Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Last updated (29 July’13):
- Review by KenRockwell

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is a standard lens features 50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of 1:1.8. The lens construction has 6 elements in 5 groups with diagonal angle of view at 46 degrees. Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with Micromotor, Closest focusing distance: 1.5 feet and has a filter size of 52mm. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens weighs 4.6 ounces and it measures 2.7 inches in diameter, 1.6 inches long.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Overall Rating: ★★★★½


Expert Reviews

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Reviews

KenRockwell reviews the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II and writes;
“If you want a tiny lens that’s also super-sharp, here you go. Just be careful not to break the plastic lens mount…The 50mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.2 L are also nice, but I don’t get consistent focusing with either, thus I get softer shots. WHy pay more to get softer shots? “
Rating: ★★★★★

Ephotozine reviews the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II and writes;
“The sharpness this lens can produce is impressive, especially when stopped down a little. Although the build quality and basic design may fall short of that offered by more expensive lenses, the low price point makes this optic excellent value.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

SLRLensReview reviews the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II and writes;
“Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is a fantastic value for your money. But even with sub-standard built quality, it is a highly recommended choice for anyone considering expanding their lens collection beyond kit lenses or interested in acquiring a fixed focal lens for portrait photography.”
Rating: N/A

Lenstip.com reviews the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II and writes;
“First of all, the evaluation of this lens should be made in relation to its price. Since, when we compare it with its brothers: Canon 50 mm f/1.4 or Canon 50m f/1.0L, then the 1.8/50 will clearly lose.”
Rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II and writes;
“If you’re on a budget the 50mm f/1.8 II is a good alternative here. It may also be interesting to check out the used market for a EF 50mm f/1.8 (I) which features the same good optical formula but combined with a better construction. It’s not really surprising that the old lens tends to sell at higher prices on the used market than the “new” mk II though. The weakest spot of the lens is probably the bokeh which can be rough at times. “
Rating: ★★★★★

Photo.net Compares the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II to Canon EF 50mm f1.4 and writes;
“It is interesting to note that the 1.4 produced sharper and more vibrant colour than the f1.8. The brick wall also the light fall off at the corners is more severe on the f1.8.”
Rating: N/A

Bobatkins Compares the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II and writes;
“the Canon EF 50/1.8 II is a lens that many photographers should keep in their camera bag for those times when a fast lens is needed or isolating a subject by having a blurred background and small depth of field is desired. It’s small enough and light enough that it’s easy to carry it around with you all the time and it’s cheap enough that cost isn’t really a concern. From a price/performance viewpoint the EF 50/1.8 (II) has to be one of Canon’s best lens bargains.”
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The-Digital-Picture reviews the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II and writes;
“The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens’ strongest quality is its sharpness. Sharpness performance wide open (f/1.8) is decent, but the Canon 50 f/1.8 is very sharp at f/2.8 and beyond. It is slightly sharper than even then Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens. “
Rating: N/A

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Manual

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II User Manual (PDF)

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Features

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Specifications

Lightweight and affordable, the Canon EF 50mm lens–which offers a fast f/1.8 aperture–is an excellent lens for people who prefer a fixed focal length. Canon’s lightest EF lens at a mere 4.6 ounces, the lens boasts a traditional Gauss-type optical design that delivers a sharp performance even when wide open. As a result, the lens provides an image that’s extremely close to how your eye perceives a subject, making it excellent for portraits and images that require a natural depth of field. In addition, the lens focuses as close as 18 inches, helping you take extreme close-ups. Finally, the lens offers an excellent color balance. As with all Canon lenses, the lens carries a one-year warranty.

* Focal length: 50mm
* Maximum aperture: 1:1.8
* Lens construction: 6 elements in 5 groups
* Diagonal angle of view: 46 degrees
* Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with Micromotor
* Closest focusing distance: 1.5 feet
* Filter size: 52mm
* Dimensions: 2.7 inches in diameter, 1.6 inches long
* Weight: 4.6 ounces


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