Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II Lens £71.99 delivered eBay/PC World
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Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II Lens £71.99 delivered eBay/PC World

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Found 6th Jun 2013
Fast and lightweight, this Canon 50mm f1.8 II Lens is an attractive budget proposition that won't make you sacrifice quality!
Compatible with all Canon EOS cameras and suitable for both full-frame digital bodies as well as crop-sensor cameras, the 50mm f1.8 II Lens will give you up to four times as much light as a typical modern kit lens. This lens has an equivalent focal length of 80mm when paired with an APS-C sensor body.

Compatibility: Canon EOS cameras
Optical: lenses/groups: 6 Elements/5 groups
Diaphragm blades: 5
Minimum focusing: 45cm
Maximum magnification: 0.15
Filter diameter: 52mm
Dimensions 68.2 x 41mm (diameter x length)
Weight: 130g

38 Comments

Got one of these a couple of months back and this is an amazing lens for the price, the build quality is so so, but the images it can produce are second to very few.

I own one of these, but I do not have a full frame camera so everything is to zoomed in so its alot of effort. Focus is very fast and loud, images are good. Voted hot as a good price and is a very popular lens.

Edited by: "MikeLondon" 6th Jun 2013

Original Poster

Looking forward to receiving mine.

Banned

One of the best lenses that can be bought for a camera. Nifty fifty is amazing! Even on a crop body. Build quality isn't great and it isn't the quietest focussing motor. Bang for buck however this lens is sensational. Easy to slide up your bum too.

Original Poster

haha

I have this on my 5D - feels a bit plasticky BUT gives lovely images :P

I would rather pay the extra £3 and get one that's new and not unsealed/used.

Original Poster

I know the feeling, Wadda, I'd debated at the earlier deal and this hit the tipping point in my head - guessing that they'll be fine as there's a decent few available. Fingers crossed

I have had one of these for over 4 years. Great lens for the price. However, very soft at 1.8 and even 2.2.

But definitely value for money

Spend the extra £6 and get a new one with an extra 9 months warranty from Asda.

Don't get me wrong, this is a great lens for the money but once you've used a more expensive prime, you'll see that this is nowhere near as good as people make out it is. You'll often hear that this is of similar quality to the 50mm 1.4. It's not, not even close.

The bokeh is ugly due to only having 5 aperture blades.
It feels like it's a toy and could break at any second.
It really struggles to find focus in anthing worse than an overcast day, meaning you have to use MF - and the extra stops are suddenly redundant.
The focus motor is loud.
The focus ring is very fiddly so MF is pretty hard to nail.

Unless you are a complete beginner, you're better off saving your money and going for the 50mm 1.4

funkyfreshman

One of the best lenses that can be bought for a camera.



It's comments like this that give people high expectations of what is just an ok lens.


Edited by: "mr.potato_head" 6th Jun 2013

Original Poster

They did say bang for buck, that's exactly what this lens is about.

Original Poster

A 50 mm F/1.4 isn't available for less than £250. This is £70!

gileswendes@hotm

A 50 mm F/1.4 isn't available for less than £250. This is £70!



And there is good reason for that.

People will quickly outgrow this lens and we all know that if you do photography as a hobby, it's expensive. I'm just suggesting that unless you are a beginner and therefore either; a) will be impressed by the quality of any lens, or b) Don't know whether photography really is for you, you're better off saving £££'s and going with the 50mm 1.4.

I'm a bit confused as to why this is so hot.

It is the best price but a new sealed one with full warranty is only £7 or £8 more? (Amazon).
Edited by: "Tomb" 6th Jun 2013

Tomb

I'm a bit confused as to why this is so hot.It is the best price but a … I'm a bit confused as to why this is so hot.It is the best price but a new sealed one with full warranty is only £7 or £8 more? (Amazon).


Agreed, I would say not a sufficient discount to make it worth losing 9 months of warranty and not getting a brand new unopened item.

I got brand new one from Jessops today for the same price as Amazon. They price matched it.

Cracking lens for the money, very lightweight build quality, but you can't argue about the value for money. It can be a little long on a cropped sensor like my 550D, but if you're the right distance from your subject, you can get some great shots. The wide aperture means it is great in low light, I've used it a few times at night festivals in London. Here's one from the Thames Festival
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8182/7962944676_27de663892_c.jpg
Burnt Out Punks 18 by nigelwilliams2001, on Flickr

and the others I have posted on Flickr:
flickr.com/pho…mm/

mr.potato_head

And there is good reason for that. People will quickly outgrow this lens … And there is good reason for that. People will quickly outgrow this lens and we all know that if you do photography as a hobby, it's expensive. I'm just suggesting that unless you are a beginner and therefore either; a) will be impressed by the quality of any lens, or b) Don't know whether photography really is for you, you're better off saving £££'s and going with the 50mm 1.4.



If you get time can you list the lens you had for the 550d please.

mr.potato_head

And there is good reason for that. People will quickly outgrow this lens … And there is good reason for that. People will quickly outgrow this lens and we all know that if you do photography as a hobby, it's expensive. I'm just suggesting that unless you are a beginner and therefore either; a) will be impressed by the quality of any lens, or b) Don't know whether photography really is for you, you're better off saving £££'s and going with the 50mm 1.4.



And how do know this Mr potato head? Your eyes are plastic!

used...

JoeUK

I have this on my 5D - feels a bit plasticky BUT gives lovely images :P



The 1.4 is only £280, gives marginally better images but the build quality is solid. Plus it has a USM.

ash.connor

The 1.4 is only £280, gives marginally better images but the build … The 1.4 is only £280, gives marginally better images but the build quality is solid. Plus it has a USM.


I wouldn't go so far as to say the build quality is solid on the 50 1.4 :P

Doesn't feel as plasticky certainly - and it has a proper focusing ring, and a metal mount admittedly. But IMO it's one of the most fragile lenses that Canon currently produce. There is a plastic gear in its FTM clutch mechanism which is prone to breaking from only the slightest of knocks, and although I haven't had experience of this happening (yet), it's well documented - something to watch out for if you do own one certainly!

That being said, it does produce a lot nicer images than the 50 1.8 (in terms of bokeh especially)

dontasciime

If you get time can you list the lens you had for the 550d please.



I started with a 50mm 1.8 and as soon as I really started getting into Photography, I made the jump to the 50mm 1.4 - I have now what is quite a common setup (35mm 1.4L, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 135mm 2L.

Originally, I bought into what everyone said about the 1.8 being a superb lens. I was a beginner. If I were to go back, knowing what I know now I would have just jumped straight for the 50mm 1.4 - like I said, if you are a beginner, this lens is ok. If you're not and are just looking for a good nifty fifty, save your money and go for the 50mm 1.4.

I forgot to mention in the past post about how soft the shots at 1.8 are, and also the amount of CA you get shooting wide open. Whilst this isn't just a problem with the 1.8, it's the worst for it.
Edited by: "mr.potato_head" 7th Jun 2013

^thanks

mr.potato_head

I started with a 50mm 1.8 and as soon as I really started getting into … I started with a 50mm 1.8 and as soon as I really started getting into Photography, I made the jump to the 50mm 1.4 - I have now what is quite a common setup (35mm 1.4L, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 135mm 2L. Originally, I bought into what everyone said about the 1.8 being a superb lens. I was a beginner. If I were to go back, knowing what I know now I would have just jumped straight for the 50mm 1.4 - like I said, if you are a beginner, this lens is ok. If you're not and are just looking for a good nifty fifty, save your money and go for the 50mm 1.4.I forgot to mention in the past post about how soft the shots at 1.8 are, and also the amount of CA you get shooting wide open. Whilst this isn't just a problem with the 1.8, it's the worst for it.



great lens lineup - wish I had those, but my wife just got me a 24-105 L, even though i said I was saving for primes. paid too much as well... doesn't spend as much time on ebay as I do!

which lens is your favourite?

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dontasciime

is the 35mm 1.4l this one ? … is the 35mm 1.4l this one ? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-EF3514LU-EF35mm-1-4-Lens/dp/B00005KHS3



Sexy.

gileswendes@hotm

Sexy.




Thanks

dontasciime

is the 35mm 1.4l this one ? … is the 35mm 1.4l this one ? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-EF3514LU-EF35mm-1-4-Lens/dp/B00005KHS3



Yep, that's the one :-)

Sigma also do one now which is more competitive (£700) which is certainly worth considering (each have their merits)

FatalSaviour

Yep, that's the one :-)Sigma also do one now which is more competitive … Yep, that's the one :-)Sigma also do one now which is more competitive (£700) which is certainly worth considering (each have their merits)



Why are they so expensive though ?

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dontasciime

Why are they so expensive though ?



BECAUSE OF THE SEXY!

dontasciime

^thanks



No problem.

luvadealme

great lens lineup - wish I had those, but my wife just got me a 24-105 L, … great lens lineup - wish I had those, but my wife just got me a 24-105 L, even though i said I was saving for primes. paid too much as well... doesn't spend as much time on ebay as I do!which lens is your favourite?



Still a great lens, just not so great for indoor stuff and found it quite bulky. It's always hard when it's a gift - I think my family now know not to buy me anything photography related.

Has to be either the 35mm or 85mm. My needs have changed now as I mostly shoot weddings so often find the 50mm is not wide enough for indoor stuff, but not tight enough to get in on the action. Image quality on the 35mm is superb, but before moving to full frame I was pretty much using the 50mm as my sole lens (shot a whole wedding with it once), so 85mm was a smooth transition to use on the mkIII.
dontasciime

is the 35mm 1.4l this one ? … is the 35mm 1.4l this one ? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-EF3514LU-EF35mm-1-4-Lens/dp/B00005KHS3


dontasciime

Why are they so expensive though ?



In order of importance:

Very rarely misses focus, even in the toughest of conditions
Superb image quality
Built like a tank

Making a top quality lens is not an easy process either, so you pay for that.

When you consider they're usually bought by pros, they aren't that expensive. One wedding and it paid for itself. It's just a tool to do a job - much like builders. Photography is one of the cheeapest businesses in terms of start up costs that you can actually do. Around £5k and you're all set.

Other people who buy lenses like this are those that think more expensive equipment will improve their photography, or keen hobbyists who appreciate the benefits of good kit and just like their gadgets. Both are willing to pay this type of money for a lens.

mr.potato_head

Don't get me wrong, this is a great lens for the money but once you've … Don't get me wrong, this is a great lens for the money but once you've used a more expensive prime, you'll see that this is nowhere near as good as people make out it is. You'll often hear that this is of similar quality to the 50mm 1.4. It's not, not even close. The bokeh is ugly due to only having 5 aperture blades. It feels like it's a toy and could break at any second.It really struggles to find focus in anthing worse than an overcast day, meaning you have to use MF - and the extra stops are suddenly redundant.The focus motor is loud. The focus ring is very fiddly so MF is pretty hard to nail.Unless you are a complete beginner, you're better off saving your money and going for the 50mm 1.4



I have to agree. After using this lens for a while, an upgrade from my default lens kit, I do notice these limitations. I especially find that the auto focus is quite bad, and often will just focus on things in the centre viewfinder that is nearest to the camera

Banned

mr.potato_head

Don't get me wrong, this is a great lens for the money but once you've … Don't get me wrong, this is a great lens for the money but once you've used a more expensive prime, you'll see that this is nowhere near as good as people make out it is. You'll often hear that this is of similar quality to the 50mm 1.4. It's not, not even close. The bokeh is ugly due to only having 5 aperture blades. It feels like it's a toy and could break at any second.It really struggles to find focus in anthing worse than an overcast day, meaning you have to use MF - and the extra stops are suddenly redundant.The focus motor is loud. The focus ring is very fiddly so MF is pretty hard to nail.Unless you are a complete beginner, you're better off saving your money and going for the 50mm 1.4It's comments like this that give people high expectations of what is just an ok lens.



With an attitude like that I bet your wife cheats on you. Seriously it must be so lame to be associated with you. Waste of space.

funkyfreshman

With an attitude like that I bet your wife cheats on you. Seriously it … With an attitude like that I bet your wife cheats on you. Seriously it must be so lame to be associated with you. Waste of space.



The irony of this post is golden.

I don't have an attitude, and I don't have a wife. It allows me to spend money on good photography equipment, rather than the cheap nasty stuff your partner lets you buy once you've paid for her facelift and manicure.

Keep on battling, you'll get out of the mire someday.

Original Poster

haha. You guys crack me up!

The equipment is important BUT in reality a great picture taken on a cheap lens is always better than a crud picture taken on an expensive lens.
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