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Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens

by Canon
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (806 customer reviews)
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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 (806 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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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    685 of 692 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars nifty fifty honest review 23 April 2012
    By Mrs.R
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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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    340 of 350 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for the price!! 18 Nov 2006
    By brainleek007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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    279 of 293 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Made my new camera sparkle 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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    58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Dangerous Game 10 Feb 2008
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    I can only concur with the other reviews. The lens is lightweight and feels like a toy. Whenever I take off the lens cap I am worried that I will pull off the manual focus ring too. When the autofocus motor reaches the end of its travel it stops with an undampened thunk, and I am worried that the lens will burst open.

    On the other hand, and this is a huge factor that outweighs all the above, the image quality is very good. The lens is useable at f1.8, with a nice tight depth of field, and it gets sharper from there. At f5.6 it is very sharp indeed, and from the test results I have seen on the internet it is probably sharper than most digital camera sensors can resolve. For the price it is very impressive, and based on image quality alone it would be very impressive at any price. There is a big argument on the internet as to whether the 50mm f1.4 is superior when stopped down to f2.8 or thereabouts. My feeling is that most people who care about such things will buy the f1.8 anyway, and use it as a "beater". I wonder how it compares to Nikon's 50mm f1.8, which has a similar reputation and costs much the same?

    On a 1.6x camera the focal length is 80mm, which is one of the classic focal lengths for portrait lenses. It's ideal for faces, head-and-shoulders, upper body shots. For anything else it falls between two stools, neither telephoto enough for lions nor wide enough for crowds. Along with the build quality, this is the only real drawback of the lens. It's a shame Canon couldn't combine the low price and image quality with a 28mm focal length, it would be an ideal party lens.

    As a lark, I decided to test it against an old Pentacon 50mm f1.8 M42 lens I had lying around, which is solid and made of metal, and sells for about a tenner on eBay.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great little lens at a surprisingly low price
    Great little lens at a surprisingly low price. It is not very robust and needs to be handled with care but, once mounted on the camera, no problems. Read more
    Published 6 hours ago by Michael Hastings
    5.0 out of 5 stars Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens
    This is an excellent lens at a great price. It arrived very promptly, well packed. I thoroughly recommend it.
    Published 18 hours ago by Mr. P. F. Harrison
    3.0 out of 5 stars OK lens but viewing angle very small
    This was OK but the viewing angle is very small , I was hoping to take family portraits but found it was only good for taking photos of single people. Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Baz
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    my secret portrait lens.
    Published 9 days ago by balazs kortvelyessy
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very good quality photo's
    Very pleased with results.
    Published 9 days ago by Ken A
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Appears to have excellent definition
    Published 10 days ago by Kenneth Mansfield
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    I bought this lens to achieve shallow depth of field for my videography. This is where one part of the image is crisp and in focus, while another is heavily blurred / out of... Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Isaac
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 11 days ago by Harshjit Thakker
    4.0 out of 5 stars A really beautiful lens which allows for lovely depth of field but ...
    A really beautiful lens which allows for lovely depth of field but I had to take time to adjust to not being able to zoom in and more importantly, zoom out. Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Nylah
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great low cost prime lens.
    I've been using this lens for about a year. It has been my stop-gap lens until I can afford and find a better quality normal focal length lens for my needs. Read more
    Published 17 days ago by co33a
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