Found a 50mm f/1.8 Canon EF lens with a metal mount and a focus distance window at a pawn shop for forty bucks. Date of production puts it in 1988, so first-generation, "Mark I" version of the lens apparently. Biggest issue, I shot an early afternoon outdoor party, most of my south and southwest facing shots have a fair amount of lens flare. Looks like despite the fairly deep recess before the first element, the winter angle Sun manages to light-up the front glass enough for some flaring. The lens had come with a UV filter and a rubber fold-forward hood, the hood flat out looks silly and the way it folds back doesn't work well unless the UV filter is installed. It was a cheap filter, a prior bit of nighttime street shooting in a christmas-decorated shopping center immediately had ghosting so I'd removed both. Shooting with such a physically small lens and no hood was much easier for candid shots at the party, people didn't get their backs up seeing a bigger lens like when I'd used my 17-55mm previously. Unfortunately I guess a hood of some form is needed if I use it outdoors during the day afterall. Any suggestions for a decent hood for a 50mm put on an APS-C camera? Unfortunately the lens requires a screw-on hood, so none of Canon's full-frame zoom lenses starting at 80mm on the wide-end are suitable.