Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Prime lens | Canon EF
MKSpots
 

I got this little plastic fantastic lens used for under 50 bucks. I thought that it would be a very good first prime lens. In that sense, I was not dissapointed at all. It's probably one of the cheapest lenses you can buy second hand (Apart from the 18-55 which I found selling for 30 bucks in my country. The build quality is as you would expect for the price. It feels like a chunk of plastic, but I still don't have a feeling that it will fall apart when using it. As for the usage: I used it ...

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risto40

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

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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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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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pros - cheap - excellent image quality - light - standard prime for full frame cons - noisy autofocus - feels like a toy - 80mm with canon non full frame (too narrow, but still great for portraits)

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Traingineer
 

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

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
 

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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