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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Jan 1, 2007 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Pleasing bokeh (out-of-focus blur), extremely low priced, great color and clarity at f/2.5+, excellent for close-proximity portraits!
Cons:
Loud "clunking" sounding AF, cheap plastic mount and design, AF hunts in extreme low lighting conditions.

First thing, everyone needs a good fast 50mm prime in their bag...whether it be a f/1.2, f/1.4, or f/1.8. Affordability will decide for you. At $100 CAN, this lens beats anything hands-down and for me price made me choose this lens.

The bokeh is extremely pleasing and this lens takes some great portrait pics! Outdoor portraits I've used this lens at f/2.5 and produced very crystal clear results that rival most zoom lenses. The colors are well saturated and bright.

I have found the "clunking" noise of the focus a bit weird but tolerable considering the cost of this unit. In extremely low light the AF does hunt a bit and I have to switch to manual focus. The manual focus ring is too small and a bit awkward to use but I manage fine.

If you are just starting out in photography and want a lens that will produce easy, breezy, beautiful results with low-light situations than this is a great first lens to play with.

I know some people recommend going with the MK I metal-mount version for an extra $100 or so...and I debated with that myself at length before buying this. The thing about the MK I is that even though it's better built, you will still have to buy it USED (which means no warranty really), there is still no USM, and the AF is a bit slower. Here's my thinking: if you can afford to spend a $100 more for what the older MKI is going for then just buy the better f/1.4 for $309US at B & H Photo.

All in all, the f/1.8 is a steal.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Dec 31, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Extremely low priced! Crystal clear at f/2.5+. Very pleasing "bokeh" (background blur). Great bright colors & saturation.
Cons:
Noisey AF (lens focusing makes "clunking" sounds), AF hunts in low light, cheap plasticy build, small and hard to use focus ring.

First thing, everyone needs a good fast 50mm prime in their bag...whether it be a f/1.2, f/1.4, or f/1.8. Affordability will decide for you. At $100 CAN, this lens beats anything hands-down and for me price made me choose this lens.

The bokeh is extremely pleasing and this lens takes some great portrait pics! Outdoor portraits I've used this lens at f/2.5 and produced very crystal clear results that rival most zoom lenses. The colors are well saturated and bright.

I have found the "clunking" noise of the focus a bit weird but tolerable considering the cost of this unit. In extremely low light the AF does hunt a bit and I have to switch to manual focus. The manual focus ring is too small and a bit awkward to use but I manage fine.

If you are just starting out in photography and want a lens that will produce easy, breezy, beautiful results with low-light situations than this is a great first lens to play with.

I know some people recommend going with the MK I metal-mount version for an extra $100 or so...and I debated with that myself at length before buying this. The thing about the MK I is that even though it's better built, you will still have to buy it USED (which means no warranty really), there is still no USM, and the AF is a bit slower. Here's my thinking: if you can afford to spend a $100 more for what the older MKI is going for then just buy the better f/1.4 for $309US at B & H Photo.

All in all, the f/1.8 is a steal.