Just a reminder about those 'Instant' Canon rebates going on right now. One of the hottest lenses for first time DSLR users is the Canon 50mm. Instead of opting in for the $99.00 dollar version, I highly suggest you dive into the Canon 50mm F/1.4 that has a better build, better Aperture, and better focus ring. Instant Rebate savings end about a month from now, but you can check out a list of Rebates all together on this page over at BHPHOTOVIDEO.com
Matt S. gives us an awesome breakdown of the Canon 50mm F/1.8 vs. the Canon 50mm F/1.4.
For anyone that's ever purchased their very first Digital SLR and has asked me what lens they should buy, i've always sworn by the Canon 50mm. Depending on how cheap that person is determined whether or not they started out with the 1.8 or the 1.4 version. (I started with the 1.8 version - i'm cheap).
The Canon 50mm F/1.8 lens Found Here for less than $99.00 dollars, is the cheapest prime you can get into that gets you shooting some very professional looking images. It also feels like the cheapest.
The Canon 50mm F/1.4 is about 3 times the price at $349.00 Found Here, and adds some worthy features like a bigger smoother focus ring, more quality build, and an aperture of 1.4. Check out the video above to get more information, and If you're not an owner of either Canon 50mm's, well you're just hurting yourself....Get one!
There is also a F/1.2 L version, but we'll save that review for another day. Check out the Price on the F/1.2 version