Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens
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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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|Item Dimensions||6.9 x 6.9 x 5.1 cm||6.92 x 3.93 x 3.93 cm||6.82 x 2.28 x 2.28 cm||51.57 x 44.88 x 42.52 cm||8.3 x 8.3 x 8.3 cm||2.94 x 2.83 x 2.94 cm|
|Item Weight||130 grams||160 grams||125 grams||425 grams||180 grams||0.53 kg|
|Max Focal Length||50 mm||49 mm||24 mm||85 mm||35 mm||18 mm|
|Min Focal Length||50 mm||50 mm||24 mm||85 mm||35 mm||10 mm|
|Mounting Type||Canonbayonet||Canon EF / EF-S||Canon EF / EF-S||Canonbayonet||Canon Camera DSLR||Canon EF / EF-S|
Style Name: EF 50 mm f/1.8 II
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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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Well made and very very happy with it.
As many (simpler) fixed lenses that you will more likely use with tripod and decent lights, this lens does not have Image Stabilizer.
(And as it might be familiar fact for many, using ImageStabilizer on tripod might cause unwanted camera shake, rather than helping avoid it, so that might be the reason why many fixed lenses like this one, wouldn't even have much use for stabilizer function.)
This lens, next to 85mm, is considered one of the best choices for portraits, but also works for anything else that doesn't require zoom. That would include landscapes, for example.
Widest f-stop range is 1.8, which is pretty decent value, giving more light and more shallow depth of field for decent bokeh (aka background blur) than number of other lenses, specially if you have luxury to choose background for your portrait photo.
Of course it doesn't fully measure up to far pricier lenses with f1.4 or f1.2, which tend to give smoother bokeh (also more light, slightly clearer photo quality at wider ranges, etc) but for low price it still does the job very well.
If you are new to system cameras; if you are more casual photographer; if you are not quite ready to let go £280 or £1200 for fancier lenses just yet; then this lens is definitely a must have.
You will get good balance of quality and low price.
Would definitely recommend this lens!
The only thing that is different for a amateur, is that you can't zoom in or out, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, as you get another perspective of the image, as the photographer is forced to move!
Brilliant lens would highly recommend for someone wanting to brighten up their indoor shots!
And yet, there is a reason why it's remained available and popular for so long and it isn't the price, though that certainly helps. And that reason is the combination of fast maximum aperture and remarkable image quality for the money, or indeed for quite a bit more money - if it looked and felt a bit more solid and had a 7- or 8-bladed aperture they could easily sell it for 2 or 3 times as much. It should almost be a compulsory first prime lens purchase for anyone starting out SLR photography with a Canon body. Its IQ leaves the old (pre-STM) 18-55mm kit lens way behind.
Regarding the flimsiness, mine rolled off a ledge and dropped about 3 feet onto concrete while I looked on in horror. The mount came off but easily clicked back in and nothing seemed to be actually broken so I took a shot and, astonishingly, it came out fine. Perhaps it survived due to its ridiculously low weight (less than 5 ounces!) and perhaps I was very lucky (certainly very stupid to put it on a ledge on its side ...) but either way, a couple of years later it still works and the elements inside clearly haven't been displaced at all because the image quality is as good as ever.
The unavoidable downsides of this lens are as follows:
- Autofocus struggles a bit in low light (mine may actually be a bit worse as a result of its accident but if so that's the only obvious harm it suffered)
- The focus ring (but not the front element) revolves during autofocus, so you must be careful not to turn it when set to autofocus for fear of damaging the motor, and always turn autofocus off before removing it from the camera. For manual focus, the loose feeling of the focus ring doesn't inspire confidence and it's not exactly the most precision instrument but it's perfectly possible to get good manual focus.
- The five bladed aperture can leave you with bokeh full of little pentagons in high contrast conditions with a lot of small points of light. This is arguably its least attractive feature.
- It's pretty soft wide open - but then most lenses are and if you stop down to f2.8 it's very sharp and you're still getting far more light through it than you would with a kit lens that doesn't even go to f2.8.
If you're on a tight budget and considering venturing into the world of prime lenses, this versatile little lens with its surprisingly excellent glass is a fine place to start.
PS: since I wrote this review, Canon have issued the Canon EF 50 mm 1.8 STM Lens, which improves considerably on several of this lens's weak points and has even better image quality for very little extra money (and now that Canon have stopped making it, remaining new copies are going up in price) making it a 5 star item and this lens redundant unless you particularly dislike the by-wire focussing motor.
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