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Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens

by Canon
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RRP: £129.99
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  • Canon EF lens F/1.8 50 mm
  • Minimum Focus Range: 45 cm
  • Automatic and Manual Focus Adjustment
  • 52 mm Filter Size
  • Light Weight (130g) and Compact (68x41 mm)

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 6.9 x 5.1 cm ; 132 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: 2514A011AA
  • ASIN: B00005K47X
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (834 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

This is the lightest EF lens of all at a mere 4.6 oz. (130g). Compact and high-performance, standard lens. Its Gaussian optics provide sharp delineation from near to far focusing distances. The colour balance is excellent for a standard lens.

Box Contains

  • Canon EF50mm f/1.8 ll Lens
  • Dust Cap
  • Lens Cap

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    711 of 718 people found the following review helpful By Mrs.R on 23 April 2012
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    As a keen photography enthusiast i have decided to take a plunge and upgrade my old Sony a200 system (that i couldn't get on with) to a canon 7d - the first mistake i have made was buying expensive body and not having the funds to buy a decent lens. I love photographing people so i thouht a prime lens will be the best choice for me (this is a fixed focal lens ) 50mm lens can basically mimic the perspective seen by the human eye . i felt that this will be the best choice .Also prime lens made me more creative , as i hadn't had the opportunity to just zoom in if i wanted to.I had to move around and try viewing subject from different angles.

    when the lens arrived i was surprised by the toy feel - its all made of plastic (besides optics) - it felt cheap like it will brake any minute ,there iwasnt any pouch with this lens .just an instruction manual .The lens is very light ( 130g ) and small (2.7" x 1.6"/68.2mm x 41.0mm - WxL ) - it is also a canon smallest lens on the market . before i have decided to review it i thought i will use it for a bit (i have used it for over a year ) .I was a bit doubtful if constant lens change could affect plastic lens mount in any way - but it didn't .On the lens itself there is only one switch AF/MF (Auto focus and manual focus ). Autofocus is driven by a micro motor - that is pretty fast. With a minimum focus distance of 1.5' lens can deliver some good images.

    My first test shots look terrible , the lens flare that was on the images looked pretty bad and affected the overall quality . Lens flare is created when forming light enters the lens and subsequently hits the camera's digital sensor. I have decided then to buy lens hood and filter (to reduce glare) and try again.
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    342 of 353 people found the following review helpful By brainleek007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Nov 2006
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    Most reviewers of this lens will talk about the lack of build quality and plasticky feel overall - and they are to be believed!!

    However, don't let this put you off.

    Yes this lens has a plastic mount, yes the focus ring is narrow and fiddly and yes, the autofocus motor is an older, noisier, slower type but do I care one bit - NO!!!

    This lens an absolute gem. I thoroughly recommend it as a replacement for the 18-55mm kit lens (I bought it for my Canon 400D) and recommend it simply because it's a great lens in it's own right no matter what you already have. It's a nice focal length for portraits.

    Where this lens scores highly is its 1.8 f-stop - very fast!!! Images are definitely soft at this setting but acceptable in a pinch. I reckon you'd need to go above A4 prints for it to be noticeable. You always have to remember that you may not have got the shot at all if you didn't have the f1.8 setting so a bit of softness is the trade-off! Noticeable improvement in shrapness is seen at f2.2 and it just gets better from there on in. Stopped down to around f4 - f11 the lens displays stunning levels of clarity and sharpness for the price (by all accounts rivalling L series pro lenses costing much, much more from what others have said- I can't personally verify this but the results I've had are truly excellent.) It also focuses down to 45 cm!

    To sum up, this lens punches far above its weight. For £65 you will get a lens that gives you fantastic pictures typical of lenses costing many times the asking price. Go for it!
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    283 of 299 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 April 2007
    I've got a Canon 400D with the standard kit lens. It's OK but I was a little disappointed by the sharpness that it achieved. After quite a bit of reading up I'd heard so much good stuff about this relatively inexpensive lens that I decided to get one.

    Most of my pictures are of my kids and many of them are indoors. This lens is great for portraits and because the aperture can be opened to 1.8 it gets enough light that flashless indoor pictures become feasible. The results are great. Nice, natural colours compared to the flash and as others have mentioned, the blurring of the distant background is very pleasing.

    Having read that it had an old fashioned and noisy focus motor I was expecting something horrific which would cause people to look around if you were taking a picture in public. In reality it's marginally louder than the USM lenses and a little slower. We're talking 25% in my view. It's perfectly useable. In low light, manual focussing is preferable and is very easy. People also say the plastic housing is fragile. Well, if like me you've got a 400D with kit lens, it's not really any more plastic like than the either of those so don't be put off.

    I've only had the lens one day and I've already taken some pictures which I'll treasure. Only downside of the lens is that at 50mm on a 1.6 ratio camera like the 400D it's a telephoto. In other words, you have to step back a bit to get everything in, so not ideal for indoor group shots. A 30mm lens would be better *but* the one I was looking at was three times more expensive and that's what swung it for this one.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. PELHAM on 21 Mar 2008
    I have a 400d and wanted more than what I got from the kit lens. I read all the reviews on here and decided to go for it and I now use this a lot. OK it isn't super-fast at focussing and is a little noisy, but for the price you can't complain! It is excellent value for money. Great for portraits, lovely depth of field, much sharper images than with the kit lens, and larger aperture means better lit indoor shots without flash. The fixed length makes you think more about composition though, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

    I have had mine for a few months now and all is well with it. If you only have the kit lens, then this would be a great addition to if you are on a budget.

    I can't say a bad word about it. Fantastic value!
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