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EF 50mm f/1.8 II :just 4/5 star on The-digital-picture.com. This lens deserves more

 
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Oct 31, 2013 03:46 |  #1
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I'am so surprised when The-digital-picture.com just rated 4/5 star for Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II . This lens deserves much more than 4/5 star.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …f-1.8-II-Lens-Review.aspx (external link)

I have purchased this lens. It has amazing image quality compare to its very low cost. It's also pretty fast. Most camera stores in my city say Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II's one of their best selling lenses.




  
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Oct 31, 2013 03:57 |  #2

I'd give it 3/5 at best imo.

Mine was slow (compared to usm lenses), noisy, inconsistent AF and poor bokeh.

The only plus was the size/weight and price.


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Oct 31, 2013 05:21 |  #3

Walkundertherain wrote in post #16412770 (external link)
I'am so surprised when The-digital-picture.com just rated 4/5 star for Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II . This lens deserves much more than 4/5 star.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …f-1.8-II-Lens-Review.aspx (external link)

I have purchased this lens. It has amazing image quality compare to its very low cost. It's also pretty fast. Most camera stores in my city say Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II's one of their best selling lenses.

I imagine the reason it sells so well is because of the cost itself and that it's the 'go-to' lens for those wanting a starter prime with fast aperture.

Build is poor, and as the previous poster said, the Bokeh isn't amazing, nor is the arc form drive AF.


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Oct 31, 2013 05:21 |  #4

Well to be fair; a soda can is built better than the 50mm f1.8 II. 4/5 is very generous, even if it does perform optically well for the price. Bokeh is poor, AF performance is poor and its AF motor is quite loud. The Sigma 50mm f1.4 for example is worlds better but I wouldn't even rate that 4/5.


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Oct 31, 2013 05:43 as a reply to  @ stang67's post |  #5

Slow focusing and Quality of Bokeh not on par with 50 1.4


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Oct 31, 2013 06:24 |  #6

is the 50 1.4 the best compromise in the 50 family ?


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Oct 31, 2013 06:25 |  #7

Sigma lens focus better then the 50 1.8.

Nouf said.


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Oct 31, 2013 06:30 |  #8

Some people have reported that the lens popped apart or got stuck on their camera so I think 4/5 stars is pretty generous.


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Oct 31, 2013 06:38 |  #9

sheedy wrote in post #16412776 (external link)
I'd give it 3/5 at best imo.

Mine was slow (compared to usm lenses), noisy, inconsistent AF and poor bokeh.

The only plus was the size/weight and price.

Exactly my experience.


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Oct 31, 2013 06:47 |  #10

I'd give it no more than 2 out of 5 -- and that is being generous. Horrible auto focus performance, strange bokeh, and cheap build quality. The one I owned was not sharp until around f/2.8, either. As others have said, the only reason it is so popular is the price. I'd much rather have the 40mm f/2.8 pancake for slightly more money (I paid less than $120 for a refurbished one).


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Oct 31, 2013 10:27 |  #11

I'd give it 2.5/5

It really is a terrible lens to use

The image quality is excellent, however the lens is borderline unusable

It is sharp wide open though (at least a well functioning copy is)


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Oct 31, 2013 10:33 as a reply to  @ smorter's post |  #12

Im gonna give it a 10 out of 5...keep in mind that I dont own one nor have I ever used one. I just want to be different!.....;)




  
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Oct 31, 2013 13:19 |  #13

I've mentioned this elsewhere: my copy is pretty fast and consistent at autofocusing even in low light. I would not be surprised to find out that there is considerable unit-to-unit variation with this inexpensive lens. :( Guess I won the lottery.


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Oct 31, 2013 13:26 |  #14

Talley wrote in post #16412879 (external link)
Sigma lens focus better then the 50 1.8.

Nouf said.

LOL
Unfortunately, Sigma reverses engineers canons auto-focus system and I think that's ultimately why they have such bad focusing issues.
They don't license their AF from canon.. This is why it's such a crap shoot.
I am done playing the sigma lottery


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Oct 31, 2013 13:53 as a reply to  @ eddie3dfx's post |  #15

man dogging the 50, i have the mark i, and i might get 1 out of 200 that are not focused, i would like a smoother bokeh, i am however very close to upgrading to the 35 f2 is. but might wait to see if canon will come out with the 50mm 1.8 is.


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