Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Must-Have Lens for Canon SLRs

It must be expensive, right? Does it have IS and USM? Is it an "L" lens?

The answer to all three of these question is a resounding "NO"!

The answer, of course, is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II at a pittance of $73.

So now, the "why"?

First off, as you can see, it's cheap. Not only is it cheap by it's great glass for the pennies you pay. This is probably the best "bang for the buck" lens that Canon offers and the first lens you should buy for your new DSLR.

Furthermore, this lens is a great portrait lens for APS-C sensor cameras like the Digital Rebel XT, 20D, and 30D. It is the equivalent to what an 80mm lens would be on a full-frame camera.

I won't rehash what others more knowledgable than me have said about this lens. Below are some links for your reading pleasure which reinforce the points I've made.

Bob Atkins' Review

Individual User Reviews from

The Digital Picture's Review

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