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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.||Black||Black||—||—||Black|
|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||—||—||Canon EF-S|
|Focus Type||manual-focus||Stepper motor||Micromotor||manual-and-auto||automatic_only, manual_only||Stepper motor|
|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||—||—||2.68 x 0.91 x 2.68 in|
|Item Weight||4.59 ounces||5.6 ounces||4.59 ounces||1.37 lbs||4.94 ounces||4.41 ounces|
|Lens Type||normal||Prime lens||Prime lens||—||Fixed||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 millimeters||49 millimeters||52 millimeters||49 millimeters||52 millimeters||52 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.
I've had the lens for more than 4 months. It is very small, lightweight, and has very good image quality.
It is fast enough for evening (or inside) pictures with no flash. With this lens on my 60d, I was able to take pictures in the Central Park after sunset with the only light available from the sparse streetlights.
It is also good for amateur portraiture. 50mm on an APS-C camera (like Canon 60d) is equal to 80mm on the Full Frame - a classic portrait lens. The max aperture of 1.8 creates a lot of subject isolation. I took pictures of my friends and they were really amused by the way this lens allowed me to focus on their face while everything else was softly out of focus. Again, I am not a pro and am sure there are better portrait lenses, but this lens exceeds my skills by far and does not look intimidating to my subjects (who might feel uneasy if someone aims a huge white lens in their face).
This lens can also serve as a walk-around lens, though it is a little too long for that (especially on APS-C). However, the lens makes up in size, weight, and image quality for what it lacks in flexibility. The other lens I own is 18-135mm STM (which I love as well), but it is much bigger and much heavier than 50mm 1.8. I will think twice before I put my camera with 18-135mm attached in my backpack because the size and weight are considerable. I also feel that I must have a protective case (because the lens extends a lot from the camera and I am afraid to accidentally knock it off). Somehow, I feel much easier with 50mm 1.8. The lens is short, there is no extending elements, and not too many things to break. I just wrap the camera with the 50mm attached into a t-shirt and put it in the backpack. This way, it is almost half the size and weight of the camera with 18-135mm plus the case. So, I often just end up taking my camera with the 50mm on a walk.
Now, some cons:
The lens is a little too noisy when focusing. It is also not as fast to focus as my 18-135 STM. But on the other hand, 18-135mm STM is exceptionally fast and silent, so it is not very fair comparison. Also, the front element rotates when focusing. I do not use filters and can live with a little noise, so no stars deducted for that.
I was a little comprehensive buying a gray market lens. I assume there is no Canon warranty. However, the price for this lens was around $15 less than that for the US model. Because the lens design is really simple (and Amazon is known for their customer service), I took the risk for more than 15% savings. No complains so far.
Long story short - highly recommended. If you do not want to take a risk with the gray market model, just pay a little more for the US model and your peace of mind. It will be still the greatest bargain you can have with a Canon lens.
NOTE: Yes, it's plastic. Stop complaining. It's $80 and it blows lenses that cost thousands of dollars, out of the water. Your images are all that matter, not the prestige of what's attached to your camera.