Canon 60 f/2.8 vs. 50 f/1.8

Started May 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
rsn48 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,559
If purchasing, get Canon 50mm f1.8 mk 1

I don't know how many times I've given this advise out, but if you can get the mk 1 (Mark 1) version of this lens; it will be more expensive than the newer mk 2 version. The Mk 1 has a smooth manual focus, much better than the present version, is a metal body with metal coupling, it has a depth of field chart so you can use "hyperfocal distance" calculations. Again, it will be more expensive so I find the cheap skates tend to get the newer one; logic will tell you, you can only purchase the mk 1 version on the used market. It will not say mk 1 on the lens, the first version of any lens isn't the mk 1 until the mk 2 comes out, then even without markings, it becomes - by default - the mk 1.

I loaned a buddy of mine the mk 1 version and I know I'll have to pry it out of his hands, he's asked for two extensions so far before returning it. Don't be a cheap skate, purchase the mk 1 version, expect to pay more, you'll be happier; and expect to wait while you search for a copy. I like to purchase from the used market here in Vancouver as I can examine what I am buying before money changes hands.

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