Top Result: USED Canon 85mm f/1.8

Match Score

96%

Pros

  • Flattering focal length
  • Shallower depth of field
  • Good build quality
  • Makes a GREAT indoor sports lens if you are close to the court
  • Good focus speed

Cons

  • Slightly over budget unless you buy from Amazon's used section
  • Some purple chromatic aberration

Note From Jim

My first choice would be the Canon 85mm f/1.8. It's just BARELY over your budget, but you can pick this lens up used for well under your budget. I personally prefer the 85mm focal length--even on a crop sensor camera--to the 50mm lens which is more popular. The 85mm focal length gives a little more space between the photographer and subject, and gives even shallower depth of field. But I'm in the minority. Most photographers would prefer you buy the 50mm lens. It's popular for a reason! At only $120, it's an unbelievably good value for a nice lens.

Option 2: Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Match Score

91%

Pros

  • Stepping motor is an excellent addition to this inexpensive lens
  • Good close focus distance
  • Effective 80mm focal length on a crop sensor camera makes this an excellent portrait lens
  • Very inexpensive
  • Very fast aperture

Cons