Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II User Reviews

Prime lens | Canon EF | 2514A002

This was the first lens I bought separately from the camera body. This lens has been superseded by the STM version, but if you don't care for the new focus system the optics are the same. Despite what many people claim, this lens IS Sharp in the middle wide-open regardless if on FF or crop. There are issues with contrast and ghosting but for your general portraiture and subject shots, you will be OK. Image is very sharp stopped down and I find using manual focus to be usable enough. ...

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Thomas Rose
 

Indeed it is flimsy, noisy, and with unreliable AF. Those handicaps would be tolerable if the lens delivered the optical quality that is claimed for it, but it doesn't. It is never truly sharp in the corners or edges and suffers some severe aberrations as well. The much vilified Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG EX that I use beats it at all apertures for centre sharpness, corner sharpness and freedom from CA and other aberrations, as well as being built like a tank and focussing reliably and accurately. M ...

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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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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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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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