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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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|Color||Compact and affordable.|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||2.01 x 2.72 x 2.72 inches|
|Item Display Weight||132 grams|
|Item Weight||0.29 pounds|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||46 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||0.53 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||manual-focus||Stepper motor||Micromotor||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.72 x 2.72 x 2.01 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||2.68 x 1.61 x 2.68 in||2.91 x 2.01 x 2.91 in|
|Item Weight||4.59 ounces||5.61 ounces||4.59 ounces||0.64 lb|
|Lens Type||normal||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50||50 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 millimeters||49 millimeters||52 millimeters||58 millimeters|
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
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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.
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.
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.
A point of technique: depth of field is very shallow at f/2 and below. Focus and recompose, where you focus with the center point and then shift your view before you take the picture, will ensure slightly out-of-focus pictures. You need to select the correct focus point for your composition. The 10D-50D, 7D, and 5D series all have a joystick to make this easier, though the lack of outer cross points on the 5D and 5D II may negate the benefit.
Compared to the 50/1.8 Mark I? The older version has a metal mount, larger focus ring, and a distance scale you'll never use. The optics are the same, as is the focus mechanism. I wouldn't buy one. They sell for 50% more and were made from 1987 to 1990, so any copy has been around for literally decades. Spare parts are uncommon if it breaks.
Compared to the 50/1.4? That lens is optically better below f/2.8, focuses quieter, and is capable of marginally higher AF accuracy. It's also less durable and f/1.4 has a gauzy, low-contrast look that's best suited to portraits.
Compared to the 85/1.8? The 50/1.8 is worse at everything but weight. AF speed and accuracy is enormously better on the latter. I harp on AF in all of my lens reviews because modern DSLRs and DSLR lenses don't have the right focusing screens or focus throw for manual adjustment. You're likely to be SOL if the lens can't hit a mark without assistance.
Handling issues aside, this 50/1.8 is the peak of the Canon value equation. No other EF lens under $300 will provide such a dramatic leap in image quality and subject isolation relative to the kit lens. If the focal length is appealing, by all means buy one.
I'm the type of photographer who will do anything and risk it all to get the shot I originally planned for. However, i'm not the type of photographer who makes a gazillion dollars a year and can afford to risk $5000 worth of equipment to get the shot. This lens is perfect solution for me because its only a few bucks and I don't feel I have to hold back when around water, extreme heights, bad weather, sand, etc... you name it. I have no problem mounting this lens to a T2i on the side of a motorcycle to shoot HD video or take it skydiving. I can get just as great shots in bad environments as that NatGeo wannabe with $9000 around his neck who hesitates to take a picture because his equipment is too expensive to risk.
My philosophy is to use cheap primes in places you wouldn't want to take expensive and heavy glass. At least you won't feel that bad if you drop it in mud. If it breaks like so many claim, i'll buy another one and get another 50,000 shots out of it. Even then, its still a cheaper path then going for the f/1.4. Besides, the 1.4 is due for an update, I would expect a mk2 version soon.
I love this lens. its a great 50mm on my 5D mk2 and a great 80mm on my 7D.