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Is The Canon 50mm f/1.8 Lens Any Good!

Bradfleet12 14 22 England
10 Apr 2007 3:26PM
Hi, I am thinking of buying the canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, I have read some reviews, but want to know what other people about it.

PV 14 23
10 Apr 2007 3:40PM
I suggest this one: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
10 Apr 2007 3:44PM
canon 50mm f/1.8 is a very good lens.
go for it, cant go wrong!
Henchard 16 2.7k 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2007 3:45PM
The 50mm f1.8 is probably the best value lens in photography.

Yes the 1.4 is better (but costs 4 times the price) and yes others will say buy a second hand mark 1 version because it's better made. The basic 1.8 still remains a very sharp lens for the money.
da_nige 17 1.2k United Kingdom
10 Apr 2007 3:46PM
Yes. It is. And cheap. Buy it.
PV 14 23
10 Apr 2007 3:59PM
Buy two: 1.8 and 1.4
Try both, choose better one. Bring back to the store if you wouldn’t like one of them.
MeanGreeny 15 3.7k England
10 Apr 2007 4:10PM
One of the other very prominent photo forum sites ran a poll recently asking "which is the least used lens in your bag ?"

Guess what won ?

It seems that everybody recommends buying it but few people actually use it
keithh 17 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
10 Apr 2007 4:12PM
Cue at many as three people who will disagree with you.
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
10 Apr 2007 4:39PM
It all depends, as they say. My 50mm/f1.4 is not overlapped by my other lenses, as regards the focal length. So it probably gets used a bit more as a result.

That said, it is the least used of my lenses - but I expected that to be the case.
Superficial 14 147
10 Apr 2007 6:20PM
The 50mm f/1.8 is a brilliant lens and it's definitely the one I use most, because it's sharper than any other lens I have and it's good in low light. For the money it is amazing. The main problem is that on a crop body like 300/350/400/10/20/30D it's a bit too long (81mm equivalent) for a 'standard' lens.

If you're on a budget I think it's fantastic. But think about whether you would use a 50mm prime. If not then the money might be better spent put towards a decent zoom.
Max_WW 15 124
10 Apr 2007 6:32PM
I had a copy of the Mk 1 which I sold because I needed to raise money for another lens. Biggest mistake I ever made. The lens was good wide open, and spectacular at f/4. It was lightweight and being a prime lens it forced me to move around and think more about the shot I wanted.

In short it was great fun to use, and although it was not my most used lens, it was used regularly. I'm just toying with replacing it or waiting to buy the f/1.4. Either way, for the money you won't regret buying the 50mm f/1.8.
Cristian 16 950 1
10 Apr 2007 7:23PM
For the money - go for it. It's a cracking little lens. I use it for portraits and occasionally out & about as the fixed focal length gives me more of a challenge than a zoom lens.

I'm not sure what you really want to use it for, but if you intend portraits then get it. If not the extra cash on a longer tele zoom would be more versitile.

Quote:One of the other very prominent photo forum sites ran a poll recently asking "which is the least used lens in your bag ?"

- If you've bought it & haven't used it then it's your loss - lol
colin 16 697 5 Scotland
10 Apr 2007 7:38PM
Buy it - great value and good results.
mlewis 16 1.5k United Kingdom
10 Apr 2007 7:45PM
It is very plasticky but gives great results. I'm glad I bought one.
keith selmes 17 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2007 8:33PM

Quote:the least used lens in your bag ?

About half my PF seems to be done with that lens.
I don't use it so much now. I've been experimenting with other lenses, but really not sure I needed to.

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