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Overall Best Canon lens for the money

David Israel , Jan 10, 2009; 05:55 p.m.

Regardless of cost, in your opinion what is the best Canon lens for the "buck/best value" out there?
Just thought it would be fun to see what other photographers out there thought?
Thanks again,



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Manfred Feuser , Jan 10, 2009; 06:06 p.m.

For me its the 50mm f1.4 sharp at f2.8 quick focus good bokeh and very cheap. For its performance it should be L but build quality reflects the price.

Igor D. , Jan 10, 2009; 06:15 p.m.


Juergen Sattleru , Jan 10, 2009; 06:16 p.m.

For the money it has to be the 50mm f/1.8. For just about $80 you get one of the sharpest lenses in Canon's line-up. My example is very good at f1.8 and excellent at f2.8 and above. How can you beat an $80 lens that has excellent optical qualities? Yes, the build is crap, it is plastic made, in your hands it feels like the worst lens on the planet, but once on your camera, it shines. Best value of any lens out there!

Rainer T , Jan 10, 2009; 06:18 p.m.

EF 50/1.8

Grayson McBrickwater , Jan 10, 2009; 06:22 p.m.

Depends. The easy answer is the 50mm f/1.8 for price:IQ ratio. However, if you're shooting, say, wildlife or macro or landscapes or sports, the 50mm f/1.8 is of very limited use and thus little 'value'. I think this is a rather silly question because it will depend on the user and the expected product. This is similar to several other open ended questions you (and others) have asked recently. Figure out what you want to shoot, and read lots of reviews and tutorials or photography theory books, and you'll figure out what might be the best value for you.

D N , Jan 10, 2009; 06:23 p.m.

I would have to agree that the best price/performance lens is the 50/1.8, which I do not own.

JDM von Weinberg , Jan 10, 2009; 06:29 p.m.

Normally, I'd be one chiming in with "best for what purpose?" However, there may be some other candidates such as the 35mm f/2 or the 28mm f/2.8, but the winner just has to be that "plastic fantastic," the "nifty fifty," otherwise known as the EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II.

Puppy Face , Jan 10, 2009; 06:38 p.m.

Since 1990 I've owned 3 copies of the EF 50 1.8 and was never happy with its performance. On the other hand, the EF 35 2.0 and EF 50 2.5 CM have been among my oft used optics since the early 90s and, although a little more expensive, are far more useful and better optically and mechanically. They get mah bang fo' buck vote.

Jack Nordine , Jan 10, 2009; 06:54 p.m.

candidiates would be...
35mm 2.0
50mm 1.8
85mm 1.8
100mm 2.8 macro
200mm 2.8 L (best L lens for the money?)
400mm 5.6 L

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