Great Lens for Cheap!

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  1. rfosness88

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    From the reviews it looks like this is good as long as you dont touch it too hard(very fragile). I'm on a budget and would like a good and fast portrait lens for my 40D. I have a 18-55mm kit lens, and a vivitar(+adapter) 75-300mm lens.

    Would this be good?

    Amazon.com: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens: Camera & Photo

    thanx in advance :)
     
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    Sounds like a good value and a good studio lens, but it's too bad that it has a 5-segment <EDIT>diaphragm</EDIT>. Pentagonal bokeh would look bad =(
     
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    what exactly is "bad" bokeh. I know bokeh is the blurred background. So would bad bokeh be less blurred?
     
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    normally a point light out of focus looks (practically) like a circle this blurred circle is the bokeh the diaphragm produces, the fewer segments the diaphragm has, the more it starts to look like a pentagon; granted it's a pentagon with rounded edges, but generally the more segments the better.
     
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    It is a great worker ... lightweight, inexpensive, and good IQ. If you can find the Mark I version of this lens (on e-bay, for instance), it is built better with more metal (the current one feels very cheep and 'plastic-y'). The used Mark I's tend to be more pricey than a new Mark II, however (I paid about $120 for mine a few months ago). The 50mm f1.8 is quite small and gives your camera a nice low profile -- better for unobtrusive street shooting than my 17-50mm f2.8 Tamron.

    Depending on your technique, however, 50mm might be a bit short for a portrait lens. I use my 50 for that occasionally, but mostly it is reserved for those low-light situations where the f1.8 helps me out. I use my 100mm f2.8 Macro as a portrait lens quite often. Ideally, I'd like a Prime in the 70mm'ish range (I have a 50-150 f2.8, but it is pretty big and clunky).
     
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    thanks guys thats great. i will for sure check out the Mark I
     
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    I will say that most serious Canon dSLR owners I know have one of these in the corner of their bag. You will find all sorts of uses for it and it's pretty cheap to boot. That's why its called the "Nifty-Fifty"
     
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    It's a decent lens...and it's not as fragile as you seem to think it is. I'd say that it's similar to your 18-55mm lens.

    It's only when you compare it to a much more expensive lens that you really see the difference in build quality.
     
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    Awesome! I'm excited now :)
     
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    Actually the bokah isn't terrible on this lens. Look here.
     
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    I have this lens and I'd say its money well spent. Prime lens usually don't disappoint you.
     

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