Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review of Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II standard lens. Review created 2004, latest update 2013.

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Facts

  • a hobbyist's dream-come-true: the perfect second lens right after the perfect first lens
  • estimated retail price 105 EUR
  • in my use from 9/2004 to 7/2006
  • the lens that revolutionized my view on photography and lenses

Pros

  • beats the living hell out of the cheapest zooms with good image quality and large aperture
  • gives more sharpness, better colors and more contrast than mid-priced zooms
  • fast (f/1.8) so you'll love it indoors and it can open up new possibilities what and where to shoot without a flash
  • cheap
  • small
  • lightweight

Cons

  • harsh background blur compared to more expensive primes
  • all plastic including the mount
  • not usable for manual focusing due to short movement range of the focusing ring
  • focusing causes noises that sounds like the lens was broken