If you could have only 1 lens, this is the lens to have.  Fast, sharp and cheap.  Everyone should have this as part of their collection.  If you don't you should be bonked on the head.

If you could have only 1 lens, this is the lens to have. Fast, sharp and cheap. Everyone should have this as part of their collection. If you don't you should be bonked on the head.

EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM    -developed to meet the high-performance standards that today's photographers demand. Improved Image Stabilizer Technology provides up to three stops of "shake" correction, and the "Mode 2" option stabilizes images while panning with a moving subject. Compared to the original Canon EF 75-300mm IS zoom lens, this telephoto lens has faster autofocus, and overall the lens is lighter and has a smaller diameter than the original. $650

EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM -developed to meet the high-performance standards that today's photographers demand. Improved Image Stabilizer Technology provides up to three stops of "shake" correction, and the "Mode 2" option stabilizes images while panning with a moving subject. Compared to the original Canon EF 75-300mm IS zoom lens, this telephoto lens has faster autofocus, and overall the lens is lighter and has a smaller diameter than the original. $650

Retaining the impressive optical performance and large aperture of the original EF 85mm f/1.2L USM, this new medium telephoto lens uses a Ring-type USM, high-speed CPU and optimized algorithms to achieve an autofocus speed approximately 1.8x faster than the original. The high-speed AF and circular aperture create a shallow depth-of-field that brings attention to the subject and blurs the background, which is ideal for portraits and weddings. The floating optical system, which includes an…

Retaining the impressive optical performance and large aperture of the original EF 85mm f/1.2L USM, this new medium telephoto lens uses a Ring-type USM, high-speed CPU and optimized algorithms to achieve an autofocus speed approximately 1.8x faster than the original. The high-speed AF and circular aperture create a shallow depth-of-field that brings attention to the subject and blurs the background, which is ideal for portraits and weddings. The floating optical system, which includes an…

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM----------------Super sharp, super quiet alternative to the 50/1.8.  Not the best value however it's a best bet.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM----------------Super sharp, super quiet alternative to the 50/1.8. Not the best value however it's a best bet.

I like to take pictures of random items with my Canon T1i Rebel.  The mole on your face could be my next subject :)

I like to take pictures of random items with my Canon T1i Rebel. The mole on your face could be my next subject :)

This is a wonderful budget lens that is sharp as a tact.  If you don't need 2.8 this is the lens to get for this focal length.  I will say that the IS version is VERY nice too however some don't need IS.

This is a wonderful budget lens that is sharp as a tact. If you don't need 2.8 this is the lens to get for this focal length. I will say that the IS version is VERY nice too however some don't need IS.

Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM (I love this macro, perfect for newborn shoots to capture those little details)

Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM (I love this macro, perfect for newborn shoots to capture those little details)

Canon Direct Store- EF 50mm f/1.8 II Refurbished or secondhand... on the off-off-off chance that you can find it cheap. :)

Canon Direct Store- EF 50mm f/1.8 II Refurbished or secondhand... on the off-off-off chance that you can find it cheap. :)

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