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Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens
- 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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Style Name: EF 50 mm f/1.8 II
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.
From the Manufacturer
It’s often said that a face can tell a thousand stories. And the real beauty of portrait photography is that every shot is as individual as the person in it. Capturing a face can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding types of photography. And, with a good lens and the right technique, it’s easy to get the results you want.
An affordable, high quality lens perfect for portraits
The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM blurs the background behind your subject so they really stand out. It will also let you fill the frame without getting uncomfortably close, making it easier to get a natural expression on their face.
A great performer in low-light conditions
The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lets in lots of light, so you can keep shooting even when conditions begin to get dark. Capture the mood of the moment using atmospheric available light – you’ll love the results!
Fast, virtually silent focusing
Near-silent STM technology focuses extremely quickly when shooting still photos, so you can react suddenly to capture fleeting moments. When capturing video focusing is smoother and slower, for footage that has a professional cinematic look to it.
Super-sharp image quality
This fixed, non-zooming lens delivers superb images, whether you’re shooting photos or movies. Sharpness is enhanced, contrast is boosted and distortion is reduced for a more natural result.
|EF 40mm f/2.8 STM||EF 50mm f/1.8 STM||EF 50mm f/1.4 USM||EF 50mm f/1.2L USM||EF 85mm f/1.8 USM||EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM|
|Size (width x height)||68.2 x 22.8mm||69.2 x 39.3mm||73.8 x 50.5mm||85.8 x 65.5mm||75 x 71.5mm||91.5 x 84.0mm|
|APS-C camera bodies only||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Step-up||Small, lightweight lens great for snapshots and portraits while travelling||Wider f/1.8 aperture lens great for blurring your background and powerful low light photography||Faster focusing with even wider aperture for extreme background blur and low light photography||Very wide f/1.2 aperture and L-series optics for professional levels of edge-to-edge sharpness||Slightly longer focal length for tighter portrait compositions||Very wide f/1.2 aperture and L-series optics for professional levels of edge-to-edge sharpness|
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
The simplicity of this lens is such an eye opener, you have to work for your shots now instead of standing still and zooming in on everything. Your legs become your zoom and because of this you are much more likely to raise or lower your normal eye-level view of the world to find a more interesting angle on a subject.
This lens is purely about quality of image, there are no gimmicks, no image stablisation or anything you don't need, you have a focussing ring and an AF/MF switch. That's it.
Like every lens the sharpness is improved by stopping down from maximum, at f1.8 the 50mm is like a razor, even wide open at f1.4 the pictures are still pretty usable. But its the image, the colours are beautifully captured, the contrast is excellent, sharpness outstanding and the bokeh (out of focus areas) are so soft and creamy its like gazing into a pan of melted butter.
This is the lens you've been looking for, it frees you creatively, lets you make those images you could only dream about before. Sure, it takes a bit of work to get the most from this lens, but the effort will repaid tenfold when you see the results possible with this little cracker.
Sure, the f1.8 is a step in the right direction but the f1.4 is the grownup version, built to last and deliver the results time after time.
I am not exagerrating when I say that this lens has reinvigorated my photography.
If you own a Canon DSLR, you need this, its that simple.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent lens - arrived promptly, well packaged - very impressed.Published 1 day ago by Mark Allott
I normally buy L series lenses but this lens blew me away. An absolute bargain! Just cheap casing but excellent optics.Published 1 day ago by M. Hodgkiss
I bought this as my first prime lens and I have to say, it was the best photographic decision I have made to date. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Rhys James
brilliant, took some great pics with this lens good quality and not a bad pricePublished 8 days ago by PCN
Great lens, great price and even when I have dropped the lens multiple times, it still works amazingly well!Published 8 days ago by ghale
great price, really good little portrait lens. I've taken some excellent shots with it.Published 8 days ago by Sophie76
So much light :) its can be quite hard to focus the subject thought. I use it with my 5D mark II and I love it for photo and videoPublished 10 days ago by Kevin N.