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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens - Fixed (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 50mm focal length, Minimum focus distance : 0.45m/17.72 inch
- 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
- 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|
|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|
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|Color||Black||No||YN50mm-F1.8 only||Black||Black||Compact and affordable.|
|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||—||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||Stepper motor||Auto/Manual||Ultrasonic||Stepper motor||manual-focus|
|Item Dimensions||2.68 x 1.61 x 2.68 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||3.15 x 3.27 x 3.27 in||2.91 x 2.01 x 2.91 in||2.68 x 0.87 x 2.68 in||2.72 x 2.72 x 2.01 in|
|Item Weight||4.59 ounces||5.61 ounces||4.23 ounces||0.64 lb||4.59 ounces||4.59 ounces|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Prime lens||Fixed||Prime lens||medium-format||normal|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||40 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||50||50 millimeters||1.8 millimeters||50 millimeters||40 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 millimeters||49 millimeters||52 millimeters||58 millimeters||52 millimeters||52 millimeters|
This is considered the standard lens for use with Canon SLR cameras.What's in the box: Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens, E-52 52mm Snap-On Lens Cap, Lens Dust Cap E (Rear) and 1-Year Warranty.
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Having never shot with a prime lens before, I admit it did take some adjusting. Gone were my days of lazily standing in one spot and turning a dial to zoom in and out. The price and the need to move around in exchange for the changes in my photos were well worth the price. The images (when focused well) are amazingly sharp and I love the depth-of-field capabilities. It did take me some time to learn to focus more precisely when using this lens, but once I did, I couldn't believe the difference in my photos.
I now shoot with this lens pretty much all the time. For those just starting off with an SLR and looking to take your photography up a notch, after ditching "auto" mode, I'd highly recommend investing in this lens. You'll soon find yourself pining for other prime lenses to add to your collection.
Like many others I use this on a canon T3i with a 1.6 crop sensor which means this lens will actually be 80mm. This makes it a very ideal lens for portrait photography but it can be a little tight for let's say street photography. If the focal length is a little long I would suggest going with an 35mm prime instead. This lens doesn't have as nice of a build quality as some of the more expensive canon lenses but the price is unbeatable and the image quality is unbelievable at this price point. This is the lens that is on my camera 95% of the time and I recommend it to all of my photographer friends. Please stop reading this review and order this lens, you won't regret it!
While it isn't nearly as solid feeling as the other lenses, it works extremely well for a variety of photos.
Because I'm still a novice, I don't have a lot of technical information to share, but thought I would share a photo to demonstrate the clarity that this lens is capable of, and the beautiful blur of the background it creates.
Okay, first off, on film or full frame (35mm) sensor sized DSLRs, this will provide the oft-sought-after 50mm focus length. This has been explained a million ways, but the simplest explanation is that the human eye itself has around that same viewing angle, so pictures taken on the 50mm range will produce a very comfortable image, something we are used to seeing, and this works very well for close-ups or portraits.
If you have a crop sensored DSLR (of which I do, T2i and 7D) the range is changed due to the crop magnification, but this will still produce a nice 80mm equivalent focal length, and still produces that comfortable feel you want in portraits. This will slightly widen the space between the lens and the subject, but not tremendously, and you will find where it is comfortable in a hurry.
This lens has a very wide aperture, but surprisingly considering the price even out at f/1.8 the image is quite sharp, and just a notch or two lower will produce some of the sharpest shots you've seen. I will note that with an aperture set so wide, you will have a super shallow depth of field, which may be confusing initially. For example, my emergency test model (my 16 year old cat) had to put up with me doing macro shots, and I was able to get his eye in perfect focus, with his nose (closer) blurred and his ears (father) also blurred. Absolutely stunning in how fine it goes. This will dial down to as far as f/22, which is almost infinity as almost everything is focused, but this isn't really where you want to have this lens fit overall due to the 5 bladed aperture window, which I will explain more below.
I picked this up initially as a once-in-a-while lens for studio work, where my go-to lens at f/3.6 (which had to be dialed at f/5.6 due to wide softness) sometimes just has be pushing the ISO into grain to produce the images I need. Working at f/1.8 produces good quality, while allowing me to jump from 1/60s to 1/120s and drop the ISO from 3200 to 800, and the improvement in image quality is amazing. Cleaner movements with no blur, and very true color with very minimal visible grain.
As far as construction goes, remember that this is plastic, even down to the mounting ring, so keep this in mind. This lens will not tolerate the abuse I sadly inflict on my other lenses, and I advise that this should never be on the camera when it is in a slung-over-the-shoulder not-using-it situation. The f/1.4 or f/1.2L would be a lot tougher, and if this lens continues to dominate on my shooting as it is right now, I will have no choice but to pick up a better lens because I WILL KILL THIS, with out a doubt.
As I said above, the 5-blade window will produce some odd effects, so this is really the only part that I had to take a star off. In bright sunlight or a strobed studio, this won't really affect image quality tremendously; the bokeh won't be as buttery as the f/1.4 or f/1.2L, or even alternatives like Sigma's f/1.4, but they are still quite smooth. Note though that when getting into high contrast, especially night photography, bright objects will be skewed into 5 pointed stars, and this can be distracting or even ruin what would be a very nice shot. Similarly, at very tight apertures (f/22) this same effect can intrude on your photos, so it would be a better idea to widen the lens up a bit and drop the shutter time and ISO to compensate.
As I said before, this is a must have part for the budget kit, whether hobbyist or pro. Overall, you will be impressed that something so cheap can shoot so well.