Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Prime lens | Canon EF
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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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xjia
 
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Good lens overall, sharp images, nice bokeh. Cheap. Quick focus. post a few examples [IMG]http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p164/jason_xjia/Canon%2060D/IMG_0572.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p164/jason_xjia/Canon%2060D/IMG_0566.jpg[/IMG] Problems: Noisy AF

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mf14477
 
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Everybody should own (or should have previously owned) this lens. Fantastic images from a dirt cheap lens. Yes you can get better but you have to pay ££££, this is a perfect lens in addition to a kit lens, to learn about DOF, aperture and the joys of prime lenses. When you can afford it, and if you want to, by all means buy sturdier and more expensive lenses but this is a really great and affordable bit of kit to add to your bag. Has been invaluable for me at friends weddings, and to get ...

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shahid11235
 
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I'd give this lens 5 stars if it had a better focus ring, and a 7 or 9 blade aperture ring. I don't mind the plastic mount since the lens is so light, but I'd appreciate a metal mount. The focus ring is slightly scratchy, thin and has a relatively short path so manual focusing is the thing you'd likely avoid for precise focusing. Bokeh is only circular at f/1.8, and starts to take a pentagonal shape when stopped down a bit. Otherwise this lens is a joy to use, and worth every buck you spend ...

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I have used the 50mm 1.8 Mark I for years and the lens literally lives on my camera. I use the Mark II a lot and it is just as good, and a little faster! Its a great, sharp lens, ideal for people experimenting with aperture and learning Portraiture. I recently used a 50mm 1.4 for a shoot and honestly dont think the results were as sharp as the 1.8 shooting at f8-f16 in the studio. And at under a hundred pounds its is a real bargan! Problems: Focusing ring on the front is a pain and feels ...

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