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

magnus 16 661 5 United Arab Emirates
11 Apr 2007 7:15AM
It's sharp, It's cheap. You won't get better for many times the price. Buy it! Unless you are a professional with very high expectations you won't see any difference between the 50mm f1.8 and the much more expensive (but better built) 50mm f1.4 in terms of image quality. If you are replacing the kit lens then the quality improvement is striking.
nickfrog 14 333
12 Apr 2007 7:19PM
I bought it on reputation and because it was supposed to be a must have. It was so cheap in price and in feel.
It was very sharp indeed at arounf f4.
I was however never using it. I don't mind losing a bit of quality for the gain of convenience afforded by a zom.
What I never understood is why people praise its low light qualities. Yes it let's in loads of light at 1.8 but in my case at this opening the DOF was so shallow it was pretty unusable, even for portrait as only the eyes would be sharp. Maybe my technique was not up to scratch though... Sold it on ebay with a £5 loss in 4 months...
Bradfleet12 14 22 England
13 Apr 2007 12:13PM
Thankyou to everyone for all the comments that have been posted.

I have taken in to consideration what everyone has said, along with what I wanted out of a lens, without having to pay a lot of money.

So, I have recently bought the Canon 50mm f/1.8 MK 2.

I am really pleased with the quality of pictures it is producing on my Canon 350D, and is a clear improvment on my previous 18-55mm kit lens.

Thankyou again to all for the comments made!

13 Apr 2007 6:45PM
Plastic, cheap, and sharp, It feels like the kind of lens you would normally avoid but I must admit its sharp, about 80mm on my 350D its a good portrait lens, Adrian
13 Apr 2007 7:31PM
I read about the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II on an american professional photographers forum. It seemed counter intuitive that a lens that was so light, cheap and plasticy could be so good. However, I trusted the experience of others and bought the lens on Amazon and have never regretted it. It is a marvelous, easy to use and great results lens.


theredbaron 14 394 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2007 10:45AM

Quote:About half my PF seems to be done with that lens.

Which ones?
PV 14 23
26 Apr 2007 7:45PM
Just tried Canon 50 f/1.8 II (Cost me $90.00USD) and I amazingly surprised.
Very good quality (glass), sharp;
plastic, - but looks strong and solid for me. Little bit noisy (motor) but I donít care.
Big Bri 20 16.7k United Kingdom
26 Apr 2007 8:01PM
Yeah, it's a noisy beast alright. Picture quality is about the best you can get for the price, though.
PV 14 23
26 Apr 2007 8:32PM
...for the price...
"The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens' strongest quality is its sharpness. Sharpness performance wide open (f/1.8) is decent, but the Canon 50 f/1.8 is very sharp at f/2.8 and beyond. It is slightly sharper than even then Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens."

ahollowa 17 1.1k England
26 Apr 2007 8:48PM
I see you have bought it so this is for those tha haven't!! Many people are quoting the 1.4 as much more expensive. This may be true but at £200 (if you shop around) it is hardly exhorbitant. If you only have £50 to spend get the 1.8 it is a good lens. If you have a bit more I would advise splashing out for the 1.4. I got the 1.8 and firstly found it very flimsy feeling so I was expecting it to fall apart at any minute. And secondly it is OK at 1.8 but really need stopping down a bit so you loose a bit if it's usefulness. My 1.4 is as sharp (if not sharper) at 1.4 as the 1.8 wide open. therfore at least 1 or 2 stops more usable. As I bought it as a low light companion for the 24-105 F4 the extra £150 for the 1.4 is well worth it.


keith selmes 17 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2007 11:40PM

Quote:About half my PF seems to be done with that lens.

Quote:Which ones?

The ones where it says "Lens: ef 50/1.8"

For example
and this
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
26 Apr 2007 11:48PM
The only thing you've got to watch with the Canon 50mm (1.4 and 1.8) is that they don't focus as close as you might think. Minimum distance 18 inches.

By way of comparison my 17-40L gets as close as 11 inches. It's quite a difference.

Other than that, a fast standard prime is a 'must have' - even if you only occasionally use it.
collinf 18 1.2k
27 Apr 2007 9:33AM
Perhaps it's just me having no money, but I only run with three lenses. a 70-300 zoom, 19-35 Tamron and the 50mm f1.8 Mk II.

I love the 50mm, as has already been said, it's a great portrait lens, especially at f4 and it's light. It is (I think) the lens I use most often on my (now somewhat outdated) 10d.
27 Apr 2007 10:05AM
I just bought this lens of e-bay £50 described as new I never looked up the mrp , a bit silly I know so what does it cost new?? Im expecting it today or tomorrow so cant comment on performance yet

collinf 18 1.2k
27 Apr 2007 10:15AM
It's around £70. Think I paid £67 for mine a couple of years ago.

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