I just picked up a new Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens from Camera Corner here in Davenport, IA. My first impression in WOW. I picked up a Canon t2i about 2 years ago because I was frustrated by the point and shoot cameras I had purchased over the years not giving me the capabilities I thought I needed at the time. After 2 years, I still know I haven’t scraped the surface of photography that I could. Take this review in stride again because I shoot for hobby and nothing more as of yet.
The Canons f/4 lens that came with it didn’t allow me to shoot in lower light with out shelling out for a speed light, and even then I was carrying around 3 pound of camera. I decided to go portable again and bought a Canon S100 point and shoot for parties and inside get togethers, Great camera, ill review that later, until a friend of mine let me play with his Canon 7D and hit lens that was an f/1.8 and saw the kinds of pictures I could take indoors and in low light with out my speed light. Great, had to get it, where and how much? I don’t remember the brand or location, but it had a $499 price tag or more and i was back to the S100.
A few months later I was poking around on www.dpreview.com looking at reviews of the new t4i when I stumbled across the review for the Canon 50mm prime lens at f/1.8 – Initial reviews, it’s plastic, it’s junk with a plastic mounting ring, etc… I’m not a professional, I don’t swap lenses every 20th picture. I thought I would give it a try. Again — WOW. Sharp photos with nice Bokeh, close up portraits of the kids and great soft backgrounds. This is for me. ISO 400 low light with no speed light photos. This is for me. So let the professionals buy up the $399 Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens this 1.8 is for the rest of us that is just getting into photography and do not want to break the bank for a nice prime lens.