swamijie's reviews

  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    excellent low light IQ, price, fast 1.8, sharp, pleasing portraits, bokeh
    soft corners at 1.8, must work for best low light shots, low light AF can be inaccurate

    Great bargain! Sharp portraits wide open with really good background blur and pleasing bokeh. This lens stays on pretty much all the time on my Rebel XSi (450D) and I managed to get some really beautiful shots of my (then newborn, now infant) daughter. There were a lot of shots that had to be thrown away, as you really should have a good understanding of the lens' characteristics and lighting and other photography related skills, but, it was a learning process and the pictures that I did keep were satisfying because of the work I put in and the stunning image quality. Portraits do need to stay towards the center unless you're going for a slight softening, blurry effect in the sides of the frame on purpose (trust me, it still doesn't really come out all that nice!). Pro: really light; Con: Really Light! almost flimsy feeling; but at that price with the portraits you can get out of this thing...

    reviewed April 27th, 2009 (purchased for $89)