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Old Jan 2, 2009, 5:17 PM   #1
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Hi, I would like to buy an inexpensive fast lens to use on my Canon 20D.I'm looking for one for mainly portrait shots.
I may upgrade to a new Canon camera later,so it would need to fit.
I have been told the 50mm 1.8 is good,but what is the difference with the 50mm 1.8 II?
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Old Jan 2, 2009, 5:25 PM   #2
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The 50mm 1.8mm II is plastic bodied. The original 50mm 1.8 is metal I believe.


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Old Jan 4, 2009, 11:29 PM   #3
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Thanks for commenting dr_spock,
This is enough to make me steer clear of it.
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Old Jan 5, 2009, 6:25 AM   #4
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It is true that the original 50mm f1.8 was a lovely lens and 2nd hand can be more expensive than the new 50mm f1.8 II "Plastic Fantastic", but don't let that put you off as it give some great results. For $70 or whatever it is you can't go far wrong IMHO.
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Old Jan 5, 2009, 7:40 PM   #5
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Go with the plastic 50mm F/1.8.

Another beee-uuu-ti=fuul lens is the Canon 85mm F/1.8 prime, if you can afford it. Super nice portrait lens.
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Old Jan 12, 2009, 2:56 AM   #6
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Another lens you may want to check out is the Canon EF-S 17-55 f2.8. While not an L lens, reviews claim that the image quality places it practically in the league with L lenses.
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Old Jan 13, 2009, 12:23 AM   #7
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Thanks all, I ended up going for the 50mm f1.8 plastic fantastic.
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Old Jan 16, 2009, 12:59 AM   #8
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It is a terrific lens for sure!
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