This is a beautiful lens at a really great price point that takes some really really nice pictures. I use this lens on my Rebel T5 and I have had some excellent results. I typically only use 3 main lenses on my camera - I keep the 24 mm mounted most of the time, use this 50 mm for mid-range photography and portraits, and a telephoto when necessary. This lens takes some really crystal clear pictures. I have attached some pictures of a london broil on my grill (because now that I have this lens I just want to take pictures of everything with it). With some good natural sunlight, you can get incredible pictures out of this lens. I have also added some bird photography pictures from my recent trip to Costa Rica. I know it is tempting to use a zoom lens for all animal photography because of how difficult it can be to get up close,, however unless you are spending > $1000 on a telephoto lens, the quality of a zoomed in lens will not come close to the clarity of this 50 mm prime lens. It is worth it to spend the time and effort getting close to your subjects with this lens and getting some awesome pictures. I can barely even consider myself an amateur photographer, so my opinions aren't necessarily the most valid, however I love this lens and have not found anything better for the money yet. Definitely recommend!
I wasn't sure what to think of this before I received it, but I'm having a great time with this new lens. It's much lighter than I expected it to be, as I'd had a 200 mm telephoto many years ago. I really like the lens hood's capability to store on the lens in the reverse position. If you're looking for a zoom lens without spending much money, this is it. Overstock's service was great as well.
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