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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Review Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Review

Rating Summary for the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
Construction:
50/100
Price Rating:
100/100
Image Quality:
90/100
Overall Score:
80/100
This is an "B" Quality Lens

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Lens Tech Specs

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture:

50mm f/1.8
Lens Construction:
6 elements in 5 groups
Diagonal Angle of View: 46°
Focus Adjustment: Overall linear extension system with Micromotor
Closest Focusing Distance: 0.45m / 1.5 ft.
Filter Size: 52mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 2.7" x 1.6", 4.6 oz. / 68.2 x 41.0mm, 130g

Lens Review

com The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is the lightest lens that Canon makes. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens weighs in at just 4.6 oz. (130g), making it the feather weight lens of lenses. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is tiny, which makes taking photos for long periods of time a breeze.

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens comes standard with a micro motor without full-time manual focusing. This means you need to make sure you switch the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens to MF (manual focus) mode before messing with the focus rings, because if you donít you will soon find yourself with stripped focus rings and a worthless lens. You really cannot expect full-time manual focusing on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens though given such a low price.

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens utilizes a linear extension system (which is much like extension tubes) for focusing, so the actual focal length of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens will differ slightly depending on the focus distance. The front element on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens will not rotate while you are focusing. The minimum focus distance as it reads on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is 1.5 ft (0.45m), which does not enable you to get extremely close to your subject. This minimum focus distance results in a max magnification of 0.15x on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens manual focusing mode really makes the lens feel cheap. It makes the cheap construction of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens extremely apparent when you focus manually. The focus right on the front element of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is quite narrow and positioned at the very front making it that much more difficult to focus manually. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens has a total of 5 aperture blades. The outer ring filter size on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is 52mm making it fairly small, but adding a haze filter to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens really creates a nice protective space between the glass and any outside danger.

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens measure around 2 inches from end to end, which makes it absolutely tiny. The build quality of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is probably Canonís idea of doing the bare minimum and then stepping back a notch, but donít let the build quality fool you the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is an amazing lens.

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is extremely sharp from f/2.8 on to f/8. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is a bit softer when wide open at f/1.8. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens has even been compared to the 24-70mm f/2.8L lens which is one of the highest quality glass you can buy, and the image sharpness at an f/8 at the same focal length is almost identical, in-fact I would lean toward the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens being the sharper of the two. The color and contrast of the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L is better than the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, but not extremely better.

The focus speed on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is not amazing, but what can you expect for the price. You will find yourself without a focus distance indicator window on this particular lens, but this is not absolutely vital by any means. In low light conditions you are going to quickly find out that focusing can sometimes be a problem with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens seems to have a problem focusing quickly on moving objects and on subjects in low light situations. The focusing mechanism on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is rather loud, and so I would not recommend using this lens if you plan on sneaking up on your subject.

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is an EF mount which means you can use it on 35mm bodies which have smaller sensors as well as full frame sensor 35mm bodies. The only problem with this particular EF mount on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is that it is made of plastic, so if you plan on switching the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens out frequently be aware of the wear and tear factor involved.

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is a phenomenal lens for the price, in-fact I would not hesitate to say that the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is quite possibly the very best lens a new photographer can purchase for the price. It is by far the best deal available out there. It is a great lens for indoor photography where a flash is not permitted.

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