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Jul 08, 2012 12:01 |  #1

Did search for a mk1 thread first and couldn't find one, quick 'personal' comparison between the mk1 and mk2 first.

Please note this is my personal opinion only!

This is VERY basic test between Canon's 50mm 'Nifty Fifty' mk1 & mk2 mounted on the 7D and hand held.

mk1

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The first things you notice between the 2 lenses are the mk1 is slightly heavier (both tiny so wont make any difference in the real world) also the mk1 is definitely better made, it has a metal mounting and a focal gauge where as the mk 2 has a plastic mount and no gauge.

The other main point is the focus ring on the mk1- it is part way along the barrel making it very easy to use but on the mk2 they have stuck it right on the very end and it's tiny so if you have anything other than toothpicks for fingers you may struggle with manual focusing on the mk2 - made worse if you have a hood fitted. NOTE: they are both fairly noisy when using auto focus with the mk1 winning out by a very small margin.

Right down to image comparison - to be perfectly honest with you, there is very little between the two, at least from the indoor / pop up flash tests I have done so far - I may amend this once I have ventured outside. If anything I think the mk1 is very slightly sharper 'on point' and has a slightly shallower depth of field than the mk2 - but you would have to be very critical in your shooting to really notice.

Excuse the dust on the shelf - the bikes are a nightmare to keep clean.

mk1 - 1/60, f/2.8, iso 125, aperture priority with pop up flash
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Cat - tricky as I can't replicate the 'pose' for obvious reasons ;-)a

mk1 CROP - 1/60, f/2.8, iso 125, aperture priority with pop up flash
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My conclusion - if you can find one and are willing to pay a little more for second hand then I would choose the mk1 - just because it is better built and a LOT easier to use in MF.
Whichever you choose you will be happy non the less - for the money both are pin sharp where they need to be and pretty quick. A very underestimated and unbelievably cheap little prime lens.

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Jul 08, 2012 14:49 |  #2

Few shots attached to the 1d mk4 - more rain than even Noah could deal with today.

Mischief - 1/800, f/1.8, iso 1600

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1/1000, f/2, iso 160. from inside the conservatory through double glass
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That's it for now - off to swim around the garden

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Jul 09, 2012 10:48 |  #3

No one else with the mk1? few more for you

Sunrise

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Mischief playing
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Anyone else?

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Jul 09, 2012 22:31 |  #4

MkII seems cleaner and brighter


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Jul 09, 2012 22:34 |  #5

The Mk 1 is simply amazing. I cannot compare it to a Mk 2 because I don't have both.

My Mk 1 is now resting in its original box since getting the 17-55 f2.8


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Jul 09, 2012 22:50 |  #6

I briefly had both, MK II first, but sold the II for above reasons plus the MK I focuses better in low light
than the II. With a TC the II wouldn't focus even in daylight while the I works well with a TC. The $40
extra for a MK I is well worth it.


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Aug 05, 2012 10:41 as a reply to  @ halitime's post |  #7

Here's my best contribution with the Mk I. Available light, ISO 1600, wide open on a Rebel XSi.

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Dec 16, 2014 04:17 |  #8

I have had 3 MkII versions and now a MkI this one is a keeper for sure , the autofocus does not hunt and build quality like the old EF28
My new grand daughter Ruby. Canon EOS1Ds

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Dec 16, 2014 04:23 |  #9

CANON 1D + EF50 1.8mkI

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Dec 16, 2014 14:25 |  #10

Congratulations on the 'new grand daughter' - you have an 'old one' as well? :-)

Loving the hotrod although not too sure on the modern wheels (maybe I'm just getting old lol)

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Dec 20, 2014 18:48 as a reply to  @ David Stallard's post |  #11

Thanks David , I have three I am grandad and Santa to now , As for the old Morrie 8 wheels I agree in my day we usually could not afford mag wheels so we widened the steel wheels.


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Sep 03, 2015 19:04 |  #12

Take a bath


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Sep 03, 2015 22:10 |  #13

I had to sell my Mk I but just replaced it with another Mk I. Did some tests vs my 35 f2 IS and the results were impressive
for the 50..!! After some sharpening in LR for both lenses the 35 was marginally sharper.I've paid $100 Can. for both lense's
and sold the first one for $135..!! The test was done with both lenses at f2.


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Sep 04, 2015 12:52 |  #14

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Nov 09, 2015 06:33 |  #15

I like old 50's :)


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