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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for the price!!, 18 Nov. 2006
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This review is from: Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens (Camera)
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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Initial post: 13 Jul 2010 16:56:38 BDT
S. Blyth says:
Where can you buy it for £65? I can't even get a used one that price! Most are around £90.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2010 17:01:30 BDT
the price has gone up a lot recently.

Posted on 31 Aug 2010 21:11:29 BDT
rjj says:
This is a really accurate review. Got one of these based on so many good reviews and I agree that the colour and clarity is amazing. Yep, bit noisy but so what - it's nothing to write home about. At f/1.8 the shallow depth of field is indeed brutal but stop it down to f/2.8 and beyond and it is stunningly good. Gorgeous portrait lens which in a half frame sensor works out at an 80mm lens - the perfect portrait lens. Love it.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2011 15:09:12 BDT
Did you notice that review was from November 2006?

Posted on 25 Jul 2012 15:53:50 BDT
Paulish says:
I recently compared this 50mm lens to my Dad's 24-105mm IS USM L lens, and in some of the pictures this lens came out top!
You're definitely correct in saying it rivals certain L lenses!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2012 14:38:46 BDT
brainleek007 says:
I'm glad you're enjoying what this lens has to offer. I wrote this review some time ago and since then have had opportunity to compare the nifty 50 to many L lenses and I'm pleased to say it absolutely can rival certain L lenses in terms of pure sharpness once stopped down a bit. This lens definitely still provides huge value for money.
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