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Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens

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EF 50 mm f/1.8 II
  • 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

Style Name: EF 50 mm f/1.8 II
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 6.9 x 5.1 cm ; 132 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 240 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 (1,436 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Style Name:EF 50 mm f/1.8 II

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


  • From the Manufacturer

    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
    Image Stabilizer No No No No No No
    Focusing motor STM STM USM USM USM USM
    Weight 130g 160g 290g 580g 425g 1025g
    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
    Aperture f/2.8 f/1.8 f/1.4 f/1.2 f/1.8 f/1.2
    APS-C camera bodies only No No No No No No
    L-series No No No Yes No Yes
    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

    Customer Reviews

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    Style Name: EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Verified Purchase
    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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    By brainleek007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2006
    Style Name: EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Verified Purchase
    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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    By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2008
    Style Name: EF 50mm - f/1.4 USM Verified Purchase
    This is the first prime lens I have bought and I didn't know whether to go for the f1.8 or this one. After much research I went for the f1.4, the build quality is much better, the focussing is improved and that extra stop counts for a lot.

    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.
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    Style Name: EF 50mm - f/1.4 USM
    I've had mine for 8 years and it delivers sharp pictures with great colours every time. If I could only own one lens, this would be it.
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