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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

by Canon
4.5 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews
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  • Compact and high-performance, standard lens
  • Gaussian optics provides sharp delineation from near to far focusing distances
  • Colour balance is excellent of a standard lens
  • Bright 1.8 aperture
  • Lightest EF lens at only 130 g (4.6 oz)

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 6.8 x 6.8 cm ; 132 g
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Item model number: 2514A002
  • ASIN: B00007E7JU
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: March 15 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,445 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

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This is considered the standard lens for use with Canon SLR cameras.

From the Manufacturer

Canon EF 50/1.8 II Standard Lens, Black.


Customer Reviews

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Generally priced at ~$130 and below from pretty much every Canadian retailer this lens is worth the money. The larger aperture is great for night photography and it allows me to take handheld night pictures with at least some moon/streetlight, with a correspondingly high ISO, without the need for a flash. Additionally the larger aperture can allow you get a much shallower depth of field than other lenses providing you with greater versatility.

The image quality is also very good for the price. This certainly won't compare with more expensive lenses but for the price it's certainly a tremendous value.

If you need a cheap lens that will allow you to shoot at night or do some photography with a very shallow depth of field and you don't want to spend a ton this is certainly a must buy.
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I did not expect such quality for such a low price! And quite frankly, I did not believe all the reviews praising the product. But now that I own it, I am VERY happy with my purchase. I use it with my Canon Rebel T3 and it takes professional-like photos. I tried it under very low-light condition (nothing but one light) and it was surprisingly clear and not blurry. In the morning, I took hand-helded selfies that offered an interesting result with the smallest aperture. Evidently, it was a close-close-close-up and the quality is so great that you could see the blackheads on my nose (ughhh!) and all the colour details of my blue eyes. Go ahead, buy it! For the price and for such quality you cannot go wrong.
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This is a great lens, especially for budding photographers on a budget. I'm currently a med student and sold my soul to pay for my tuition, but this lens is well worth the 100 bucks I could have spent on my groceries instead. It's crisp, made sturdy, makes for some beautiful pictures. It was the first lens I bought on top of my kit lens and I recommend everyone do the same.
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For the price i payed, it's an awesome lens, works well and takes better pictures then any zoom lens i've bought for 3 times the price. Only thing with mine was when i go into manual the focus wheel doesn't turn as smoothly, my friend bought the same lens and his works perfectly though
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This lens is teriffic for the price, and I recommend any photographer starting out should own one. Even if you already have other lenses, this is a great lens to have. It was the first lens I bought aside from the kit lens that came with my camera body, and I've been using it for nearly 2 years without any complaints about it. You are a comfortable distance away with this lens, not too zoomed in or out which is important since this has a fixed zoom. Very similar to the actual eye's perspective, and good for indoor shooting or tighter areas you can't back up much in. Gives lovely bokeh, and blurs backgrounds nicely for portraits. Perfect beginner lens and it's nice and light, as well as compact so it's easy to walk around with all day on your camera without it being too heavy or bulky. Takes very high quality clear images. This lens was probably the best purchase I've made for photography, especially for the cost. If you're on a budget and don't want to spend too much on a lens, this is ideal. I've taken many photos of a car windshield of city bokeh and rain, sitting comfortably in the passenger seat, so you can get pretty close up to your subjects and still have them in focus. My favorite thing about this lens is that it's easy to focus with. Even while moving, the majority of my photos turn out clear without blur, whilst walking or being in a moving car it's extremely convenient to not have to stop and struggle with a finicky focus and potentially lose your shot.
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This lens is amazing for the price.
I was a bit worried when I first saw it because it does feel a little cheap, but it takes seriously amazing pictures! For the price, you cannot complain. I use it mainly to take portrait pictures, you can take portrait pictures without a flash indoors.
Most of my baby pictures have been taken with this lens and I seriously don't regret my purchase.
I recently purchased the canon 60mm usm macro lens that double's up as a portrait lens, but I still find myself using this one for indoor situation because its much faster and easier to use.

The only down size is that the focus ring is a little flimsy and hard to use, so I mainly use it on auto focus. The auto focus is really fast on this lens, even under low light situations.
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I'm a ''starting'' amateur photographer, and for people like me who doesn't have the money for 1000$+ lenses or 10k for a full photo kit, this is a must have! Great quality pictures, and works like a charm with my T5i.
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I'm not sure what I could write in a review that would add to the already positive community reviews.
I have this mounted to my Canon Rebel T3i (aka EOS 600D) with a crop sensor.

This lens acts as an 80mm lens due to the crop sensor, however for the subjects I'm taking pictures of, this is actually a plus. I won't be standing on anyone's toes to take a photo.

The build quality is very nice, for plastic.
The only minus is that it doesn't feel weather sealed at all, however my camera body also isn't weather sealed.

The pictures speak for themselves. You really can't buy a cheaper lens for this outstanding quality.
I've attached a photo taken from this lens. I took the photo from .. 2-3 feet away, however that is ok because Tank, my dog isn't too fond of the big DSLR camera in his face. ;)
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