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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: May 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $60.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: It's cheap, sharp after f2.5, very sharp after f4 or f5.6, uhh it's cheap, it's very light, it's small, and it's cheap
Cons:
the build quality is total crap. after using nicer primes like the 85 1.8 and some L zooms I held this thing and it literally felt like a toy. It's very very light - too light. it feels like you could crush it just by holding it wrong. It also autofocuses loudly and kinda slowly, and there are only 5 aperture blades.

if you're on a tight budget but want a sharp lense, this is it. it makes for terrific portraits with it's large max aperture and surprisingly nice bokeh. If you want a sturdy, reliable lense that will last, then look elsewhere.