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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Imported

You Pay: $125.00
Product Highlights
  • EF Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-22
  • Gaussian Optics
  • Weighs Just 4.6 Ounces
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 17.8"
  • Filter Thread Diameter: 52mm

The EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens from Canon is a standard length prime lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8. It is effective in low light situations and offers shallow depth of field focus. At just 4.6 oz it is a particularly lightweight lens ideal for everyday use. Gaussian optics provide sharp delineation throughout the focus range down to its minimum focus distance is 17.8".

Standard focal length 50mm lens is effective in a multitude of shooting situations and ideal for day-to-day shooting
An f/1.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light situations and offers shallow depth of field focusing.
A very lightweight (4.6 oz) and easy to operate lens.
Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 46°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.5' (45 cm)
Magnification 0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 6/5
Diaphragm Blades 5
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.7 x 1.6" (6.86 x 4.06 cm)
Weight 4.6 oz (130 g)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
  • E-52 Snap-On Front Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 4369 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2797)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1423)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (114)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (15)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (3711)
    • Easily interchangeable (2585)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (2426)
    • Consistent output (2127)
    • Nice bokeh (1305)

    Cons

    • Weak casing (1197)
    • Slow focus (669)
    • Blurry focus (96)
    • Poor in low light (86)
    • Lens creep (56)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (2375)
    • Weddings (1368)
    • Night photography (1326)
    • Landscape/scenery (961)
    • Portraits (773)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (1383), Casual photographer (918), Semi-pro photographer (843), Enthusiast (323), Pro photographer (255)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (2489), Yes (244)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Must buy for all beginners

    Recently bought a T3i that came with the 18-55mm kit lens. I read a lot of reviews and decided I needed a nifty Fifty. it was well worth it. I use my...Read complete review

    Recently bought a T3i that came with the 18-55mm kit lens. I read a lot of reviews and decided I needed a nifty Fifty. it was well worth it. I use my 50mm now more than the kit lens. the bokeh(background blur) is amazing, and the speed of this thing is awesome.At f/1.8 you won't miss a shot again.This lens is incredibly fast compared to the kit lens. I never knew what I was missing till I bought this.And for around 100 bucks it's a nice addition to your lens collection. It's almost a necessity, almost ever photographer owns a nifty fifty.Be aware when buying this, you will not be able to zoom at all, I own both kit lens,the 18-55mm as well as the 55-250mm telephoto. But out of those, the 50mm is on my camera 90% of the time. The photos are that great! It takes excellent portraits.Some of the more professionals around here may complain about this lens, fair enough. but if your just starting out, and like me, came from a point & shoot to this, you will find this lens more than adequate. I review my shots and see nothing wrong with them, in fact family and friends have asked me to get some prints for them.As for the plastic casing, I don't find it all that bad, after all, aren't most of our cameras made of plastic? I'm not taking photos with it in a warzone, so as long as you treat it properly it will be fine.It's a worthy investment,you'll love the photos you get with it, so buy it now!

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    Hit 'n' miss

    I'm gonna average my rating between the 2 lenses that I got. I know that it's a QC issue, but hey, that's what the average star rating is for.The first one has serious...Read complete review

    I'm gonna average my rating between the 2 lenses that I got. I know that it's a QC issue, but hey, that's what the average star rating is for.The first one has serious front element play, and that makes AF totally unusable (think 9/10 shots out of focus at f/2.8).Returned that one. The 2nd one I got was amazing. On a 600D crop body, sharpness is consistently good from edge to edge. Pentagonal bokeh is not very nice, but the wide aperture allows for custom-shaped bokeh, so not really an issue.The real problem is the almost unusable manual focus ring. Even though this lens doesn't have the front-element play anymore, AF is spotty at wide aperture. Forget about focus-recompose. Your best bet is to use live view, zoom in, then AF.Not the best-built lens out there, but hey, for $ you get high-quality glass. If you're thinking of upgrading from the 18-55 kit lens, besides a longer tele-zoom, this is seriously to be considered. If you're on a tight budget but want to upgrade from kit lens, no reason not to get this one.

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    5.0

    Good Glass Collection

    By Sergical

    from Covington, Ky

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

      I purchased this product because I was looking for a lens that can handle low light situations when filming in not-so-lit-areas. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is very affordable and handles still photography and video in situations when dropping down to a f/1.8 is needed. I highly recommend this lens for your DSLR gear bag as well as for beginner videographers and cinematographers.

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      5.0

      Great quality, inexpensive prime lens!

      By Marissa

      from Santa Barbara, CA

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

      What more can I say about this lens? There are obviously better ones out there, but the price for what you get is unbeatable. Really love the look it produces, though I'd like to invest in a higher quality 50mm one day. Absolutely essential!

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      5.0

      CANON EF 50mm

      By john john

      from california

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

        This item is perfect for the Canon 5D that I just purchased. The lens is sharp and accurate on all settings. Also the auto focus is fast. I am extremely pleased with this product.

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        5.0

        No brainer!!

        By NCribb

        from Grass Valley, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

          This is my favroite lens in the kit. I know a ot of people prefer a multi rang lens, but this one forces you to get in or get away. The versatility of the focal range is incredible. I've captured many beautiful portraits and many beuatiful night sky shots with this lens. It's actually really nice at taking handheld photos of fire. I would highly recommend this lens to anyone!

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          4.0

          great value

          By rapsak

          from Brno, Czech Republic

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

            You can't beat the price. I use it for filming with 60D. Ok it is very sensitive for manual focus /changing depth of field in the video and maybe the autofocus is a bit slow but for the money? For still shots - very sharp

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            4.0

            Nifty fifty

            By SSK

            from Shakopee, MN

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Affordable
            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Very good in low light
            • Very Small In Size

            Cons

            • Not Silent

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

            I bought this lens after figuring out that 9 out of 10 reviews about cameras suggest to by this lens. I am using this for last couple of weeks and feel the positive difference in image quality compared to my 18-135mm STM lens, especially indoors. I still have a long way to go to make most out of this lens.

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            5.0

            Performs as expected

            By Susan

            from Townsend, TN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits

              Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

              The lens is much lighter than I had imagined. It takes sharp pictures and makes the camera set up overall less bulky. It is an excellent investment.

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              5.0

              Excellent

              By ViV

              from Belgium

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portrait
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

              Incredible price/performance ratio. An absolute must-have in every photo bag. Noisy AF but that is known: I forgot how those micro motors are so noisy, but not an issue for me. My main uses of this lens are portrait & macro (with extension tubes).

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              5.0

              glad i bought one

              By G da Photog

              from Bermuda

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Slow Focus
              • Weak Casing

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

              bought one to experiment for a fashion shoot was skeptical at the build of the lens its cheap plastic it was a bit slow to focus at first but must say I had great results the images are fine

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              5.0

              Great Starter Lens

              By Jillian D

              from Brainerd, MN

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

                This is a great lens to get a tack sharp focus in portraits. Big improvement in photo quality in low light situations than the kit lenses. Great depth of field, excellent overall value!
                The fixed focal length wasn't as difficult to get used to as I expected.

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                5.0

                A must-have for any photographer

                By Bernardohenz

                from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

                  Great lens for low light scenarios. Very usefull for capturing portraits. It is definitely the lens that I like better.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent deal

                  By Mischeaux

                  from St. Louis MO

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Video

                    Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

                    I am a novice and really wanted a portrait lens, but did not want to pay much for it. This lens turned out to be exactly what I wanted, and the price was great! Very happy.

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                    5.0

                    Sharp images, a pleasure to use!

                    By NorthwestPictureMaker

                    from WA, USA

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light

                      Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

                      I use this lens with my Canon EOS Rebel T3i. Prior to purchasing this prime lens, I was using the Tamron 18-270mm. Although I love my Tamron for its superzoom, it has some drawbacks. It's not particularly fast and at shorter focal lengths is a little soft. I've compared the two lenses and this Canon lens is significantly sharper than the Tamron is at 50mm. I love taking flower photos and the sharpness is spectacular.

                      This lens also takes great photos indoors. The wide aperture helps a lot in capturing the moment without using flash or having motion blur. It's going to be my primary lens for parties and family gatherings.

                      I've also used this lens to take macro photos by using a lens reversal ring. Wow! I can see pollen on the flower anthers and petals.

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                      5.0

                      EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens by Canon

                      By Nickg

                      from San Francisco

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

                          Love this lens! Great for blogging and lightweight. B&H had the best price and got it to me super fast. I'm easily recommend them and this product.

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                          5.0

                          Best money for effect in photography

                          By Gabe

                          from Ann Arbor, MI

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                          • Weak Casing

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

                          Bold words, and perhaps not true, but for around $100, having a lens this sharp at 1.8f is absurd. It's a great deal and I use mine every day. The build quality is a bit poor compared to it's higher cost cousins, but for the price it's compeletely overlookable. Great lens. Highly recommended to newbies and pros alike.

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                          5.0

                          Ignore this one at your peril

                          By JAM Pro

                          from Memphis, TN

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                          • Weak Casing

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

                          L lens, L lens, blablabla. Give me this lens and a Canon 100m f/2 USM and I am as prepared as I would ever want to be to face a portrait session. I have no doubt that L lenses are the shizz, but I DO KNOW that you don't have to spend the money to find a few lenses in the Canon lineup that exceed or rival the L spec lenses. And I just gave you two. Good price, good product. If I had to do over, I MIGHT have shopped used and picked up the USM I version with the metal mount, but I don't use my Canon gear all that much, so it will suffice.

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                          5.0

                          Great price

                          By Fabio

                          from MA

                          Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

                          Can't beat the price.

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                          4.0

                          Does what it is supposed to do very well

                          By Marcos

                          from Brooklyn, NY

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Night Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

                            I'm happy with this lens. It's really clear, with good DOF and nice bokeh.

                            Recommended for portrait, macro and interior
                            Not recommended for landscape or far away subjects

                            Good quality.

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                            4.0

                            Good for the price

                            By eva_melo

                            from niterói, brazil

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Weak Casing

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light

                            Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

                            I´m just an enthusiastic who has a 4 year canon slr camera with an 18-55mm lens. After attending classes, decided to buy a 50mm. Since I don´t have enough money to spend on a 1.4, I purchased a 1.8, even tought people told me it is plastic.Well, so far so good. Just tried once, at home, but really liked the result. It is plastic, it is fragile, but a good lens to play around, and maybe in the future, I´ll invest in a better one.I´m pretty sure I will learn a lot by practicing with this lens, specially because it has a fixed focus and will force me to move around.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome lens for the price

                            By Photo Mom

                            from Katy, TX

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens:

                              This lens feels very flimsy but for the price you cannot beat it. It takes awesome pictures. Great lens for portraits and night photos with no flash due to the low aperture.

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