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The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is a low-cost standard lens for SLR and digital SLR cameras.

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Pros

much sharper and better at handling lens distortions than a kit lens at 50mm - a good value if you use this focal length often

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output is consistent from one picture to the next, always know what it will do

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can be used reliably for many years as long as it is taken care of

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dirt cheap

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large F/1.8 aperture - excellent for shooting in lower light, isolation of subjects

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Auto-focus is accurate and does the job

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lightweight and tiny - easy to throw in your camera bag, doesn't get in your way on the camera

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light weight enough to no factor in significantly when handling the camera

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goes on and comes off quickly and easily

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little light falloff (vignetting) - effectively none stopped down to F/2.8

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very well controlled distortion and chromatic abrasion - effectively none visible

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Cons

not the sharpest lens

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cheap all plastic build - including the mount

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lacks a USM - quite loud, slow

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no markings whatsoever for focus distance / DOF

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auto-focus is a little slow compared to other lenses in the same range

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casing is fairly weak, need to be sure you don't tap it against anything

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The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is a low-cost standard lens for SLR and digital SLR cameras. This is not as fast as the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, and uses a linear extension system for focus adjustment driven by a Micromotor. This means that the autofocus is slower, and additional features are missing which might correct distortion at the edges. This is the lightest EF lens at 4.6 oz (130 g), and the f/1.8 aperture is adequate for shooting in many low light conditions. Gaussian optics improve the narrow focus, allowing some natural blending of background elements. A manual focus mode is also available. At 1.6 inches (41 mm) in length, the compact design makes it portable and easier to store. 

Features
  • Compact design
  • Gaussian optics
  • Focal Length: 50 mm
  • Maximum Aperture: 1:1.8
  • Lens Construction: 6 elements in 5 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 46 deg
  • Focus Adjustment: Overall linear extension system with Micromotor
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.45 m, 1.5 ft
  • Filter Size: 52 mm
  • Max Diameter x Length: 2.7 in x 1.6 in, 68.2 x 41.0 mm
  • Weight: 4.6 oz, 130 g
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