Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II CHEAPEST RECENTLY? only £71.40 delivered @ Amazon
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II CHEAPEST RECENTLY? only £71.40 delivered @ Amazon

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Found 9th Nov 2011
5 stars from 276 reviews... This has to be the cheapest price yet for a cracking bit of kit. This is a must buy lens at this price!


Canon EF lens F/1.8 50 mm
Minimum Focus Range: 45 cm
Automatic and Manual Focus Adjustment
52 mm Filter Size
Light Weight (130g) and Compact (68x41 mm)
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Excellent deal, bought mine Saturday at BestBuy, Liverpool, they price matched this Amazon deal and gave me 10% of the difference, theirs was listed at around £94. Shame they are closing.
Good price. Its been cheaper on here before though
Got one, get great results
Not cheapest - has been £47.99, but a long time ago.
yardster

Excellent deal, bought mine Saturday at BestBuy, Liverpool, they price … Excellent deal, bought mine Saturday at BestBuy, Liverpool, they price matched this Amazon deal and gave me 10% of the difference, theirs was listed at around £94. Shame they are closing.


Bestbuy closing already?

I'm having one of these for Christmas.
Edited by: "simate" 9th Nov 2011
simate

Besybuy closing already?I'm having one of these for Christmas.




Yeah and Comet have been sold/are going to be sold for £2.
haha everytime I walk into Comet, I can't believe how they're still open.. old junk and overpriced..same for bestbuy but atleast bestbuy looks nice inside
Yeh it has been roughly this price for the past few months

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Don't think this is the cheapest ever, I got mine a lot cheaper a few years ago.I recall paying under £50
chrismarriott66

Yeh it has been roughly this price for the past few months … Yeh it has been roughly this price for the past few months [img]http://charts.camelcamelcamel.com/uk/B00005K47X/amazon.png?force=1&w=725&h=440&desired=false&legend=1&ilt=1&tp=3m&fo=0&zero=0[/img]



So now is a good time to buy then?
great lens, great price
swampy_donkey

So now is a good time to buy then?



Yeh I doubt it will come down under £70, but there again I guess you never know!
yoyo59

haha everytime I walk into Comet, I can't believe how they're still … haha everytime I walk into Comet, I can't believe how they're still open.. old junk and overpriced..same for bestbuy but atleast bestbuy looks nice inside




I agree, BestBuy does look nice inside, PC World Aintree looks like something from the 1970's by comparsion.
If you want it, don't wait. You wont care about the few pounds it might drop in price, once you get a few photos out of it.
I have a Canon 1000D with a 18-55 lens.

Looks like this one is a 50?

What benefit would I get from buying this?
DeeKay86

I have a Canon 1000D with a 18-55 lens. Looks like this one is a 50?What … I have a Canon 1000D with a 18-55 lens. Looks like this one is a 50?What benefit would I get from buying this?



f/1.8 means it is better for low light conditions and action shots, generally.
swampy_donkey

f/1.8 means it is better for low light conditions and action shots, … f/1.8 means it is better for low light conditions and action shots, generally.



Gotcha, thanks
swampy_donkey

f/1.8 means it is better for low light conditions and action shots, … f/1.8 means it is better for low light conditions and action shots, generally.



It is also *very* sharp... especially in comparison to the 18-55. This is easy to achieve in prime lenses as they don't zoom... image quality is compromised slightly when you introduce more 'flexible' zoom lenses.

The 18-55 is f5.6 at 55mm which will give you a much greater depth of field that 1.8 for example... In fact, I quite often find that 1.8 is too shallow at 50mm. If you knock this lens down to f2.2 it is sharper... f4 and it's razor sharp!
Anyone seen the 430EX II flashgun on a deal? Would go well with this and my 550D
wozwebs

Anyone seen the 430EX II flashgun on a deal? Would go well with this and … Anyone seen the 430EX II flashgun on a deal? Would go well with this and my 550D



Not for a long time now It has been about £200 again for the past year or so... I was deliberating whether to buy one when it was £150, wish I had now!

Have you considered the Jessops 360AFD, which is only £80?

ordered cheers.
was reading dpreview just before i seen this lol..

the f1.8 will get you that nice blurred background too (bokeh).

f5.6 supposed to be the sharpest aperture for this lens.
Cracking lens, for the money. Much better than anything you'll get on a point and wait camera. Went well with my old 350, but even nicer on the 550.

I shot this last week with it - flickr.com/pho…89/

Worth saying that at 1.8 what is in focus and what is out is super sensitive. By all means go for some ultra cool bokeh shots, but fire off shots at 1.8, 2, 2.2 etc. and hedge your bets. Far too many times I've come back with what I thought was a great shot to find that it was just out of focus, and I'd not taken a couple of safety net backups that could have been fine.
st3ph3n

Cracking lens, for the money. Much better than anything you'll get on a … Cracking lens, for the money. Much better than anything you'll get on a point and wait camera. Went well with my old 350, but even nicer on the 550. I shot this last week with it - http://www.flickr.com/photos/st3ph3n/6306841089/



Nice shot it illustrates the shallow depth of field you get with this lens well. I bought this lens some time back, really impressed by it.
Must have lens! I use it more than any other I have and it's a good price
Fantastic lens, great optics but the build quality is a little plastic. For the money you can not buy better.
I just borrowed one of these off a guy at work and the pictures you can take with it our miles better than those you can do with the standard lenses.

The only downside is Zoom involves you moving your feet!
Well Cartier-Bresson never used anything other than a 50mm and that's all you need to know. (Mind you, he never took photos of sports in low light).
wozwebs

Anyone seen the 430EX II flashgun on a deal? Would go well with this and … Anyone seen the 430EX II flashgun on a deal? Would go well with this and my 550D



Not quite what you asked about, but if you want a decent flash for not much cash check out the Yongnuo ones on eBay etc. I picked up a YN-468 for about £50 and it is great, does everything the 430EXII can do but much cheaper. I'm also ordering a YN-460 mk II to use as a second, off-camera flash.
Love this lens! Rarely take it off my camera!
BlueHarvestMoon

Well Cartier-Bresson never used anything other than a 50mm and that's all … Well Cartier-Bresson never used anything other than a 50mm and that's all you need to know. (Mind you, he never took photos of sports in low light).



Or used said 50mm on a crop sensor I'd imagine ;-).

Cracking lens though. Just reiterating what's already been said, *painfully* sharp once stopped down to f/2.2, with great depth of field.

yardster

Excellent deal, bought mine Saturday at BestBuy, Liverpool, they price … Excellent deal, bought mine Saturday at BestBuy, Liverpool, they price matched this Amazon deal and gave me 10% of the difference, theirs was listed at around £94. Shame they are closing.


I thought best buy wouldnt match an online store price?

Edited by: "FPP" 9th Nov 2011
bozwellox

Not quite what you asked about, but if you want a decent flash for not … Not quite what you asked about, but if you want a decent flash for not much cash check out the Yongnuo ones on eBay etc. I picked up a YN-468 for about £50 and it is great, does everything the 430EXII can do but much cheaper. I'm also ordering a YN-460 mk II to use as a second, off-camera flash.



Cheers for that, just picked up the YN-468 II for £69 on eBay. Considering I am a novice probably better than spending £200 on the Canon
st3ph3n

Cracking lens, for the money. Much better than anything you'll get on a … Cracking lens, for the money. Much better than anything you'll get on a point and wait camera. Went well with my old 350, but even nicer on the 550. I shot this last week with it - http://www.flickr.com/photos/st3ph3n/6306841089/Worth saying that at 1.8 what is in focus and what is out is super sensitive. By all means go for some ultra cool bokeh shots, but fire off shots at 1.8, 2, 2.2 etc. and hedge your bets. Far too many times I've come back with what I thought was a great shot to find that it was just out of focus, and I'd not taken a couple of safety net backups that could have been fine.



Maybe its front or back focusing? I had one of these lenses in the past that did this. This is why I love LiveView for some situations.
Meathotukdeals

Maybe its front or back focusing? I had one of these lenses in the past … Maybe its front or back focusing? I had one of these lenses in the past that did this. This is why I love LiveView for some situations.


The Lens is fine, just the photographer being too ambitious! It's more that what you focussed on is fine, but that another bit you thought was fine is actually right at the point where it goes out of focus. At 1.8 the window of what's in focus can be very tight.

The bud shot was with liveview - which worked great for it.
Purchased ! Many thanks to poster who drew my attention to this lens. The reviews on amazon put this lens in a different league compared to the 'shipped with 18-55 lens'. Looked elsewhere on the web & the results are highly impressive.
Fantastic lens, perfect for low light. I used it at the Thames Festival a few weeks ago to take pics of the night carnival with my 550D. These were taken without a flash under street lights:

Thames Festival pics on Flickr
really tempted by this to pair with my NEX 5 but then again the SEL5018 is just round the corner...

i currently use a Minolta Rokkor 50mm F1.4 but shoot mainly at F2.8 for best sharpness. Its a lovely sharp MF lens, wonder if the Canon will better it?

what do you think guys?
Anyone have any examples of how video turns out with this lens?
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