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EF 50mm f/1.8 II

This is the lightest EF lens of all at a mere 130 g (4.6 oz.). Compact and high-performance, standard lens. Its Gaussian optics provides sharp delineation from near to far focusing distances. The colour balance is excellent of a standard lens.

$129.99 MSRP

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Print Specs

  • Focal Length 50mm
  • Aperture Maximum: ƒ1.8
    Minimum: ƒ22
  • Angle of View 46°
  • Lens Construction 6 elements in 5 groups
  • Diaphragm Blades 5
  • Minimum Focusing Distance 45cm (1.476')
  • Filter Size 52mm
  • Weight 128g (4.52 oz)
  • MTF Chart

Reviewed by: Lenstests
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
The EF 50mm f/1.8 II is an incredible lens. It was introduced 24 years ago (!) and has been a success ever since. The reason is that its maximum aperture of f/1.8 enables a whole new variety of photographic possibilities at an incredibly low price....
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Reviewed by: Kenrockwell
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Spectacular optics (better than most Canon lenses of any price), ultra light weight and ultra low price. Perfect as a normal lens for full-frame digital and film, and a short tele for 1.6x cameras. Excellent for use in low light; I prefer it to the...
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Reviewed by: Photozone
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II - Review / Test Report
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is the very cheapest lens in the Canon line-up. In the APS-C DSLR scope the field-of-view resembles a 80mm lens here which qualifies it as an interesting portrait lens besides other purposes such as low-light photography....
Read more: http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/160-canon-ef-50mm-f18-ii-test-report--review

Reviewed by: The-digital-picture
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Review
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens delivers very sharp images as inexpensively as Canon lenses get. Build quality of the 50 f/1.8 is very cheap (as you might expect). This lens feels more like a toy than a piece of optics. It utilizes plastic...
Read more: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-50mm-f-1.8-II-Lens-Review.aspx