Canon 50 mm 1.8 MKII

February 14th, 2009

Tree

Sample photo taken with the 50mm 1.8 - at f4 I think..

The 50mm 1.8 is an excellent lens. Its small, light, and quite sharp. At around $80 (10k here via agent) it’s also quite a bargain.

For:

  • Sharp,accurate color, focuses OK in low light (at least compared to the 18-55 IS)
  • Comparatively cheap - this may be the cheapest lens Canon makes.
  • Fast (1.8 max aperture) so good for freezing motion, especially in low light
  • Small/Light weight - means its easy to carry and does not add much size/weight to the camera
  • Useful length - 50mm (or 80mm approx equiv in a 1.6x camera) is a reasonably usesful focal length.

Against:

  • Autofocus is a bit slow and buzzy (somewhat louder)
  • OOF (out of focus areas)/bokeh is not that good - however in carefully controlled circumstances it can take decent photos.

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