Christmas. This lens is perfect if you don't have much money, and will allow you to have a great compliment to the Kit Lens.

But there are better lenses you could buy than this one. If it's all you can afford, go for it.