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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Jan 2, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $75.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Cheap, light, small, great sharpness stopped past 2.8. Useable sharpness wide open when you nail focus.
Plastic construction.

It's so hard to say anything bad about this lens at the price. Ever since I picked this up for my used rebel xt a few months back it's taught me so much about photography. I couldn't agree more with the folks who say you should get a cheap prime lens before using a zoom. Figuring out how to isolate things and people with focus is just so cool. This lens has produced way more shots I'm proud of than the other 4 I've got.

Yes its plastic and feels like a toy, but you only need to shoot with it a few time before you realize it's not a fisher price lens. Also, the price allows me to take it with my used XT anywhere and not worry too much about the camera.

My favorite 50mm pic so far: