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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, reviewed by nighthawk82

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Value for Money10
Bokeh8
Sharpness8.5
Contrast8
Focusing6.5
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Suitability to Intended Use8
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nighthawk82
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Malta
Dec 13, 2014 03:46 |  #1

Assuming you get one that focuses consistently then this lens is hard to beat at the price. It's the perfect introduction into prime lenses for those that never tried them.

The biggest issues with this lens are its relatively slow and noisy focusing motor, and the fact that if you have a more modern body that can do high fps, this lens will restrict it to 3.5fps when using AI Servo mode (I'm told it's something to do with the very old design of the lens). This last issue alone makes me want to buy another 50mm prime.

But really, for $125 brand new it's hard to complain!


Dennis
Canon EOS 70D | Canon EOS 450D | Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM | Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro | Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM | Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM | Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM | Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM | Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM | Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II | Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF

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Mozes
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Holland
Dec 13, 2014 03:59 |  #2

i use it on the 1DmkII.
USM is fast and i get the max fps that the camera gives (8.5).
Focus is every time spot on. and very very sharp, with sweet spot on F2.2

Bad thing, its full off dust inside.

by the way, i have two off them.
one have a broke usm....


*Nikon D3s * Nikon D7100 * 18-105mm kitlens * Tamron AF SP 90 mm f/2.8 VC USD Macro * Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD *
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nighthawk82
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Malta
Dec 13, 2014 11:50 as a reply to Mozes's post |  #3

Yep, mine's got dust inside too :D

USM? This 100 dollar thing doesn't use USM... it's a plain old simple crappy micromotor :)

As for max FPS... are you in AI SERVO mode tracking a moving subject? I get max FPS with ONE SHOT... but in AI SERVO it is constantly trying to maintain focus (slow) and things slow down to around 3.5fps. I never noticed it on my old 450D as it has max burst speed of 4fps or so, but since I got my 70D I've encountered this issue with it. I don't encounter this issue with any of my other lenses -?


Dennis
Canon EOS 70D | Canon EOS 450D | Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM | Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro | Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM | Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM | Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM | Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM | Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM | Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II | Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF

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hammaggot
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Dec 24, 2014 18:11 |  #4

Mine is razor sharp wide open. I wouldn't sell it for triple the cost. Its a keeper!




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EOS-Mike
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Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 02, 2015 21:01 |  #5

I got really lucky yesterday at Best Buy. Not only did I get the nifty for $115, but I apparently got a really good copy, because this puppy is sharp.


Canon 6D, 24-105L, 50mm 1.8 stm

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nighthawk82
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Mar 03, 2015 01:59 |  #6

Yep, mine has always been very sharp too. Only gripe with it is that it is SLOOOOOW. Servo AF chokes continous shooting to around 3.5fps or so, despite my 70D being able to blast at 7fps. And going from one extreme of focus to another is a very long journey compared to an STM lens. But for the price I can forgive it :)


Dennis
Canon EOS 70D | Canon EOS 450D | Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM | Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro | Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM | Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM | Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM | Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM | Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM | Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II | Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF

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J-Dog
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Jul 31, 2017 05:05 |  #7

I have been offered a second hand one of these for half the price of the second hand STM version. Is it worth it or should I go for the STM?

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icor1031
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Aug 09, 2017 00:59 |  #8

How does the II compare to the original? Does it have more blades?


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nighthawk82
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Malta
Aug 09, 2017 14:17 as a reply to J-Dog's post |  #9

I haven't used the STM myself but judging by the reviews it seems like a much better lens.


Dennis
Canon EOS 70D | Canon EOS 450D | Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM | Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro | Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM | Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM | Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM | Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM | Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM | Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II | Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF

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Marko928
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Aug 10, 2017 10:33 |  #10

I love these lens. Just shot a bridal shower and everyone looks crisp.




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MagicAlex
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Aug 13, 2017 14:53 |  #11

I have one and I love it. Came with my 1100D and stays now with my 6D


Canon 1100D + EF-S 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS + EF 50mm f/1.8 II + EF 50-200mm f/3.5-4.5 + 2 Studio strobes + 2 Yongnuo 460 + Yongnuo RF603 triggers
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birdfish316
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Aug 15, 2017 13:33 |  #12

Best bang for your buck!!




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SunD3v1L
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Aug 31, 2017 16:10 |  #13

Personally, I think this lens is overrated once you get past the beginner level. The AF is pretty bad, IMO.




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