Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Prime lens | Canon EF
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Yes it's cheap and plastic. It has a plastic mount. It feels flimsy. The autofocus motor sounds like a car with a weak battery struggling to start on a cold morning.... BUT.. it also sharp. And sharp. And more sharp. It beats my 24-105 L at 50mm. It's the Nifty Fifty. The Fantastic Plastic. Did I forget to mention it is SHARP? With that going for it, along with a heaven sent price, one can overlook the plastic and the noise.... :^) One thing more: I bet that flimsy plastic barrel would fare ...

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risto40
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Bought it as a brand new lens. Probably received a bad copy/out of focus lens because my Canon 40D rarely got sharp images with the lens. Camera did focus, but the end result on most pictures was very soft/blurry. Sometimes, when taking photos on long distances, it focuses on the background, instead of the object as was meant to be. A few shots that were in focus had amazing sharpness. Sold the lens because I cannot rely on it if results are 90% of the time NOT what I expected. Focusing ...

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I've been through 4 copies of this lens - had them calibrated, tried different bodies - simply put on a crop sensor body, It can't focus at f/1.8 except in live-view. I've no idea what the AF problem really is even after extensive investigation, consultation and analysis with Canon in my country - it's a bad AF performer. That being said, optically it's simply superb but just the play in the focus ring can put shots out of focus. The glass simply belongs in a longer throw manual focus barrel ...

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remisej
 
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I've been using this lens for a year now. It never comes off my 5D Mark lll, since I poured all my savings on the camera body and I can only get this lens that day. So far I'm satisfied with it, especially the value for money. It's the cheapest prime lens and it shoots great photos. It's kinda slow and noisy when trying to focus in some instances, but you can live with it for now. I've read several reviews that it's not wise to get a 1.4 if you already this 'coz the difference is not that ...

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Probably the cheapest lens you can buy.  Very versatile and fun to use!!!  Definitely a must have!!!

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Traingineer
 
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It's got a good price, good image quality for the price. But the lens' AF motor is slow and in low light conditions/dark objects, it takes a very long time to lock on focus or it won't be able to focus on the subject/object. It even sometimes has difficulty focusing indoors with a good amount of lighting. But it's still pretty great for a beginner photographer.

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If you are just starting out and need a fast lens, this is can get you there with little affect to your wallet. PROS: (1) Inexpensive (2) Fast CONS: (1) Low build quality - it actually got STUCK on my t2i and ended up damaging the camera. (2) The auto focus is buggy. (3) Auto focus is noisy Since the mount is plastic, I would be very careful with this lens ...

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Wintergreen
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I've never used it as much as since I have a 6D. Right now this is my favorite setup and the images are so great that I can't imagine what it would be like if it was the 1.4. Anyhow... This is a well known lense and I don't have anything original to say on it. I like that it's small and light and give great IQ for the price you pay. I can live with the basic build (you get what you pay for), only thing I don't like is the focus noise. Buy it !!

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Jimbo Limbo
 
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The lens is cheap and light. The build quality is very poor. The images were pretty good. In the end, I sold it as the focus was not reliable on the body that I used at the time(Canon Rebel G film camera). Later, purchased a 50mm f1.8 version 1 that is much better built and focusses better due to a newer camera body. Problems: focus

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I'm not really into serious DSLR use but it had improved my experience on a Canon 500D with a kit lens. It is sharper, faster AF, and shoots low light compared to the kit lens especially at the tele end. The softness of the corners wide open is actually desirable for portraits. Thanks DPR's review, I find it inspiring to have it's image quality perform near it's more expensive cousins. As other's have pointed at, the focus ring needs some improvement for both AF and MF use. In AF, when it ...

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