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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Standard AutoFocus Fixed Lens - International Version (No Warranty)

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  • Superb lens featuring superb quality and portability.
  • f/1.8 speed makes it perfect for available-light shooting.
  • Ideal lens to accompany a zoom when shooting in low-light conditions.
  • Compact and affordable.
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Product Description

50mm standard lens with f/1.8 maximum aperture Traditional Gauss-type optical design is extremely sharp Focuses as close as 18 inches for extreme close-ups Ideal for natural-looking shots; excellent color balance Measures 2.7 inches in diameter; 1-year warranty

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 2.7 x 2 inches ; 4.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00005K47X
  • Item model number: 2514A011AA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (709 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at July 7, 2004

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312 of 323 people found the following review helpful By Susan Smith on October 15, 2012
The reason this lens is selling for less than the same item listed at
is because the item here is a direct import item (What is commonly referred to as Grey market. Meaning, it was manufactured with the intention of sale in a country other than the USA.

The seller stated in an email to me:

"There is no restriction on a retailer to purchase these items for sale in the US. However, manufacturer's, by way of serial number tracking, are aware of which models were intended for sale in the US, and thus often refuse warranty service on the imported model.

In lieu of the manufacturer's warranty on these imported products, Unique Photo offers our own warranty to support what the manufacturer will not, so that the customer can make their decision with piece of mind. This warranty would be for a period of one year from date of purchase (limited to manufacturing defects)."

Therefore, if you trust the warranty of the Unique Photo Team to be identical, or as good as, the one directly provided by Canon, you can buy this lens, an imported item. Personally I prefer to spend the extra $10 to obtain a warranty directly from Canon, as I have had no prior dealings with The Unique Photo, and have no basis to think that their one-year warranty can compete with Canon's one-year warranty.
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152 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Bittner TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2014
To me this lens is a must buy for any new digital SLR owner and even advanced users. This is one of my favorite lenses and I always keep it on my camera.

You should always buy a UV filter to protect the glass on any lens you have. This in my opinion is the one thing everybody who purchases an expensive lens should do. UV filters don't affect the photographs you take but it's a layer of plastic between the scratchable glass and the world around you. It's a MUST BUY.

If your photographer who's not on a budget and really wants the best lens in my opinion check out the 50mm 1.4 f-stop lens below. It retails for about $300 but it's such a better lens and has another step down in your f-stop from 1.8 to 1.4. And its aperture has eight blades instead of just five found in this lens. The effect of more blades means the objects in your background will have a smoother blur to them and generally will look better.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

Here I'll explain how the f-stop or aperture priority works on digital SLR cameras. Basically the aperture is a circle inside the lens that as you go up in your f-stop from 1.8 to 2.2 to 3.0 and beyond it shrinks the size of this circle in the lens. The shrinking of the circle from a higher f-stop allows less light to pass through to the sensor. The lower the f-stop i.e. 1.8 allows you to shoot at faster shutter speeds in low light situations because the circle in the lens allows more light to pass through because of the lower aperture. Here's an example say are in a well lit room and you're shooting your child (yes that sounds very weird but it's a funny joke anyway).
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194 of 209 people found the following review helpful By E. Wiest on April 16, 2010
So, you just got your Canon SLR, and want to go beyond the kit lens. There is no better choice than the Canon 50 mm f/1.8 II. I have owned it for two years. I own higher-end lenses (70-200 f/4 L and 100 mm f/2.8 macro), but end up using this lens more often than any other. On a 1.6 crop body (like the Rebel series) the lens is a great portrait length. The lens is sharp enough that I cannot on a Rebel XS (12 mp) I go to pixelation before seeing effects of loss of sharpness from the lens on test photos.
The biggest upgrade from the kit lens is the huge gain in speed. This lens is very sharp at f/2.0 or 2.2, and with normal indoor light you will be able to shoot flashless at ISO400 comfortably. This was the lens I trusted for the birth of our first son, and I couldn't be more happy with the images it captured. Even in the low light of the hospital room I was able to catch those first eyes-open moments without a flash.
This lens is very light (maybe a little cheap feeling), which is nice when you are just carrying a camera to family outings or traveling. Really, a Rebel series with this lens is not that much larger than a quality point-and-shoot, but you have much more creative flexability and get much better shots.
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95 of 111 people found the following review helpful By D. Alexander TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 23, 2012
I've used multiple copies of this lens and the 50/1.4. If you're on a severe budget with a crop body and want to take portraits, buy it. If not, buy the 50/1.4 or 85/1.8.

This particular listing is for a 'gray market' lens. It's identical to the USA version with the same accessories, but Canon may not honor the 1-year warranty. They probably will if you can provide an invoice from an authorized reseller (e.g., Amazon, BH Photo). For this lens, the difference amounts to $10. I would buy the USA version.

That aside, let's start with the good. This is a super-simple lens design. It's very sharp corner-to-corner after f/4. It's sharp at f/2.8, decent at f/2, and a little soft at f/1.8. Contrast is high. Flare and other aberrations are minimal after f/2.8. Every zoom under $1000 is worse.

It's durable. The front element is recessed, so you don't need a protective filter or a hood. It's plastic with mostly plastic components. When you drop it, it bounces or falls apart, but rarely breaks. It's trivially easy to take apart and put back together. The build tolerances are lax, but it has few elements and the design doesn't require that much precision anyway. It doesn't weigh anything. The mount is plastic to no consequence.

The focus throw is extremely short. Manual focus for video or otherwise is a trial-and-error affair. There's no focus damping. Autofocus is relatively quick. It makes a brief micro-motor noise that no one will find offensive. AF accuracy is hit or miss. The mechanism isn't physically capable of fine differentiations, so you're likely to be a little off at f/2. Micro-focus adjustment is a waste of time unless there's a gross deviation in the base calibration. Most people will find that it focuses well enough.
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