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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens

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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
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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.
UPC: 082966212727
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.2 x 3.2 x 3.2"
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
  • E-52 Snap-On Front Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CanonEF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 4643 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2994)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1495)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (118)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (15)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (3869)
    • Easily interchangeable (2709)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (2519)
    • Consistent output (2210)
    • Nice bokeh (1399)

    Cons

    • Weak casing (1240)
    • Slow focus (689)
    • Blurry focus (102)
    • Poor in low light (88)
    • Lens creep (57)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (2505)
    • Weddings (1437)
    • Night photography (1390)
    • Landscape/scenery (1021)
    • Portraits (791)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (1445), Casual photographer (963), Semi-pro photographer (892), Enthusiast (323), Pro photographer (271)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (2662), Yes (254)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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

    Nifty Fifty

    By Dave

    from Ventura, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Using it with an adapter on my GH4. Looks great. A little soft wide open but crispy from 2.2 on up.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Best Bargain Out There

      By reevue

      from North Carolina

      Verified Buyer

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

      Super sharp. Super cheap. Just awesome. A must have in your bag.

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      4.0

      Great lens

      By C

      from NJ

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          This is the second Ef 50mm I purchased. It was for my daughter-in-law who loved the photos I took when using mine for portrait situations. Nice little lens that amply does the job. Crisp and clear. Focus is a bit slower than one might like.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Great lens!

          By pixelimpress

          from dallas, tx

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

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

            Love this lens that I purchased for photographing my stationery products! Great focus, great distance, great photos.

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            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            $???? REALY

            By rsmcguire

            from Rochester Hills, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • 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:

              I have used this lens indoors (with no flash) and out, I have not tries macro yet, but I am VERY HAPPY with this lens.

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              • No

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              3.0

              forget 1.8

              By kenomcd

              from nyc

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I got tired of carrying around my 24-70 2.8L lens and decided to go back to the beginning nad just tote around a 50mm. I tested this lens aginst the 24-70 and it wasn't too bad. The first thing you need to realize is that you should never use this lens at 1.8-2, it is waaaaaay too soft. At 2.8 - 22 it's okay. It's not the 24-70 L and it certainly isn't as sharp as an L prime lens but if you need an inexpensive lightweight 50mm to kick around with this one ain't too bad.

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                  5.0

                  Excelente

                  By GABY

                  from VENEZUELA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Tough To Attach
                  • Weak Casing

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  Retratos, liviano, luminoso

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Sweet lens!

                  By dan

                  from Cleveland Ohio

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to Clean

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

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

                  Perfect focus

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                  5.0

                  Too good to be true!

                  By BokehBro

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    At around $ this lens is a steal. I use this for video. Great, great, great image quality. I use it with a slider and the images are amazing! Keep it at f/1.8 and get rich colors and beautiful bokeh. You need this in your lens arsenal if it isn't already there.

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                    4.0

                    Good Lens

                    By N/A

                    from Seattle WA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                    • Difficult to Clean

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

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

                    I use it to take picture of flower

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Need to have!

                    By Jay

                    from Canton Massachusetts

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Aperature
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Small

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      Very Useful product and a great bang of your buck! for $, theres nothing better out there with an aperture of f/1.8

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Perfect

                      By Matt

                      from Fremont, CA

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          This will work wonderfully for all my "film" related work.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Nice inexpensive lens

                          By Robert F

                          from GA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Video

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

                            Only small con is that the focus ring is a little hard to grip for manual focus, but once you get use to it, it's fine.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Portrait lens

                            By Betty

                            from Coto de Caza

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Limited To Specific Situations

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens by Canon was good for portrait in afternoon light, the ASA 800 and the f 1.8 or 2 opened way up let the right amount of focus and light on the face.

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                            5.0

                            good vision

                            By Sai

                            from San Jose

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Blurry Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light

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

                            it gives awesome vision effect

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great lens for the price!

                            By GreatAuk

                            from Florida

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                            • Weak Casing

                            Best Uses

                            • Dog portraits
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

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

                            I take the dog photos for the local shelter. I used this lens for the first time this week and it did a very nice job. Beautiful bokeh!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            plastic Fantastic

                            By Riley

                            from missouri

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

                            This lens has always been a cheap way to get great pics.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Photographer's secret!

                            By Alysheba

                            from Kansas City, KS

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Portraits
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I got this lens as a way to up my game in the portrait department. It's wonderfull in low light and creates beautiful depth of field. My cheapest lens in my kit, but by far my favorite!

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              you should know by now that this is a great affordable lens!

                              By eric

                              from fort walton beach, fl

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                5 stars for the price. Every photographer should own this lens. Great in low light and portraits.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Love this Lens

                                By Sydney's Mom

                                from Madison, WI

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Love The Low F-stop

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  Great for taking senior portrait photos!

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