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CanonEF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
 
4.6

(based on 4576 reviews)

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    (117)

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    (15)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (3834)
  • Easily interchangeable (2679)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (2501)
  • Consistent output (2187)
  • Nice bokeh (1378)

Cons

  • Weak casing (1232)
  • Slow focus (686)
  • Blurry focus (100)
  • Poor in low light (88)
  • Lens creep (57)

Best Uses

  • Low light (2475)
  • Weddings (1419)
  • Night photography (1379)
  • Landscape/scenery (1006)
  • Portraits (784)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (1435), Casual photographer (951), Semi-pro photographer (879), Enthusiast (323), Pro photographer (267)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (2621), Yes (253)

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

highly necessary!!!

By AL

from Jersey City, NJ

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

absolute best pick up! this 50mm prime lens is a must have for every photographer. and for a little over 100 bucks you can not go wrong! takes sharp images and with the 1.8 produces awesome bokeh!

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5.0

Nifty Fifty

By bhuser

from Brooklyn

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

If you haven't used primer lenses before this is a great way to start. It's affordable and delivers sharp images with a nice bokeh!

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5.0

Awesome lens for cheap

By Andy

from San Francisco, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

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

    One of my favorite lenses when I started out and couldn't afford expensive equipment. Kind of slow, but for that price? Love it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great lens for its purpose

    By Kjb137

    from Seattle

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

    Great lens for the price. Serves its purpose well.

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    4.0

    very happy

    By caleb

    from Louisiana

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

    With this lens. Great detail. Only bad thing is the camera mount is plastic , but I've gotten over that.

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    4.0

    Little lens. Big results.

    By BikinBeth

    from Benton, TN

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        To put my review into context, I am not a professional photographer and saying I am an amateur might even be overdoing it. I dabble in photography at the current moment and bought this lens to help me learn because my other lens is a wide angle, and I mostly shoot in classroom settings for my job. So far I love it. The images I am getting are crystal clear. It is certainly a good bargain for the price.

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        • No

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        5.0

        nifty fiffty

        By StrokeOfLightPhotography

        from Spokane,WA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

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

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

        i love this lens you cant go wrong with this prime! don't get held up on having no zoom capabilities, you your zoom feet. this lens gives a great bokah and is amazing for portrait work, the fast f1.8 is great in low light, this lens is tack sharp and amazing you wont regret the $.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Simple but elegent

        By DSS

        from Seattle

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Nice Low Light Lens

        Cons

        • Focus ring is too small

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Portraits
        • Video

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

        I love the look if the images, and having a low light option is great. I wish the focus ring was larger for us fat fingered photogs. This is true of most of the Canon lenses.

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        • No

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again

        By Alex

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          I use it with my Canon 6D. Great sharp fixed autofocus lense.

          Great product for portraits, for nature where closer look details are not needed (or you can walk closer-)).

          Good results under low light conditions.

          Took great video's via the lense too.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Avery's Imaging

          By Avery's Imaging

          from Paradise

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Wedding Rings And Portrat
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I love this lens. I know most like the more high end 50 but not me. This one is sharp and fast.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            A Good Portrait Lens

            By Mike the Photo Guy

            from Middletown, OH

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

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

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

            Great lens for the price. This is a nice addition to my camera bag. I haven't used it much, since I've only had it a few weeks. I gave it a good workout when I first received it. Image quality is sharp and it gave a nice blurred background. Focus was a little slow and hard to achieve in a low light situation, but I was able to adjust for that. It's going to take a little time and quite a bit more use and practice to learn how to use it properly.
            I've read all the negative reviews for this lens. Plastic, not L quality, and others. My answer to them is, SO? It is still Canon quality and I don't abuse or plan on abusing my equipment. The price is right, very good actually for this lens. It will be in my bag for a long time to come and will be on my camera frequently delivering the quality images I know it is capable of.
            So far I'm very happy with this purchase. I'm going to plan a day soon to spend with this lens on my camera and play with it. I'm sure I won't be disappointed nor would anyone else who added this lens to their camera bag.

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            5.0

            Excellent inexpensive prime lens.

            By Shashi

            from Moseley, VA

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

            Have a Canon D 6. To match an expensive body, I invested in couple of expensive wide tele zooms. After reading several articles on primes decided to buy this lens. I am amazed at the image quality. Since I have this full frame camera, the image is the reproduction of what I see. If you have an APS camera, you may want to go with a 35 or 40 mm prime lens. If you go with this 50mm you may get a little zoom equal to an 80mm.

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            5.0

            Good basic lens

            By Grubby

            from Central Florida

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              Everyone needs a 50mm. This is not the best high-end from Canon. But for the price - it is just right.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great quality photos for low price

              By Blue1791

              from Wyoming

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Weak Casing

              Best Uses

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

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

              All I had to compare this to was the kit lens, but getting this opened up a new world for me. I was absolutely stunned at the quality of the photos I out of my camera from this lens.

              What a great way to expand my photography without spending much.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Canon 50mm

              By Netwerk

              from Michigan

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

              Overall a good buy. It came just as described and very fast. The AF is a little annoying as it CONSTANTLY needs to focus and it is extremely loud. So if shooting moving objects this could get upsetting. Overall I would recommend this lens for still photography.

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              5.0

              nifty fifty

              By Jeff

              from Louisiana

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  it is what it is. a fifty mm Canon lense for a nifty price.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Nifty Fifty Indeed!

                  By H&E Photo LV

                  from Las Vegas, NV

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus
                  • Weak Casing

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography

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

                  I finally made the switch to the world of Canon with the 6D the other day and i needed a lens while i wait to get my 24-70 2.8. So i got the 50mm 1.8II just so i have something to shoot with my 6D. I was intending to return it once my 24-70.

                  With just about 2 days of shooting with this "toy" of a lens i will keep it! Sure its loud, very cheep build, and a tad bit slow with the AF but the IQ was quite good for the price! Not in the same leauge of an L lens of course, but the subject is always in good sharp focus with more than adequate contrast.

                  This will always be with me for it is so light and can turn out really pleasing images. Plus it is so light that theres no excuse not to bring it with me anywhere.

                  My one and only negative remark is the plastic rear mount. If that brakes i would easily get another one.

                  So go ahead and buy one! Have fun and shoot untill it breaks! Dont get so caught up with all the latest and greatest specs. This lens is more than enough to make great images.

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                  5.0

                  Great Lens

                  By no nickname

                  from Cumming, Georgia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    This lens is great. The photos are sharp. Its hard to take a bad photo with this lens. Best lens in my bag.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    EF 50mm f/1.8 & Canon 6D great combo

                    By Beach Bob

                    from Melbourne Beach, Fl.

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Excellent in low light
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Light weight
                    • Low Cost

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Acquired to use during the "no flash" period of a
                      wedding in a small dark church.

                      With the Canon 6D hand held low light images were great even at mid range apertures.

                      None found thus far

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Canon 1.8, 50mm lens the best for travel

                      By Micky

                      from New York

                      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
                        • Night Photography
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        Used this lens on a trip to Costa Rica and loved the results. Very fast, easy to use on trails and hikes since it is so light weight.
                        Captures the essence of your travel photos. I have been wanting this lens for a while. Very reasonably priced.

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                        • No

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