- High Performance Standard Lens
- Fast f/1.8 Aperture
- 46-Degree Angle of View
- 1.5′ (0.45m) Close Focusing Distance
- 52mm Filter Size
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens is a lightweight lens at a mere 4.6 oz (113.5 g).
This compact and high-performance, standard lens features Gaussian optics that provide sharp delineation from near to far focusing distances. The color balance is excellent for a standard lens.
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens is a good low-light indoor photography lens – especially when a flash is not appropriate or desired. It works very well in a church or gym for example. Aside from having mediocre bokeh, the 50 f/1.8 makes a good focal length for full-body portraits. If mounted on a 1.6x FOVCF camera, you will need some extra space to accomplish a full-body portrait and might also want to capture head/shoulder portraits with this lens.
Need to travel light? Mount the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens on a small DSLR and you have one of the smallest, lightest and least expensive low-light combinations available.
The drawbacks of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens are easily overlooked when one looks at the price. This lens is not for everyone, but I don’t know of a better lens available for twice this price.
Conclusion – Pros
- Excellent image quality when stopped down
- Essentially no lateral chromatic aberration
- Extremely cheap
Conclusion – Cons
- Extremely cheaply built
- Harsh and distracting bokeh due to pentagonal aperture
- Vignetting at wide apertures on full frame (which only disappears at F3.5)
- Inconsistent autofocus in low light (most problematic when using large apertures)
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II may be a “cheap” lens but it is undoubtedly a capable one. It shares its characteristics with most other 50mm lenses, reads: it’s somewhat soft at f/1.8 but at medium aperture settings it is hard to beat with respect to resolution. Distortions as well as lateral CAs are basically non-issues. Vignetting is a significant problem at f/1.8 and even at f/2.8 but that (heavy vignetting at max. aperture) is something to get used to on full format DSLRs anyway. A more significant weakness of the lens is the rather nervous bokeh (out-of-focus blur) which may spoil the game in some shallow depth-of-field situations. At around 100EUR/US$ you can’t expect superb build quality but frankly it’s “good enough” here anyway and it’s certainly one of the value kings out there.
- soft under f 4, lens hood, narrow dof, bokeh a bit average, cheap feeling
- very sharp, awesome portrait lens, very inexpensive cheap, great value, distance window