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Canon 50mm f/1.8 I vs II

 
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Jun 07, 2011 07:28 |  #1

Which is better? The mk I or II? I'm considering buying one and there's one on offer for the MK I. One site says that the original one is better made and is the better choice... however what do all you think?




  
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Jun 07, 2011 07:32 |  #2
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fattyman wrote in post #12550733 (external link)
Which is better? The mk I or II? I'm considering buying one and there's one on offer for the MK I. One site says that the original one is better made and is the better choice... however what do all you think?

I made the right choice Canon 50mm f/1.8;)


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Jun 07, 2011 07:34 |  #3

the only thing going for the mark I is the distance window and a metal mount. If you can get it for around the same price as the mark II, go for it...but i've seen where people have paid $200 or more for the mark I, and I just don't see the point.


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Jun 07, 2011 07:37 |  #4

I think I've struck an excellent deal then. The guy selling it is selling it for $100au with a hoya UV filter. The average selling price for the MK II is $90-100 without filter 2nd hand :D




  
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Jun 07, 2011 08:04 |  #5

PWard wrote in post #12550747 (external link)
the only thing going for the mark I is the distance window and a metal mount. If you can get it for around the same price as the mark II, go for it...but i've seen where people have paid $200 or more for the mark I, and I just don't see the point.

Besides the distance window and a metal mount, here are a few more reasons I think the the MK I is better than the MK II:

It has....

- Better build quality (same as the EF 28mm 2.8 and EF 35mm 2.0)
- Depth-of-field scale
- Proper manual focus ring
- Focus ring does that not rotate when in AF
- Can accept a EW-65, ES-65 or ET-65 lens hood (doesn't require a threaded adapter like the Mk II)


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Jun 07, 2011 08:12 as a reply to  @ msowsun's post |  #6

I have had my mk1 for at least 15 yrs and it was 2nd hand sale for $100 au back then, so if in great condition worth the price.
FWIW mine had a smallest amount of fungus which I placed the lens out in the sun for a few hrs and the fungus remains has not changed a bit in all that time.
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Jun 07, 2011 08:21 |  #7

I use to own the 50mm f1.8 mkII, sold it to fund the 17-40L and then once funds became available again, I sought after a 50mm f1.8 mkI deliberately. As msowsun has stated, those are all the better features of the mkI plus the fact that you can use a polarizer etc.

I paid $150 for my mkI USD and no regrets.

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Jun 07, 2011 08:41 |  #8

PWard wrote in post #12550747 (external link)
the only thing going for the mark I is the distance window and a metal mount. If you can get it for around the same price as the mark II, go for it...but i've seen where people have paid $200 or more for the mark I, and I just don't see the point.

Optically true. But, you read many posts here about the MK2 breaking in half. Maybe you can still get a new MK2 for about half what a MK1 is selling for, but if you have to buy it twice, dose it make sense?

I had a 50 1.8 MK1 years ago and it was a good lens that felt like it was well built. I now have the 28 2.8 which is the same build as the 50 MK1, and again, I don’t feel like I'd ever have worry about it falling apart. If I was after a 50 1.8, I would search for a nice MK1 and not feel too bad about paying more for it. You get more, why not?


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Jun 07, 2011 08:48 |  #9

I own the mk I and as everyone mentioned it has better quality and build than its counterpart.
Aside from the AF noise, it works like a charm




  
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Jun 07, 2011 18:24 |  #10

I have both coming up for sale soon to help fund a 28 1.8 or 30 1.4. Buy both and do a test then sell the other one :) I'll sell both for $300 shipped and PP, and both mine are MINT, really you couldn't tell them from new.


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Jun 07, 2011 19:14 |  #11

i would never pay more for the MK I than i would for the MK II...i just don't see the point in any of the "benefits"...that said you can find deals on the MK I if you want to go that route...

the photos will look exactly the same from either...and that's the bottom line...


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Jun 07, 2011 19:32 |  #12

The Mk I will be less prone to stupid problems, like a wobbly inner barrel, bad focus, and that emergency saucer section separation (external link) act the Mk II is so fond of.


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Jun 07, 2011 19:44 as a reply to  @ bmwcolin's post |  #13

I have the mkI and I really like the lens. I had the mkII previously and it was simply inferior.

I'm in the middle of trading my Sigmalux for an UWA as my mkI is plenty as a fast prime. Not saying the mkI and the Sigmalux are the same (Sigma is head and shoulders superior) but my little 50/1.8 is pretty nice.


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Jun 07, 2011 19:52 |  #14

There's been many a thread on this.

They're optically identical.

Have owned both, the mkI is nicer, but I wouldn't bother shelling out 1.5x more for it.MF is a lot nicer on the mkI, but it's just not a lens I MF with. The metal mount is slightly more reassuring, although I never had an issue with the plastic mount of my mkII.
msowsun has got it right on the differences. In shooting, there's no difference. One isn't faster at focusing than the other. What you get with the mkI is everything else- the focusing window that you'll never actually be looking at while shooting, the build quality that still isn't great but won't snap in half from a 4ft fall, and takes a hood (I was pleasantly pleased to find out that my 85 1.8 hood carried over to it).


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Jun 08, 2011 04:13 |  #15

geeky wrote in post #12550886 (external link)
I use to own the 50mm f1.8 mkII, sold it to fund the 17-40L and then once funds became available again, I sought after a 50mm f1.8 mkI deliberately. As msowsun has stated, those are all the better features of the mkI plus the fact that you can use a polarizer etc.

I paid $150 for my mkI USD and no regrets.

edit: two quick photos from my mkI

Day 7 - Bang! (external link)
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Day 13 - Pause (external link)
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That is some delicious bokeh on that second picture...




  
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