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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens - Fixed
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Overall score: 83%
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- 50mm focal length
- 80mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
- F1.8 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
- Micromotor-type AF motor without full-time manual focusing
- 52mm filters
- 0.45m/17.72" minimum focus
- Lens not zoomable
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ES-62|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Included Components||Front & Rear Lens caps|
|Item Dimensions||2.68 x 2.68 x 1.61 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.13 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||0.29 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.45 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1-year warranty|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, plastic mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||50|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||5|
|Number of Elements||6|
|Number of Groups||5|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||46 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||0.3 pounds|
Review summary from DPReview
This is a lens which we'd encourage any Canon DSLR owner currently shooting with 'kit' zooms to try. The overall image quality when stopped down a bit is very impressive indeed, and the fast maximum aperture offers creative options which are well worth exploring. It's a pity about the build quality and harsh bokeh, but ultimately this lens hits a price:performance ratio that's very difficult to beat.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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Years of development have brought us a lens that has a fast aperture of 1.8 - far faster than any consumer zoom lens - and that is sharp as a filed tack. Be forewarned about the sharpness . . . if you are taking pictures of people, this lens is unyielding in its sharpness and may well surprise you and your subjects whose every blemish is captured. The lens has a fabulously shallow depth of field if you want to use the 1.8 aperture to blow out a background. This lens is also ridiculously inexpensive. It is not USM - so it is a little loud. It does not have a moving focus scale. For the money though - this is heaven.
As to the build quality - yes, it is plastic. No, it's not built like the Rock of Gibraltar. If you are going to give this lens extensive use as your everyday lens and you shoot a lot, it may not hold up all that well as one reviewer suggests. However, I've now had this lens and used it fairly regularly (although not as the primary lens) for about 8 years and it is still in great condition. In my mind, spend the $$ on this first before you go and drop $330 on the 50mm 1.4 USM lens and I think you'll find it gets the job done nicely and that the extra $250 on the 1.4 may not be worth the difference in build (major difference), speed (minor difference) and image quality (minor difference).
Like others, I bought the Rebel XT and the 28-135 IS lens. The 28-135 is heavy and priced like a gold brick. I guess it does OK, and I do keep it mounted most of the time.
And like others, I stumbled on this lens somehow, read the raving reviews, and for the price figured, "What the heck?"
This lens in tack sharp. It shows the fire in the colors you photograph. The wide aperture means candles can be excellent lights for portraits. Its narrow field is great.
There are pitfalls though. I snapped a pic of my face at arm's length using autofocus a while back and (1) the focus locked on the tip of my nose and my face was already blurring (2) the lens was so sharp that I saw blackheads clearly on my nose tip I can't really see in the mirror (doh!). I've read that dSLR images are slightly soft to aid in later editing. I can only imagine what it would do on a film camera.
Yesterday while camping I slapped this lens on. Unlike the 28-135, this one is light enough that I didnt notice I was carrying a camera everywhere. At night I put the lens on the top of the car pointed at the sky, set the shutter for 15 secs, and hit the button. Much to my amazement, the lens not only showed hundreds of stars that were invisible to my eyes, but it also found a galaxy. That pic is on the customer image section of this page. You can see what I saw, but the smaller size doesnt do the lens justice.
One quirk of Amazon is that this page keeps alternating pictures of lenses. This lens does not have the distance focus scales on the outside of it.
Zoom is nice for many things.Read more ›
Keep in mind that if you are shooting a canon DSLR (as I am) this 50mm lens actually behaves as an 80mm lens, so it isn't that terribly wide. The fact that it is functionally 80mm can make framing shots a bit difficult. This is definitely a secondary lens and really isn't that appropriate for a "walking around lens." At least it isn't for me, as I tend to prefer shooting wider angles.
If you have some sort of mishap with your camera, like dropping it, you can likely kiss this lens goodbye. I have fortunately never had to test this, but I imagine that it wouldn't stand up to any sort of impact very well. The flimsiness of the build is very obvious when compared to some of the older canon lenses. MY 35-135mm USM is about 10 years old, and has a metal chassis. These lenses can often stand drops and still operate. This is not so for the 50mm mark II.
Since everything but the glass is bare bones, the autofocus isn't terribly fast. If all you have ever worked with is USM lenses, you will have to be ready to take a little more time focusing. If you have experience with the 18-55mm kit lens, you will find that it is about the same.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This lens is worth the money. Best $100 I've ever spent. I bought this lens on the recommendation of a friend, I took some amazing photos of my boys which I used in my Christmas... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kelly Campbell
I am a professional and I am constantly asked what people should buy in a camera setup. I always recommend this or the Nikon fast lenses. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Momtographer
Nifty Fifty! Love this lens, perfect for anyone who wants to expand their lens collection but is on a limited budget. Read morePublished 3 days ago by austin
I love this lens! Prime lenses are my favorite for the instant bokeh effect.Published 3 days ago by MJB&GBB
I'm in love with this 50 mm! This is a staple in your camera line up! If you don't have this lens you are most definitely missing out! This works as a charm! Read morePublished 7 days ago by ANTHONY D!
Excellent. Excellent...EXCELLENT bang for buck here. This has become my primary lens that goes everywhere I go.. and at a price point of only $100!! Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jason Metz
I bought this four years ago and tell you is one the best investment I have made. The quality of the plastic feels cheap but don't let that fools you. Read morePublished 10 days ago by LRY VQZ